ANSBACH, Germany (July 22, 2016) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl
The Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl, a historical play and parade that tells how a group of children saved the town from being plundered by the Swedish Army in 1632, is ongoing until July 24. Theater plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city. A detailed program scheduled is available at www.kinderzeche.de

Ambassadors of Music in Rothenburg
The "Sound of America" performance is a special musical event in Rothenburg: once a year the best music students from different US states show off their talents in a summer tour of Europe, stopping off at Rothenburg's Market Square during their trip.
This year's tour brings the following state representatives there:
July 23: Washinton; July 26: New England/Nevada; July 29: Virginia; Aug. 1: California. To learn more about the concert series, visit http://www.tourismus.rothenburg.de/index.php?id=685 or call the Rothenburg Tourist Office at 09861-404 800

Bürgerfest in Schwabach
The traditional citizens' fest in Schwabach takes place at and around Königsplatz and many inner court yards downtown on July 22 through 24. Live music, entertainment and lots of food make the event attractive for all age groups. To learn more, visit www.buergerfest-schwabach.de

Deep South Luisiana -- Concert in Hilpoltstein
Zydeko Annie and her Swamp Cats are performing Cajun and Zydeco music of southern Louisiana in the Residenz Hilpolstein (Kirchenstein 1) on July 23 at 8 p.m.

Klassik Open Air: Family Concert in Nürnberg
For many years the classic open air concerts at the Luitpoldhain in Nürnberg have been an event where family and friends get together to sit and enjoy music and a picnic "al fresco." This year's dates and times are July 24 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and August 4 at 8 p.m. The event is free and especially intended for people who might not normally listen to classical music. As there are about 100.000 people attending this event, it is definitely recommended to use public transportation. The orchestras, the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (July 26) and the Nürnberger Symphoniker (Aug. 6) will play in (almost) any weather, unless there is a storm or other very inclement weather. To learn more go to www.klassikopenair.de

Salsa in the Park
Fans of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and other similar music can dance the night away at the Stadtparkcafe in Fürth (Engelhardtstraße 20) on July 27, from 8 to 11 p.m. Check ahead to make sure the event takes place (weather conditions, etc.) at www.salsa-im-park.de

Bardentreffen in Nürnberg
The popular annual Nürnberg Bardentreffen is a "bards' meet" for singers and songwriters with a four-decade-old tradition. More than 200 000 visitors attend the outdoor festival every year, to listen to artists and bands from all over the world. It takes place in various locations, like the Hauptmarkt, Insel Schütt, St. Katharina, Lorenzer Platz, Sebalder Platz, Kreuzigungshof and Trödelmarkt on July 29 through 31; the musical spectrum ranges from Classic Rock to Pop and Jazz and Avant Garde or Cabaret type performances. Admission is free! To learn more go to www.bardentreffen.de

German School Break
The summer break in Bavaria starts on July 30 and ends on September 12; the children in Baden-Wuerttemberg start and 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

Summer Fest in the Museum
The historical outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is celebrating a summer fest on July 30 and 31; highlight of the fest are the historical parades, both days at 1 p.m. and the crafters showing old and almost forgotten skills. To learn more, visit http://freilandmuseum.de/aktionen/sommerfest.html

Beer Week in Kulmbach
One of the largest beer fests takes place July 30 to Aug. 7 on Zentralparkplatz in Kulmbach. Program highlights include the opening parade of the beer brewers and the fan parade on Sunday at noon. To learn more about the fest, visit www.kulmbacher-bierwoche.de

Craft and Farmers' Market with Wine Fest in Obernzenn
Obernzenn is hosting the "Handwerk- und Bauernmarkt" July 31. More than 70 groups of participants show off their skills and products. A church service kicks off the event at 10 a.m., the market opens at 11 a.m. Guided tours of the "Blaues Schloss" take place at 3 and 4 p.m.; live music and culinary specialties complete the event.

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

Kinderzoo in Dürrwangen
A new Kinderzoo with circus animals 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 during German school breaks (July 30-Sept. 4) and on the weekends until Sept. 4. To learn more, visit www.wille-kinderzoo.de

"Sommer in der City" -- Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt (near Cinecitta movie theater). Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, all the way to July 24. To learn more, go to www.sommer-in-der-city.com

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 Franconia:

* July 23 and 24 in Sachsen bei Ansbach: Wandertag distances are 6, 11 km. The events starts at Vereinsheim Wanderfreunde (Volkersdorfer Straße 15, 91623 Sachsen b. Ansbach) on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/Sachsen23.u.24.07.2016.pdf

* August 6 and 7 in Oberdachstetten: Wandertag distances are 6,10 and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Rezattalhalle (Schulstraße 5, 91617 Oberdachstetten) 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; to learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/Oberdachstetten06u.07.08.2016.pdfOberdachstetten