Was ist los in Franken? May 5, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (May 5, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Jazz & Blues Open in Wendelstein
A Jazz & Blues open takes place in Wendelstein April 28 through May 5 in different locations. Learn more details at www.jazzandbluesopen.de.

Ansbach City Lauf
The annual Ansbach City-Lauf, a run for everybody with distances of 6.5 k, 10 k or half marathon, as well as different age groups, takes place downtown Ansbach on Sunday, May 7. Start and finishing point is the Brücken-Center mall, but race tracks are spread out. Traffic will be rerouted for a large part of the day to accommodate the runners. To learn more, visit Citylauf

Blaue Nacht in Nürnberg
The “Blaue Nacht” (Blue Night) in Nürnberg takes place Saturday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. It is a night filled with special events, artistic displays and, of course, blue lights everywhere. Tickets can be purchased as single tickets or “five-friends” tickets; they also allow free use of public transportation within the VGN region (Ansbach included). For a detailed program and more information on how to use the ticket for transportation, check Blaue Nacht .

Museumskirchweih at Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The open air museum Bad Windsheim (Eisweiherweg 1) is hosting a Kirchweih fest on May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. The Kirchweih traditions include the raising of the Kirchweih tree at 1:30 p.m. and the Betzentanz (dancing for a sheep) at 3:30 p.m. For details go to Museumskirchweih.

Ansbach spring fest
The Ansbach spring fest starts on May 12 with the official tapping of the first keg by the lord mayor at 7 p.m. at the Festplatz (Nürnberger Strasse). Music, entertainment and rides will be offered daily until May 17; for detailed information go to Spring Fest

Flea Market in Nürnberg
Germany’s largest flea market, the Trempelmarkt in Nürnberg takes place twice a year; this spring it is scheduled for May 12 and 13; more than 4000 vendors are offering their junk and treasures on and around the Hauptmarkt Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Taking public transportation is recommended, since parking will be very limited. To learn more, go to Trempelmarkt

Maimarkt in Ansbach
The Ansbach May market features vendors with clothing, household goods and flowers downtown May 15 though 18.  Opening hours are 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on last day).

Military music week in Würzburg
Würzburg is hosting the Woche der Militärmusik May 15 through 18 at the Congress Centrum Congress Centrum Würzburg (Pleichertorstraße 12, 97070 Würzburg). Three German military bands, the Marinemusikkorps Kiel, Luftwaffenmusikkorps Erfurt and Heeresmusikkorps Veitshöchheim perform separate and together during the event. Proceeds of the events go to charity. To learn more, visit Militärmusik

Wine fest in Erlangen
The Schlossplatz in Erlangen will be site of an annual wine fest May 17 through 21; visitors can sample Franconian wines and enjoy live entertainment. Learn more at Weinfest

“Sommer in der City” – Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt (near Cinecitta movie theater). Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 3 to 10 p.m. during the week, all the way to July 23. To learn more, go to Sommer in der City

Spargel season is here
The asparagus season in the area is about to begin, especially if the weather continues to be mild. In Franconia alone about 250 asparagus farmers harvest the “white gold” as it is also called. The white asparagus, and later in the month the green version, will be available soon in many supermarkets, vending booths along the road or straight from your local farmer. The season traditionally ends on 24 June, St. Johannis Day. For a collection of recipes (in German), visit http://www.spargel-franken.de/rezepte.php

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 learn more about hiking in Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Wandertag in Bamberg
The Bamberg hiking days May 6 & 7 take the hikers over a 6 or 11 kilometer distance. Starting times are 7 a.m. to noon on both days; start and finish point is the Graf Stauffenberg Schule (Kloster Langheim Str. 11, 96050 Bamberg). To learn more, visit Bamberg Volksmarch.

Wandertag in Kleinsendelbach
A Wandertag, including a special children and youth hiking day, takes place May 13 and 14 in Kleinsendelbach (6, 10, 20 km). Start times are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Start and finish are at Mehrzweckhalle (Hauptstraße 1, 91077 Kleinsendelbach). To learn more, visit Wandertag Kleinsendelbach


(Photo: Fr. Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim)

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