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:
|Entertainment & Activities|
|5pm||Kids Games||Stone Church Yard|
|6pm||Burgermeister Proclamation||Freudenfest Hall|
|6pm||Festival Blessing||Freudenfest Hall|
|6:20pm||Presentation of the OA Scholarship||Freudenfest Hall|
|6:20pm||Germania Jagdhorn Blasergruppe||Freudenfest Hall|
|9pm||Schnitzelbank Salute||Freudenfest Hall|
|5 - 6pm||Derek Foster||Freudenfest Hall|
|5 - 9pm||Grind with the Wind||Brick Street Entrance|
|5 - 9pm||Roving German Minstrels||Festival Ground|
|5:30 - 7:30pm||The Austin Tyler Lee Band||Brick Street Stage|
|6:20pm||Happy Valley Blue Grass Band||Corner of Town Hall|
|8 - 11:30pm||Pros't Band||Freudenfest Hall|
|8 - 11:30pm||5 Lights||Brick Street Stage|
|Food & Drink|
|5pm||Biergarten Opens||Festival Grounds|
|6 - 10pm||Let's Eat! - Food Court Opens||Food Court|
|11am||Old Farm Mcahinery Display||Brick Street|
|1 - 5pm||Magic by Matt||Festival Grounds|
|1:30 - 2pm||Jugendgruppe||Freudenfest Hall|
|2pm||Dachshund Dog Races||Brick Street|
|2 - 6pm||Cincinnati Stilt Walkers||Festival Grounds|
|2:30 - 3pm||Die Feldermauschen Tanzegruppe||Freudenfest Hall|
|3:30pm||Schnitzelbank Salute||Freudenfest Hall|
|5 - 5:30pm||Die Feldermauschen Tanzegruppe||Freudenfest Hall|
|7 - 11am||Die Wanderung||Pig Tail Alley|
|8:00am||Radfahren||Pig Tail Alley|
|10am||Oldenburg Academy Twister 5k Lauf||Munchel Park|
|1 - 4pm||Michaela Farm Tours||Festival Grounds|
|1pm||Kids Games & Attractions||Stone Church Yard|
|3pm||Der German Games||Festival Grounds|
|3pm||Dress for the Fest||Festival Grounds|
|4:30pm||Pie Auction||Freudenfest Hall|
|5:25pm||Photo Contest Winner||Freudenfest Hall|
|5:30pm||Mass at Holy Family Church||Holy Family|
|7:30pm||Oldenburg Academy Car/Cash Raffle||Freudenfest Hall|
|7:41pm||Stein Holding Finals||Freudenfest Hall|
|Food & Drink|
|7am||Breakfast by the Boy Scouts||Holy Family Cafeteria|
|11am||Let's Eat!||Food Court|
|12 noon||Biergarten Opens||Festival Grounds|
|12 noon||Ribeye Steak Sandwiches||Food Court|
|12 noon||German & Hoosier Chicken Dinners||Firehouse|
|3pm||Wine Contest||Freudenfest Hall|
|12 - 3:30pm||The Rheingold Band||Freudenfest Hall|
|12 - 4pm||Grind with the Wind||Freudenfest Hall|
|12 noon||Roving German Minstrels||Festival Grounds|
|12 - 3pm||Jammin Germans||Brick Street Stage|
|4:30 - 7pm||Gerhard Albinus Band||Freudenfest Hall|
|6pm||Eureka German Band||Freudenfest Hall|
|8 - 11:30pm||The Chardon Polka Band||Freudenfest Hall|
|8 - 11:30pm||The Klaberheads||Brick Street Stage|
|9 - 9:30pm||The Chicken Dance||Freudenfest Hall|
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!
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)
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:
2 minutes to Freudenfest. Handy to shopping, touring, and exploring. 35 minutes to the riverboat casinos. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, and whirlpool.
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.
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.