The Downtowners of Bismarck host an annual event called German Days in Downtown Bismarck. German Days is a celebration of all things German, including German and Germans from Russia music, food and beer.
Thursday evening kicks off with a Ceremonial Keg Tapping! Friday afternoon, Kinderfest will feature German storytelling, fairytales and activities for kids. Saturday our Steinhoisting contest and games! Staging is set all three days for authentic live entertainment including polka music, clogging, oom-pah music and activities. Authentic German-styled beer is served along with traditional foods.
The community is encouraged to get in the spirit of Bismarck’s and North Dakota’s German heritage by wearing traditional German clothing such as lederhosen, dirndls, or other German celebratory garb as well as dance the polka. Steins, clothing and other German items featuring Bismarck’s German Days will be available for purchase at the event.
The location of German Days will be the Depot parking lot along Main Ave between 4th and 5thStreets. Admission: $5/Adult Day Pass– Kids 12 & Under FREE
Bismarck was originally named Edwinton in 1872, however railroad leaders changed the city name to Bismarck in 1873, honoring German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck in an effort to attract German settlers to the area. German is currently the top ancestry of residents in Bismarck.