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2014 Anchor Events

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All events subject to change or cancellation due to weather.


Featured Events

Grillabende: Summer Evening Cookouts at the GAI

Fridays, July 11, August 8, and September 19
6-9pm, Food served until 8pm

Döner Kebab

Turkish Night - August 8

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 Turkish night, with live music from Turkish saz player M. Orhan Ucer, Döner Kebab (a shaved meat sandwich), and - of course - your favorite German bratwurst and beer.

Blankets and chairs are welcome, but please remember that pets and outside food & drink are prohibited!


Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food & wine - September 19

RSVP by September 12

Autumn in Vienna means Heurigen - outdoor wine gardens with live musicians - to celebrate the new harvest. Join us at our final Grillabend of 2014 for a taste of authentic Austrian culture and cuisine, as well the annual meeting for the GAI.


Ongoing Events

Kaffee & Kuchen

Saturdays, June 21-August 9, 2014
9:30am-Noon, $1 coffee, $2-$3 cake


A summer morning on Summit Avenue is always special! Stop by the GAI on Saturday mornings and say "Guten Morgen!" to the ladies of the Deutscher Damenklub as they serve coffee and hausgemacht cake. Perfect your experience with a leisurely stroll or bike ride on Summit, or even join a Walking Tour at the James J. Hill House.


Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
11:45am, $9 members and non-members


Join us the second Tuesday of each month for our German Stammtisch luncheon. Each month we serve a home cooked German meal, prepared by Helga Parnell and her group of volunteers.

We also provide cultural programming in German after the lunch, arranged by Evelyn Klein. This is a great opportunity for natives and non-natives to practice and maintain their German language skills while enjoying great food and Gemütlichkeit.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the GAI office by Friday, August 8th. Call 651.222.7027, extension 1, or email the GAI office. Regular attendees can also request to be added to the standing list at that time.


Walpurgisnacht: the Springtime Halloween Photo Exhibit

Free and open to the public


Visit the second floor photo gallery at the GAI and learn about Walpurgisnacht, a Spring festival celebrated throughout northern and central Europe, which has a special flair in Germany.

According to legend, on Walpurgisnacht witches gather on the Hexentanzplatz bei Thale before riding off on their broomsticks to join with the devil. Common celebrations include bonfires and dancing. Like Halloween, the holiday is often characterized by trickery and pranks. More than 100,000 people participate in Walpurgisnacht festivities in the Harz region of Germany every April 30 -- exactly 6 months from Halloween.

This exhibit is part of a rotating gallery on the second floor of the Haus that will feature the culture of the German speaking countries, in addition to the historical photos regularly on display throughout the GAI.