After full days of intense learning, the evening socials on 30 April and 1 May are your opportunity to network with 1,400 of your EO peers and their spouses. Enjoy the company of new and old friends as you experience some of Germany and Frankfurt’s culture, community, food and drink! Below are more details for what you can expect each night. Please contact with any questions you may have.

30 April

Evening at Fredenhagen

Tonight’s social venue allows us to peek into the industrial past in Frankfurt. Fredenhagen was built in 1902 by Wilhelm Fredenhagen, but in 1944, 80% of the building was destroyed during the war by air raids. The reconstruction took several years, and in the 1950s, Fredenhagen was back up and running, supplying all German automotive manufacturers at the time. Between 1960 and 1970, up to 700 employees worked at the site. In 2008, the company was sold and the last machine was finally shut down in 2009. What remains is a glimpse into Frankfurt’s past, a perfect backdrop to end the first day of the 2017 GLC.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Note: The venue is indoor, with outdoor smoking areas.

The meal will be served buffet style with stations that offer a variety of global cuisines. Many dietary restrictions have been accommodated within the menus, but special meals have been arranged only for those who have indicated a dietary restriction which cannot be accommodated by the selected menus.

1 May

EO Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid- or late-September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the Middle Ages.

Each year, local citizens flock to the Frankfurter Dippemess to take part in just one of thousands of celebrations that mimic the larger, original Oktoberfest. This evening, we’ll celebrate the close of the GLC with a traditional Oktoberfest, with customary pretzels, sausages, and of course, beer! As we close GLC, we look forward to the year ahead by celebrating with 1,400 of your EO friends!

During this evening’s social, we will find out which region is the best at Oktoberfest games! The first portion of the evening, seating will be assigned by region. Look for your designated area when you arrive, and get seated quickly so the celebration can get underway!

Dress Code: Casual
Note: The pavilion is an enclosed tent. Please bring a light jacket or sweater should the temperature get cooler in the evening. The tent floor may be uneven, high-heels are not recommended. The venue will have outdoor smoking areas.

The meal is a sit-down, served meal. A traditional Oktoberfest meal of pretzels, sausages (pork), and grilled chicken, along with traditional sides will be served. Special meals have been arranged only for those who have indicated a dietary restriction which cannot be accommodated by the traditional menu.

The daytime dress code is business casual. For more details on dress code definitions, please see the Travel Guide.

*Spousal Program registration is available for members’ spouses. Please see the Spousal Program page for details and registration information!

Please see the EO GSEA Finals page for information on how to register for the EO GSEA Finals and Awards Dinner on 29 April.