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Outdoor German Picnic With Beer, Food & Dance

Hosted by a member of the Detroit Explorers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 27 Jul 16:00 - 23:00

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Nearly 80 years ago, a handful of German immigrants banded together, borrowed $600 and bought a wooded tract of land outside of Ann Arbor to practice their traditional dances and celebrate Bavarian culture.

And every summer since then, the aptly named German Park has hosted summer picnics with a spread of German and American fare, Bavarian and Michigan beer, Oompah bands and folk dancing, sometimes drawing as many as 3,000 to 5,000 people to the 10-acre site on Pontiac Trail, north of Ann Arbor.

“We have carried on the tradition of good music, good dance, good beer, good food and good, clean fun,” says Wally Jarvis, president of German Park Recreation Club. “The picnics are a total blast. It’s a good place to bring family and friends.”

Before buying the land in Protected content , the German community in Ann Arbor met wherever they could, finding an empty lot or along a local lake to dance, play music and drink beer.

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Parking: Free
Entrance Fee: $5.00