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Festivals

Our three annual fundraiser German/Austrian culture Fests—Maifest, Sommerfest, and Kinderfest—are open to guests 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 Bavarian and Austrian dances.

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. Special activities are planned for Kinder (children) at Kinderfest.

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

Photo by Rob Villanueva Bier vom Fass Bratwurst Grill

Festival Information

When

Maifest, Sunday, May 18, 2014, 12-6pm
Sommerfest, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 12-6pm
Kinderfest, Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12-6pm

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
Under 18:  No charge

  • Admission price covers admission only to the festival. Food, drink, and merchandise require separate purchases.
  • We do not accept credit cards, debit cards, or checks for ticket sales or other purchases at the Tourist Club on the day of the event. There is no ATM on the premises.

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 allowed
  • Please read the Guest Rules before your visit

Parking

Parking is extremely limited. There is simply not enough parking space on the mountain to accommodate festival guests. Some attendees who have parked along Panoramic Highway have received citations. Please use alternative ways of getting to the club whenever possible: hike in, take the bus, or carpool. See Directions for details.

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 vegan/vegetarian options for sausages, salads, side dishes, and desserts, as well as gluten-free beverages.
  • The Festival goes on, rain or shine!

2014 Festivals

Maifest  May 18

Maifest

12pm to 6pm, Sunday May 18

Maifest (pronounced “my–fest”) 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  July 20

Sommerfest

12pm to 6pm, Sunday July 20

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

 

Kinderfest  September 21

Kinderfest

12pm to 6pm, Sunday September 21

Kinderfest (Children’s Festival) is a fun event for the entire family. In addition to our usual festival program of food, drink, music, and dancing, there are special games, dances, and other activities designed for our younger members and guests.

Music and Dancing at the Fest

Photo by Rob Villanueva https://www.flickr.com/photos/robvillanueva/with/9790182576

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