Was ist los in Franken? March 2, 2018

Hand-decorated eggs are popular at Easter egg markets. (Photo: Bianca Sowders)

ANSBACH, Germany (March 2, 2018) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Music Night Herrieden
The “Herrieder Musiknacht,“ the annual Herrieden pub crawl, takes place Saturday, March 3. Six locations in Herrieden feature live music, starting at 8 p.m. One ticket buys admission for the whole night. Locations include Zum Bergwirt, Limbacher, Sportheim, Zur Sonne, Enzo, and Cafe Linde. Tickets for 11 euros can be purchased in all participating locations before the event, or for 13 euros at the door. A shuttle bus transports party-goers between Marktplatz and Bergwirt between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.


Tourism fair in Nürnberg
The annual “Freizeit-Touristik-Garden” fair takes place at Messezentrum in Nürnberg through March 4; the fair offers the latest regarding the travel and outdoor season. Doors are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.freizeit-messe.de


Bockbierfest in Zirndorf
Zirndorf is hosting a Bockbierfest March 3 at the Paul-Metz-Halle (Volkhardtstr. 33); bock beer is one of the strongest brews in Germany, once created by monks during lent,  and has a higher alcohol content than regular beer (public transportation or designated driver recommended). The fest opens at 7 p.m., admission price is 9 euros. To learn more, visit http://www.zirndorf.de/kalender


Easter egg market in Erlangen
Erlangen is hosting the International Easter Egg Market March 3 and 4 in the Redoutensaal on Theaterplatz/ Wasserturmstr. 16, with about 40 artists and hobby painters. Opening times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; to learn more, go to http://www.ostereiermarkt-erlangen.de


Franken Bike in Fürth
Franken Bike is a regional motorcycle expo for fans of motorized two-wheelers and quads. The expo is scheduled at the Stadthalle Fürth (Rosenstraße 50) March 3 and 4; opening hours are Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. though 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/events/140757859974589


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, March 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 Raubtier-und-Exotenasyl.


Wine and Taste Festival
A Wine and Taste Festival takes place in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg (Münchener Str. 21) March 9 and 10. The event is featuring mini wine seminars, wine tastings and food. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/356230661515048/


Gospel concert in Grosshaslach
A spring gospel concert, hosted by Special Edition Gospel Choir and Lights of Gospel Choir under the lead of the U.S.-born choir conductor Roberta Collins, takes place at the St. Marien church in Grosshaslach (Kirchplatz 1) March 11 at 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/144508682996981/


El Macareno – Latin meets Flamenco
Guitar players El Macareno and Silvio Schneider perform Fiesta del ritmo at the Kammerspiele Ansbach (Maximilianstrasse 29) March 13 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit http://www.kammerspiele.com/stuecke/el-macareno-latin-meets-flamenco


Lost and found auction – Ansbach
Things lost and found over the last year in Ansbach will be auctioned off Saturday, March 17 at the Onoldia in Ansbach (Nürnberger Str. 30).


Weinturmlauf fun run Bad Windsheim
The annual Weinturmlauf, a fun run with distances of 2.2, 5.3, 10 or 21.1 kilometers, takes place March 18 in Bad Windsheim. Food and refreshments will be available at the finish and the runners center (Frankenland-Klinik). For more information and registration, visit www.weinturmlauf.org


 Hobby market in Bad Windsheim
Arts and crafts as well as other home-made products and decorations are for sale at the hobby market in Bad Windsheim March 18 at the KKC (Kur & Kongress-Center), right next to the Franken-Therme spa. Doors are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is 2 euros for visitors 12 years and older.


Ansbach Sing-along
People of all ages meet at the Kammerspiele Ansbach (Maximilianstrasse 29) for a sing-along March 22; musicians and a lead singer guide the participants through a repertoire of old and new songs, with lyrics projected to a wall. To learn more, visit http://www.kammerspiele.com/stuecke/9-ansbacher-rudelsingen


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.

Hiking with Outreach-KONTAKT Franken
Join the German-American friendship club for the Volksmarch in Ansbach Saturday, March 10; the group meets for a 5k group walk on site (Ansbach-Elpersdorf, Liebigstrasse 1, Autohaus parking lot) at 11 a.m. This is a fun family event, refreshments are available on the way and at the end, where the group enjoys a lunch together. Wear sturdy outdoor clothing and shoes/boots, dress according to temperature and precipitation. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. Make sure to tell them you are registering for Outreach-KONTAKT Franken, German-American club! To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1386164821529343

German-American Hiking Day in Ansbach
The annual German-American Volksmarch, hosted by the German-American Hiking Club Ansbach, takes place in Ansbach/Elpersdorf (Liebigstr. 1) the weekend of March 10 and 11. Distances to hike are 5, 10 and 20 k; starting times on both days are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., sign-up on site possible. Food and beverages will be available on site (Liebigstrasse 1, Autohaus parking lot). To learn more, go to  Volksmarch Ansbach-Elpersdorf.




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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