Was ist los in Franken? Feb. 23, 2018

ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 23, 2018) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Nürnberg Nightmarket
A flea market that starts at 6 p.m. and lasts into the night takes place Feb. 23 at the PARKS (Berliner Platz 9) in Nürnberg. Visitors can find items like clothing, shoes, purses and bags, or cameras and furniture. Learn more at Nightmarket

Irish Spring 2018 – Roth
An Irish folk music festival takes place in Roth at the Kulturfabrik (Stieberstraße 7) February 26, starting at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit Irish Spring.

Tourism fair in Nürnberg
The annual “Freizeit-Touristik-Garden” fair takes place at Messezentrum in Nürnberg Feb. 28 through March 4; the fair offers the latest regarding the travel and outdoor season. Doors are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.freizeit-messe.de

Music Night Herrieden
The “Herrieder Musiknacht,“ the annual Herrieden pub crawl, takes place Saturday, March 3. Six locations in Herrieden feature live music, starting at 8 p.m. One ticket buys admission for the whole night. Locations include Zum Bergwirt, Limbacher, Sportheim, Zur Sonne, Enzo, and Cafe Linde. Tickets for 11 euros can be purchased in all participating locations before the event, or for 13 euros at the door. A shuttle bus transports party-goers between Marktplatz and Bergwirt between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Bockbierfest in Zirndorf
Zirndorf is hosting a Bockbierfest March 3 at the Paul-Metz-Halle (Volkhardtstr. 33); bock beer is one of the strongest brews in Germany, once created by monks during lent,  and has a higher alcohol content than regular beer (public transportation or designated driver recommended). The fest opens at 7 p.m., admission price is 9 euros. To learn more, visit http://www.zirndorf.de/kalender

Easter egg market in Erlangen
Erlangen is hosting the International Easter Egg Market March 3 and 4 in the Redoutensaal on Theaterplatz/ Wasserturmstr. 16, with about 40 artists and hobby painters. Opening times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; to learn more, go to www.ostereiermarkt-erlangen.de

Franken Bike in Fürth
Franken Bike is a regional motorcycle expo for fans of motorized two-wheelers and quads. The expo is scheduled at the Stadthalle Fürth (Rosenstraße 50) March 3 and 4; opening hours are Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. though 5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/events/140757859974589

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, March 4 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.

Wine and Taste Festival
A Wine and Taste Festival takes place in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg (Münchener Str. 21) March 9 and 10. The event is featuring mini wine seminars, wine tastings and food. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/356230661515048/

Gospel concert in Grosshaslach
A spring gospel concert, hosted by Special Edition Gospel Choir and Lights of Gospel Choir under the lead of the U.S.-born choir conductor Roberta Collins, takes place at the St. Marien church in Grosshaslach (Kirchplatz 1) March 11 at 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/144508682996981/

El Macareno – Latin meets Flamenco
Guitar players El Macareno and Silvio Schneider perform Fiesta del ritmo at the Kammerspiele Ansbach (Maximilianstrasse 29) March 13 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit http://www.kammerspiele.com/stuecke/el-macareno-latin-meets-flamenco

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.

Hiking Day in Rothenburg
A hiking day for the whole family is offered in Rothenburg Feb. 24 and 25. Starting point is Sporthalle (Erlbacher Straße 5, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber); starting times Saturday are 7 a.m. to noon for distances 6, 11 and 21 km as well as noon to 4 p.m. for an 11 km hike through downtown.  Sunday starting times are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for 6 and 11 km, and 7 a.m. to noon for 21 km. To learn more, visit Volksmarch Rothenburg.

German-American Hiking Day in Ansbach
The annual German-American Volksmarch, hosted by the German-American Hiking Club Ansbach, takes place in Ansbach/Elpersdorf (Liebigstr. 1) the weekend of March 10 and 11. Distances to hike are 5, 10 and 20 k; starting times on both days are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., sign-up on site possible. Food and beverages will be available on site (Liebigstrasse 1, Autohaus parking lot). To learn more, go to  Volksmarch Ansbach-Elpersdorf.

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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