ANSBACH, Germany (June 28, 2019) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.
Ambassadors of Music in Rothenburg
The performance of the Ambassadors of Music is a special concert series performed downtown Rothenburg: once a year the best music students from different U.S. states show off their talents in a summer tour of Europe, stopping off at Rothenburg’s Market Square during their trip. This year’s tour ends July 26. To learn more about the concert series and specific performance dates, visit https://www.rothenburg-tourismus.de/en/veranstaltungen/ambassadors-of-music or call the Rothenburg Tourist Office at 09861-404 800.
Rokoko Festival in Ansbach
The annual Rokoko Festival features volunteer actors and participants in handmade historical costumes dancing, parading and performing from July 5 – 9 at the Orangerie and other locations downtown Ansbach. Scheduled are day and night time events, including a “summer masked ball” with dancing, music and fireworks and a “royal wedding.” On Sunday, the palace gardens of the Orangerie will be site of a family event from 2 – 6 p.m.; watch different shows, children’s theater, jugglers and magicians or take a horse carriage ride and much more at the wonderful scenery of the Ansbach Palace Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office at Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz downtown Ansbach. For more information contact the Tourist Office at 0981/ 51-243 or email email@example.com; details are also available at www.rokoko-festspiele.de
Norisring Race in Nürnberg
The speed weekend on July 5 – 7 at the Norisring on Dutzendteich is a traditional car race event that was started as the “200 Miles of Nürnberg” in the 50s. Today more than 150,000 visitors enjoy watching the 2.3 kilometer city course along the Zeppelinfeld, which only takes about a minute to complete. Races include Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the Porsche Cup, Formula-3 Euroseries and the VW Scirocco Cup. To learn more, go to www.norisring.de
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 Sunday, July 7 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 https://www.raubkatzenasyl.de
Weinfest in Nürnberg
The traditional Nürnberger Weinfest takes place on Jakobsplatz July 1o through 14; a different live band entertains the visitors every day. To learn more about the event, visit http://nuernberg-weinfest.de
International Samba Festival in Coburg
The city of Coburg turns into a Samba town during the popular Samba festival July 12 through 14; more than 150,000 visitors enjoy more than 30 groups performing Latin American music, dancing and artistics during the three-day festival, with a parade Sunday at 2 p.m. as one of the major highlights. For more details and ticket information, visit www.samba-festival.de
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 12 – 21. Theater plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city. A detailed program schedule is available at www.kinderzeche.de
Oldie-Town-Festival in Wolframs-Eschenbach
Petticoats, Grease and Rockabilly, old cars and rock and roll music populate the streets of Wolframs-Eschenbach July 13 and 14, when the Oldie Town festival takes place. Live bands will play on seven stages, a historical old timer bus takes people for a ride and historical vehicles are on display. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/OldieTownWolframsEschenbach or 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 19 through 21 in Bamberg’s historical downtown. To learn more, go to http://bamberg-zaubert.mybamberg.de
Altstadtfest – Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) July 20 and 21 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. The opening ceremony with a small parade takes place Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday the shops open 1 – 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.herrieden.de
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 21 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Aug. 3 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 will perform in (almost) any weather, unless there is a storm or other very inclement weather. To learn more go to https://www.facebook.com/klassikopenair or www.klassikopenair.de
Bardentreffen in Nürnberg
The popular annual Nürnberg Bardentreffen is a “bards’ meet” for singers and songwriters with a four-decade-old tradition. More than 200 000 visitors attend the outdoor festival every year, to listen to artists and bands from all over the world. It takes place in various locations, like the Hauptmarkt, Insel Schütt, St. Katharina, Lorenzer Platz, Sebalder Platz, Kreuzigungshof and Trödelmarkt on July 26 through 28; the musical spectrum ranges from Classic Rock to Pop and Jazz and Avant Garde or Cabaret type performances. Admission is free! To learn more go to https://bardentreffen.nuernberg.de
German School Break
Several “Bundesländer” (German states) and some countries north of Germany are already on summer break, and many people are heading south in cars, buses, motor homes and trailers towards their vacation destinations. This often jams up the major thoroughfares, a situation which is amplified by seemingly endless construction projects. The summer break in Bavaria starts July 29 and ends Sept. 9; the children in Baden-Württemberg, our neighbor state, finish a day later. Expect heavy traffic and long traffic jams, especially on the Autobahns going south and coming back during that time. For current traffic updates visit traffic information sites like www.bayerninfo.de (in English), www.adac.de/reise_freizeit/verkehr, www.verkehrsinfo.de or www.verkehrsinformation.de
See in Flammen — Lake in flames
Illuminated sailboats and ferries will travel the Altmühlsee near Seezentrum Schlungenhof on Saturday, July 27, starting at 7 p.m. during the event “Lake in Flames.” Members of the life guard will swim out with torches for a coordinated swim performance; fireworks at about 10 p.m. close the event. To learn more, visit https://www.gunzenhausen.info/veranstaltungen/see_in_flammen-270203-11829977.
Kirchweih in Eyb
Ansbach-Eyb is celebrating the annual traditional Kirchweih fest Aug. 2 through 5. The Kirchweih tree will be raised on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Another fest highlight is the parade 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 Saturday and Sunday morning.
For more information visit Heimatverein Eyb.
Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival
More than 70 bands perform during the Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival Aug. 2 through 11; international and regional musicians perform free concerts on Maxplatz in downtown Bamberg. Admission is free! For detailed program and other information, visit http://blues-jazz-festival.mybamberg.de/home
Summer Breeze – Open Air in Dinkelsbühl
The annual Summer Breeze Open Air, taking place Aug. 14 — 17 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 Aeroclubs Dinkelsbühl on Flugplatzstrasse 1. To learn more, go to http://www.summer-breeze.de/en
Rothenburg Wine Village
The Grüne Markt and the Kirchplatz in Rothenburg o.d.T. will be turned into a wine village Aug. 14 — 18; Franconian wines can be sampled while nibbling on local culinary specialties and listening to the musical entertainment. The Weindorf is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 — 11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information contact the Rothenburg Tourist Service on Marktplatz 2 at 09861 — 404 – 800 or visit https://www.rothenburg.de/tourismus/kunst-kultur/jahreshoehepunkte/weindorf
Franconian Weinfest in Volkach
Volkach, located in the Frankenwein region, is hosting a wine festival Aug. 15 through 20; 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 https://www.facebook.com/WFVolkach
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).
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. To find local hikes, visit https://www.dvv-wandern.de/regionales-angebot/franken.html
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.