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Downtown Frankenmuth

There are a great number of things for you and your family to do in Frankenmuth. With festivities year round, the town welcomes visitors with Bavarian hospitality regardless of the season. Whether it’s a day trip for the family or a weekend retreat with friends, Frankenmuth is the perfect destination to recharge, renew and refresh. From fantastic festivals, eclectic shopping and wonderful indoor waterparks, to rich historical beauty and culture, it’s the ideal departure from the ordinary every day. Visit anytime and count the ways you can enjoy everything Frankenmuth has to offer. Frankenmuth hotels offer families affordable options for Michigan getaways. Whether you’re coming for the Frankenmuth beer festival, or to take in a German town experience, Frankenmuth is a wonderful destination.

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 FestMid 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 MSMid 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 FestEarly 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 LifeMid 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 Musterlast 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 FestMid-August • A celebration of polka music, to dance to on a wooden floor. Food, drinks, souvenirs and lots of fun. www.frankenmuthfestivals.com

Auto Festweekend 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 FestOctober • 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

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