ANSBACH, Germany (May 27, 2016) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.
Ansbach’s downtown area turns into festival grounds for the popular Altstadtfest on May 25 through 29; tables and benches are set-up along the streets, live bands play, many different kinds of food and beverages are offered, and children have their own entertainment. Every day from noon to 6 p.m. families can expect mixed entertainment on Untere Neustadt with a petting zoo, games and bouncing castle, while a children’s flea market is planned for Saturday (8 a.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.) on Pfarrstrasse and Montgelasplatz (starts at 8 a.m.). Sunday features an open store day with shops open to the customers in the afternoon from 1 – 6 p.m. For more program details check with the Ansbach Tourist Office AKuT on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz 1 or go to Altstadtfest Ansbach
Fränkisches Bierfest – Nürnberg
The city of Nürnberg and its historical family breweries are hosting the Franconian Beer Fest in the castle moat underneath the Kaiserburg (Auf der Burg 13) May 25 through 29. Visitors can sample more than 100 different kinds of beer in the romantic setting of the moat, as well as try some of the many Franconian food specialties offered. Live music entertainment, information booths and a children’s program make sure the whole family can have fun. The fest area can be reached via Hallertor, Tiergärtnertor or Maxtor. Opening hours are Wednesday, 5 – 11 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 2:30 – 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. To learn more about the festival, visit Bierfest Franken
Umsonst und Draußen in Fürth
A free open air concert (“umsonst und draussen” = free and outdoors) takes place in Lindenhain (Kapellenstraße 47) in Fürth on May 27 and 28 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The program includes non-mainstream bands on two stages; after-show parties continue in the neighboring “elan-Halle” after midnight. To learn more, visit Open Air Concert
The annual Kirchweih fest in Dietenhofen takes place May 27 through 30, featuring the classic Kirchweih entertainment like live music in the fest tent and more. To learn more, visit Dietenhofen
Open Shop Sunday
Ansbach is featuring an open shop Sunday on May 29; all stores downtown and in the Brückencenter will be open for business from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be other attractions and events as well, as the Altstadtfest is in full swing at the same time.
Antiques and Flea Market
An antiques and flea market takes place on Rudeltplatz in Erlangen on Sunday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit Flohmarkt
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
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
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
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.
Pfingstferien – School break in Bavaria
The German children are still on school break until May 29; this is a popular vacation time and many travelers can be expected to flood the airports and Autobahns. Heavy car traveling days are expected especially for the weekends, and May 26 and 27, as Thursday is a German holiday and people use the long weekend for quick trips.
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.
* May 28 and 29 in Weikersheim: Distances are 5,10 and 20 kilometers. The event starts at AMC Halle (Schlößle 10, 97990 Weikersheim-Laudenbach) at 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 5 and 10 kilometers and 6 to 11 a.m. for 20 kilometers on Sunday. To learn more, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.