Was ist los in Franken? July 7, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (July 7, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Ambassadors of Music (Photo: Stadt Rothenburg)

Kirchweih Ansbach
The traditional Ansbach Kirchweih fest takes place at the Festplatz (Nürnberger Strasse) until July 12; the fest will be opened officially Friday, July 7,  with the tapping of the first keg at 7 p.m. Learn more at Kirchweih Ansbach 


Oldie-Town-Festival in Wolframs-Eschenbach
Petticoats, Grease and Rockabilly, old cars and rock and roll music populate the streets of Wolframs-Eschenbach on July 8 and 9, 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. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/OldieTownWolframsEschenbach or www.oldietown.de


Ambassadors of Music in Rothenburg
The performance of the Ambassadors of Music is a special concert series currently performed downtown Rothenburg: once a year the best music students from different US states show off their talents in a summer tour of Europe, stopping off at Rothenburg’s Market Square during their trip. To learn more about the concert series, visit Tourismus Rothenburg or call the Rothenburg Tourist Office at 09861-404 800.


Italian wine fest in Uffenheim
The German-Italian club in Uffenheim is hosting a wine fest at the Schloßplatz July 8 and 9; the fest offers Italian culinary specialties and wines, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.


“Sommer in der City” – Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open on Insel Schütt (near Cinecitta movie theater) until July 23. 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. To learn more, go to www.sommer-in-der-city.com


Magical Bamberg
“Bamberg zaubert” is an annual international street and cabaret festival which magically transforms the city; meet magicians, jugglers, fire artists, clowns or street performers on July 14 through 16 in Bamberg’s historical downtown. To learn more, go to http://bamberg-zaubert.mybamberg.de


International Samba Festival in Coburg
The city of Coburg turns into a Samba town during the popular Samba festival on July 14 through 16; more than 150,000 visitors enjoy more than 30 groups performing Latin American music, dancing and artistics during the three-day festival, with a parade Sunday at 2 p.m. as one of the major highlights. For more details and ticket information, visit Samba Festival


Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl
The Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl, a historical play and parade that tells how a group of children saved the town from being plundered by the Swedish Army in 1632, is scheduled for July 14 – 23. Theater plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city.  A detailed program schedule is available at Kinderzeche


Altstadtfest – Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) July 15 and 16 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. The opening ceremony with a small parade takes place Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday the shops open 1 – 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.herrieden.de


City moat fest in Ansbach
Ansbach is hosting a city moat fest – Stadtgrabenfest – every year with many events and activities for adults and children, like face painting, bouncing castle, live music, food and drinks. The fest takes place in the moat near the Carolinum school on Jahnstrasse/Platenstrasse on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


“American Music Abroad – Silver Tour” in Wolframs-Eschenbach     
The town of Wolframs-Eschenbach hosts a group of American music students for a concert every year. The concert is admission free, chairs are set up in front of the Rathaus (city hall) for anybody who would like to listen. This year the concert is scheduled for July 16 at 8 p.m.; in case of inclement weather the concert takes place in the gym on Steingrubenweg 3.

American Music Abroad was founded in 1975 by a high school band director and his wife to fulfill their dream of sharing their love of Europe with high school students, college students and adults. Students are carefully selected on the basis of recommendations from their school directors and/or musical achievement demonstrated on audition recordings. Musicians convene at a college for a pre-tour orientation and rehearsal session which includes an introduction to European art and architecture and guidelines for touring.

The Silver Tour is a group of all-star high school musicians that form a Symphonic Band and Concert Choir. This tour’s Symphonic Band includes 45 members and the Concert Choir is 20 voices strong. These students represent 32 American high schools and colleges from the state of Pennsylvania and New York. Performances will include music from the masters, music from the American Broadway stage, American folk music and works by contemporary American composers.


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 Pottenstein
The Pottenstein hiking days take place July 8 and 9 with distances of 5, 10 or 15 kilometers; start times are Saturday 6 a.m. to noon and Sunday 6 to 11 a.m. at the Graf-Botho-Schule (Bayreuther Berg 7, 91278 Pottenstein). To learn more, visit Wandertag Pottenstein

Wandertag in Sachsen
A hiking day is scheduled in Sachsen/Ansbach for July 22 and 23; start times for the distances of 6 and 11 kilometer are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Vereinsheim Wanderfreunde (clubhouse Volkersdofer Straße 15 in 91623 Sachsen b. Ansbach).

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