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 Gem├╝tlichkeit

Our tagline: We do German Stuff

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


Upcoming events

    • 23 Sep 2023
    • 9:45 AM

    On this Hike, we will be hiking the Cemetery Ridge Loop at Clear Creek Metro Park.  This park is south of Lancaster.  It's a 45 minute drive the the Germania.  Here's a link about the trail.


    Don't forget to bring water, bug spray, sunblock and your camera.  We'll meet at 9:45 a.m. and start the hike at 10:00 a.m.  It will take about two hours.

    Call Mark if you have any questions: 614-496-3443.

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

    • 7 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 AM

    To be determined.

    • 14 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 AM

    Yellow Springs

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

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

Upcoming events



543 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215

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