Frankenmuth Annual Events
To show that "No Town Wears Winter Like Frankenmuth," warm-hearted Frankenmuth residents and over 150,000 visitors enjoy Zehnder’s Snowfest. International snow sculptors and ice carving teams compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to advance in their areas of expertise. Visitors come for weeks after the event to enjoy the beauty of this fragile artwork.
In May, all eyes look skyward as the annual Skyfest takes flight. Hundreds of colorful kites in all sizes and shapes are flown during a day of fun and competition.
Also in May is Frankenmuth’s newest event, The World Expo of Beer (WEB). The WEB features more than 150 beers for sampling from breweries around the world as well as a variety of famous Frankenmuth food specialties. Over 2,000 beer lovers "tap" into the World Expo of Beer.
The annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is held in June. This city-wide celebration of German heritage includes ethnic foods and entertainment, parades, arts and crafts, music, dancing, and traditional events. The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival has been recognized as a "Top 100 events in North America" by the American Bus Association. Hundreds of local volunteers run the festival under the leadership of a Civic Events Council. Proceeds are invested in future festivals or to fund community service projects.
The bang in Frankenmuth’s annual Fourth of July celebration is more than a display of fireworks. It’s the sound of the starting gun for the Volksläufe or "People’s Race" which attracts more than 2,000 runners. The Volksläufe sponsored by the Frankenmuth Jaycees is ranked by runners as one of the most scenic in Michigan. All events including the fireworks, spaghetti feast, music and activities take place on July 4 each year.
The Summer Music Fest is held in August each year and features all styles of musical entertainment. Bands from throughout the United States will perform polkas, big band sounds, music from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, and country music. This festival also features a variety of ethnic food booths, free polka dance lessons, and two 60’ by 80’ wooden dance floors for visitors to enjoy.
September is the month for festivals in Frankenmuth, beginning with the Frankenmuth AutoFest. Over 1,800 cars are on display in Heritage Park. This tranquil setting allows for a classic and muscle car display against a scenic background. The Frankenmuth Oldies Festival, held in conjunction with the AutoFest, is an opportunity to hear music from the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s.
And of course, what German town would be complete without an Oktoberfest! The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest is a four day traditional German festival in September featuring ethnic music, authentic beer imported from Munich, and famous Frankenmuth food. The Oktoberfest has been recognized as a "Top 100 Event in North America" by the American Bus Association and is located next to the Cass River in downtown Frankenmuth.
Christmas time in Frankenmuth is officially kicked off the day after Thanksgiving with the Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk organized by the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. This grand celebration takes place in the entire city and includes such activities as: the official lighting of the Zehnder Park, Christmas concerts by local choirs, a visit from Santa, free refreshments, a Christmas walk through Frankenmuth’s unique shopping area, and many other activities.