ANSBACH, Germany (Aug. 19, 2016) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Miniature Golf Time
The Brücken-Center Ansbach offers free miniature golf Aug. 9 - 27. Clubs and balls can be borrowed for a deposit; open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rothenburg Wine Village
The Grüne Markt and the Kirchplatz in Rothenburg o.d.T. will be turned into a wine village on Aug. 17 -- 21; Franconian wines can be sampled while nibbling on local culinary specialties and listening to the musical entertainment. The Weindorf is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 -- 11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information contact the Rothenburg Tourist Service on Marktplatz 2 at 09861 -- 404 - 800 or www.tourismus.rothenburg.de

Kirchweih in Wolframs-Eschenbach
The traditional Kirchweih of Wolframs-Eschenbach takes place on the Festplatz (Dr.-Baptist-Kurz-Platz) on Aug. 19 through 22, featuring the typical fest entertainment, a Kirchweih market and fireworks. For program details, visit www.kirchweih-wolframs-eschenbach.de.

Bad Windsheimer Kirchweih
The Bad Windsheim Kirchweih on Aug. 19 through 30 is a traditional Kirchweih Volksfest with rides, fest tent, parade and fireworks. To learn more, go to www.tourismus.bad-windsheim.de

Herbstvolksfest - Nürnberg
The Nürnberg Fall Fest is one of the largest and nicest fests in Bavaria; visitors will find plenty of fun rides, beer tents and food stands, as well as an entertainment program for everybody. The fest from August 28 to September 11 is located on the Dutzendteich (Bayernstrasse). Details are available at www.volksfest-nuernberg.de

Reichsstadt-Festtage -- Rothenburg
The Reichsstadt-Festtage or Imperial Days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber on Sept. 2 through 4 celebrate the history of the old Imperial city. Every century is represented with its unique clothing and stories. The festival includes many different events and performances; highlights are the Meistertrunk, the historical Shepherd's Dance, a torch parade of participants and fireworks. To learn more, go to www.meistertrunk.de

Bards Meet in Ansbach
Ansbach's Bardentreffen with German singers, bands and songwriters takes place Sept. 3 and 4 downtown in various locations, including the Reitbahn and Gumbertusplatz. Admission is free, concerts start at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

KONTAKTA - Ansbach
The biennial expo KONTAKTA takes place at the Festplatz Hofwiese (Nürnberger Strasse) on Sept. 7 - 11; the expo features special exhibit about topics like construction, energy efficiency, health, mobility or sports; special entertainment is provide for the kids. Opening hours are 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m. To learn more, go to www.kontakta-ansbach.de

"Onion Stomper" Fest in Bamberg
The annual Zwiebeltreterfest on the Böhmerwiese (Heiliggrabstraße 57) takes place Sept. 8 through 11; music and culinary specialties entertain the adults, while the kids can spend time with arts and crafts or enjoy the bouncy castle. In case of inclement weather the fest is moved to a tent. Admission is free; to learn more go to www.zwiebeltreterfest.de.

Flea Market in Nürnberg
Germany's largest flea market, the Trempelmarkt in Nürnberg takes place twice a year; this fall it will take place on Sept. 9 and 10; more than 4000 vendors are offering their junk and treasures on and around the Hauptmarkt on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Taking public transportation is recommended, since parking will be very limited. To learn more, go to http://www.nuernberg.de/internet/marktamt/trempel.html

Day of the Open Monument
Once a year visitors can enter sites that are normally not open to the public; Germany-wide communities host the "Tag des offenen Denkmals" as part of the European Heritage Days on the second Sunday in September every year. Ansbach lets people get a glimpse of the inside of Herrieden Tor, the church towers of St. Ludwig and St. Johannis or the Synagogue, just to mention a few. This year the event takes place on September 11; to find out more about Ansbach offerings, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1221655364535412/ For more information about the program and other communities, visit http://www.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de/
A detailed program for the Ansbach county can be found at http://tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de/pdfs/2016/kreis/KreisAnsbach_BY_Programm_Denkmaltag_2016.pdf

State Garden Show in Bayreuth
Every year the state of Bavaria hosts a garden show in a different location; landscapes are transformed into beautiful garden scenes, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This year the "Landesgartenschau" is located in Bayreuth, capital of Upper Franconia. The show is open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until October 9 along the Roter Main River (Friedrich-Ebert-Straße/Äußere Badstraße). Day tickets are available for 16 euros for adults, an annual pass is 100 euros; children 7-17 years old pay 3 euros per day or 25 for the annual pass. Visitors arriving by train at the Bayreuth Bahnhof can use a free shuttle to the location and will receive a 2 euro discount on their (adult's) ticket by showing the train pass. To learn more about the garden show, visit www.landesgartenschau2016.de

Refrain from Carrying Backpacks
In light of recent events throughout Europe, visitors may be prohibited from bringing backpacks or larger bags to public events; if allowed, the bags may be subject to search. To avoid inconvenience it is recommended to carry only what's really necessary and leave larger carrying items behind.

German School Break
The summer break in Bavaria ends on September 12; the children in Baden-Württemberg will finish two days earlier. Expect heavy traffic and long traffic jams, especially on the Autobahns going south and coming back during that time. For current traffic updates go to www.bayerninfo.de (in English), www.adac.de/reise_freizeit/verkehr, www.verkehrsinfo.de or www.verkehrsinformation.de

Kinderzoo in Dürrwangen
A new Kinderzoo with circus animals recently opened in Dürrwangen-Haslach (Kreuzfeld 21). The animals - ponies, donkeys, horses, goats, camels and more - are usually touring the region with a small circus ensemble, but are staying on the farm for the summer. Contrary to normal zoo animals, these are kept entertained and challenged with games and training to avoid boredom. The zoo offers rides on elephants and ponies, carriage rides through the forest, a kiddie train, a water basin with row boats and an outdoor playground. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Sept. 4. To learn more, visit www.wille-kinderzoo.de

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 Volksmarches in Germany, visit DVV Wandern in the "Related Links" section.

Upcoming Volksmarch events in and around Franconia:

* August 20 and 21 in Crailsheim: Distances are 5, 11, 20, 21, 30 and 42 kilometers; start is at Hirtenwiesenhalle (Bürgermeister-Demuth-Allee 2, 74564 Crailsheim) on both days at 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 11 km), 5:30 a.m. to noon (21 km), 5:30 to 11:30 a.m. (30 km) and 5:30 to 9 a.m. (42 km). To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/bw/2016/w_august_crailsheim2016.pdf

* August 27 and 28 in Creglingen: Wandertag distances are 5, 10 and 20 km; start at 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for 5 and 10 km and 6 a.m. to noon for 20 km on Saturday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 km) and 6 a.m. to noon (20 km) on Sunday at Mehrzweckhalle (Kieselallee, 97993 Creglingen). For more information visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2016/w_27-28aug2016_creglingen.pdf

* September 3 and 4: Wandertag in Leinburg with distances of 5, 10, 20 and 30 kilometers. Start is 7 a.m. -- 1 p.m. (5, 10 km), 7 a.m. - noon (20 km) and 7 -- 10 a.m. (30 km) at Schützenhaus (Nürnberger Straße 47, 91227 Leinburg). To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/Leinburg.pdf

* September 10 and 11 in Kitzingen: Distances are 6, 10 and 20 kilometer; start time is 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days. Starting point is Sportzentrum Sickergrund on Sickershäuser Str. 7, 97318 Kitzingen.