Was ist los in Franken? Sept. 24 through 30, 2014
September 23, 2014
- Outreach-KONTAKT Franken
- Ansbach Community Relations - Events and activities off-post
- Ansbach City
- Kammerspiele Ansbach
- Rothenburg Tourist Office
- Open air museum in Bad Windsheim
- Events in Wolframs-Eschenbach
- Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg
- Amerikahaus - German-American Institute Nürnberg
- Volksmarch in Germany
- Nürnberg Zoo
Altstadtfest - Nürnberg
The traditional Altstadtfest downtown Nürnberg on September 18 to 29 is one of the most popular highlights in the Franconian event calendar. The Hans-Sachs-Platz and Insel Schütt turn into fest grounds with wooden huts that offer local culinary specialties; the entertainment program includes cultural and traditional events, like the Fischerstechen, an event that includes boats on the river and people with long poles pushing each other off these boats. Program details and other information can be found at www.altstadtfest-nue.de
Oktoberfest in Munich
The Oktoberfest in Munich -- the original Oktoberfest -- is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. It started out as a royal wedding celebration in October 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen; the fields, where the celebration took place, were named Theresienwiese ("Therese's Meadow") in honor of the crown princess.
The 181st Oktoberfest, also known as the "Wies'n," takes place on Munich's Theresienwiese on Sept. 20 to Oct. 5. The midway is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; the beer tents have the same opening hours, but the last beer will be served an hour before closure.
Highlights of the Oktoberfest - besides the numerous rides, attractions and tents - include the opening parade of the Wiesn-Wirte (tent owners) on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m., the traditional garb and master shooters parade on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. or the traditional gun-salute on the steps of the Bavaria monument at noon on October 5.
On the busier days, like the weekends, visitors are advised to refrain from bringing small children and strollers. Official family days with reduced prices are Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. Since there is no parking anywhere close to the location, visitors are encouraged to come to town by train or take advantage of the park & ride system and leave their vehicle at a public transportation stop outside of the city.
For more information about the Oktoberfest go to www.oktoberfest.de/en
Two-city run Merkendorf/Wolframs-Eschenbach
The annual "2 Städtelauf" between Merkendorf and Wolframs-Eschenbach takes place on Sept. 27. Starting at 2 p.m. there will be a 21.1k half marathon, a 10k citizen run, a 6k 'hobby' run/walk, a 3k student run and a 300m Bambini run. Registration deadline is Sept. 20, but late registration is possible on site until one hour before the race. For more details, fees and registration, go to www.merkendorf.de, www.wolframs-eschenbach.de or www.racesolution.de
Mooswiese - Feuchtwangen
The "Feuchtwanger Mooswiese" is one of the most traditional Kirchweih fests in Franconia. It includes the usual fest entertainment, like rides and vendors, but also an expo featuring farming equipment and much more. The Mooswiese is scheduled for Sept. 26 through 30; program highlights are the traditional fest parade on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and the fireworks on Tuesday evening. To learn more, go to www.feuchtwangen.de
Fall fest in Neustadt a.d.Aisch
The fall fest in Neustadt takes place with live music every evening on Sept. 26 -- 28 on Marktplatz and Wilhelmstraße; Sunday is also Michaeli Market and open shop Sunday.
Medieval Weeks in Freilandmuseum - Bad Windsheim
The open air museum in Bad Windsheim is showing off old crafts, buildings and other highlights during the festive medieval week on Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. Opening hours are daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for more details go to www.freilandmuseum.de
Pool day for dogs at Stadionbad - Nürnberg
The Stadionbad in Nünberg (Hans-Kalb-Straße 42) is celebrating the end of pool season with a pool day for dogs on Sept. 27. Dogs are allowed to jump into the non-swimmer pool from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no chlorine has been added to the water since Sept. 15 to keep the pets healthy. The admission per dog is 4.20 Euros: mom and dad enter for free, but are not allowed to join their pooches in the water. In addition they will be handed a "doo-doo bag" when they enter (for untimely accidents) and are expected to keep their dogs on a leash when they are not in the water.
Mini-Oktoberfest with Outreach-KONTAKT Franken
Outreach-KONTAKT Franken, the local German-American friendship club, hosts not only two regular Stammtisch meetings every month in Ansbach and Herrieden, but has many other activities going on in between for Soldiers, Families and Civilians. It is a great way to meet with members of the German communities around us and do fun things together. Join Outreach-KONTAKT Franken at their next Stammtisch meeting, hosted at the Rezatstuben in Ansbach (Adalbert-Pilipp-Str. 42) on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.; if you own any traditional German clothing, like the checkered shirts, Lederhosen or Trachtenhut, go ahead and wear them for the Mini-Oktoberfest. For more information about the club, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OutreachKONTAKTFranken
Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg
The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg's castle grounds (Marbacher Strasse 10, 71640 Ludwigsburg, Germany) is open until November 2. Visitors can expect spectacular works of art created from 450 000 pumpkins and gourds, or admire more than 500 variations of the vegetable. Culinary delights like pumpkin soup, burgers or strudel can be tried on site. For more details, try https://www.facebook.com/events/415907721882092/#!/kuerbisausstellung
German-American Hiking Club Ansbach
The German-American Hiking Club Ansbach travels to a different Volksmarch destination almost every weekend. Often they take the train together, sometimes a bus is hired for the group. If you are interested in joining them for some of their activities, contact the president at 0160-9386-0081, or join them for their regular meeting, which takes place every other Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. (in odd weeks) at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstrasse 19) downtown Ansbach (behind the Greek restaurant).