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German-American Friendship Month

The German-American Friendship Month offers a wide variety of lectures, wine tasting, Kasperltheater (puppet theater), exhibitions- and, of course, don’t forget the German beer and food! Get together at the annual Steuben Parade and Central Park Oktoberfest on September 15. For detailed information on the events, please visit:

2012 German-American Friendship Month Events:

Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.
Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, NYC

Erick-Kurz-Memorial-Lecture, sponsored by the Steuben Society of America.

Much is known about Baron von Steuben, his military career and his services to the Continental Army at Valley Forge – much, however, is based on myth and misinformation. Join Nancy Demyttenaere, from the Steuben Memorial State Historic Site, as she reveals new findings exploring Steuben’s years in New York City, the influence of Masonic principles on his life, and his complex personality. Held at the historic Fraunces Tavern, this event includes a three-course Dinner, Beer and Wine. Tickets: $95 at

Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Goethe Institute, 72 Spring Street, NYC

Willie Glückstern, German wine agent, educator and author, debuts 20 German wines from his exciting 2011 portfolio. Herr Glückstern’s personal tastes are closely aligned to those of the wine drinker at home in Germany – dry and half dry Rieslings and the wealth of other varieties that are rarely encountered in the US. German-style Food will be served. Tickets: $40 at

Saturday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Ledernosen, 39 Grove Street, NYC

Raise your Steins and enjoy some fresh German brews. Expert imbibers from the German-American Committee take you to their favorite watering holes. Enjoy the ride in a double-decker bus and don’t forget to eat: A savory brat and your first half-liter is included. Tickets: $35 at 914-393-7885

Thursday, September 13, from 4 to 8 p.m.
NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, NYC

The language program of Deutsches Haus at NYU is hosting its Hausfest and Kinderfest. Kids can enjoy the traditional “Kasperltheater” puppet theater at 4 p.m. Later, visitors can find out about current German Language Courses, win a Language Class in a raffle, and enjoy live music and German refreshments.

Friday, September 14 at 11:30 a.m.
City Hall Park, Chambers St and Centre St, NYC

The Steuben Parade Committee is proud to welcome some 20 groups from Germany to march in this year’s Parade. Join us when the Mayor’s Office and the Parade Committee welcome them to our great city. Get up close to see their beautiful costumes and uniforms and hear the marching bands warm up for their performance on Fifth Avenue the next day.

Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
Aboard the “Hornblower Infinity” Pier 40, NYC

The Steuben Parade takes to the water with this exclusive Gala Dinner on the Hornblower Infinity, the tallest and most elegant yacht in New York harbor. Enjoy a spectacular black-tie affair complete with Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Entertainment by “Spitze”, all while sailing around Manhattan and taking in the gorgeous skyline, views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Tickets: $200 at

Saturday, September 15 at 9:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at 50th Street, NYC

Saturday, Sept. 15, 12 p.m.
Fifth Avenue, from 68th Street to 86th Street, Grand Stand at 79th Street

The main event… join us on Fifth Avenue and cheer for our marchers from all over the United States, from Canada and Germany. Enjoy the colorful music and dance groups, the groups in costumes and historic Tracht. Celebrate our Grand Marshals, see the many magnificent floats celebrating over three centuries of German-American friendship. Enjoy the best view of the Parade from our Grand Stand. Tickets: $10 at
A Bavarian-style couple were all smiles at the German-American Steuben Parade of New York in September 2009.

The 55th German-American Steuben Parade of New York on September 15 will be broadcast on local PBS stations WNET thirteen and WLIW21 and – in a historic first – via live stream at, the official site of the German diplomatic missions in the United States. Steuben Parade

Saturday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Summerstage Area, Enter Central Park at E 72nd Street

Welcome to New York City´s greatest Oktoberfest, exclusively serving German brews. Enjoy a pitcher or two and great entertainment featuring “Spitze” and the “Alex Meixner Band,” both from Florida. Another highlight: the US Championship in Masskrugstemmen, the strong man contest presented by Hofbräu,the original beer of the Bavarian Kings.

Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, NYC

In September, the Neue Galerie New York presents “Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity”, the first New York museum show to focus on the premier Swiss artist of the early 20th century. The exhibition brings together a number of important works by the artist, whose colorful landscapes have made him a beloved figure in his native Switzerland. Join this discussion for a glimpse into the life and times of Hodler.

Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Lobby of Metropolitan Museum, Free with Admission

“Washington Crossing the Delaware River” is one of the most important paintings in American history. Painted by German-born Emanuel Leutze, it is unique in its size and its composition highlighting George Washington as the hero of the Revolutionary War. Over four years, this piece was restored and reframed and is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the centerpiece of the new American Wing. Join us for an exclusive tour, led by a Met curator who will share the story and secrets of Leutze´s painting.