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Calendar of Events

Ongoing through October
Heuriger Photo Exhibit

Saturdays, September 20 - November 22
Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café

Registration now open!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Winetasting Dinner Soirée

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Deutschlandspiel - UST Fall of the Wall Film Festival

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Martinstag Basteltag - Craft Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Stammtisch German Luncheon

Friday, November 14, 2014
Culture Series: Junior und der Schwan Screening & Discussion

Members-only preregistration October 1-November 15!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Community Christmas Dinner & Program


Partner Events

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Dr. Thomas Bagger presents "The German Moment - Strengths and Limitations of the German Economic and Political Model in a Fragile World"

Sunday, November 9, 2014
St. Martin's Day Celebration at the Landmark Center


Fall of the Wall Film Festival at St. Thomas:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
For Eyes Only

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014
"Walls That Fell and Walls Still to Fall: What the Fall of the Berlin Wall Means for Us Today" - Reception and Lecture by Professor Dan Hamilton

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Good Bye Lenin!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Ready for Life - Vorspiel

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


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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

Winetasting Dinner Soirée: Abend in Wien

red wine

Saturday, October 25, 6pm

$85 members, $100 non-members
Dress/Formal attire required

Be transported for an Evening in Vienna at the GAI's annual Winetasting Dinner Soirée: Abend in Wien. Our formal gala fundraiser features five courses of Austrian specialties,prepared by the GAI's Director of Event Services, Katrin Erdmann, and five wines, expertly paired by Chuck Kanski, owner of Solo Vino.

dinner and wine

Soprano Bergen Baker, of the Minnesota Opera and Skylark Opera, will perform selections by European composers throughout the evening. After dinner, join us outside for Cigars and Cognac or upstairs in the ballroom for a Wiener Waltz performed by dancers from Rivers Ballet. This year's raffle fundraiser includes both family-friendly and luxury options, including a $1,000 travel voucher from Condor Airlines.

Wear your finest attire (tux or Tracht is suggested) and join us for this exclusive event - attendance is capped at just 100 participants.

Proceeds from the Winetasting Dinner Soirée support the maintenance and restoration of the GAI's historic Haus.

Please visit the reservations page for the full menu and performance listing, information about raffled items, and to purchase tickets.


Martinstag Basteltag - Craft Day

Lantern for St. Martin's Day

Sunday, November 2, 2pm
$5 per child, ages 3-9

Bring the Kinder for an afternoon of paper lantern-making and traditional cookies to celebrate Martinstag. All children are welcome to bring their lanterns back to the GAI on November 11 to join with Kinderstbue in a parade down Summit Avenue.

St. Martin's Day, or Martinstag, is a traditional Catholic holiday celebrated throughout the German speaking countries. November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin, who was conscripted into the Roman army but later became a conscientious objector and a monk. The nights before and on the night of Martinstag, children walk in parades carrying handmade lanterns and singing.

Registration for this event is available online or by calling the GAI Office at 651-222-7027. Registration fee covers the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.