Was ist los in Franken? June 29, 2018

ANSBACH, Germany (June 29, 2018) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Rokoko Festival in Ansbach
The annual Rokoko Festival features volunteer actors and participants in handmade historical costumes dancing, parading and performing from June 29 through July 3 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, July 1, 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 akut@ansbach.de; details are also available at www.rokoko-festspiele.de.

Beach Volleyball in the city of Nürnberg
The Hauptmarkt, site of the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt in December, turns into a beach volleyball location June 29 through July 1. National beach volleyball pros play in the heart of Nürnberg. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/198326314138644.

Tag der Franken – Day of the Franconians – Ansbach
The Tag der Franken (Day of the Franconians) has been celebrated since 2006, always on the first weekend in July and rotating locations. The intent of this special day is to highlight the diverse landscape, history and presence of the Franconian region. This year the event takes place in Ansbach Sunday, July 1, and focuses on the topic “Food in Franconia,” presenting the many facets of Franconia’s cuisine. The event program includes live music, theater performances, museum tours, folk music sing-alongs, and – of course – food, in varying locations. The Rokoko festival, ongoing at the same time, will open the gardens of Hofgarten for visitors free of admission at 2 p.m. For a detailed program, visit http://citymarketing-ansbach.de/kulinarische-meile-tag-der-franken.

Shakespeare in the castle gardens
The Dennenlohe castle gardens are site of a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Cesar Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m. The performance, a joint operation with the American Drama Group Europe, will be in English. The Dennenlohe castle is a baroque ensemble built in 1734 and is surrounded by the largest rhododendron park in southern Germany, as well as 25 hectare of landscaped gardens. To learn more, visit https://www.dennenlohe.de/de/veranstaltungen/alle-veranstaltungen.html

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, July 1 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.facebook.com/events/2082002852083492.

Jazz in the Garden – Nürnberg
The Keller Mountain Blues Band plays in the KulturGarten in Nürnberg July 2 from 5 to 11 p.m. Located on Königstrasse 93, visitors enter from the wall side near the Bauhof. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1878016242496401.

Kirchweih Ansbach
The traditional Ansbach Kirchweih fest takes place at the Festplatz (Nürnberger Strasse) July 6 – 11; the fest will be opened Friday with the tapping of the first keg at 7 p.m. Learn more at Ansbach Kirchweih

American Music Abroad – Concert
The town of Wolframs-Eschenbach hosts a group of American music students for a concert every year. The concert is admission free, chairs are set up in front of the Rathaus (city hall) for anybody who would like to listen. This year the concert is scheduled for July 7 at 8 p.m.; in case of inclement weather the concert takes place in the gym on Steingrubenweg 3.

American Music Abroad was founded in 1975 by a high school band director and his wife to fulfill their dream of sharing their love of Europe with high school students, college students and adults. Students are carefully selected on the basis of recommendations from their school directors and/or musical achievement demonstrated on audition recordings. Musicians convene at a college for a pre-tour orientation and rehearsal session which includes an introduction to European art and architecture and guidelines for touring. The performance will include music from the masters, the American Broadway stage, American folk music and works by contemporary American composers.

Jazz in the Garden – Nürnberg
The Groove Legend Orchestra plays in the KulturGarten in Nürnberg July 9 from 5 to 11 p.m. Located on Königstrasse 93, visitors enter from the wall side near the Bauhof. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1711449525588284

Weinfest in Nürnberg
The traditional Nürnberger Weinfest takes place on Jakobsplatz July 11 through 15; a different live band entertains the visitors every day. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1313607592072899/ or http://nuernberg-weinfest.de

 Magical Bamberg
“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 13 through 15 in Bamberg’s historical downtown. To learn more, go to http://bamberg-zaubert.mybamberg.de

International Samba Festival in Coburg
The city of Coburg turns into a Samba town during the popular Samba festival on July 13 through 15; 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 13 – 22. 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

Altstadtfest – Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) July 14 and 15 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 fest opens at 5 p.m. Saturday, but  the official opening ceremony with the tapping of the keg takes place at 8 p.m. Sunday the shops open 1 – 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.herrieden.de

The Hooters – Nürnberg
The Hooters are playing in Nürnberg at the Hirsch (Vogelweiherstr. 66) July 19 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1789759984376539

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 announcements on hiking days all over Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Hiking days in Pottenstein
Pottenstein in the Fränkische Schweiz (“Franconian Switzerland”) is site of hiking days July 7 and 8. Saturday’s starting times are 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday’s 6 – 11 a.m. Start and finish are at Graf-Botho-Schule (Bayreuther Berg 7, 91278 Pottenstein). To learn more, visit https://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/Pottenstein%2007.%20u.%2008.07.2018.pdf

Wandertag in Sinsheim-Reihen
A hiking day with 5 or 10 km distance is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, in Sinsheim-Reihen. Start point is the Reservistenheim (Blumenstr. 24, 74889 Sinsheim-Reihen) from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guided hiking tour in Garmisch
A guided hiking tour of 7 or 13 km starts at 10 a.m. Bahnhof (Bahnhofstr. 31) in Garmisch Partenkirchen Sunday, July 22 (projected end at 2 p.m.) To learn more, visit  https://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/mob/2018/gtw_jan-dez2018_bichl.pdf

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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