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.
Winetasting Dinner Soirée: Abend in Wien
Saturday, October 25, 6pm
$85 members, $100 non-members
Dress/Formal attire required
Be transported for an Evening in Vienna at the GAI's annual Winetasting Dinner Soirée: Abend in Wien. Our formal gala fundraiser features five courses of Austrian specialties,prepared by the GAI's Director of Event Services, Katrin Erdmann, and five wines, expertly paired by Chuck Kanski, owner of Solo Vino.
Soprano Bergen Baker, of the Minnesota Opera and Skylark Opera, will perform selections by European composers throughout the evening. After dinner, join us outside for Cigars and Cognac or upstairs in the ballroom for a Wiener Waltz performed by dancers from Rivers Ballet. This year's raffle fundraiser includes both family-friendly and luxury options, including a $1,000 travel voucher from Condor Airlines.
Wear your finest attire (tux or Tracht is suggested) and join us for this exclusive event - attendance is capped at just 100 participants.
Proceeds from the Winetasting Dinner Soirée support the maintenance and restoration of the GAI's historic Haus.
Please visit the reservations page for the full menu and performance listing, information about raffled items, and to purchase tickets.
Martinstag Basteltag - Craft Day
Sunday, November 2, 2pm
$5 per child, ages 3-9
Bring the Kinder for an afternoon of paper lantern-making and traditional cookies to celebrate Martinstag. All children are welcome to bring their lanterns back to the GAI on November 11 to join with Kinderstbue in a parade down Summit Avenue.
St. Martin's Day, or Martinstag, is a traditional Catholic holiday celebrated throughout the German speaking countries. November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin, who was conscripted into the Roman army but later became a conscientious objector and a monk. The nights before and on the night of Martinstag, children walk in parades carrying handmade lanterns and singing.
Registration for this event is available online or by calling the GAI Office at 651-222-7027. Registration fee covers the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.