Food & Drink


July 15th & 16th

Oldenburg Freudenfest
July 14th & 15th

Our Mission

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

The mission today is the same; To provide a high quality festival that celebrates the richness of our German Heritage through people having a fun day with their family and friends.

Ich Liebe Oldenburg!


Friday July 15th

  • 5:00 p.m. Kids Games Begin
  • 5:00 p.m. Bier Garden Opens
  • 5 - 6 p.m. Music by Dave Smith & Randy Underhill
  • 5 - 6 p.m. My Old Man's Band (Brick Street Stage)
  • 6 - 10 p.m. Let's Eat! (Freudenfest Fester Sandwich, Bratts, Metts, and more!)
  • 6:00 p.m. Burgermeister Proclamation
  • 6:15 p.m. Festival Blessing
  • 6:20 p.m.Presentation of Freudenfest Scholarship to Oldenburg Academy Students
  • 6:20 p.m. Germania Jagdhorn Blasergruppe
  • 6:20 p.m. Roving German Minstrels by Ken & Mary
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Happy Valley Bluegrass Band (On Brick Street near Pub)
  • 7:00 p.m. Live Auction
  • 8 - 11 p.m. Pros't Band
  • 8 - 11 p.m. 5 Lights
  • 9:00 p.m. Still Crazy After all These Years/Beers Contest

Saturday July 16th

  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast (Holy Family Cafeteria)
  • 7:00 a.m. Die Wanderung
  • 8:00 a.m. Radfahren
  • 11:00 a.m. Old Farm Machinery Display
  • 11:00 a.m. Let's Eat!
  • 12:00 noon The Rheingold Band
  • 12:00 noon Bier Garden Opens
  • 12:00 noon German & Hoosier Chicken Dinners
  • 12:00 noon Rib-eye Steak Sandwiches
  • 12:00 noon Roving German Minstrels by Ken & Mary
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Alpine Express (Brick Street Stage)
  • 1 - 4 p.m. Michela Farm Tours
  • 1:00 p.m. Kids Games & Attractions
  • 2:00 p.m. Dachshund Races
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m.Jugendgruppe (Donauschwaben Youth Group Dancers
  • 3:00 p.m. Der German Games
  • 3:00 p.m. Die Fledermauschen Tanzgruppe
  • 3:00 p.m. Wine Tasting Contest
  • 3:00 p.m. Dress for the Fest
  • 3:30 p.m. The Schnitzelbank Salute
  • 4:30 p.m. The Pie Auction
  • 5:20 p.m. Oldenburg Academy Car/Cash Raffle
  • 5:25 p.m. Photo Contest Winner Announced
  • 5:30 p.m. Die Fledermauschen Tanzgruppe
  • 5:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church
  • 5:45 p.m. Children's 1K Fun Run
  • 6:00 p.m. Eureka German Band
  • 6:30 p.m. 5K Oldenburg Lauf
  • 7:41 p.m. Stein Holding Finals
  • 9 - 11 p.m. Pros't Band (Brick Street Stage)
  • 8 - 11 p.m. The Rheingold Band
  • 10:00 p.m. Holy Family Raffle Drawing
  • 10:35 p.m. POS Club Meeting & Membership Drive


From Indianapolis

- I-465 South or East to I-74 East (toward Cincinnati)
- I-74 East approx 60 miles to Exit 149 (Batesville Exit)
- Left off exit, on Indiana State Route 229 approx 2.5 miles
- 229 goes directly into the heart of Oldenburg

From Cincinnati

- I-275 West (toward Indianapolis)
- I-74 West, approx 30 miles to Exit 149 (Batesville Exit)
- Right off exit, on Indiana State Route 229 approx 2.5 miles
- 229 goes directly into the heart of Oldenburg


Along with the street parking, there are some available parking lots (Marked in Red).

One parking lot is in the Holy Family Church parking lot located on Main St.

The other parking lot is located is the grass field along Sycamore St. Entrances located on both Water St. and Vine St.


Freudenfest proudly offers a FREE shuttle!

Catch a ride on the shuttle starting at 5:00pm both Friday and Saturday! The shuttle will make regular stops in Batesville.

The shuttle will pick up & drop off at the festival in front of the Main St Entrance.
In Batesville the shuttle will pick up & drop off at:
Hampton Inn near Kroger
Comfort Inn near Arby's
In front of the Sherman House

Festival Map

From a pie auction to stein holding...
the Freudenfest offers many activities!

Enjoy watching others as they participate, but feel free to join in on the fun!

Stroll through the food court to discover the vast options to choose from.

Those options dont stop with the food. Explore the festival to find the perfect German draught beer.

There is a wide variety of entertainment at the Freudenfest. Enjoy great music, learn some German dancing, or even take in some history. Starting with our opening ceremony Friday Night, the entertainment does not stop until Midnight on Saturday!

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