Gunzenhäuser Kirchweih
The annual Kirchweih in Gunzenhausen is scheduled for Sept. 13 through 19; highlights include a parade on Monday and fireworks on Wednesday. To learn more, go to

Kirchweih - Colmberg
The traditional Kirchweih in Colmberg takes place on Sept. 18 through 22. For further information, go to

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

Herrieder Kirchweih
The annual Kirchweih in Herrieden takes place at the Festplatz on September 19 -- 22; join the mayor and residents for the opening ceremony on Friday at 7 p.m. in the tent. The stores will be open in Herrieden on Sunday from 1 -- 5 p.m.

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.
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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, or

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

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!/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).

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