ANSBACH, Germany (July 10, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Kaltenberger Ritterturnier — Knights’ Tournament in Geltendorf
The knights’ tournament in Geltendorf (Schloss Kaltenberg, Schlossstr. 8, 82269 Geltendorf) is a popular medieval event that attracts thousands every year. More than 1,000 artists participate as jostlers, magicians or musicians during three weekends in July in the Kaltenberg Castle; workshops present the crafts of the middle ages, and young knights can earn their spurs in youth tournaments. For details on dates, program and tickets, visit www.ritterturnier.de or www.kaltenbergticket.de
Kirchweih – Ansbach
The annual Ansbach Kirchweih Fest is scheduled for July 10 — 15 at the Festplatz on Nürnberger Strasse. For program details check www.festzelte-papert.de
International Samba Festival in Coburg
The city of Coburg turns into a Samba town during the popular Samba festival on July 10 through 12; more than 100,000 visitors enjoy more than 30 groups performing Latin American music, dancing and artistics during the three-day festival, with a parade on Sunday at 2 p.m. as one of the major highlights. For more details and ticket information, visit www.samba-festival.de
Oldie-Town-Festival in Wolframs-Eschenbach
Petticoats, grease and Rockabilly as well as old cars and rock and roll music populate the streets of Wolframs-Eschenbach on July 11 and 12, when the second Oldie Town festival takes place. Live bands will play on six stages, a historical old timer bus takes people for a ride and historical vehicles are on display. Admission buttons for adults are 6 euros for the weekend, teens (14-17) pay 4 euros, and children under 14 enter for free. To learn more about the event, visit www.oldietown.de
“Bamberg zaubert” is an annual international street and cabaret festival which magically transforms the city; meet magicians, jugglers, fire artists, clowns or street performers on July 17 through 19 in Bamberg’s historical downtown. To learn more, go to http://bamberg-zaubert.mybamberg.de/
City moat fest in Ansbach
Ansbach is hosting a city moat fest – Stadtgrabenfest – every year with many events and activities for adults and children, like face painting, bouncing castle, live music, food and drinks. The fest takes place in the moat near the Carolinum school on Jahnstrasse/Platenstrasse July 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl
The Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl, a historical play and parade that tells how a group of children saved the town from being plundered by the Swedish Army in 1632, is scheduled for July 17 through 26. Theater plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city. A detailed program scheduled is available at www.kinderzeche.de.
Altstadtfest – Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) on July 18 and 19 in Herrieden is a traditional fest with tables and benches set up all through town between the booths selling local delicacies and the entertainment section with live music. Sunday is also open store Sunday with shops open 1 — 5 p.m.
Klassik Open Air: Concert with family in Nürnberg
For many years the classic open air concerts at the Luitpoldhain in Nürnberg have been an event where family and friends get together to sit and enjoy music and a picnic “al fresco.” This year’s dates are July 26 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and August 8 at 8 p.m. The event is free and especially intended for people who might not normally listen to classical music. As there are about 100.000 people attending this event, it is definitely recommended to use public transportation. The orchestras, the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (July 27) and the Nürnberger Symphoniker (Aug. 9) will play in (almost) any weather, unless there is a storm or other very inclement weather. To learn more go to www.klassikopenair.de
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.
* July 18 and 19: Sachsen bei Ansbach, 6 or 11 km, with Wanderfreunde Sachsen 1975 e.V. 09827-6422. Start: Sat. 6 a.m. — 2 p.m., Sun. 6 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Volkersdorfer Straße 15, 91623 Sachsen. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Sachsen18.u.19.07.2015.pdf (Includes information in English.)
The Wochenmarkt Ansbach is a typical German market featuring fresh goods like vegetables, flowers, meats, home-made noodles or ice cream, fresh-baked bread, cheeses and other dairy products. The vendors are often farmers from the area, who sell their own products. They set up their carts and stands on Martin-Luther-Platz twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except German holidays).
“Sommer in der City” — Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt. Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, all the way to July 26. To learn more, go to www.sommer-in-der-city.com