ANSBACH, Germany (July 3, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Kiliani Altstadtfest in Bad Windsheim
The annual Kiliani Altstadtfest in Bad Windsheim is celebrating the 40th anniversary on July 3 through 5 downtown Bad Windsheim. Experience medieval artists, including a high ropes artist on Friday, as well as a parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Marktplatz. Other venues offer a wine fest, Latin-American and Turkish music, and much more. For details and a program to download, visit http://www.bad-windsheim.de/stadtbw/images/_news/news_altstadtfest_flyer_2015.pdf
Bürgerfest – Gunzenhausen
Gunzenhausen is celebrating its citizens’ fest on July 3 through 5. Visitors will find an entertaining program spiked with music and culture, as well as regional food and beverages. The fest is open on Friday 7 — 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. through midnight and Sunday 9:30 a.m. — 10 p.m. To learn more, visit www.gunzenhausen.info
Rokoko Festival in Ansbach
The annual Rokoko Festival features volunteer actors and participants in handmade historical costumes dancing, parading and performing from July 3-7 at the Orangerie and other locations downtown Ansbach. Scheduled are day and night time events, including a “summer masked ball” with dancing, music and fireworks on Friday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m. and a “royal visit” on Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 5, the palace gardens of the Orangerie will be site of a great family event from 2 – 6 p.m.; watch different shows, children’s theater, jugglers and magicians or take a horse carriage ride and much more at the wonderful scenery of the Ansbach Palace Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office at Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz downtown Ansbach. For more information contact the Tourist Office at 0981/ 51-243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; details are also available at www.rokoko-festspiele.de
Kirchweih – Ansbach
The annual Ansbach Kirchweih Fest is scheduled for July 10 — 15 at the Festplatz on Nürnberger Strasse. For program details check www.festzelte-papert.de
International Samba Festival in Coburg
The city of Coburg turns into a Samba town during the popular Samba festival on July 10 through 12; more than 100,000 visitors enjoy more than 30 groups performing Latin American music, dancing and artistics during the three-day festival, with a parade on Sunday at 2 p.m. as one of the major highlights. For more details and ticket information, visit www.samba-festival.de
Oldie-Town-Festival in Wolframs-Eschenbach
Petticoats, grease and Rockabilly as well as old cars and rock and roll music populate the streets of Wolframs-Eschenbach on July 11 and 12, when the second Oldie Town festival takes place. Live bands will play on six stages, a historical old timer bus takes people for a ride and historical vehicles are on display. Admission buttons for adults are 6 euros for the weekend, teens (14-17) pay 4 euros, and children under 14 enter for free. To learn more about the event, visit www.oldietown.de
Altstadtfest – Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) on July 18 and 19 in Herrieden is a traditional fest with tables and benches set up all through town between the booths selling local delicacies and the entertainment section with live music. Sunday is also open store Sunday with shops open 1 — 5 p.m.
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.
* July 4 and 5: Pottenstein (Fränkische Schweiz), 5, 10 or 20 km, 09243-1235.
Start: Sat. 6 a.m. – noon, Sun. 6 — 11 a.m.at Graf-Botho-Schule, Bayreuther Berg 7, 91278 Pottenstein. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Pottenstein04.07.u.05.07.2015.pdf
* July 18 and 19: Sachsen bei Ansbach, 6 or 11 km, with Wanderfreunde Sachsen 1975 e.V. 09827-6422. Start: Sat. 6 a.m. — 2 p.m., Sun. 6 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Volkersdorfer Straße 15, 91623 Sachsen. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Sachsen18.u.19.07.2015.pdf (Includes information in English.)
The Wochenmarkt Ansbach is a typical German market featuring fresh goods like vegetables, flowers, meats, home-made noodles or ice cream, fresh-baked bread, cheeses and other dairy products. The vendors are often farmers from the area, who sell their own products. They set up their carts and stands on Martin-Luther-Platz twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except German holidays).
“Sommer in der City” — Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt. Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, all the way to July 26. To learn more, go to www.sommer-in-der-city.com