Was ist los in Franken? April 28, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (April 28, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Spargel season is here
The asparagus season in the area is about to begin, especially if the weather continues to be mild. In Franconia alone about 250 asparagus farmers harvest the “white gold” as it is also called. The white asparagus, and later in the month the green version, will be available soon in many supermarkets, vending booths along the road or straight from your local farmer. The season traditionally ends on 24 June, St. Johannis Day. For a collection of recipes (in German), visit http://www.spargel-franken.de/rezepte.php


Spring Fest in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg spring Volksfest, the largest of its kind in northern Bavaria, takes place on the Festplatz on Bayernstraße (near Dutzendteich) until May 1. To learn more about opening hours and program details visit Volksfest


Spring fest in Neuendettelsau
A spring fest is scheduled for April 28 through May 1 in Neuendettelsau downtown at Sternplatz. In addition, a flea market takes place Saturday morning, April 29, and stores will be open Sunday, April 30, and Monday, May 1. To learn more, visit Frühlingsfest.


Jazz & Blues Open in Wendelstein
A Jazz & Blues open takes place in Wendelstein April 28 through May 5 in different locations. Learn more details at www.jazzandbluesopen.de.


Rothenburg spring and open shop Sunday
Rothenburg is hosting a spring city fest with lots of vendor, booths, shows and other attractions downtown April 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; in addition stores will be open for shoppers Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Rothenburg Spring.


Pottery Market in Nürnberg
A pottery market is scheduled for April 29 and 30 downtown Nürnberg at the Hauptmarkt (main market). Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Töpfermarkt.


Discover Brombachsee!
The Brombachsee, one of the lakes south of Ansbach, is featured in a family adventure day April 29, starting at 1 p.m. in Absberg and other locations. Sports and games, arrow shooting, stand-up paddling and a treasure hunt via boat expect the visitors. To learn more, visit Brombachsee.


The raising of the Maibaum, a tradition in all of Bavaria, is also celebrated in Franconia. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Maibaumfest in Herrieden
The town of Herrieden is putting up their traditional Maibaum tree Sunday, April 30 and celebrate this fact with a little music, grilled Wurst and beer from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Marktplatz. To learn more, visit Maibaumfest Herrieden.


Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Dinkelsbühl
The duo Graceland covers the hits by Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon at the Landestheater Dinkelsbühl (Dr.-Martin-Luther-Straße 10) April 30 at 7 p.m. Learn more at Graceland.


German holiday on May 1
May 1 is Tag der Arbeit, the German ‘Labor Day,’ and is a nationally observed holiday, which means that stores and businesses will remain closed and public transportation services will be reduced.  In larger cities demonstrations and parades organized by unions or political parties can be expected. To learn more about local May Day traditions, visit the article German May Day, full of customs and traditions.


“Sommer in der City” – Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt (near Cinecitta movie theater), starting on May 5. Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 3 to 10 p.m. during the week, all the way to July 23. To learn more, go to Sommer in der City


Ansbach City Lauf
The annual Ansbach City-Lauf, a run for everybody with distances of 6.5 k, 10 k or half marathon, as well as different age groups, takes place downtown Ansbach on Sunday, May 7. Start and finishing point is the Brücken-Center mall, but race tracks are spread out. Traffic will be rerouted for a large part of the day to accommodate the runners. To learn more, visit Citylauf


Blaue Nacht in Nürnberg
The “Blaue Nacht” (Blue Night) in Nürnberg takes place Saturday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. It is a night filled with special events, artistic displays and, of course, blue lights everywhere. Tickets can be purchased as single tickets or “five-friends” tickets; they also allow free use of public transportation within the VGN region (Ansbach included). For a detailed program and more information on how to use the ticket for transportation, check Blaue Nacht .


Museumskirchweih at Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The open air museum Bad Windsheim (Eisweiherweg 1) is hosting a Kirchweih fest on May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. The Kirchweih traditions include the raising of the Kirchweih tree at 1:30 p.m. and the Betzentanz (dancing for a sheep) at 3:30 p.m. For details go to Museumskirchweih.


Volksmarch hiking days
Volksmarches or “Internationale Wandertage” are a form of non-competitive physical fitness training, which takes the participants through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany.  The walking distance varies from 5 to 10 or 20 kilometer routes on scenic trails through forests, along rivers and lakes or around historic sites. There is no set start time, but a window of time for hikers to start the route, and finish it at their own pace. Trails are typically marked well along the way. Many trails are stroller-friendly and provide great opportunity to explore the countryside. After the walk the local hiking clubs usually offer food and drink in a hall or tent, sometimes even at a half-way point. Avid hikers can get a hiking passport stamped each place they participate, and many clubs reward their visitors with a small token. To learn more about hiking in Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Wandertag in Hohenfels
The Hohenfels Volksmarch (5, 10 and 20 km) takes place April 29 and 30, starting 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Starting point is Keltensaal-Kulturzentrum (Dekan-Schnitterstr. 3, 92366 Hohenfels).

Wandertag in Bamberg
The Bamberg hiking days May 6 & 7 take the hikers over a 6 or 11 kilometer distance. Starting times are 7 a.m. to noon on both days; start and finish point is the Graf Stauffenberg Schule (Kloster Langheim Str. 11, 96050 Bamberg). To learn more, visit Bamberg Volksmarch.

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