German Kulturfest Saturday, September 15 10:00AM - 4:00PM Hjemkomst Center
Join us for a family-friendly celebration of the area’s German and German-American traditions with German Kulturfest 2018 on Saturday, September 15, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at the Hjemkomst Center. Styled after the many Volksfests celebrations held annually throughout Germany, German Kulturfest offers a full day of food, drink, and entertainment in an effort to preserve and share a prominent piece of the region’s local history and heritage.
Much of the entertainment will take place in the auditorium, where we (HCSCC), Fargo Brewing Company, and Karen’s Kuchens collaborate on a full menu of German food, wine, and beer. This year’s menu includes currywurst, bratwurst, smoked pork loin, spaetzle, borscht, tomato and herring salad, potatoes and cabbage, and several sauerkraut dishes. Dessert will include a dozen varieties of kuchens, as well as German chocolate cookies, icebox cookies, cashew cookies, and root beer float cookies.
A stage view of the 'Bier Hall' at German Kulturfest, 2017.
On the mainstage we feature traditional German bands. In 2017 we hosted two from Minnesota, Dale Dahmen and the Beats and Kris Keltgen and the Riverbend Dutchmen; the Fargo-Moorhead Opera performing German selections from their repertoire and their later performance of the German opera Die Fledermaus; and local minstrel performer and accordionist Aimee Klein.
Throughout the museum, local artists, craftspeople, educators, entertainers, and vendors offer a variety of entertainment, education, and shopping options. Seasoned vets like the Brademeyers (traditional German woodcarving and painting), In the Chips (German woodcarving), and Evelyn Engle (Polish Bunzlau pottery imports) are mainstays, but our expanded focus on German history and heritage includes German science exhibitions from Inspire Innovation Lab, a scherenschnitte table from Sabrina Hornung, and a mini German film festival moderated by MSUM Film Studies’ The Film Loop (we’ll be screening both documentaries and classic German films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). Altogether we regularly host more than 30 different vendors, educators, and performers.
Nicki Marie of Postal Squirrel showcasing her German paper art.
Admission for the festival is $10, but children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
Parking is available at the Moorhead Center Mall, where LinkFM will be running shuttles to the Hjemkomst Center every 15 minutes. Please reserve parking at the Hjemkomst Center for both our vendors and any visitors with impaired mobility.
For more details, please contact HCSCC Communications Coordinator Davin Wait at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6733, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about accessibility and accommodations, please contact HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6738, or email@example.com.