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Maifest: A Springtime Bavarian Festival

Join us at the Annual Maifest, a favorite springtime Bavarian Festival in a beautiful outdoor setting in the Oakland Hills with German food and beer, music and dancing at Nature Friends Tourist Club (Oakland Branch). There will be live traditional Bavarian music and dancing (i.e., lots of Polka, Waltz, Schottische and the occasional Swing, Tango and Hambo).

Enjoy live Bavarian music, (and you can also count on the band to play everyone's favorite, the Chicken Dance.) When the band goes on break, Nature Friends Schuhplattler. (The dance group also performs at "Oktoberfest by the Bay" in San Francisco.)

Food, German beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at modest prices. The food is authentic and is made at the club. The outdoor dance deck overlooks the local scenery and one can catch views of the Bay on a clear day. The band starts at 2:00 pm.

Entrance Fee: There is a $10 entrance fee to enjoy the event.

PARKING: If you can get to the event early (Noon - 1 PM), there's a good chance you'll secure a parking spot on the festival grounds. From Joaquin Miller Road, turn right onto Butters and drive down the hill until your see the Nature Friends sign. A parking attendant will greet you.

SHUTTLE BUS: the event has a shuttle bus with pick-ups at the entrance to Butters Road and Joaquin Miller Rd., (pick-ups every 15 minutes.) The bus starts at 1:20 PM. You can avoid the wait and park on Joaquin Miller and make the short walk down Butters Road to the event.

BABS TABLE: When you arrive, look for the Beer Social Sign, on your left by the entertainment area, attached to an umbrella. I have room for about 6 - 8 people.

Food & Drink: You can enjoy a traditional German meal, pretzel and desert all for a reasonable price. Lunch averages $7.00. Select from a list of choice German beer ($4.00 a glass.)

Payment: This is a cash-only event. Sorry no ATM's or CC's.

While your on the grounds, walk around and check the place out. There is seating everywhere, include a large dining hall where the food is prepared and served.

 See you there!


The Marin County Maifest is Sunday, May 18th from Noon to 6 PM. You can read more about it here;

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  • Cliff

    When you arrive, look for the BABS sign over by the picnic tables and get you stickers. Remember - this is a cash only event.

    May 3, 2014

  • Anjan

    Anybody want to carpool from North San Jose/Milpitas area?

    May 3, 2014

  • Cliff

    Wear your Lederhosen or Dirndl if you have them. All the natives will be wearing included.


    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Darcy

    Does anyone want to carpool from the peninsula? I'm in Burlingame.

    April 27, 2014

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