Events

Apr
13
Fri
Bockbierfest
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Every spring, the Sacramento Turn Verein—and thousands of local beer lovers—gather to celebrate the arrival of Bockbier, a traditional Bavarian beer that is dark in color and relatively high in alcohol content. This two-day event includes:

  • German music by the Sacramento Turner Harmonie
  • Bavarian folk dancing
  • Traditional German food
  • Biergarten

We invite you to join us at this lively event, where Bockbier flows like the Sacramento River and German heritage is alive and thriving!

History
According to some records, Bockbiers date back as far as the mid 1200s in Germany—and although their name came from the Hanseatic league town of Einbeck (where the beer was first brewed), a myth says it was derived from the German word for “goat,” which is also “bock.”

By 1380, there were 600 breweries in Einbeck producing Bockbier. Later it was exported to Munich and then all over Europe. With the large demand for Bockbier in Munich, the Einbeck brewmeister was brought to Munich with no chance of returning to Einbeck.

  • Bockbiers generally have a malty character with a caramel and roasted flavor that finishes slightly sweet and come in many styles:
  • Dunkelsbock: traditional dark bock
  • Hellesbock: pale beer that is light in color with a dry finish, almost like a pilsner
  • Maibock: somewhat darker bock that has a definite hops taste
  • Weizenbock: wheat beer brewed to the strength of a Bockbier
  • Doppelbock: double bock with a slightly sweet finish

All Bockbiers fall under the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law established in 1516 by Dukes Willhelm IV and Ludwig X of Bavaria. This law established that beer may be made of only water, malt, and hops. Little was known of yeast back then, so it was not included in the regulations.

 

Apr
14
Sat
Bockbierfest
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Every spring, the Sacramento Turn Verein—and thousands of local beer lovers—gather to celebrate the arrival of Bockbier, a traditional Bavarian beer that is dark in color and relatively high in alcohol content. This two-day event includes:

  • German music by the Sacramento Turner Harmonie
  • Bavarian folk dancing
  • Traditional German food
  • Biergarten

We invite you to join us at this lively event, where Bockbier flows like the Sacramento River and German heritage is alive and thriving!

History
According to some records, Bockbiers date back as far as the mid 1200s in Germany—and although their name came from the Hanseatic league town of Einbeck (where the beer was first brewed), a myth says it was derived from the German word for “goat,” which is also “bock.”

By 1380, there were 600 breweries in Einbeck producing Bockbier. Later it was exported to Munich and then all over Europe. With the large demand for Bockbier in Munich, the Einbeck brewmeister was brought to Munich with no chance of returning to Einbeck.

  • Bockbiers generally have a malty character with a caramel and roasted flavor that finishes slightly sweet and come in many styles:
  • Dunkelsbock: traditional dark bock
  • Hellesbock: pale beer that is light in color with a dry finish, almost like a pilsner
  • Maibock: somewhat darker bock that has a definite hops taste
  • Weizenbock: wheat beer brewed to the strength of a Bockbier
  • Doppelbock: double bock with a slightly sweet finish

All Bockbiers fall under the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law established in 1516 by Dukes Willhelm IV and Ludwig X of Bavaria. This law established that beer may be made of only water, malt, and hops. Little was known of yeast back then, so it was not included in the regulations.

May
6
Sun
Maifest
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Every May, the Sacramento Turn Verein German Language School hosts the Maifest, a family-friendly celebration of the arrival of spring! This festive event includes German Maypole dancers, German music, picnic food, puppet shows, face painting, crafts, story-telling, adult biergarten, Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), and the famous “Maibowle” drink, which contains strawberries soaked in brandy.

Free admission.

Jun
10
Sun
Founders Day
Jun 10 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Held every year to honor the Sacramento Turn Verein founders, this event is for active members and their guests. This anniversary celebration has evolved over the years—and has ranged from a public open-house celebration to more exclusive all-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ festivities.

Sep
16
Sun
Erntedankfest
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The German Harvest Festival, or Erntedankfest, has been the German tradition for giving thanks for a harvest, to sustain the community for another year. Come to a full-course German dinner at the Turn Verein, featuring the Sam’s Hofbrau version of Hungarian Goulash, Spätzle, Rotkohl, and a homemade dessert.  Enjoy the procession of German farmers in their work clothes, displaying their work tools and other farming equipment.

 

Tickets: $20 per person
$15 for currently enrolled college students (with student ID)
$10 for children age 12 and under

 

Payment Methods:
By Check:   Make checks payable to “GACC-Library” and mail it to:

By Credit Card:    Click Here!

 

Reservations are required for this event, seating is limited to 100 people.  Paid reservations must be received by Wednesday, September 12.  If there are seats not reserved, tickets will be available for sale at the door.  Doors will be closed at 3:30 p.m.

We will be collecting canned food at the Erntedankfest. Please bring cans to donate. Danke!

Oct
12
Fri
Oktoberfest
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 13 @ 12:00 am

Sacramento’s best and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration, this famous festival occurs every October and includes:

  • Authentic German Beer on Tap, wine, and German food
  • Outdoor Biergarten
  • Live music from three different bands
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • German music and dancers

Every year, revelers come to the Turn Verein to eat, drink, and dance like a tried-and-true German. It’s like a piece of Munich, right in Sacramento!

