Heritage Park is Frankenmuth’s most well-known park and home to and many community activities, festivals and large events. Harvey E. Kern Community Pavilion is the newest addition and has become a focal point of the park.
The park also features:
- 4 picnic pavilions
- 3 ball diamonds
- Sand volleyball courts
- Basketball court
- Handicap accessible canoe launch
- Riverwalk pathway (0.9 mile)
- Several facilities for festivals
Frankenmuth Parks & Recreation hosts several festivals throughout the year. The following is a list of annual festivals and major public events in the parks.
80’s Fest – Mid April • Bring back totally awesome memories by celebrating the music, trends and events of the 1980’s. So find those stonewashed jeans, tease your hair, and grab your friends because this is your chance to relive the 80’s at the Annual Bringin’ Back the 80’s celebration! Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Check www.80sFest.org for details and schedule.
Walk MS – Mid May • Join this fun walking event to help raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. www.nationalmssociety.org
World Expo of Beer (WEB)– Mid-May • The World Expo of Beer is a beer sampling extravaganza! If you love beer, you will love the World Expo of Beer, with over 250 brews to choose from. If you don’t love beer, but you love a good time, you will still enjoy the live entertainment and alternative beverages at the World Expo of Beer. The event is run by the Frankenmuth Jaycees, as a fundraiser for the community! Check out www.worldexpoofbeer.com
Bavarian Fest – Early June • Traditional German festival with Bavarian music, food and drinks. Carnival rides are available and the big parade that makes its way through town on Sunday afternoon. www.bavarianfestival.org
Relay for Life – Mid June • Join friends and family to celebrate survivors and raise money for cancer research and cancer patients. Walk, jog or run this all night relay event. This event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer. www.relayforlife.org
Volkslaufe – July 4 • German for “The People’s Race,” this is a festival of running races that start and finish in Heritage Park. The festival also includes fireworks www.volkslaufe.org
Michigan Bier Celebration – mid July • Michigan Bier Celebration is a taste of Oktoberfest. Enjoy beer sampling from the Michigan Brewers Guild, live bands, including polka music, great food and MORE. charitycelebration.com
Antique Fire Muster – last Saturday in July • Antique fire truck displays and pumping events. Parade of trucks through downtown on Saturday. www.gliafaa.org
Farm Toy Show – early August • Over 100 tables of farm toys to buy, sell, or swap. There is something for everyone from the casual collector to the diehard farm toy fan, little kids to ‘Big kids’. www.frankenmuthfarmtoyshow.com
Summer Music Fest – Mid-August • A celebration of polka music, to dance to on a wooden floor. Food, drinks, souvenirs and lots of fun. www.frankenmuthfestivals.com
Auto Fest– weekend after Labor Day • Enjoy many activities and attractions for you and your family during this classic car weekend! There’s plenty to do with thousands of classic cars and street rods, entertainment, food, vendors, crafts and family fun. Friday evening is the “Block Party” on Main St. Saturday the car show is in Heritage Park with the “Oldies Tent” that night. The show wraps up on Sunday with awards. www.frankenmuthautofest.com
Oktoberfest – late September • Oktoberfest is a traditional German celebration that is based on the sixteen-day festival that originated in Munich in 1810. Enjoy authentic German food, drinks, souvenirs and great entertainment. www.frankenmuthfestivals.com
Bike MS – late September • Cyclists may choose to ride one or two days in this fundraising cycling event that starts and finishes in Heritage Park. Bike MS is for cyclists and all those seeking a personal challenge and a world free of MS. Get ready for a ride of your life. bikemig.nationalmssociety.org
Michigan’s Big Country Fest – October • Slip on your cowboy boots, tip your hat and swing on over to Michigan’s Big Country Fest! Enjoy live bands, mechanical bull, BBQ, and line dancing. www.BigCountryFest.com