Was ist los in Franken? June 3, 2016

Runners start at the half marathon in Rothenburg. (Photo courtesy of "Rothenburg Halbmarathon" on Facebook)

Runners start at the half marathon in Rothenburg. (Photo courtesy of “Rothenburg Halbmarathon”)

ANSBACH, Germany (June 3, 2016) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

State Garden Show in Bayreuth
Every year the state of Bavaria hosts a garden show in a different location; landscapes are transformed into beautiful garden scenes, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This year the “Landesgartenschau is located in Bayreuth, capital of Upper Franconia. The show is open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until October 9 along the Roter Main river (Friedrich-Ebert-Straße/Äußere Badstraße). Day tickets are available for 16 euros for adults, an annual pass is 100 euros; children 7-17 years old pay 3 euros per day or 25 for the annual pass. Visitors arriving by train at the Bayreuth Bahnhof can use a free shuttle to the location and will receive a 2 euro discount on their (adult’s) ticket by showing the train pass. To learn more about the garden show, visit Landesgartenschau 2016

Dinkelsbühl alight
A highlight in the Dinkelsbühl calendar is the light festival “Dinkelsbühl leuchtet” on June 4, with entertainment program going on until 10 p.m. To learn more, visit Citymarketing Dinkelsbuehl

Kinderfest in Bad Windsheim Museum
The Fränkisches Freilandmuseum in Bad Windsheim is hosting a Kinderfest on June 4 and 5. Children can run around and explore, watch crafts, jump in a straw castle, ride ponies and much more…To learn more, visit Freilandmuseum

Antiques and Flea Market
An antiques and flea market takes place on Bohlenplatz in Erlangen on Saturday, June 4 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit Flohmarkt Erlangen

Rothenburg Half Marathon
A half marathon through the town of Rothenburg takes place on June 5, starting at 10 a.m.; also scheduled are a 10 and 5.5  kilometer run and races for children. To learn more, visit Rothenburger Halbmarathon on Facebook or  Rothenburger Halbmarathon

Open House at the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ansbach
The mini zoo for rescued tigers and other exotic animals in Ansbach-Wallersdorf is hosting their monthly open house on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit Raubtierasyl Wallersdorf

A Night at the Museum in Bad Windsheim
The open air museum in Bad Windsheim is featuring a night at the museum on June 11, starting at 6 p.m.; torches light up the paths, singing, crafts, concerts, food, juggling, fairy tales and midnight camp fires make the event a very special one. To learn more, go to Freilandmuseum

Muna Museum Expo
The Museum for Military History in Oberdachstetten, also called Muna Museum, hosts its annual expo and open house on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the museum volunteers will provide food from a German army kitchen, and beverages, coffee and cake for sale, while visitors explore the many historical exhibits spanning several decades. The museum is located on Oberdachstetten Training Area, on Franken Kaserne exit along B13 near Marktbergel; admission fee for adults is 4 euros, children up to 14 years enter free of charge. To learn more, visit Muna Museum

Flea Market in Gunzenhausen
A flea market is scheduled for June 12 at the Festplatz (Zum Schiesswasen) in Gunzenhausen; business hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salsa in the Park
Fans of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and other similar music can dance the night away at the Stadtparkcafe in Fürth (Engelhardtstraße 20) on June 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. Check ahead to make sure the event takes place (weather conditions, etc.) at Salsa im Park

New Kinderzoo in Dürrwangen
A new Kinderzoo with circus animals opened in Dürrwangen-Haslach (Kreuzfeld 21). The animals – ponies, donkeys, horses, goats, camels and more – are usually touring the region with a small circus ensemble, but are staying on the farm for the summer. Contrary to normal zoo animals, these are kept entertained and challenged with games and training to avoid boredom. The zoo offers rides on elephants and ponies, carriage rides through the forest, a kiddie train, a water basin with row boats and an outdoor playground. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during German school breaks (May 14-29 and July 30-Sept. 4) and on the weekends until Sept. 4. To learn more, visit Kinderzoo.

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