Herzlich Willkommen beim
Welcome to the Germanic-American Institute
We are a Minnesota non-profit whose mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the German speaking peoples through public educational and cultural programs.
GAI auf einen Blick
- authorizer of the Twin Cities German Immersion School
- a community dedicated to preserving our roots while looking to the
future by offering:
- a language school for adults and children
- Kinderstube German immersion preschool
- cultural programming throughout the year
- fun monthly membership gatherings
We invite you to come be part of our ever-growing community.
Grillabend: Turkish Night
Friday, August 8
6-9pm, Food served until 8pm
The labor shortage during West Germany's 1960s economic boom resulted in large-scale migration of Turks to Germany as Gastarbeiter (guest workers). Though introduced as a temporary program, approximately 5% of Germans now claim at least partial Turkish heritage. Join us in celebrating the diverse cultural flavors of Germany at this special Turkish-themed Grillabend and Member Night.
Live music will be provided by Turkish saz player M. Orhan Ucer, a Minnesota-born and Turkish-raised musician and physician. Enjoy the sounds of traditional folk music as well as popular music while you try Turkish-German specialties like Döner Kebab (a shaved meat sandwich in pita bread), Gemüsetasche (a vegetarian sandwich in pita bread), and baklava, or stick to your GAI favorites of bratwurst and beer.
New Member & Language Student Specials!
All new members who join on Turkish Night will receive a free baklava, so bring a friend and introduce them to the GAI. There will also be a free beer for all students registered for a fall adult language class at the GAI, so make sure you're registered before August 8 to get your free beer and take advantage of our $20 early bird discount!
Blankets and chairs are welcome, but please remember that pets and outside food & drink are prohibited!
Sunday, August 17, 2-5pm
4pm Schulanfang ceremony
Free admission. This event is weather-permitting.
Join our fun back-to-school celebration for the TCGIS and GAI communities. Activities include a bouncy-house, Schokokuss Wettessen (chocolate-covered marshmallow eating contest), lawn games, model trains, and picnic-style food at family-friendly prices. Adults can enjoy cold German beer and a casual, relaxed atmosphere for the whole family.
All incoming kindergarteners are invited to join in the Schulanfang ceremony, honoring the beginning of their school careers. "Der Ernst des Lebens beginnt!"
Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food & wine
Friday, September 19, 6-9pm
Join us in saying, "Wiederschauen" to summer and a hearty, "Grüß Gott" to fall at our first ever Herbstfest celebration! Inspired by Austria's beloved outdoor wine gardens (Heurigen), we will be featuring authentic Austrian specialities and wines for your enjoyment. Complete with live music from Vienna Community Arts and enhanced Summit Avenue ambiance, you can experience the very best of Viennese Gemütlichkeit without leaving Minnesota.
This event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Foundation.