The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council has been planning for the 2017 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival for the past several months. We are happy to announce that applications for the 2017 Princess program are now being accepted.
Young women between the ages of 18 and 25 that attend or have graduated from Frankenmuth High School are encouraged to apply for the program that celebrates Frankenmuth Heritage and provided financial support through scholarships.
A full explanation of the program and the application packet can be found here.
A feeling of "Gemütlichkeit", which loosely translated means a welcome social acceptance for all surrounds the entire community of Frankenmuth beginning on Thursday night and lasts through the Bavarian Fest parade on Sunday. This family oriented event draws people from all over the world. Bavarian music is played by lederhosen clad German bands. Thursday's events feature the coronation of the Bavarian Princess and her court, keg-tapping, music, dancing, and heritage entertainment. Friday features entertainment, the raising of the maibaum (May Pole) and Festival Olympic events. Saturday hosts the Kinder Tag parade which gives our youngsters the opportunity to express and celebrate their heritage. Visitors also have the entire weekend to enjoy a midway with rides and games. Local service groups offer everything from chicken barbeques to German fare. Participate in face painting, or simply take in a hands-on craft area.
Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Parade, which will be held on June 11th, 2017. With over 100 entries that include marching bands, beautifully decorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty and our newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court. The Sunday parade is one of only two times during the year that Frankenmuth's Main St (Michigan Highway 83) is completely shut down. The route begins on the north side of Frankenmuth then works it's way along Main Street
The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is one of Michigan's best celebrations of German heritage and is certain to have something to entertain everyone in attendance.
Bus tours and large groups are always welcome!