Hiking the "Volksmarch" in Franken
A Volksmarch in Germany is known as Wandertag (hiking day) and is a great way for the whole family to experience the countryside of different regions. Participants typically choose from 5-, 10- or 20-kilometer distances, but some hikes can go as far as 50 kilometers. Hikers don't start all at once but within a certain time frame and cover the chosen distance at their own pace. Food and beverages are sold on location and registration is usually possible on site. It is recommended to contact the listed point of contact for exact starting times, updates and detailed location information. For more hiking events and locations within Germany, visit the website of the National Hiking Association at www.dvv-wandern.de.
Volksmarches in and around Franconia:
• Oct. 19 and 20 in Heroldsberg (5/10/20/30k); Wanderclub Heroldsberg, 09131-59115. Start: 7 a.m. to noon for 6- and 11k, 7 to 11 a.m. for 20k and 7 to 11 a.m. at Schulzentrum (Mehrzweckhalle) -- www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/heroldsbderg.pdf.
• Oct. 19 and 20 in Lahm (5/10/20k); Wanderfreunde Lahm, 09564-809423. Start: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Wanderhalle Lahm, Hans-Jahn-Str. 20 -- www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/lahm.pdf.
• Oct. 27 in Heilsbronn (5/10k); Klosterwanderer Heilsbronn, 09822-604260 or 0172-9053329, www.klosterwanderer.de. Start: 7 a.m. to noon at Hohenzollernhalle --
• Oct. 26 and 27 in Kleinwallstadt (5/10/20/42k); Maintalwanderer Kleinwallstadt, 06022-2805, www.maintalwanderer.de. Start: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 for 5-, 10- and 20k and 7 to 9 a.m. for 42k Oct. 26 and 27.

Magic Days in Würzburg
The Würzburg Magic Days (Würzburger Zaubertage) are celebrated Oct. 18 through 26 with performances of many different international magicians. To learn more, visit www.wuerzburger-zaubertage.de.

Flea market in Schwabach
Schwabach is hosting a flea market downtown near Königsplatz Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

German Army Band in Gunzenhausen
The Heeresmusikkorps 12 of the Bundeswehr, the German version of the USAREUR Band, plays in Gunzenhausen at the Stadthalle Oct. 22 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. To learn more, visit www.lionsclub-gunzenhausen.de.

Jazzfest in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg Jazzfest Oct. 23 through 27 means five concert evenings at the Werkstatt 141 on the old AEG grounds in Muggenhof (Bldg.14, Muggenhoferstr. 141) with national and international Jazz musicians. During the day visitors can participate in workshops and jam with the artists. Admission to the event is free. To learn more, visit www.nuejazz.de.

Consumenta in Nürnberg
The Consumenta at the Messezentrum Nürnberg is considered the largest consumer fair in Southern Germany. Visitors will find a mixture of events, products and entertainment for every taste. A horse show, "Faszination Pferd," takes place simultaneously Oct. 26 through Nov. 3. To learn more, visit www.consumenta.de.

Lord of the Dance -- Bamberg
The popular dance show Lord of the Dance is coming to the Arena Bamberg (Forchheimer Strasse 15) Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.

Matching Ties -- Irish and British folk, bluegrass and blues in Wendelstein
The Matching Ties play Irish and British folk, bluegrass and blues in Wendelstein at the Casa De La Trova (Zum Sportheim 13) Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.