The May Festival, which marks the arrival of spring, was first held in Cincinnati by the German singing societies in 1873. The success of the festival led to the construction of Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine three years later. It is now the oldest choral festival in the United States.
Maifest is also celebrated in the style of a fair at both Mainstrasse Village in Covington, KY and Germania Park in Colerain Township. The Germania and Donauschwaben Societies both erected a Maypole on their grounds, as did the Hofbräuhaus in Newport, KY. The Maypole is traditionally the center of celebrations, where dancing and singing usually take place. At Germania, a small Maypole is also placed in the pavilion, where dancers circle the pole while interweaving ribbons. They then retrace their steps to unravel them.