Welcome to the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society’s website, home of Cincinnati’s most authentic Oktoberfest and famous German dancers. If you are interested in renting one of our facilities please see our hall rental website. For reservations for our upcoming dances please call (513)-385-2098 and select option 3.

Updated Donauschwaben Day Schedule of Events

2:00: Vereinsmusikanten
3:00: Parade, laying of wreath, anthems
3:15: Opening blessing, honors, promotions to full members
3:30: Trachtengruppe
3:45: Kleine Kindergruppe
4:00: Mittlere Kindergruppe
4:15: Vereinsmusikanten
4:15: Pinata for the Kleine Kindergruppe
4:20: Pinata for the Mittlere Kindergruppe
4:45: Youth group
5:00: Donaudeutsche Speyer
5:30: Schuhplattlers
5:45: Youth group
6:00: Donaudeutsche Speyer
6:30: Vereinsmusikanten

Welcome to the Donauschwaben Group from Speyer

The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Group would like to welcome the Donauschwaben Group from Speyer Germany. We hope that you enjoy your time here in Cincinnati! You can see the Speyer Group perform during Donauschwaben Day on Sunday, August 10. Click here for more information.

Attention Donauschwaben Ladies…

Ed McMasters and John Nimeskern were contacted by the Germania Tug O War Chairman and they have decided that this year they would really like the Donauschwaben to have a Women’s Tug team (Frauen Ziehen Team) for their Oktoberfest.

Please contact Chuck if you are interested in pulling for the Donauschwaben. We need at least 12 women (10 and 2 alternates) to pull for the Schwaben. They need to know by August 15.

Donauschwaben Wedding Receptions & Events

The Club’s Rental Business is now on Facebook! With your support, a Facebook presence will help get the word out about what we have to offed, help us increase traffic to our receptions website, spread the word about our non-cultured events (e.g. Bridal Expo) and ultimately increase our rentals in the future. Click here to view the Facebook Page

Please do what you can to help us spread the word our new Facebook page by inviting your friends/family and by liking and sharing our posts. If you are interested in helping to provide Facebook content, please contact Joe T. Ludwig at

44th Annual Johann Strauss Ball

Celebrating the Austrian Waltz King

Written By: Joe T. Ludwig

Since 1815 the Austrian city of Vienna has been known for hosting more than 200 balls per year in their luxurious concert and opera halls. Thousands of people, usually of the upper class, attended these prestigious events each year wearing long ball gowns or black tuxes with tails. Throughout the night they would dance or listen to the orchestra play songs by famous composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Strauss II. It is this almost 200-year-old Austrian tradition that Cincinnati Donauschwaben’s Annual Johann Strauss Ball is based on.

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Our Journey Home

A Look Back at the Youth Group’s 2013 European Trip

Written By: Joe T. Ludwig

Becky Suer remembers her last performance in Europe like it was yesterday.

It was dusk and an audience of about 100 people sat on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful town of Zsámbék, Hungary. In the backdrop of the wooden stage stood the ruins of a Catholic Church that barely survived an earthquake. A TV crew sat in the audience, broadcasting their performance live on Hungarian television. As the Youth Group walked off the stage after their final number, the crowd cheered. They were giving a standing ovation, demanding for an encore.

It was this moment that it started to sink in for Becky—and the rest of the group; they were leaving for home in less than six hours. After months of practicing and years of talking and planning, it was over. In 18 short days they traveled by bus to 13 cities in five countries. In addition to performing a two and a half hour show for their host families, the Youth Group experienced sight-seeing, learned about Donauschwaben history, saw historic sights, had the opportunity to experience first-hand the journey of the Donauschwaben people and meet the most generous and hospitable people that they will probably ever meet.

Of course, it took a lot of hard work and dedication to get to the point of cheering crowds and encores. The following is a look back at the Youth Group’s 18-day journey.

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  • Upcoming Events


    August 2014

    Aug. 8 -- Stein Verein
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Aug. 10-- Schwaben Day
                  2:00 to 7:30 PM
    Aug. 16 -- Work Day
                  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Aug. 22 -- Member's Meeting
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Aug. 29 -- Froth Fest
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Aug. 30 -- Labor Day Trip
                  7:00 AM

    September 2014

    Sept. 12 -- Stein Verein
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Sept. 20 -- Work Day
                  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Sept. 26 -- Member's Meeting
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Sept. 28 -- Oktoberfest Setup
                  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Sept. 29 -- Oktoberfest Setup
                  5:00 to 10:00 PM
    Sept. 30 -- Oktoberfest Setup
                  5:00 to 10:00 PM


    Okt. 1 -- Oktoberfest Setup
                  5:00 to 10:00 PM
    Okt. 2 -- Oktoberfest Setup
                  5:00 to 10:00 PM
    Okt. 3 -- Oktoberfest
                  6:00 PM to Midnight
    Okt. 4 -- Oktoberfest
                  1:00 PM to Midnight
    Okt. 5 -- Car Show
                 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Okt. 5 -- Oktoberfest
                  Noon to 8:00 PM
    Okt. 10-- Stein Verein
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Okt. 12 -- Kirchweih Mass
                  11:00 AM
    Okt. 18 -- Work Day
                  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Okt. 18 -- Kirchweih
                  7:30 to 11:30 PM
    Okt. 24 -- Member's Meeting
                  8:00 to 10:00 PM
    Okt. 31 -- Froth Fest
                  6:00 to 10:00 PM
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