Bavarian Blast Marks Its 11th Year of FUN!
Stein Holding Contest at Bavarian Blast

Building on New Ulm’s reputation for a great time, the third weekend in July (July 14-17) is once again full of music and fun. With plenty of food and drink (Ethnic and American) and ample seating under the huge tents or around the tree-lined grounds at the Brown County Fairgrounds, it is another guaranteed good time.

Food and drink choices abound, but it’s the music that is the big draw. Old-time, polka, and exciting show bands will be playing all weekend long – many with a German twist. Well-known names include nationally-famous Molly B. and Squeezebox, Austrian Express, Alpensterne, Wendinger Band, Music Connection, and The Concord Singers. Other fine players include (Winthrop-native) Dan Witucki and Mein Heimatland Musikanten, Dale Dahmen, Larry Olsen, Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen, and the New Ulm Municipal Band.

For a modern-music twist, don’t forget Thursday night’s “Pre-Fest” entertainment with Minnesota favorites, “The Fabulous Armadillos,” with a great Chicago-tribute band, “Transit Authority!” Watch Sunday’s big parade beginning at 12:30pm and finish out the day back at the fest grounds.

In addition to the daily craft show on the grounds, on Saturday they can watch or participate in:

*the fun barrel-rolling competition                

*the popular stein-holding challenge

*the always-popular, sauerkraut-eating competition

These are on top of the Children’s Tent and with age-appropriate entertainment. (This is a great way for grandparents looking to involve their grandchildren!)

Ticket prices are again low at just $10 for Friday and Saturday, and just $5 on Sunday.  The Thursday event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free.  Repeated this year is a pack of 20 tickets at just $6 each, which is a great bargain for groups! / 507-359-2222 /

“If you don’t have fun at this festival, we don’t know what you’re looking for!”


Like to shop?  Be sure to check out the deals around town at Crazy Days, July 15-16!