ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 2, 2018) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.
Open House at the Exotic Animal Resort in Ansbach
The mini zoo for rescued tigers and other exotic animals in Ansbach-Wallersdorf is hosting their monthly open house on Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour, tiger feeding time is 5 p.m. in the tiger house. Visitors will be well taken care of with warm beverages, bratwurst and waffle; also for sale will be their calendar for 2016. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/Raubtier-und-Exotenasyl-AnsbachWallersdorf-eV-281469090873
Lichtmess (Candlemass), a Christian holiday celebrated on Feb. 2, marks the official ending of the Christmas season. In old times the farmhands received their wages and a few days off to visit family and celebrate with markets and parades; often the workers looked for a new employer. For farmers Lichtmess marked the beginning of a new year working in the fields. Today the tradition is still remembered with annual markets in some communities.
Lichtmess (Candlemass) markets are scheduled for Feb. 1-4 in Bayreuth, Feb. 1-8 in Erlangen, Feb. 2 in Altdorf, Feb. 4 in Gunzenhausen, Weissenburg, Colmberg and Neustadt/Aisch, Feb. 5 in Schwabach and Feb. 6 in Heilsbronn.
Fasching, Fastnacht & Karneval
The Fasching or carnival season is also known as the “fifth season” in Germany. It is a time when Germans loosen up a little, dress up in funny costumes and party for days at a time. Was ist los in Franken? will feature upcoming events soon. Read more about local carnival traditions at Fasching, Fastnacht, Karneval.
Kinderfasching in Zirndorf
A party for for kids takes place in the Paul-Metz-Halle in Zirndorf (Volkhardtstraße 33) Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. (doors open one hour prior). To learn more, visit Cyrenesia.
Kinderfasching in Stein
The “Steiner Schlossgeister” (Stein castle ghosts) are hosting a Fasching party for kids at the TSV-Halle Stein (Mühlstraße) Feb. 4, at 2:33 p.m. (doors open one hour prior); to learn more, visit www.steiner-schlossgeister.de
Fasching parade in Wolframs-Eschenbach
A carnival parade takes place in Wolframs-Eschenbach Feb. 4, starting at Steingrubenweg towards the downtown area at 2 p.m. A party follows at a local restaurant.
Weiberfasching in Ansbach
The Thursday before Fasching is also known as Weiberfasnacht (Women’s carnival); women take over and have a grand time partying … A Weiberfasnacht party (not only for the ladies) takes place at the Kammerspiele Ansbach (Maximilianstraße 29) Thursday, Feb. 8, starting at 8:30 p.m. To learn more, visit http://www.kammerspiele.com/stuecke/weiberfasching-mit-saitenspinner
Chinesenfasching in Dietfurt
The traditional Chinese Fasching in Dietfurt is a popular event in the region. It always takes place on ‘crazy’ Thursday, which falls on Feb. 8 this year. The town criers, called “Maschkaras,” wake up the town at 2 a.m. with lots of noise. The party downtown on the stage in front of the Rathaus (city hall) starts at 1 p.m.; at 2 p.m. the parade begins to move from Industriestrasse through town towards the town center, where the annual proclamation of the emperor is held. For more details check out www.dietfurt.de/chinesenfasching or https://www.facebook.com/events/188446791514733
Fasching parade in Ornbau
A traditional Fasching parade takes place in Ornbau Sunday, Feb. 11, starting at 1 p.m. at “Am Kalkofen” and moving through town to the Stadthalle, where a free after show party happens. More than 30 decorated wagons and music groups are participating in the event. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1553105925000495
Fasching Parade in Mitteleschenbach
Considered the largest of its kind in West Middle Franconia, a Fasching parade takes place Sunday, Feb. 11 in Mitteleschenbach, starting at 2 p.m. Many groups with decorated wagons, marching groups and bands are expected in this traditional event. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/384978405263540 or www.diemoenchswaldfuechse.de
Rosenmontag party in Ansbach
A Fasching party takes place on Rosenmontag, Feb. 12 at the Kammerspiele Ansbach (Maximilianstraße 29), starting at 9 p.m. To learn more, go to http://www.kammerspiele.com/stuecke/rosenmontag2018
For community members who feel like exploring events further down south, USAG Italy has published information on Carnevale in Tuscany and Veneto at the following links: Carnevale events in Tuscany — 2018 and Carnevale events in Veneto and nearby regions — 2018
The information on local host nation events is provided through the auspices of the USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Office (PAO). All details provided are for informational purposes only and are a representation of typical events conducted in the local community. The PAO grants no element of exclusivity to any outside agency or business and any reference to commercial or retail activities implies no endorsement or recommendation by the U. S. Army or its agencies. Participation in any event or activity described herein is strictly voluntary and should be done so only after careful advisement and consideration of the safety and security environment at each specific location.