Was ist los in Franken? Oct. 20, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (Oct. 20, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Food Truck Festival – Ansbach
A food truck festival takes place downtown Ansbach Sunday, Oct. 22, at Martin-Luther-Platz from noon to 7 p.m. The food trucks will sell anything from barbecue, burrito, and donuts to Korean and Thai food. To learn more, visit Food trucks.

Fish Days in Nürnberg
The Nürnberger Fischtage are a market offering fish in all variations, taking place on Jakobsplatz until Oct. 22, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Special highlights are the performances of the sailors’ choir, Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.  To learn more, go to Fischtage.

Flea market in Schwabach
Downtown Schwabach turns into a flea market, along an open shop Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Schwabach trempelt.

Mercato dei Sapori in Nürnberg
An Italian “market of flavors” – Mercato dei Sapori – takes place downtown Nürnberg at the Fleischbrücke (near Hauptmarkt) Oct. 12 through 28, offering Italian food and wine specialties.

Lebkuchenmarkt in Nürnberg
The Lebkuchen, a type of gingerbread, is a trade mark of Nürnberg. The city hosts a Lebkuchen market to celebrate the delicacy Oct. 27 through Nov. 5 on the plaza in front of Lorenzkirche. Opening hours are 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. daily.

Night Flea Market in Nürnberg
A night flea market takes place at PARKS Nürnberg (Berliner Platz 9) on Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Parks.

Fall Fair in Rothenburg
A “Herbstmesse” (fall fair) with a market and midway takes place on Schrannenplatz Oct. 28 through Nov. 5; Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 (German holiday) are open shop days. To learn more, visit www.rothenburg.de or www.tourismus.rothenburg.de

Consumenta Nürnberg
The Consumenta, a large consumer’s fair, takes place at the Nürnberg Messezentrum Oct. 28 through Nov. 5; visitors can find lots of information about technology, real estate, cooking and baking, pets, horses, creative hobbies, new inventions, and much more. Opening hours are daily 9:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Consumenta.

Kite Festival on Altmühlsee
A kite festival takes place on Seezentrum Gunzenhausen-Schlungenhof (Seestraße 9, Gunzenhausen) Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit Altmühlsee.

Reformation Day
Celebrated only in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen in any other year, the Reformation Day 2017 becomes a Germany-wide holiday Oct. 31 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 thesis that founded the Reformation. As it is immediately followed by All Saints Day, this means two consecutive holidays for the German work force, and most businesses off-post closed (except for restaurants, bakeries and the likes).

All Saints Day holiday in Bavaria
Allerheiligen (All Saints Day) is a Christian day to remember all saints, martyrs and deceased. Following “All Hallows’ Eve” (better known as Halloween), it is observed Nov. 1 every year in Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland, as well as in Austria and Italy.

Halloween Events …

Halloween Street – Ansbach
Ansbach is hosting a Halloween Street in Neustadt (near Herrieder Tor) Friday, Oct. 27, with activities for children; starting at 1 p.m. kids dressed in a Halloween costume can carve a pumpkin, have their face painted and beg for candy inside the stores. Evening events are planned for adults. Learn more at Neustadt Halloween

Halloween at Schloss Thurn
The fun park Schloss Thurn in Heroldsbach near Forchheim is hosting special Halloween events Oct. 27 through Nov. 1. During the day (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) the event is family and kid friendly, at 6:30 to 11 p.m. it turns into “scary Halloween.” To learn more, visit Halloween Schloss Thurn

Halloween at Tucherland
The Tucherland fun park in Nürnberg (Marienbergstr. 102) is hosting a Halloween party for the young ones with face painting and games Oct. 31, starting at 3 p.m. To learn more, visit Tucherland

Halloween at Playmobil Funpark
The Playmobil Funpark in Zirndorf (Brandstätterstraße 2-10) is hosting Halloween events and activities on Oct. 31; to learn more, visit Halloween Funpark

Pumpkin Safari at the Zoo
The Nürnberg Tiergarten is hosting a “pumpkin safari” Monday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The challenge is to locate the pumpkins in the zoo and solve the word puzzle with the letters on them. Participants can win various admission tickets (annual, family or single tickets). Regular admission prices apply; to learn more, visit Kürbis Safari

Beyond the Franconian borders …

Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg
The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg’s castle grounds (Marbacher Strasse 10, 71640 Ludwigsburg, Germany) is open now until Nov. 5. Visitors can expect spectacular works of art created from 450 000 pumpkins and gourds, or admire more than 500 variations of the vegetable; this year’s overarching theme is “Rome.” Culinary delights like pumpkin soup, burgers or strudel can be tried on site. For more details, visit Kürbisausstellung-English or www.facebook.com/kuerbisausstellung.

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.

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