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

    • 8 Mar 2024
    • 16 Apr 2024

    The 2024 Steins are ready for orders.  Pricing is $40 for a 20 ounce stein with the Germania logo on one side and space for your customized name on the opposite side of the stein.

    The custom label is LIMITED TO TWELVE (12) CHARACTERS - and a space is considered a character.

    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM

    Wooly Pig Brewery and Germania Beer School is back in session!

    This is one of our most popular and fun events and will fill up quick.

    Kevin Ely the owner and master brewer at the Wooly Pig Farm Brewery along with a few members of his team will be at Germania as instructors of the 2024 Old School Beer School.  

    There will be two sessions: First highlighting some of the back in the day beers. (Old School) the Second session will simulate a world beer championship where we will sample 5 different styles of award winning beers from Breweries around Ohio. (Third Eye, Fat Head, Nobel Beast, Wooly Pig)  

    Tuition is just $40.00 per student  which includes 10 samples of beer, course handout,  door prizes school lunch and graduation cake.

    The evening will be full of education about tasting beer, identifying styles, making beer, German and beer culture, stories, and of course a big helping of comradery. 

    The school house doors open April 13th Sat. at 5:30    First period bell promptly 6:30 

    This event is limited to 48 students.  Registration is exclusive for Members , and their guests.   

    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Germania Singing & Sport

    • 18 Apr 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    • 19 Apr 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Village Moms, a group of moms from German Village, Merion Village, and Schumacher Place, will hold their "Swaperoo," a swap and sell event similar to a yard sale.

    See  Karen Hines for more  details.

    • 21 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    • 25 Apr 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    • 26 Apr 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Germania Singing & Sport Society
    • 40


    Our first Wine Tasting of the year.

    Join us for a tasting featuring wines of the Villa Wolf and Starling wineries.  We will be tasting two Gewürztraminers, Riesling, Rose and a Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).  Each 2 oz. pour of wine will be paired with an appetizer for your enjoyment.

    The cost will be $25.00 per person.  Reservations must be made in advance.  The wine will be available for purchase after you discover your favorite.

    Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the Tasting beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    This event will be limited to 40 reservations (with a Waitlist).

    Wine provided by Heidelberg Distributing.

    • 29 Apr 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    • 1 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Germania Singing & Sport

    • 2 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    • 4 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Cardinal Shooting Center - Marengo, Ohio

    Due to a scheduling conflict at Cardinal Shooting Center, this event has been postponed. Please watch the Germania newsletter for an announcement of a new date later this spring or in the fall.

    • 4 May 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Germania
    • 27

    It's another popular paint-your-own-landscape night, and of course the bar will be open to participants!

    What is a painting party?  Ryan Fuller a professional art instructor takes us step by step to transform a blank canvas into a replica of a baseline scene.   No experience is necessary, just bring a scene of fun, adventure and a dash of creativity.   This is a hands on event, so dress appropriately.    

    Doors open for creative libations at 5:30 

    The class starts at 6:30, so it is necessary to be there on time.

    Class space is limited to 27 

    Registrations required so the proper amount of canvas and material  can be purchased.

    $40 for a Germania members

    $45 for non members

    Class of 2023