History

Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) of Bavaria (the grandfather of “Mad” King Ludwig II) started this historic tradition when he married Princess Theresia of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Ludwig gave an open wedding invitation to the people of Munich—and about 40,000 of them came. The Prince set up tents in a field on the outskirts of Munich, later called ‘Theresienwiese’ (Theresa’s Meadow), in honor of his lady. To entertain the crowd, he organized a horse race and supplied copious amounts of beer. Everyone had such a good time that they decided to hold the horse race (and beer drinking) again the next year, but this time in conjunction with the state agricultural show. The local brewers realized that they could sell a lot of beer in a very short time, which is the reason why it has become a 16-day extravaganza ending the first Sunday in October. The rest, as they say, is history.

Oct
13
Sat
Oktoberfest
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 12:00 am

Sacramento’s best and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration, this famous festival occurs every October and includes:

  • Authentic German Beer on Tap, wine, and German food
  • Outdoor Biergarten
  • Live music from three different bands
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • German music and dancers

Every year, revelers come to the Turn Verein to eat, drink, and dance like a tried-and-true German. It’s like a piece of Munich, right in Sacramento!

History

Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) of Bavaria (the grandfather of “Mad” King Ludwig II) started this historic tradition when he married Princess Theresia of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Ludwig gave an open wedding invitation to the people of Munich—and about 40,000 of them came. The Prince set up tents in a field on the outskirts of Munich, later called ‘Theresienwiese’ (Theresa’s Meadow), in honor of his lady. To entertain the crowd, he organized a horse race and supplied copious amounts of beer. Everyone had such a good time that they decided to hold the horse race (and beer drinking) again the next year, but this time in conjunction with the state agricultural show. The local brewers realized that they could sell a lot of beer in a very short time, which is the reason why it has become a 16-day extravaganza ending the first Sunday in October. The rest, as they say, is history.

Dec
1
Sat
Christkindlmarkt
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

19th Annual Christkindlmarkt. Benefiting multiple charities in the Sacramento area.

Christmas Music, Arts, Crafts, Ornaments,Cookies and Cakes for sale, Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein, Authentic Saint Nick.

In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas Markets, the Sacramento Turn Verein offers the community an annual Christkindlmarkt for holiday shopping and entertainment. Highlights of this festive weekend-long event include:

  • 28 booths featuring local vendors
  • Lebkuchen and Magenbrot, traditional German baked Christmas treats
  • Glühwein, also known as mulled wine
  • Daily appearances of Santa Claus and the German Christkind

Note: All vendor stations for the 2016 Christkindlmarkt are sold out.  To join the waiting list for 2017 vendor’s, call 916-442-7360 or email stv@sacramentoturnverein.com.

History
In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the town’s Christmas Market, also called a Christkindlmarkt (which literally means Christ child market). Generally held in the town square and pedestrian zones, the market combines food and drink in the open air, shopping and pageantry, as well as tradition. On opening night and, in some towns, every night, onlookers welcome the Christkind, or Christ child, in the form of a golden-haired angel, played by a local youth.

Some of the most popular items at the market are:

  • Crèche, nativity scenes
  • Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums)
  • Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers)
  • Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds)
  • Christstollen or Stollen (a sort of egg bread with candied fruit)

The most famous Christmas markets are held in the cities of Nürnberg, Dresden, and Stuttgart, making them very popular tourist stops. Each year, the Nürnberg and Dresden markets draw about two million visitors, and the Stuttgart market attracts more than three million visitors. Other well-known markets are held in Köln, Bonn, Lübeck, Wien, Salzburg, and Villach.

Dec
2
Sun
Christkindlmarkt
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

19th Annual Christkindlmarkt. Benefiting multiple charities in the Sacramento area.

Christmas Music, Arts, Crafts, Ornaments,Cookies and Cakes for sale, Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein, Authentic Saint Nick.

In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas Markets, the Sacramento Turn Verein offers the community an annual Christkindlmarkt for holiday shopping and entertainment. Highlights of this festive weekend-long event include:

  • 28 booths featuring local vendors
  • Lebkuchen and Magenbrot, traditional German baked Christmas treats
  • Glühwein, also known as mulled wine
  • Daily appearances of Santa Claus and the German Christkind

Note: All vendor stations for the 2016 Christkindlmarkt are sold out.  To join the waiting list for 2017 vendor’s, call 916-442-7360 or email stv@sacramentoturnverein.com.

History In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the town’s Christmas Market, also called a Christkindlmarkt (which literally means Christ child market). Generally held in the town square and pedestrian zones, the market combines food and drink in the open air, shopping and pageantry, as well as tradition. On opening night and, in some towns, every night, onlookers welcome the Christkind, or Christ child, in the form of a golden-haired angel, played by a local youth. Some of the most popular items at the market are:

  • Crèche, nativity scenes
  • Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums)
  • Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers)
  • Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds)
  • Christstollen or Stollen (a sort of egg bread with candied fruit)

The most famous Christmas markets are held in the cities of Nürnberg, Dresden, and Stuttgart, making them very popular tourist stops. Each year, the Nürnberg and Dresden markets draw about two million visitors, and the Stuttgart market attracts more than three million visitors. Other well-known markets are held in Köln, Bonn, Lübeck, Wien, Salzburg, and Villach.