Cancelled for 2021
“The Wurst Fest in the Midwest – a Celebration of All Things Sausage!” Professional meat processors attend from all over Missouri, with samples and products for sale. Professional and amateur sausage-making competition, Kraut making class, German dancing and music. And the crowd-pleasing Weiner Dog Derby may well turn Hermann into the Weiner Dog Capital of the World!
Third weekend of May
Maifest is an old-fashioned celebration of spring and Hermann’s German heritage, with German music, dancing, food, and parades. Add Maypole dancers, children’s games, heritage tours, beer gardens, and an outdoor market for shopping, and visitors can enjoy an amazing small-town celebration.
After being cancelled in 2020, the Maifest returns with concerts and an exciting new version of an outdoor market on May 15, 2021. Check the Calendar of Events for the latest developments.
First full weekend of June (Rescheduled for 2021)
Town and country tours of private gardens filled with early summer flowers, herbs, and/or vegetables. A walking tour of public town gardens designed and supported by the Garden Club. Visitors can chat with many gardeners.
July 3rd and 4th
Hermann’s Freedomfest is an annual Fourth of July celebration that spills over to other July days. July 4th events include a parade, games, food booths, music at Riverfront Park, and a concert by Hermann’s Municipal Band at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheatre. The event ends with a fantastic fireworks display over the Missouri River.
Postponed until August 27-29, 2021 — one weekend prior to Labor Day weekend
Nearly 35 world-class talented jazz artists will converge on everything from Hermann’s accommodations to its amphitheater for a getaway weekend to wine country. Not only will there be high-energy, outdoor performances, but also an education. Regional artists will combine previously untapped talent to form improvisational masterpieces. As Missouri’s only wine and jazz festival amongst the vineyards for six years, these FREE shows are truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Visitors can travel safely and easily with discounts on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner and then walk the four short blocks from the train station to Hermann’s Amphitheater.
All weekends in October
Each October, amid a backdrop of brilliant Missouri fall colors, Hermann hosts Oktoberfest, a celebration of the town’s German heritage, the autumn season, good food, wine, beer, and music. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will see some changes. We want visitors to have a good time; we also want visitors, as well as those individuals and groups who bring us Oktoberfest activities, to be as safe as possible.
One of the beauties of Hermann’s Oktoberfest is that events are spaced out all around our German town and countryside. There is plenty of room to distance while celebrating! This year we provide information about the COVID-19 policies of businesses and events at VisitHermann.com. “COVID-19 Business Updates” in the top purple bar of each page gives a list of business days/hours of operation and notes on possible COVID adjustments and policies.
You can see 2020 upcoming events at https://visithermann.com/events/. We suggest you check the calendar before you plan to depart for Hermann, and even after you arrive in Hermann, to see any changes.
Please remember, even though some traditional events and activities may be somewhat different, or even cancelled, in 2020, visitors will still be able to enjoy German food (schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut or pretzels) and a glass of wine, beer or spirits. And the great outdoors will still be here with the usual fall colors and fantastic weather. Hiking, biking, and watching the Missouri River roll by are amazing ways to celebrate October in Hermann!
Christmastime in Hermann
The four weekends before Christmas
Christmastime is magical in our German village, where holiday traditions date back centuries. Beginning with a traditional Lantern Parade just after Thanksgiving and ending with the annual ringing of the bell in the Clock Tower to usher in the New Year, Hermann has much to offer visitors of all ages.