The GAF is the largest ethnic Festival in Northwest Ohio. Every August, we celebrate our German and Swiss heritage for 3 days at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon, OH. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the GAF website at: www.germanamericanfestival.net
Looking for a venue to host a wedding or party? We offer both indoor and outdoor accomodations to host any event. The Chalet, our indoor hall, holds up to 340 people. The Schwabenhalle outdoor picnic pavillion is part of our 94 acre grounds, which host nearly 10,000 people a day during the GAF. For more information or to reserve a date for either venue, please call or email:
Rental Chairman, Ron Duschl
Looking for an authentic, affordable German meal? Look no further than the Black Forest Cafe. Located on the grounds of Oak Shade Grove, this fantastic restaurant has amazing German food complete with German/Swiss decor and ambience. For more information, check out the BFC website:
American Turners - Toledo
The American Turners - Toledo is a society with over 70 years of history. They support physical, cultural and social programs for the entire family. Boys' and girls' gymnastics are held at:
The Toledo Turner Gymnastics Building
26280 Glenwood Rd.
Perrysburg, OH 43551
Bavarian Sports Club
The Bavarian Sports Club is the "last remaining private German clubhouse in the greater Toledo area." They came together to promote German and Bavarian culture in Toledo. While originally started by soccer players in 1930, they also have 2 dance groups, D'Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattler Gruppe and the Deutsche Volkstanz Gruppe (in partnership with the Toledo Turners), an active Ladies Auxiliary, and a Motorcycle Riding Club. Their clubhouse is located at:
2102 Lagrange St.
Toledo, OH 43608
Bayerischer Unterstützungs Verein
Founded in 1883 to perpetuate Bavarian culture and to help its members become "loyal U.S. citizens," the Bayerischer Unterstützungs Verein brings together those who share a common heritage and assists members and their families in coping with illness and death. A resultant benefit was the social camaraderie the club provided. Through the bonds of friendship and with the welfare of its members at heart, an important part of its mission is providing members with unparalleled insurance coverage.
GBU Financial Life - District 510
Toledo Holzhacker Buam
GBU is a not-for-profit, fraternal benefit society providing life insurance and annuities (IRAs and savings plans). Members of District 510 get together for community, social, educational, and patriotic involvement. The club promotes cultural, charitable, recreational, sport, and social activities for the entire family. District 510 sponsors the Toledo Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattler Gruppe.
Schwäbischer Unterstützungs Verein
Founded in 1884, the Toledo Schwäbischer Unterstützungs Verein is dedicated to preserving the customs and traditions of Swabia (Schwaben) in southwest Germany. The Schwaben Verein sponsors three annual events: the Bockbier Fest in the spring, the Waldfest in the summer, and the Schwäbische Kirchweih in the fall.
Teutonia Männerchor u. Damenchor
The Teutonia Männerchor, founded in 1867 as a German men's chorus, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of German song. It is the oldest continuing performing arts organization in the Toledo area and the oldest of the seven societies. The Damenchor, or ladies' chorus, was founded in 1969. Komm sing mit uns!
Toledo United Swiss
The Toledo United Swiss - the Toledo Swiss Men's and Ladies' Societies and the Toledo Swiss Singers - have joined forces to preserve the culture and music of Switzerland and unite the Swiss of Toledo in friendship.