Events

Jun
3
Sun
Founders Day
Jun 3 @ 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.