Bavaria, you’re invited to the 57th German-American Volksfest at Grafenwoehr’s Camp Kasserine July 31 Aug. 2.
How much does it cost?
Entrance into the fest is free. Food, beverages and rides are available for sale.
What can I expect?
This is Germany’s largest German-American Volksfest. There will be rides, music, a high-wire act, face-painting, booths with souvenirs and gift items, food tents, jumpy castles, car and bike displays, and Army static displays. See schedule below.
Will there be an employee assembly?
Yes, the Garrison Commander, Col. Mark Colbrook, will speak to the garrison employees at a garrison employee assembly Fri, July 31 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Volksfest’s MWR tent. Col. Colbrook will discuss the latest employee news and updates.
Will there be garrison service closures as a result of this employee assembly?
Yes, some services will close early Fri, July 31. You can always view garrison closures on our Facilities & Grounds calendar.
Will there be discounted rides again this year?
Yes, reduced fares at all rides will be available during family day, Fri, July 31, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
How do I get there?
All gates are open to ID cardholders. The main entrance to the Volksfest, however, is through Gate 6 on B-299 across from the Gründerzentrum Grafenwöhr. Non-DOD cardholders must enter through Gate 6. The only exit is through Gate 4. When entering Gate 6, follow the signs to the parking areas. During the weekend, all traffic between Tower and Rose Barracks must use B299 unless drivers have a fest pass, which allows access to Chancellorsville Road (between Gate 9/near the AAFES shoppette and Gate 4 at Tanzfleck). For example, if you who drive in from Eschenbach, you must enter Gate 6 and exit Gate 4 (Tanzfleck). We highly recommend that DOD cardholders park on-post and take the shuttle bus to avoid traffic. The on-post shuttle is for ID cardholders only. See shuttle schedule below.
Can I use public transportation to get there?
Yes, public shuttle buses run every 15 – 30 minutes to take visitors from the parking areas downtown to the fest grounds. The bus stops are located near the Grafenwoehr outdoor pool (Waldbad), at Marienplatz in front of the town hall, at the German post office on Alte Amberger Straße and at the Gründerzentrum at B-299, across from Gate 6. A roundtrip ticket costs €2. Children age 14 and under ride free.
My friends are not affiliated with the DOD. Can I bring them?
Yes, but enter through the main entrance at Gate 6.
Can I bring my pet?
Yes, but you must have your pet on a leash. Also, be advised that there will be large crowds and lots of noise. The Volksfest may not be in the best interest of your pet.
What kind of food will be available for sale?
Food and beverages include American ice cream, BBQ ribs, tacos, nachos, chili, corn-on-the-cob, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, baked potatoes, gyros, smoked fish, Chinese food, bratwurst and Bavarian Schweinehaxen.
Can I bring my own beer?
You are prohibited from bringing your own alcohol, food, coolers, backpacks, large bags and pouches. Food and beer will be available for sale.
Will there be a military equipment display again this year?
Yes, static German and American military vehicles and equipment will be on display during the entire Volksfest.
Will there be live bands?
Yes. Live music will include traditional Bavarian music, rock, pop, soul, funk and country music. Country star and Army veteran Craig Morgan plays Friday and Saturday night. Additionally, expect to see the Pressath Band, the Kemnath City Band, the BayerwaldHexn, the Ehenbachtaler band from Hirschau, the Dießfurt brass band and Rubix Kube. See schedule below.
How late can I go?
Gate 6 will close to inbound traffic at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Are there any safety or security concerns?
While this will have no impact on the Volksfest, a protest group, The German Peace Association, is holding a vigil outside of Rose Barracks Gate 1 Sat, Aug. 1 beginning at 3 p.m. While the event is expected to be peaceful, the Rose Barracks community is highly encouraged not to use the gate at that time in case of traffic disruptions.
Friday, July 31
Saturday, Aug. 1
Sunday, Aug. 2