Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Second weekend in June
Religious leaders in Bavaria sent a group of 15 Franconians to Michigan's Saginaw Valley in 1845 to set up a mission for the Indians. Although the mission eventually moved elsewhere, the settlement known as Frankenmuth, meaning "courage of the Franconians," retained its Bavarian roots and soon attracted other German immigrants. In fact, for many years after the beginning of the 20th century, German remained the community's principal language.
The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, held in June each year to celebrate the town's German heritage, takes advantage of the town's Old World atmosphere and Bavarian architecture, which includes a glockenspiel tower that plays traditional German melodies, while carved wooden figures depict the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. There is also a replica of the 19th-century Holz Brücke, Frankenmuth's covered wooden bridge that spans the Cass River. The festival features a dance tent resembling a German biergarten with German dance bands and beverages, as well as farm tours, arts and crafts displays, a parade featuring the festival's Bavarian Princess, and well-known entertainers of German origin.
CONTACTS:
RAM Productions
P.O. Box 204
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
800-386-3378 or 989-652-3378; fax: 989-652-4633
www.frankenmuthfestivals.com