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VOlunteers Needed

The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council is seeking persons interested in helping out with the 58th Annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. If you or your group are interested, please let us know by completing the volunteer form.

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2016 Parade Entries being accepted!

Schedule of Events

Thursday night:

Bavarian Princess Coronation & Opening Ceremonies

Brown Vest Presentation

Dick Krafft Award

Music, Dancing, Food & ice cold beer!


Ice Cold Beer
Amusement Rides
Sand Carving
German Car ShowFestival Olympics


German Food
Chicken Dinners

Ice Cold Beer
Amusement Rides
Kinder Parade
German Car Show
Euchre Tournament
Cornhole Tournament
Da Frankenmuda Fratz'n


THE Bavarian Festival Parade




























2016 Princess Applications Being Accepted

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Princess Committee is pleased to announce that acceptance of applications for the 2016 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Princess are now being accepted.

The program is open to young women that are Frankenmuth residents, high school graduates, and at least 19 years old. Interested participants should review the rules and complete an application. Applications may be obtained via the links on our website. Applications need to be submitted no later than March 12, 2016.

A preliminary judging Candidate's Tea is scheduled to take place on March 26, 2016 at the Swiss Room of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The event begins at 10:00. Three finalists will be chosen at this time by community leaders that will serve as judges. Applicants and judges will have an opportunity to become familiar with each other during interviews that will take place during the tea. Candidates will be judged in the areas of personality, poise, appearance, and community knowledge. The three finalists chosen will represent Frankenmuth at various events and festivals held in Frankenmuth and around the State of Mcihigan. Most events take place on the weekend such as The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City and the Holland Tulip Festival.

The Princess Committee is chaired by Brooke Buckley, Olivia Laux, and Shannon Ciszek.


2015 Bavarian Princess Candidates



2015 Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess Emilie Howe

Princess Court members
Miss Cassandra Pierce and Miss Brittany Garcia







German Car Show News!

2016 visitors to the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival will have the opportunity to explore up to 100 automobiles from European manufacturing companies as we debut a "German Car Show" at Heritage Park. Only 100 entries will be allowed this year with trophies being awarded in ten different categories! The show is FREE to attend for spectators and easy to enter for owners and exhibitors. Time is running out to get your entry in for a discounted early bird discount! Additional information can be located on the German Car show page.

2016 German Car Show

NOTE: Your German/European vehicle does NOT have to be a "classic" car.

Information on all of the 2016 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival events can be found on the events page. We have just recent started booking vendors and entertainment so the site will be updated regularly between now and festival.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

A feeling of "Gemütlichkeit", which loosely translated means a welcome social Accordianacceptance 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. Saturday's events feature the coronation of the Bavarian Princess and her court and 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 the hands-on craft area.

Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Parade, which will be held on June 12th, 2016. With over 100 entries that include marching bands, beautifully Paviliondecorated 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 to Heritage Park where all the festival events and entertainment are held.

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!