ANSBACH, Germany (Aug. 5, 2016) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.
Beer Week in Kulmbach
One of the largest beer fests takes place until Aug. 7 on Zentralparkplatz in Kulmbach. Program highlights include the opening parade of the beer brewers and the fan parade on Sunday at noon. To learn more about the fest, visit Bierwoche
Kirchweih in Eyb
Ansbach-Eyb is celebrating the annual traditional Kirchweih fest August 5 through 8. The Kirchweih tree will be raised on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Another fest highlight is the parade on Sunday at 2 p.m. with many local clubs and music groups; the parade starts in Industriestrasse, moving to Eyber Strasse and finally to the Dorfplatz. Fresh, traditional Kirchweihküchle, donut-type baked goodies, will be sold on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Medieval Market in Ahorntal
Burg Rabenstein in Ahorntal is site of a medieval market August 5 through 8; it offers visitors a chance to travel back in time with jostlers and jesters, field battles and show fights, bow and arrow tournaments, puppet theater for kids, historical groups besieging the castle, and old crafts revived; a fire show takes place after dark. Admission for adults is 7.50 euros, for children 4 euros; a family ticket for 20 euros is also available. Children shorter than one sword length (1 meter) enter for free. Opening hours are Friday noon – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. To learn more, visit Burg Rabenstein.
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, Aug. 6 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 Raubtier und Exotenasyl
Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival
More than 70 bands perform during the Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival Aug. 8 through 15; international and regional musicians perform free concerts on Maxplatz in downtown Bamberg. For detailed program and other information, visit Blues & Jazz Bamberg
Taubertal Festival in Rothenburg
The Taubertal Festival is a cult musical festival and annual highlight in the region’s open air concert calendar. Right outside the city walls of the historical town, bands line up for four days of live music August 11 through 14. For details, visit the festival website at Taubertal Festival
“Afrika Karibik Festival” in Aschaffenburg
The 19th African Caribbean Festival takes place in Aschaffenburg at the Festplatz (Darmstädter Straße) on Aug. 11 – 15; the festival features live bands on stage, a “World Bazaar,” children’s entertainment, acrobats and culinary specialties. For more details go to Afrika Karibik Festival
Franconian Weinfest in Volkach
Volkach, located in the Frankenwein region, is hosting a wine festival Aug. 12 through 16; vineyards situated along the Main River are bringing more than 150 different samples of Franconian wine to the fest. Visitors sit under old chestnut trees to enjoy the local beverages and food delicacies. Different highlights include fireworks on Friday evening and the sparkler dance of the wine princesses on Monday. To learn more, visit Volkach
Bierfest in Bad Windsheim
The “Bierfest der Aischgründer Bierstraße” in Bad Windsheim’s Marktplatz features local breweries on Aug. 12 and 13. While visitors can work their way through the many samples, bands are playing traditional music. The fest opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more details, go to Bierstrasse
The Nürnberg Brückenfestival (bridge festival) takes place Aug. 12 and 13 underneath the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke. Live bands entertain the visitors of this free music festival; local clubs feature “after show parties” after midnight. To learn more, visit Brückenfestival or Brückenfestival on Facebook
Schlosshof Festival in Höchstadt
The Schlosshof Festival on Schlossberg in Höchstadt a.d.Aisch on Aug. 12 and 13 from noon to midnight offers a medieval market, a fire show and live music. To learn more, visit Schlosshof Festival.
US Car Meet in Nürnberg
U.S. cars’ and old timer fans meet at the Bighorn Ranch in Nürnberg (Birnthon 24) August 14 for some live music, food and car comparing. To learn more, visit US Cars
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Outdoor Movie Festival
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is shown in English as part of the Nürnberg summer night film festival Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. in an open air showing at Katharinenruine (Am Katharinenkloster 6). The movie will be shown in any weather, seats must be occupied 30 minutes prior (no numbered seating). Tickets can be purchased in advance, more details are available at Movie Festival
Summer Breeze – Open Air in Dinkelsbühl
The annual Summer Breeze Open Air 2016 on Aug 17 – 20 in Dinkelsbühl is one of the largest heavy metal festivals in Germany. Two open air stages and a third stage inside a large tent feature many live metal bands; the festival is located on the airport of the Aeroclub Dinkelsbühl on Flugplatzstrasse 1. To learn more, go to Summer Breeze
Kinderzoo in Dürrwangen
TheKinderzoo with circus animals recently 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 summer break (July 30-Sept. 4) and on the weekend until Sept. 4. To learn more, visit Kinderzoo
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.
* August 6 and 7 in Oberdachstetten: Wandertag distances are 6,10 and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Rezattalhalle (Schulstraße 5, 91617 Oberdachstetten) 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; to learn more, visit Volksmarch Oberdachstetten
* August 20 and 21 in Crailsheim: Distances are 5, 11, 20, 21, 30 and 42 kilometers; start is at Hirtenwiesenhalle (Bürgermeister-Demuth-Allee 2, 74564 Crailsheim) on both days at 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 11 km), 5:30 a.m. to noon (21 km), 5:30 to 11:30 a.m. (30 km) and 5:30 to 9 a.m. (42 km). To learn more, visit Volksmarch Crailsheim
German School Break – Traffic Peaks
The summer break in Bavaria started on July 30 and ends on September 12; the children in Baden-Wuerttemberg will finish two days earlier. Expect heavy traffic and long traffic jams, especially on the Autobahns going south and coming back during that time. For current traffic updates go to Bayerninfo (in English), ADAC Travel, Verkehrsinfo or Verkehrsinformation