Events

May 25-27
Balloons Over Bavarian Inn
Hot Air Balloonists compete in morning and evening flights as they float over
Frankenmuth. Experience the Village of Balloons at night with the Balloon Glow!
Watch 15+ tethered balloons inflate, then interact with the pilots & crew.
 
Event Location
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
June 7-10
Bavarian Festival
$5 general admission
A weekend full of good ole' German family fun. Don't miss the traditional Maypole dance, Frankenmuth Schuhplattlers, Bavarian Fest Olympics and the famous festival parade.
Bavarian Parade: Sunday at 1:00pm on Churchgrove Street (near St. Lorenz School)
Kinder Parade: Saturday at 10:00am on Rosstal Street (directly behind Zehnder's Restaurant)
 
Event Location
Frankenmuth
July 21-22
Cass River Colonial Encampment
Free Family Fun Event
Experience an 18th Century encampment of historical reenactors representing British, French and Americans.
Visit and tour military camps and shop at historical vendors from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Tactical Battle Reenactments
Flag Raising
Musket Firing
Period Concerts & Games
Fashion Show
Event Location
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Saturday, August 4
Michigan’s Strongest Man & Women | 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The best in the Midwest will once more ascend to Frankenmuth for another epic “Battle in Bavaria”. 5 unique events on mammoth equipment will pin athletes head to head in fast paced pure effort covering brute strength, endurance, and athleticism. The top 2 from each division (except novice) will qualify for the 2017 NAS Amateur Nationals.
Classes offered are:
Novice
Women’s LW, MW, HW
Master’s (over 40) LW, HW
Men’s LW, MW, HW
 
August 9-11 (Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Summer Music Fest
A celebration of Music, Polish, German and Slovenian ethnic style music.
Event Location
Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park
August 16-18 (Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Summer Music Fest
A celebration of Music, Polish, German and Slovenian ethnic style music.
Event Location
Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park
September 7-9
Frankenmuth Auto Fest
A weekend full of fun and entertainment and over 2500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars.
Big Block Party: Friday @ 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Music Fest: Sunday @ 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
 
Event Location
Frankenmuth
September 20-23
Oktoberfest
Sample delicious German food, and dance to authentic German music. Saturday’s Wiener Dog Race, where 50 to 100 Dachshunds attempt to race across the floor of the German beer hall is an event you won’t want to miss! The festival also includes two parades, a midway with rides and games, and plenty of ice-cold beer!
Event Location
Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park
October 13-14 (Every Sunday and Saturday)
Scarecrow Fest
Enjoy Entertainment on Stage
• Trick or Treating (October 23 only)
• View pumpkins with personality
• Rock out with the Rock-n-Roll K9 performances (October 15 & 16)
• Observe the principle “an object in motion stays in motion”
• Apply and share physics lessons with the Pumpkin Catapult
and Pumpkin Bowling
• Frankenmuth businesses throughout town have created their own
“themed scarecrows”. Check them all out and vote for your
community-wide favorite.
• Enjoy kid-focused entertainment, face painting & pumpkin painting, balloon sculptures and more
• Burn off energy in the Inflatables Stations
Event Location
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
October 20-21 (Every Sunday and Saturday)
Scarecrow Fest
Enjoy Entertainment on Stage
• Trick or Treating (October 23 only)
• View pumpkins with personality
• Rock out with the Rock-n-Roll K9 performances (October 15 & 16)
• Observe the principle “an object in motion stays in motion”
• Apply and share physics lessons with the Pumpkin Catapult
and Pumpkin Bowling
• Frankenmuth businesses throughout town have created their own
“themed scarecrows”. Check them all out and vote for your
community-wide favorite.
• Enjoy kid-focused entertainment, face painting & pumpkin painting, balloon sculptures and more
• Burn off energy in the Inflatables Stations
Event Location
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Friday, November 9
Holiday Open House
Get a 20% OFF discount card for your donation at any of the participating locations (valid Nov. 11th only)
Cash donations to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan or food donation for our local food pantry.


PRIZE DRAWINGS
Hourly beginning at 12 Noon at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

SPECIAL TREATS AND SAMPLES
The Castle Shop Bakery and Candy Corner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Frankenmuth Cheese Haus.

HOLIDAY BAKERY DEMONSTRATIONS
​Bavarian Inn Restaurant

FREE GIFTS
with a $25 cumulative purchases at all participating locations!

FREE GIFT WRAPPING
Souvenirs & Cheers Shops at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Covered Bridge & Leather Shop
VISIT WITH LINDA RICK, DOLL DESIGNER
6.00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops
Event Location
Bavarian Inn Castle Shops | Frankenmuth Cheese Haus | Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop | Select Stores at Frankenmuth River Place Shops