What is a Gaufest?

The Gaufest of Gauverband Nordamerika is held every two years. Guafest 28 is hosted by Edelweiss Passaic and will be held from Thursday, July 7, 2022 through Sunday, July 10, 2022 in Atlantic City, NJ at Harrah's Resort and Conference Center. We anticipate over 1500 people and encourage families to attend this destination Gaufest.

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 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

  • Celebration of German/Austrian Bavarian heritage, culture and dance

  • Multiple dance events 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.

  • Lots of Gemütlichkeit, fun with family and friends

Why Go to the 28. Gaufest in Atlantic City?

  • Atlantic City is a prime summer destination

  • Harrah's is a world class resort on the Atlantic City Marina

  • It’s a short shuttle ride to the board walk and beach

  • Atlantic City is a family-friendly area with many 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)