There’s always plenty of big fun in “Little Bavaria.” Springtime is the kick-off to many festivals and events in Frankenmuth. Our annual celebrations bring in people from all over America and the world. Come join the fun! Click the links to register or get more information.


German Wine Dinner

When: March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: $65 per person. Reservations and prepayment required. 

Menu prepared by Silver Plate Award Winner Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, CEC.

Featuring Bavarian Inn’s Private Label German Wines along with a guest speaker from Great Lakes Wine & Spirits.


The Great Taste of Frankenmuth

When: March 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Where: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

Cost: $25 per person

Approximately 30 Frankenmuth area food and beverage vendors will serve up their finest dish or drink. Event is held at both Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Bavarian Inn Restaurant. For just $25, taste the delightful bites and beverages from over 30 Frankenmuth area vendors. A raffle will also be held.

Tickets are available now from any Frankenmuth Noon Rotarian, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Bavarian Inn Restaurant or at the door.

Proceeds go toward the Frankenmuth Scout Building and the Rotary Helping Hands Fund.


St. Paddy’s Day Eve at Michigan on Main

When: March 14 all day, music starting at 7 p.m.

Where: Michigan on Main Bar and Grill located inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: Free

Who is ready for some St. Paddy’s day fun? Dress in your St. Paddy’s attire and get your Irish on all day at Michigan on Main. Green beer, plus Irish food features and special giveaways. Frankenmuth’s own Gemütlichkeit Club will be performing German tunes with an Irish twist later in the evening. 



Bavarian Easter Celebration

When: March 27 to April 26 

Where: All over Frankenmuth, MI

Cost: Free

The tradition of decorating Easter Fountains in Germany is over 200 years old and many cities and villages in Franconia, Germany, still follow the tradition. Since Franconia is the area from which the early settlers originated, we thought it appropriate to mirror the Osterbrunnen tradition in our city. Frankenmuth festively celebrates Easter with unique and colorful egg displays throughout town.


Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 11 at 9 a.m. 

Where: Harvey Kern Community Pavilion at Heritage Park

Cost: Free to attend

Enjoy a day with your family at our Easter Egg Hunt. This special event includes inflatables, prizes, candy, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance to do the Bunny Hop and an Easter Egg Hunt.


Easter Buffet 

When: April 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge

Cost: Ticket prices vary, click the link for more information.

Sit back, relax, and let us do the work! Enjoy a bountiful holiday buffet prepared by the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Enjoy more family time, no mess, and no clean up. Call today at 1-989-652-7200 to make reservations. 


Bringin’ Back the 80s Festival 

When: April 17 to April 18

Where: Harvey Kern Community Pavilion at Heritage Park

Cost: $15 each for pre-sale. All ages are welcome on Friday but may not be suitable for all ages. Saturday is 21 and over and pre-sale only. Parking is free. 

Bring back totally awesome memories by celebrating the music, trends and events of the 1980’s. Peg your stonewashed jeans, tease your hair, and grab your friends…This is your chance to relive the 1980s! Outrageous Live Cover Bands, Best Dressed Contest, a huge display of 80’s Memorabilia and Video Games, Breakdancing Show and much more.

Bands: Friday – 80s Gone Wild, Saturday – Slick Jimmy, Jedi Mind Trip

Don’t drink and drive! There will be shuttles running between the festival and all hotels in Frankenmuth and Birch Run. 


Mother’s Day Buffet

When: May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge

Cost: Details coming soon to

Treat your mom to her favorite food! Skip the hassle of preparing a feast and let us take of the meal so you can spend quality time with your loved ones. Call today at 1-888-775-6343 to make reservations. 


Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival

When: May 14 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Cost: Free to attend

It’s time for the Funtown Chowdown, Frankenmuth’s 4th Annual Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops!

The fun takes place the second Thursday of each month – May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, and September 10. That’s five chances to treat yourself and your family to excellent food, beer, and family fun.

Each festival will feature around 20 food trucks, a live music and beer tent, seating for over 1,000 with a designated handicap parking area, children’s play village, and additional activities for families.

Don’t miss out on the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival 2020!


World Expo of Beer

When: May 15 to May 16

Where: Harvey Kern Community Pavilion at Heritage Park

Cost: Ticket prices vary

Bringing you the 24th anniversary of the WORLD EXPO OF BEER!! With over 80 breweries and 400+ different beers, this is a can’t miss beer festival to kick off the summer! All proceeds are donated back to area community groups, civic groups, non-profits and volunteer organizations! 


Lunch with the Ice Queen 

When: May 17 at 11 a.m. 

Where: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: $35 per person or $50 VIP (VIP SOLD OUT). Reservations and prepayment required. 

Enjoy lunch with Her Majesty, Snow Princess, Ice Harvester and Lovable Snowman! Activities include singing, dancing, photo opportunities and more!


Balloons Over Bavarian Inn

When: May 22 to May 25

Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops Field

Cost: Free

Join us for family fun this Memorial Day weekend 2020! Watch Hot Air Balloons take to the skies and compete May 22-25. Enjoy Hot Air Balloon glows and getting up close to the balloons Fri, Sat and Sun evenings after the flights! 


Frankenmuth Dog Bowl 

When: May 23 to May 24

Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops Field

Cost: Free to attend

A FREE FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL! Check out the World’s Largest Olympic Style Festival for dogs! Over 25 fun dog events! A pet parade, wiener dog races, border collie sheep herding demos, dock diving and disc dog competitions, barn hunt demos, and much more! Bring your family and your dogs! Please note–all dogs must be on leashes! Please go to our website for more information 


Bourbon Dinner 

When: May 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Cost: $70 per person includes meal, featured bourbons, a gift from Maker’s Mark, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment required.

Expand your tasting palate while sipping exceptional bourbon along with a gourmet meal.

Featuring bourbons from Maker’s Mark Distillery along with guest speakers Alli Dodson, Maker’s Mark Event Manager and 2007 Frankenmuth High School Graduate and Greta Harper, Maker’s Mark Diplomat.


Wine Tasting and Bracelet Making Class

When: Every Friday at 6 p.m.

Where: Bead Haven inside Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Cost: $20 per person

Sick of being cooped up? Get out with some friends and try your hand at bracelet making! At Bead Haven, $20 will get you four large samples of Modern Craft Wine and one of four different styles of bracelets to design. Make a night of it and grab dinner downtown, or explore the River Place Shops afterwards.


Friday Fun Nights

When: Every Friday between Memorial Day to Labor Day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Frankenmuth’s Main Street

Cost: Free to attend

Main Street comes alive from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with live music and street performers. Discover talented musicians from around the state as well as some local favorites. Face painting, balloon twisting and magicians, oh my! The lineup changes weekly, so be sure to check the website or our Facebook page for what fun awaits along Main Street. Entertainment is free, but if you happen upon an act you enjoy, consider throwing them a few bucks to keep them coming back!


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