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Festivals

Our three German/Austrian culture Fests—Maifest, Sommerfest, and Kinderfest—are held annually in May, July, and September, and are not to be missed.

If you love to dance, there's always a lively band playing folk and popular music. Featured dancers in traditional dress perform Schuhplattler and other dances popular at Oktoberfest and seasonal festivals in Bavaria and Austria. Special games, dances, and activities are planned for Kinder (children) at Kinderfest.

Nature Friends Schuhplattler  •  Photo by Susanne Friedrich Facade with Bäuerliche Malerei, traditional folk painting Photo by Rob Villanueva Bier vom Fass Würste, Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork chops), Sauerkraut, red cabbage Brezeln (Pretzels) Bratwurst Grill

Add to that a menu of authentic German/Austrian foods, and of course, excellent imported and domestic beers and other drinks, and you have a fun-filled day that is sehr gemütlich for all ages.

Festivals are held at our beautiful Mt. Tamalpais alpine lodge, built by members over 100 years ago, and decorated with Bäuerlicher Malerei. The lodge is situated in the redwoods just above Muir Woods National Monument, and has wonderful views of the California Coast Ranges and surrounding area.

Don't forget to wear your Lederhosen, Dirndl, Tirolerhut, or other Tracht (traditional attire) to join in the spirit of the Fest!

Festival Information

Maifest, Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sommerfest, Sunday, July 16, 2017
Kinderfest, Sunday, September 17, 2017

Location

San Francisco Tourist Club, Mill Valley, Marin County, California
Reaching our lodge requires a Spaziergang from a trailhead or our parking lot, but is worth it! See Directions.

Tickets

Adult guests 18 and over:  $20 (plus online credit card processing)
Under 18:  No charge, no ticket required

  • Guest tickets to the Fests are available online only. When tickets are available to purchase, we will post an update on our News page and on our Calendar. Once online tickets sell out, there will be NO additional guest tickets available at the gate on the day of the Fest.
  • Ticket purchasers do not need to bring a printed ticket or receipt. Check in with an ID at admissions when you arrive.
  • Admission tickets are non-refundable and all sales are final.
  • Admission price covers admission only to the Festival. Food, drink, and merchandise require separate purchases.
  • We do not accept credit cards, debit cards, electronic transfers, or checks at the Tourist Club on the day of the event. There is no ATM on the premises.
  • No re-entry to the Fest.
  • The Festival goes on, rain or shine!

Guest Rules

  • Each Fest attendee must possess valid ID proving legal age to purchase or consume beer or wine.
  • No outside food or alcoholic beverages are permitted.
  • No dogs are allowed at the Fest.
  • Please read the entire Guest Rules before your visit.

Parking

Whenever possible, please hike in, take the bus, or share rides to the club, as parking is very limited in our parking lot and in the surrounding communities along Ridge Avenue and Panoramic Highway. See directions for more information.

If you do drive and park near the club, be very careful to park completely off the road in a legal parking place, and not to block driveways or means of ingress and egress. Rangers and local police authorities issue tickets to vehicles parked illegally or unsafely.

Please be careful walking along Panoramic Highway and other streets. We want you to arrive and leave safely!

Access

Access to our club can be challenging for the infirm, those with perambulators, and anyone who wishes to avoid steep roads and narrow, rocky trails. A shuttle is available during Festivals from our parking lot on Ridge Avenue to the lodge for the disabled and infirm only.

Fest Tips

  • Families with children, and those who wish to take a break from the crowds and music, can enjoy our meadow. Bring a blanket for the grass.
  • We try to offer vegetarian options for sausages, salads, side dishes, and desserts, as well as gluten-free beer and other beverages.

2017 Festivals

Maifest

Maifest

Sunday May 21, 12pm–6pm

Maifest (pronounced “My–fest” in German, and also called Mayfest in English) is the traditional celebration of the arrival of spring. In Germany and Austria, the Maibaum (Maypole) is decorated to honor a town or village's local history, produce, and crafts, and is the focus of the traditional Maypole Dance.

 

Sommerfest

Sommerfest

Sunday July 16, 12pm–6pm

Celebrate summer with great food, drink, live music, and dancing at our traditional German festival, Sommerfest!

 

Kinderfest

Kinderfest

Sunday September 17, 12pm–6pm

Kinderfest is a great event for the entire family. In addition to all the adult fun, food, drink, live music, and dancing of Oktoberfest, there are special activities for our younger members and guests.

Children can compete for prizes in our forest meadow games, or join other kids in dances on the Fest dance floor.

Music and Dancing at the Fest

Joe Smiell Band - Photo by Rob Villanueva https://www.flickr.com/photos/robvillanueva/with/9790182576



Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit

Ein PrositEin Prosit is a traditional drinking song at Oktoberfest and other festivals. Here's how to properly toast your neighbors: 1) Stand, 2) Successively look each person in the eye while clinking together the bottoms of your glasses or steins, 3) Say “Prost!,” 4) Follow with a hearty drink.

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.
OANS! ZWOA! DREI! G’SUFFA!
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times.
One two three, drink up!

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