We have many departments for various interests. Our departments have meetings, activities, and events that happen throughout the year. Find out more about what the Germania Verein has to offer below!
The carnival season is celebrated every year, starting on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and ending on Ash Wednesday in February. Our group holds a traditional Costume Ball at our club house which is always well attended.
The Carnival Group is a member of German-American Mardi Gras Association (GAMGA), an umbrella organization for all the carnival groups within the U.S. and Canada. Every year this association holds a big carnival event in Las Vegas, which is attended by approximately 1400 carnival lovers coming from as far as Germany.
We also have other get-togethers with good food and dancing, enjoying each other’s company.
In our present form we have been carrying on the best of German classical and folk musical tradition since 1973, when the Germania Women’s Choir and Germania Men’s Choir combined into one choir. The Germania Mixed Choir has been enjoying an especially creative period under the direction of our directress Diana Mayper, a choral music specialist who has been with us for 10 years). With over 30 women and men singers, we have been impressing listeners all around the Bay Area.
If you are interested in joining our club, the first step is to visit us during our monthly rehearsals at our historic clubhouse’s spacious dance floor. Neither prior dance experience nor fluency in the German language is necessary to join us. Prospective members are eligible after three visits to our clubhouse and participation in any of our activities, whether they are social, rehearsal or performances. We want to get to know you all, and for you all to get to know us!
Our dancing activities include: Country Western, Bohemian, Polish & German Polka, Waltz, Schottische, Rheinlander, and Folk Dancing. Our dance section meets monthly, generally on the last Friday of the month, from 8pm until our feet hurt, throughout the year (except July). A social no-host Stammtisch (happy hour) usually follows rehearsal at our Jägerstube (upstairs bar) or at Ludwig’s German Table, our award-winning in-house restaurant. For more information, call 415.572.6490 or email us. Auf geht’s!
Each Fall, the Germania Schützen Verein hosts a traditional dinner dance in full uniform splendor, reminiscent of an earlier time. We never miss the opportunity to enjoy food, beverage and comraderie at our monthly meetings and target shootings.
The highlight of our year is the Annual Schützenfest and presentation of our king or queen. Our royalty reigns over our annual King’s Ball, hosts social events including the Summer King’s Party, and represents our Verein at other shooting events. In addition to honoring our king or queen, we recognize our top shooters, the accomplishments of all members, and their important life events.
The Schützen remain very active in supporting the Germania Verein and its many cultural and social functions.