Lederhosen, beer planned for German Days celebration

There are few better ways to ring in the summer months than by strapping on a pair of lederhosen, grilling some bratwurst, and cracking open a sweating bottle of beer. Thankfully, the Germanic-American Institute knows this full well. This weekend marks its annual Deutsche Tage (German Days) Celebration, and it promises once again to be a lively, event-filled weekend.


German Days hits the ground running on Saturday with the 4th Annual Lederhosenlauf 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fitness Walk. Following the race, which goes through the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, participants will be treated to grilled bratwurst and cold beer. There will also be prizes for best male and female German-themed costumes.

Other events scheduled include the Sommerparty, an Oktoberfest-style tent party on Summit Avenue featuring live music by German party band Die Alpensterne, games, dancing, and plenty of German beer. For the nacht owls, DJ Ben will be spinning Euro pop music in the GAI Ratskeller during the after-hours Tanzparty.

Sunday will feature the main Deutscher Tag celebration. This is a family-friendly event with plenty of music, dancing, haus history tours, and an antique German car show, as well as German gift vendors and exhibits. There will be live performances by Volksfest Singers, Twin Cities Männerchor, the TCGIS Dancers, the Flemming Fold, and Ron Machel on accordion.

Celebrate Deutsche Tage (German Days) this weekend, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12 at the Germanic-American Institute, located at 301 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Admission is free. Visit the institutes's website for further information about the 5K Run/Walk as well as a complete schedule of events.