Herzlich Willkommen!

We are Germania Singing and Sport Society. Since 1866, we have been preserving German culture through song, sport, and food and drink. We are the home of the original Oktoberfest in Columbus Ohio.

The Germania Society when founded in 1866 was really an association of Turners (Gymnasts). For quite a few years, the exercise activity took place in one of the Schiller Park buildings. In the late 19th century, the Turners merged with the Germania Gesang Verein (singing club).

Originally, the Germania provided a home for new immigrants to feel welcome and socialize while learning the new language of their adopted land. Over the years, the Germania has made its mission to retain, promote and disseminate all that is good about German culture. A major component of this mission is the practice and performance of German song. Our choruses participate and support public events throughout the year in appreciation for the community’s support.

Other activities of our membership include soccer, airgun shooting, bicycling, darts, and fencing.

The strength of Germania is in the quality of its membership. Our members, coming from all walks of life, are generous with their support. Our society prospers under their gifted and dedicated guidance.

Am Tage erfuden, geschafft und gedacht. Des Abends gesungen, gescherzt und gelacht.

Our Mission: To be a welcoming place where anyone can enjoy and share their knowledge for German culture, fellowship and Gemütlichkeit

Our tagline: We do German Stuff

Come and join our association of friends! For inquiries, see our “Contact” page.


Upcoming events

    • 9 Jun 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 9 Jun 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    Kick off the season with a night at the Biergarten!  We will be serving popular Berliner street food like Currywurst and Paprika Chips from our kitchen. And you won’t want to miss Polka Cola, southwest Ohio’s German Fusion Party Band, from 8:00 - 11:00pm. They’re as fun as their name sounds! And this party is open to the public!

    Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and more details about the event.

    • 3 Jul 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    Celebrate the best of the USA and Germany in one event! In honor of Independence Day, we'll be serving some of the best cookout foods both cultures have to offer. Then, walk down toward the riverfront to watch the fireworks at dusk or stay in the Biergarten to listen to Cleveland's Aaron Dussing Band. Your Monday was never this fun!

    This one's open to the public, so tell your friends!

    • 14 Jul 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 7 Aug 2023
    • 11 Aug 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Germania Singing & Sport Society 543 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215

    The Ohio German Language School (OGLS) is pleased to present our first Sommer Camp; a week-long German immersion camp in beautiful Columbus, Ohio's Brewery District. Hearing German spoken throughout each day and practicing speaking it during crafting, games, songs and lunchtime is the best way to learn a world language.

    Located at the lovely Germania Singing & Sport Society, this fun day camp gives children ages 5-13 a chance to begin or advance in the German language. OGLS's very own Frau Leah will keep the language alive by speaking it throughout the day. Camp activities will take place inside Germania's Clubhouse and outdoors in their beautiful garden. Each day, students will engage in various activities in German culminating in a celebration and showcase of the week at Germania's Sommerfest on the evening of Friday, August 11th.

    There are only 18 spots available, so register now!

    $250 for the week - Includes a daily authentic German lunch

    Register here 

    Sample Sommer Camp Day

    Morning Circle (Morgenkreis)

    8:00 AM

    Thematic Language Lesson ( Sprachunterricht) 

    8:30 AM

    Craft Time (Basteln) 9:30 AM

    9:30 AM

    Games (Spiele) 

    10:30 AM

    Lunch Time (Mittagessen) 

    11:30 AM

    Farewell Circle (Abschiedskreis)

    12:30 PM

     Tentative Schedule for Sommerfest Friday 

    Presentations for Families (Präsentationen für Familien) 

    5:00 PM

    Coffee and Cake (Kaffee und Kuchen) 

    5:30 PM

    Dinner (Abendessen) 

    6:00 PM

    Dancing, etc (Disko, etc.) 

    8:00 PM

    If you have any questions, please email Frau Leah

    • 11 Aug 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 11 Aug 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    It's Back to School season, and we've got one last celebration before a new school year starts. Our kitchen will be serving school lunch favorites with a German twist (we predict you'll go back for seconds on the grilled cheese). Then, stick around to dance to Pittsburgh's Johnny Koenig Band from 8-11pm. They're fantastic!

    Grab your friends; it's open to the public!

    • 8 Sep 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 6 Oct 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 17 Nov 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 8 Dec 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Upcoming events



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