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Fall Adult Classes
Starting September 2

Fall Samstagsschule for Children
September 20 - December 6


Currently in Session:

GAI Summer Language Camps
June 9 - August 15

Summer Adult Classes


Calendar of Events

Walpurgisnacht Photo Exhibit

Saturdays, June 21-August 9, 2014
Kaffee und Kuchen

Friday, August 8, 2014
Turkish Night Grillabend (Member Night)

RSVP by August 8!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014:
Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Culture Series: Walled-In Discussion

RSVP by September 12!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Herbstfest Heuriger: A celebration of Austrian food & wine

For events held by various groups at the GAI, find more information under Gruppen.


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Germanic-American Institute!

Welcome to the Germanic-American Institute

We are a Minnesota non-profit whose mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the German speaking peoples through public educational and cultural programs.

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Upcoming Events

Grillabend: Turkish Night

Friday, August 8
6-9pm, Food served until 8pm

Döner Kebab

The labor shortage during West Germany's 1960s economic boom resulted in large-scale migration of Turks to Germany as Gastarbeiter (guest workers). Though introduced as a temporary program, approximately 5% of Germans now claim at least partial Turkish heritage. Join us in celebrating the diverse cultural flavors of Germany at this special Turkish-themed Grillabend and Member Night.

Live music will be provided by Turkish saz player M. Orhan Ucer, a Minnesota-born and Turkish-raised musician and physician. Enjoy the sounds of traditional folk music as well as popular music while you try Turkish-German specialties like Döner Kebab (a shaved meat sandwich in pita bread), Gemüsetasche (a vegetarian sandwich in pita bread), and baklava, or stick to your GAI favorites of bratwurst and beer.

New Member & Language Student Specials!

All new members who join on Turkish Night will receive a free baklava, so bring a friend and introduce them to the GAI. There will also be a free beer for all students registered for a fall adult language class at the GAI, so make sure you're registered before August 8 to get your free beer and take advantage of our $20 early bird discount!

Blankets and chairs are welcome, but please remember that pets and outside food & drink are prohibited!


Schokokuss Wettessen, Chocolate-covered marshmallow eating contest

Sunday, August 17, 2-5pm
4pm Schulanfang ceremony
Free admission. This event is weather-permitting.

Join our fun back-to-school celebration for the TCGIS and GAI communities. Activities include a bouncy-house, Schokokuss Wettessen (chocolate-covered marshmallow eating contest), lawn games, model trains, and picnic-style food at family-friendly prices. Adults can enjoy cold German beer and a casual, relaxed atmosphere for the whole family.

All incoming kindergarteners are invited to join in the Schulanfang ceremony, honoring the beginning of their school careers. "Der Ernst des Lebens beginnt!"

Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food & wine


Friday, September 19, 6-9pm

RSVP by September 12

Join us in saying, "Wiederschauen" to summer and a hearty, "Grüß Gott" to fall at our first ever Herbstfest celebration! Inspired by Austria's beloved outdoor wine gardens (Heurigen), we will be featuring authentic Austrian specialities and wines for your enjoyment. Complete with live music from Vienna Community Arts and enhanced Summit Avenue ambiance, you can experience the very best of Viennese Gemütlichkeit without leaving Minnesota.

This event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Foundation.