S.G. Edelweiss St. Paul Welcomes You!

Sitt und Tracht der Alten, wollen wir erhalten!

Edelweiss CALENDAR:

Sun., May 31, 2015

St John's Parish, Plum City, WI

Sun., Jun. 14, 2015

Deutschertag, St. Paul, MN

Jun. 19-21, 2015

Germanfest - Schmidt Brewery, St. Paul, MN

Sun., Jul. 19, 2015

Milner Anniversary, Kimball, MN

Sun., Aug. 9, 2015

3:30 PM: St Joseph's Church, Lino Lakes, MN

Sat., Aug. 15, 2015

Danbury Oktoberfest, Danbury, WI

Fri., Sep. 18, 2015

6:30 PM and 8:30 PM: St Paul Oktoberfest, St. Paul, MN

Sat., Sept. 19, 2015

3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:15 PM, 6:45 PM, and 7:45 PM: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, Chippewa Falls, WI

Fri., Sep. 25, 2015

7:00 PM: Gasthof zur Gemuetlichkeit, Minneapolis, MN

Sat., Sept. 26, 2015

11:40 AM and 12:30 PM: Mill City Oktoberfest, Minneapolis, MN

7:00 PM: Gasthof zur Gemuetlichkeit, Minneapolis, MN

Thu., Oct. 1, 2015

7:00 PM: Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee, MN

Fri., Oct. 2, 2015

7:00 PM: Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee, MN

Sat., Oct. 3, 2015

12:00 PM: Milner Oktoberfest, Kimball, MN

Sun., Oct. 4, 2015

12:00 PM: St. James Church, St. Paul, MN

Fri., Oct. 9, 2015

6:30 PM: Twin Cities Oktoberfest, St. Paul, MN

Sat., Oct. 10, 2014

4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00PM: Aberdeen Oktoberfest, Aberdeen, SD

Sun., Oct. 17, 2015

2:00 PM: Brightondale-Aunt Agnes, New Brighton, MN

Sun., Dec. 6, 2015

3:15 PM: International Festival, New Prague, MN


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S. G. Edelweiß-St. Paul was founded in 1961. Our purpose is to promote, through the instruction and performance of folk dancing, the appreciation and preservation of German and Austrian heritage, with the State of Bavaria as the main emphasis. We strive to uphold the customs and cultures of the Bavarian and Tyrolean people through the dances we perform and the clothing we wear. We have performed throughout the upper Midwest at many different celebrations and also across the United States and Canada. Our group has made two trips to Germany and Austria to learn more about the traditions, customs and dances. We have also performed at festivals held in Germany as a part of the celebrations of the groups we were visiting.

Group picture of SG Edelweiss St Paul

We are a family oriented organization. Our group consists of dancing and social members that range in age from toddlers to grandparents, all with the goal to uphold the traditions of the German and Austrian peoples. Our Kinder Gruppe (Children's Group) is comprised of school age children, ages 5-14. They perform a variety of dances from simple figure dances to the complicated Schuhplattler. In our Erwachsene Gruppe (Adult Group), we have members who have been dancing since their childhood as well as those who are just beginning.


We take much pride in our “Tracht” or traditional regional costumes. We wear what is called a “Gebirgstracht” or “Mountain costume”, which has it’s origins in the Alpine regions in the State of Bavaria and the Tyrol in Austria. Considerable time has been spent researching our Tracht for authenticity.

The women's costumes are hand sewn to replicate our research, while the majority of the men's costume, such as the Lederhosen (leather pants), are ordered directly from Germany.


We perform dances such as the Laendler and the Schuhplattler. The Laendler is a figure dance with intricate figures and waltzing. The Schuhplattler (or shoe slapping dance) is a more complicated dance, with specific leg and shoe slaps required. Typically, in the Schuhplattler, the women turn for much of the dance while the men perform the slapping of the thighs and feet. Most of the dances are representative of a region or town and are usually named as such. The dances that we perform are traditional German and Austrian folk dances, most of which have been passed along from generation to generation. We also perform audience participation dances.

Membership/Booking Information

Our membership is open to anyone with a desire to uphold the customs and traditions that we strive to maintain.

We practice every Monday, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at The Klub Haus–1079 Rice Street-St. Paul

Contact Mark LaCourse (612)840-3431 for membership or booking information

S. G. Edelweiß
P.O. Box 211291
St. Paul. MN 55121


26th Mittelwest Bezirksheimatfest

G.T.E.V. Edelweiss Detroit is hosting this years 26th Mittelwest Bezirksheimat fest!

The fest will be April 1st, 2016 7 PM (EDT) to April 3, 2016 2 PM (EDT)

The hotel is the Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center
34911 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312

Reservations can be made by calling the Sterling Inn at 586.979.1400 or toll free at 800.953.1400

Please reference G.T.E.V. Edelweiss when reserving your room to get the discounted room rate.

Room Rate: $111.50

Access to the Indoor Water Park included with room reservation.