Germantown’s annual three-day May Fest honors German heritage

GERMANTOWN — It’s the time of year for Germantown to live up to its name.

The Deutschstadt Heritage Foundation will once again host its annual Mai Fest this weekend, starting Friday May 18, with festivities continuing through Sunday May 20 at Friedenfeld Park, W140 N11492 County Aire Drive, Germantown.

“Mai Fest is a traditional German celebration of spring,” explained Marcy Stone, board member of the Deutschstadt Heritage Foundation. “It brings the community together to eat authentic German food, listen to German music and also contemporary music.

“It’s really just a time for people to come together as a community and celebrate.”

Most of the Mai Fest activities are free.

“There is no entrance fee to get in. It’s a family event,” Stone said. “We encourage families to come and bring their kids and have a great time.”

On Friday night, the festival will host Rebel Grace; this show has a $5 cover charge.

The event includes food, drink, entertainment and live musical performances and authentic German dancing.

According to Deutschstadt board members Ken and Marge Miller, Mai Fest in Germantown is celebrating its 30th year. This year’s event should bring all the familiar delights of previous editions, with perhaps an upgrade.

“I think we have a wider variety of foods this year,” Ken said. “We have more suppliers.”

The goal of the Deutschstadt Heritage Foundation is to help preserve and promote Germantown’s German heritage.

Mai Fest funds are donated to various local causes. Past recipients include the Germantown Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival, the Germantown American Legion, local scholarships, and the Germantown Historical Society.

For more information on Mai Fest, visit www.MaiFestGermantown.com.

There’s a lot of other stuff going on this week too. Here are some options:

Sweat 4 Vets 2.5 miles walk: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Cedarburg American Legion Post, W57 N481 Hilbert Ave., Cedarburg. $25 until May 18, $30 the day of the event. 262-377-0329

Sparkling filling: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Highway Y, Saukville. $40. www.RiverEdgeNatureCenter.org

Old Falls Village Depot Beer Garden Opening Day: 2-9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Old Falls Village, N96 W15791 County Line Road, Menomonee Falls. 262-250-3901

SOS Community Fun Day: 1-3.30pm on Sunday 20 May, at Sussex Village Park, W224 N6196 Weaver Drive, Sussex. To free. www.SussexAreaOS.org