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.

22nd Annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

The 22nd Annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is almost here. Make sure you mark down Cincinnati’s most authentic Oktoberfest on your calendar! The 3-day festival is the only Oktoberfest in Greater Cincinnati that is held in Oktober and will offer: over 25 imported and domestic beers on draft (including favorites such as Hofbräuhaus, Warsteiner and Paulaner, and the new Donauschwaben house brew “Schwaben Lager”), pit-roasted Bavarian pig and chicken, homemade German sausage, stuffed cabbage, goulash with Spätzle (noodles), homemade tortes and pastries, funnel cakes, goetta, and so much more.

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Click here for the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest Schedule (subject to change)
Click here for the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest Beer List (subject to change)
Click here for the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest Food Menu (subject to change)

Friday Oktober 3
6:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Saturday, Oktober 4
1:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Sunday, Oktober 5
12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 6th Annual Donauschwaben Car Show




Der Adler Deadline

The deadline for the Fall edition of Der Adler will be FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. Please send all information about upcoming Schwaben events, German community events etc. to Joe T. Ludwig at Joe will need information about our Weinlesetanz, Member’s Christmas Party, New Year’s Eve Dance.

Please do what you can to meet this deadline. The printer needs at least 1 week to print the newsletters and it will save the editor a lot of time if he doesn’t have to hunt down information.

Youth Group Sausage Fundraiser

The Donauschwaben Youth Group is once again preparing homemade sausage. They will be selling three varieties: regular, spicy, and smoked sausage. Original flavor and spicy flavor is $6 per pound while smoked versions of both flavors are available for $7 per pound.

To order, download the Sausage Order Form Oktober 2014 click here and mail it in to the address listed or email it to Lori Decher at

There is no guarantee that orders placed after OKTOBER 6 will be honored. Sausage pick-up will be at the Donauschwaben Society on Oktober 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Proceeds from this event will help offset the group’s upcoming travel costs–including the costs of the group’s trip to Los Angeles in 2015.

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

Der Adler Extra

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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    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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