May Events in California’s German Communities

Bayerische Tradition und Kultur beim Maibaumfest in Putzbrunn bei Muenchen.

The month of May in Germany starts out with the “Tag der Arbeit” ( Labor Day), an official holiday throughout Germany. On that day the Unions have ‘the say’ and demonstrations are a common picture. But May is also a time for many festivities around the “Maypole” and it’s also the time for a special beer: The “Maibock” .

While it may be hard to find a “Maibock” in California, here are some German “Maifest” celebrations for you to enjoy. From San Francisco to Los Angeles. Here are a few.

MAIFEST 2013 – Oakland :

Hosted by Nature Friends Tourist Club you can enjoy some great German food, beer, music and dancing at Nature Friends Tourist Club, a beautiful, spacious, park-like, outdoor setting in the Oakland hills. The Gruber Family Band will play many favorite Bavarian and other songs and Nature Friends Schuhplattler Dance Group will perform a variety of German and Austrian folk dances.

ADMISSION is $10 per adult (free for kids under 14). Food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP here and specify the number of guests in your party. Info regarding the program, tickets and parking instructions will be sent in the week prior to the event to those who have RSVP’d.

WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2013 • 12:00pm

WHERE: Tourist Club (Oakland branch) 3115 Butters Drive Oakland, CA 94602

CONTACT: 510-531-2930

To receive the Nature Friends Tourist Club festival announcements, please make sure that you are on our NEW group email list: Click on the link below and then click on “Join This Group”:

Alternatively, you can send an email to and you will be automatically added to the announcements list.


The Phoenix Club in Anaheim celebrates its annual Maifest And Kinderfest. Come and join in at their Biergarten with the Express Band, Deutsch-Amerikanische Schulverein Südkaliforniens, Die Gemütlichen Schuhplattler, The Phoenix Club Youth Dance Group, and The Donauschwaben Dance Group. Enjoy great Bier and German cuisine.

There will be Arts and Crafts, Pony Rides and a Bounce House for the Children and a special performance of:  Der Löwe Lacht by and with Christof and Vadislava Altmann “Ringmaster Christofferus Wackelzahn and Ladulina”

WHEN: May 5th 11:30am-5:00 pm

WHERE: Phoenix Club, Anaheim


SPARGEL FEST – “White Asparagus Gala Dinner in San Francisco”

The German-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (AHK) has 100 kg of fresh harvested Spargel imported directly from  the “Spargelhof Schulze” in Rheinland -Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) straight to the plates and palates of the German American community in San Francisco.

Come and join the second annual White Asparagus Gala Dinner! It will take place in San Francisco on May 10th, 2013 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins on San Francisco’s Nob Hill. Tickets will include a Champagne Reception, 3-course Gala Dinner and beer/wine/soft drinks.

WHEN: May 10th, 2013

WHERE: InterContinetal Mark Hopkins , San Francisco

Buy Tickets here.

More fun for Kids in Los Angeles at Tivoli Kindergarten

Tivoli Kindergarten L.A. is having their annual May Fair Celebration on May 11th from 11-3pm!

Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family with Arts & Crafts for Kids and a Music Performance by Karma Auger & Band. Famous Karma Auger will be teaming up with his legendary father Brian Auger for some Organ Grinder Trio, a blend of funky grooves, smooth driving bass lines and some funky jazz melodies.

Kids will love the Tivoli house band and Kasperle theater show. Furthermore there will be a Fire Truck, a Bazaar and a Raffle.

Refreshments and delicious food will include German style sausages, potato salad, pretzels, coffee & cake.

Suggested donation $10 per family • Everyone is welcome! •

All proceeds will go towards the improvement of Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool

Mark the date!

WHEN: May 11th 2013 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

WHERE: Tivoli Rainbow Preschool, 4051 Tivoli Ave, L.A. 90066



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