ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 5, 2016) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Lichtmess (Candlemass) markets are scheduled for Feb. 6 in Heilsbronn and on Sunday, Feb. 7, in Neustadt a.d. Aisch, Gunzenhausen, Colmberg and Weissenburg.
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. 7 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 – Ansbach Wallersdorf
Nürnberg Fasching Parade
The Nürnberg Fasching parade, the oldest of its kind in the world, leads 49 decorated wagons and more than 3000 participants through the city on Sunday, Feb. 7, beginning at 1 p.m. The route takes the parade from Am Stadtpark to Pirckheimerstrasse, Bayreuther Strasse, Rathenauplatz, Laufer Tor, Innere Laufer Gasse, Theresienplatz, Obstmarkt, Museumsbrücke, Königstrasse, Kaiserstrasse, Josephsplatz and finally Vordere Ledergasse. The best strategy to watch the parade is to pick a spot along the route and wait for the fun to come to you. For more details, go to Fastnachtszug Nuernberg
Fasching Parade in Mitteleschenbach
Considered the largest of its kind in West Middle Franconia, a Fasching parade takes place on Sunday, Feb. 7 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 Die Moenchswaldfuechse
Fasching Parade in Ornbau
A traditional Fasching parade takes place in Ornbau on Feb. 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. at “Am Kalkofen” and moving through town to the Stadthalle. More than 30 decorated wagons and music groups are participating in the event.
Kinderfasching and Parade in Ansbach
Ansbach’s youth participates in a parade on Rosenmontag, Feb. 8, through the old part of town. Children in costumes who would like to tag along assemble at 2:15 p.m. at the Martin-Luther-Platz. A percussion group leads the kids through town, ending up at the Onoldiasaal (Nuernberger Str. 32) where a party with music, clowns, magicians, face painting, games and much more takes place (ending at 6 p.m.). To learn more, visit Kinderfasching Ansbach
Rock Oldie Fasching at Grüne Halle in Fürth
For a fun “Rock Oldie” Fasching party check out the Grüne Halle in Fürth (Krautheimer Strasse 11) on Feb. 8, starting at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) A cover band will play music from the 60s, 70s and 80s; a large dance floor provides plenty of room to move and groove. For details and ticket information go to Gruene Halle
Fasching at the Zoo
The Nürnberg Tiergarten celebrates Fasching on Feb. 8 and 9 during normal opening times. Every child dressed as a zoo animal enters for free. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more, go to Tiergarten Nuernberg
Fasching in Fun Park Zirndorf
The Playmobil Fun Park in Zirndorf is hosting Fasching fun on Feb. 8 and 9. To learn more, go to Fasching Funpark
Fastnacht Jahrmarkt in Ansbach
A Fastnacht market is hosted downtown Ansbach with many vendors on Feb. 8 through 11; opening hours are 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on last day).
Fasching at the Brücken-Center
Tuesday, Feb. 9, is the last day of Fasching. A children’s party takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. with face painting offered the two hours prior. A final Fasching party with a live band starts at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit Brücken-Center
Kinderfasching in Nürnberg
A Kinderfasching, a carnival party with music and games for kids, takes place in Nürnberg at the Genossenschaftssaalbau Bauernfeind (Matthäus-Herrman-Platz 2, 90469 Nürnberg) on Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is 3 euros, to learn more, visit Kinderfasching Nuernberg
Kinderfasching in Tucherland
A Kinder party takes place at Tucherland (Marienbergstr. 102) on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. To learn more, visit Tucherland
Kinderfasching – Gunzenhausen
Gunzenhausen’s Kinderfasching party takes place on Feb. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Stadthalle (Isle-Platz 1). Entertainment includes games, face painting, dancing and “best costume contest.” To learn more, call 09831/508109 or go to www.gunzenhausen.info
Fasching, Fastnacht & Karneval
The Fasching season, also known as the “fifth season” in Germany, has a long tradition in Europe; it originates in the preparation for the six-week fasting time during lent, which ends on Easter. Fasching, Fastnacht, or Karneval is a time when Germans loosen up a little, dress up in funny costumes and party. Karneval is especially popular in the Rhine region; cities like Cologne, Mainz or Düsseldorf more or less shut down to party during the high season. The date of the long Fasching weekend varies, depending on the church calendar; while the official start of the season is always on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:11 a.m., the revelers stay mostly dormant during the Advent and Christmas season until the actual high Fasenacht season in the following spring. In the time between New Year’s and the high Fasching season many towns and villages host balls, parties and parades. Party goers typically dress up as a character, similar to Halloween. German police are cruising the streets more frequently at night to catch those who drink and drive.
For children, many communities host parties called “Kinderfasching,” usually taking place in a community center or gym. These events involve dress-up for the kids, a lot of loud music and dancing, games, face painting and food. They are quite popular with the kids, while the parents go along as chaperones (ear plugs recommended!).
The high season starts with Altweiberfasnacht, or crazy Thursday (Feb. 4), when traditionally in many towns the women take over the city’s courthouse and cut off the tie of any man who dares to wear one. After attending parties all weekend long, people flock to the large cities like Cologne or Mainz to watch the Rosenmontag (“Rose Monday”) parades (Feb. 8), or stay local and enjoy smaller parades, often with folklore background.
Faschingsdienstag (Feb. 9) – Shrove Tuesday – offers one last chance to party hard and then “bury” the carnival at midnight until following year. Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) marks the beginning of Fastenzeit (“fasting time“- lent); the weeks before Easter are often used as a time for reflection and renunciation of certain personal vices (like smoking, alcohol or candy).
Volksmarch with the German-American Hiking Club of Ansbach
The German-American Hiking Club of Ansbach is looking for new members to join them. The club members meet every other Tuesday for a Stammtisch to discuss their next outings and every weekend for hikes in the area; occasionally they take the train together or hire a bus to get to a more distant location. The Stammtisch group meets again on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstraße 19) downtown Ansbach (behind Greek restaurant).
Terracotta Soldiers in Nürnberg
The exhibition “The Terracotta Army and the Legacy of the Eternal Emperor” can currently be seen in Nürnberg at the former AEG factory grounds in Muggenhofer Straße 135. The exhibition is open until March 3, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.). To learn more, visit http://terrakottaarmee.de/
Sleep-over at the Nürnberg Zoo
Children between 8 and 12 years can roll out their sleeping bag in front of the panorama windows and watch dolphins, manatees and sea lions as they go to sleep. The night at the zoo (including food) costs 70 euros; it starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 10 a.m. the next morning. To learn more, go to Tiergarten overnight