Sunday, September 6, 2020

Caras Park, 2 – 6 pm

Germanfest began in 1993, with a Pledge of Friendship signed between the two cities by their mayors at the time. Since then, nearly 500 Neckargemünd high school students have come to Missoula, while students who call the Garden City home have had a chance to spend several months in its southern Germany counterpart.

The high school exchange program went on hiatus in 2012. Following a recent push from the Global and Cultural Affairs department of Arts Missoula, however, Hellgate High School currently hosts 16 German students. The students will stay for several weeks, and organizers plan on sending students from Missoula to Neckargemünd in June 2020. Read the entire Missoulian article by Paul Hamby HERE!


Live Music from S-Bahn

S-Bahn brings traditional German music with a modern twist. With a diverse and eclectic repertoire, the S-Bahn specializes in Oktoberfests (German) and Malankas (Ukranian). Missoula is pleased to welcome this exciting new addition to Germanfest, sponsored by Bayern Brewery of Missoula.

Authentic German Food & Beer

Germanfest officially gets underway when the traditional keg of beer is tapped by Jurgen Knoeller, owner of Missoula’s Bayern Brewery. Plenty of authentic bratwurst and pretzels will be available.

Authentic German Steins

Make the most of this year’s Germanfest and never forget your experience by purchasing a commemorative stein. Steins will be available on this site closer to the event and at the festival. The purchase of a stein entitles you to one free beer during Germanfest. PROST!


Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve food and beer, and sell raffle tickets. For more information on available shifts and to sign up, visit our volunteer page.


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