Germanfest 2020 Canceled

We have decided to cancel Germanfest 2020, due to concerns for public safety and logistical difficulties. This was not an easy decision and we have given it much thought, during the past two months and have listened to the advice of experts.

We are optimistic that the situation will have improved by next year summer and hope you will join us again for our traditional Germanfest in 2021, at Caras Park, with all the bells and whistles people have grown to love.

Thank you in advance, for your understanding and for your support over the years. We hope you have a safe and relaxing summer in good health.

-The Arts Missoula Team

History of Germanfest

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.

Read more about this exchange program in this 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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