Come celebrate with us at our club events. We have the following events:
Please consult our website often for current postings of updates and dates of events.
General Membership Meetings
We have only four general membership meeting per year, generally on a Monday or Tuesday evening. Please consult our bimonthly Zeitung (newsletter) OR this wesbite on the MEETINGS page to be sure of date and locations of each meeting. We have been meeting at Max’s Allegheny Tavern (Northside). Now we may be meeting at either Max’s Allegheny Tavern or the Hofbräuhaus (Southside).
Isartaler Weihnachtsfeier (December)
This is our annual Weihnachtsfeier (Christmas celebration) which we celebrate the Holy Nativity of Christ‘s birth, not during the Advent season, but during the 12 days of Christmas according to the Church‘s tradition. We enjoy delicious cuisine, Glühwein (spiced wine) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread) of the holidays and of course dancing and caroling with the most famous carol of all, “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.“ This coming Weihnachtsfeier will be Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at the Teutonia Männerchor Ratskeller.
Stiftungsfest und Maifest (May)
This Stiftungsfest is our anniversary celebration of the founding as an official Trachten club in North America in Spring 1972. A German dinner is followed by a dance with a German band and formal dance performances by our dancers and guest clubs. This event, in conjunction with Maifest (May-fest) is usually held at the Teutonia Männerchor clubhouse on a weekend in April-May-June. Our Stiftungsfest und Maifest was Saturday, 19 May 2018 at the Teutonia Männerchor.
Jubiläum und Trachten Wallfahrt (May)
Every 5 years, (1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, etc) we celebrate this special Mass in Thanksgiving of the founding of our Verein with a special religious pilgrimage (procession) from the Teutonia Männerchor up to the historic Saint Anthony Chapel in Troy Hill, not only because of its German roots, but more over it is a piligrimage site for many Christians and boasts the most relics in the world outside of the Vatican City.
Vier Länder Gebietsfest (between Memorial and Labor Day, in even number years.)
This biennial Fest is a gathering of the following clubs from PIttsburgh to Ontario, Canada and from Toledo, Ohio to Altoona, PA. This is like a BezierksFest for the East Coast. We have Einzelpreisplattln competition, workshops and end the evening with a banquet and dancing. We hosted the initial Gebietsfest in November 2016 at 7 Springs. The 2020 Gebietsfest will be hosted by G.T.E.V. Alpenrösl in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Gaufest (between Memorial and Labor Day, in odd number years.)
This biennial Fest is a gathering of all the Vereine (clubs) in North America for a 4 day weekend convention-like festival celebrating our traditions, most especially the Einzelpreisplattln and Gruppen Preisplattln, which are the single couple and group dance competitions. This competition is like the “Bavarian dance Olympics“ and the top 5 club place with the number one club receiving the hand-carved trophy from the Bavarian State President Minister. This festival is always in the Summer held sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day and takes place in various cities, as Vereine take turns hosting this Fest. The 27.Gaufest 2019, hosted by S.V. Alt Washingtonia will be in Washington DC, at the Washington Hilton Hotel on July 4th to July 7th.
This festival is usually held in August (15th), which is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The location/date vary each year, due to securing the Church or location, priest, and German band. During this holy Mass, our Kinder bring herbs (Kräuter) forward to the altar to be blessed by the priest, and then these blessed herbs are taken home and used or put on display.
Pittsburgh Folk Festival (various)
This annual festival has over twenty nationalities that come together to celebrate “unity in diversity“ displaying their cultures with song & dance performances, delicious ethnic cuisine and cultural display booths. Our club is honored to represent the “Germans of Pittsburgh.“ Please contact us for discounted tickets! For more information on the Folkfestival itself, along with schedule, entertainment and dates and locations, please visit their website: http://pghfolkfest.org/
Our annual summer picnic with good food, desserts, singing and dancing, games and Gemütlichkeit, and is usually held at the Meadow Park in O‘Hara Township off of Kittaning Pike OR Woodland Park in O’Hara Township off of Dorseyville Road on the second Sunday afternoon in September starting at 2.00 p.m.
This annual church memorial service is held on a Saturday in November and is in honor of all deceased members of our family and friends of the German-American community. Area German choruses participate along with local clergy. Usually following this Memorial Mass, we have a dinner-dance. In 2018 the Gedenkgottesdienst Memorial Mass is the last Saturday in October, October 27th at 6 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, Millvale.
Bavarian Heimatfest (November)
This Fest is an evening celebration of the old Heimat (homeland) with folks songs, dances and skits performed by our members. Our Kindergruppe presents a Brüder Grimm Märchen (Fairytale), and is during the season of Fasching (Mardi Gras) usually held on a Saturday evening anytime between November up through Mardi Gras weekend, and we get some revelry in!