Freudenfest 2020
The Count Down is On!





Our Mission

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The Freudenfest, meaning "festival of fun”, is a non profit organization that originated in 1976 by volunteers who envisioned holding a “family fun day”.

The mission then is the same today, “to provide a high quality festival that celebrates the richness of our German Heritage community through people having a fun day with their family and friends”.

The annual reunion has fondly become known as:

"The Biggest Little German Festival in Indana"

Festival Map

(...Map being updated...)

Festival Schedule

Currently Showing the 2019 Schedule - Look for 2020 Schedule in early Spring 2020!
(Downloadable PDF Schedule)

Friday - July 17th

Entertainment & Activities
5pmKids GamesStone Church Yard
6pmBurgermeister ProclamationFreudenfest Hall
6pmFestival BlessingFreudenfest Hall
6:20pmPresentation of the OA ScholarshipFreudenfest Hall
6:20pmGermania Jagdhorn BlasergruppeFreudenfest Hall
7pmLive AuctionFirehouse
9pmSchnitzelbank SaluteFreudenfest Hall
5 - 6pmDerek FosterFreudenfest Hall
5 - 9pmGrind with the WindBrick Street Entrance
5 - 9pmRoving German MinstrelsFestival Ground
5:30 - 7:30pmThe Austin Tyler Lee BandBrick Street Stage
6:20pmHappy Valley Blue Grass BandCorner of Town Hall
8 - 11:30pmPros't BandFreudenfest Hall
8 - 11:30pm5 LightsBrick Street Stage
Food & Drink
5pmBiergarten OpensFestival Grounds
6 - 10pmLet's Eat! - Food Court OpensFood Court

Saturday - July 18th

11amOld Farm Mcahinery DisplayBrick Street
1 - 5pmMagic by MattFestival Grounds
1:30 - 2pmJugendgruppeFreudenfest Hall
2pmDachshund Dog RacesBrick Street
2 - 6pmCincinnati Stilt WalkersFestival Grounds
2:30 - 3pmDie Feldermauschen TanzegruppeFreudenfest Hall
3:30pmSchnitzelbank SaluteFreudenfest Hall
5 - 5:30pmDie Feldermauschen TanzegruppeFreudenfest Hall
7 - 11amDie WanderungPig Tail Alley
8:00amRadfahrenPig Tail Alley
10amOldenburg Academy Twister 5k LaufMunchel Park
1 - 4pmMichaela Farm ToursFestival Grounds
1pmKids Games & AttractionsStone Church Yard
3pmDer German GamesFestival Grounds
3pmDress for the FestFestival Grounds
4:30pmPie AuctionFreudenfest Hall
5:25pmPhoto Contest WinnerFreudenfest Hall
5:30pmMass at Holy Family ChurchHoly Family
7:30pmOldenburg Academy Car/Cash RaffleFreudenfest Hall
7:41pmStein Holding FinalsFreudenfest Hall
Food & Drink
7amBreakfast by the Boy ScoutsHoly Family Cafeteria
11amLet's Eat!Food Court
12 noonBiergarten OpensFestival Grounds
12 noonRibeye Steak SandwichesFood Court
12 noonGerman & Hoosier Chicken DinnersFirehouse
3pmWine ContestFreudenfest Hall
12 - 3:30pmThe Rheingold BandFreudenfest Hall
12 - 4pmGrind with the WindFreudenfest Hall
12 noonRoving German MinstrelsFestival Grounds
12 - 3pmJammin GermansBrick Street Stage
4:30 - 7pmGerhard Albinus BandFreudenfest Hall
6pmEureka German BandFreudenfest Hall
8 - 11:30pmThe Chardon Polka BandFreudenfest Hall
8 - 11:30pmThe KlaberheadsBrick Street Stage
9 - 9:30pmThe Chicken DanceFreudenfest Hall

Experience the Freudenfest

Ever dreamed of becoming the ultimate Freudenfester? Now is your chance! Take a tour around the festival and become the ultimate Freudenfester while participating in various activites and events that the festival has to offer. Challenge your family or friends and see who can live up to the tall tasks that lie ahead!

Create Your Experience!

Find Oldenburg

Located on I-74 between Indianapolis IN. & Cincinnati OH.

Take exit 149 & follow IN-229 N

Basic Map to Oldenburg

Parking in Oldenburg

Along with street parking there are 3 lots in Oldenburg to park

Parking Map of Oldenburg

The grass fields along Sycamore with entrances on Vine & Water St. (NOTE: no parking on the basketball courts)

The parking lot behind the Holy Family Church

The Oldenburg Academy Parking will be closed due to the Feldhaus construction.
(Map to be updated)

Park & Ride from Batesville

Find a place to park in Batesville and catch a ride into town on a FREE shuttle provided by the Freudenfest!

The shuttle will drop you off right in front of the festival entrance in Oldenburg.

Batesville Pick-Ups include:

SureStay Plus

(near Kroger)

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The Sherman

(Downtown Batesville)

The Sherman Batesville Image

Quality Inn

(near Arby's)

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Local Accommodations

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Hampton Inn


2 minutes to Freudenfest. Handy to shopping, touring, and exploring. 35 minutes to the riverboat casinos. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, and whirlpool.

1030 State Road 229 N. - Batesville IN, 47006

Hickory Road Inn

Hickory Road Inn


Call for reservations and wake up to a full breakfast at our three bedroom country inn, each room with private bath. Hike & fish or just relax in a peaceful wooded setting.

20116 Hickory Road. - Batesville IN, 47006

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The Sherman


Restored to a grandeur higher than any time in its 165-year history. With historic photographs and contemporary furniture, it’s all beautiful right down to the marble floors.

35 S Main St. - Batesville IN, 47006

Festival Notes

There will be an ATM on site courtesy of Fifth Third Bank

No alocholic beverages are permitted coming into or leaving the festival grounds

Pets are not permitted within the festival grounds except service animals and Dachshund’s participating in the 2:00pm race. We are sorry but we cannot allow pets in the festival. With the heat and crowd it is not a safe or comfortable environment for pets.