What is a Gaufest?
The Gaufest of Gauverband Nordamerika is held every two years, and the next one is organized and run by Edelweiss Passaic and will be held from Thursday, July 8, 2021 through Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Atlantic City, NJ at Harrah's resort. We anticipate over 1500 people and encourage families to attend this destination Gaufest at this fabulous resort.
The mission of the Gauverband Nordamerika, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Bavaria (Germany) and Tyrol (Austria) including its customs, ethnic costumes, language, folk music and folk dances. It provides the member societies in North America with educational programs and opportunities for fellowship through conferences, festivals, and published media; and cultivates ties with heritage societies in Bavaria and Tyrol.
Edelweiss Passaic, Inc., is a charter member of Gauverband Nordamerika and also a 501(c)(3). The Gauverband includes member organizations from 5 provinces of Canada and 21 states in the USA.
What Happens at a Gaufest
- Lots of Gemütlichkeit – feeling of warmth, good cheer and friendship
- Celebration of German/Austrian Bavarian heritage, culture and dance
- Fun with family and friends
- Multiple dance parties with German food, beer and music – with a weekend ticket to cover it all!
- Various group and individual dance competitions
- Vendors and shops with international wares
- Workshops on topics such as dance, music, clothing, etc.
Why Go to the 28. Gaufest in Atlantic City?
Atlantic City is a prime summer destination Harrah's/a> is a world class resort on the Atlantic City Marina
- It’s a short shuttle ride to the board walk and beach
- AC is a family friendly area with many no and low cost things to do
- There are reduced price room rates with options to add vacation days before and after the Gaufest
What is Included in a Gaufest Ticket?
- Admittance to Thursday Welcome Dance, Friday Heimatabend, Saturday Festabend, Sunday Festtag, and Sunday Farewell Party
- Beverages at these events, dinner at the Festabend, and a meal at the Festtag
- Viewing admittance at Gruppen and Einzel Preisplattler (dance competition for groups and couples)
- Admittance to Workshops, Bauernmesse (German Mass), Gauverband Library, vendors, and other gatherings *)
*) Participation in some events like competing in Preisplattler will involve a fee. Events requiring separate fees will be clearly marked once we publish a full schedule.