ANSBACH, Germany (Aug. 11, 2017) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

German School Break
Several "Bundesländer" (German states) and some countries north of Germany are on summer break, and many people are heading south in cars, buses, motor homes and trailers towards their vacation destinations. This often jams up the major thoroughfares, a situation which is amplified by seemingly endless construction projects. The summer break in Bavaria starts July 29 and ends September 11; the children in Baden-Württemberg 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 visit traffic information sites like www.bayerninfo.de (in English), www.adac.de/reise_freizeit/verkehr, www.verkehrsinfo.de or www.verkehrsinformation.de

Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival
More than 70 bands perform during the Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival Aug. 4 through 13; international and reginal musicians perform free concerts on Maxplatz in downtown Bamberg. Admission is free! For detailed program and other information, visit http://blues-jazz-festival.mybamberg.de/home/

Bierfest in Uffenheim
The "Bierfest der Aischgründer Bierstraße" on Schlossplatz in Uffenheim features local breweries Aug. 11 and 12. While visitors can work their way through the many samples, bands are playing traditional music. The fest opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more details, go to www.bierstrasse.de

Franconian Weinfest in Volkach
Volkach, located in the Frankenwein region, is hosting a wine festival Aug. 11 through 15; vineyards situated along the Main River are bringing more than 150 different samples of Franconian wine to the fest. Visitors sit under old chestnut trees to enjoy the local beverages and food delicacies. Different highlights include fireworks on Friday evening and the sparkler dance of the wine princesses on Monday. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/events/1396038633809548

See in Flammen -- Lake in flames
Illuminated sailboats and ferries will travel the Altmühlsee near Seezentrum Schlungenhof on Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at 7 p.m. during the event "Lake in Flames." Members of the life guard will swim out with torches for a coordinated swim performance; fireworks at about 10 p.m. close the event. To learn more, visit www.gunzenhausen.info

Bamberg bounces!
A bouncy house festival takes place on Bamberg's Jahnwiese (Galgenfuhr) Aug. 12 through 27. The fenced in area offers a variety of modules and bouncing opportunities for the children to explore; a café garden provides refreshments.

Summer Breeze - Open Air in Dinkelsbühl
The annual Summer Breeze Open Air 2017, taking place Aug. 16 -- 19 in Dinkelsbühl, is one of the largest heavy metal festivals in Germany. Two open air stages and a third stage inside a large tent feature many live metal bands; the festival is located on the airport of the Aeroclubs Dinkelsbühl on Flugplatzstrasse 1. To learn more, go to http://www.summer-breeze.de/en

Rothenburg Wine Village
The Grüne Markt and the Kirchplatz in Rothenburg o.d.T. will be turned into a wine village Aug. 16 -- 20; 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 visit https://www.rothenburg.de/tourismus/kunst-kultur/jahreshoehepunkte/weindorf

Kirchweih in Wolframs-Eschenbach
The traditional Kirchweih of Wolframs-Eschenbach takes place on the Festplatz (Dr.-Baptist-Kurz-Platz) Aug. 18 through 21, featuring the typical fest entertainment, a Kirchweih market and fireworks. For program details, visit www.kirchweih-wolframs-eschenbach.de

Kirchweih - Bad Windsheim
The Bad Windsheim Kirchweih takes place at the Festplatz on Schiesswasen Aug. 18 through 29; a large fireworks display closes out the fest on Tuesday at about 10 p.m.

Wandertag in Crailsheim
The Crailsheim hiking days take place Aug. 19 and 20 with distances of 5, 10, 21, 30 and 42 kilometers. Start times are 5:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m. (5, 10 km), 5:30 a.m. to noon (21 km), 5:30 -- 11 a.m. (30 km) and 5:30 -- 9 a.m. at Hirtenwiesenhalle (Bürgermeister-Demuth-Allee 2, 74564 Crailsheim).

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 Aug. 25 to Sept. 10 is located on the Dutzendteich (Bayernstrasse). Details are available at www.volksfest-nuernberg.de

Wandertag in Creglingen
Hiking days are scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27 in Creglingen with special focus on children. Walk distances of 5, 10 or 20 kilometers, starting at Stadthalle (Kieselallee 15, 97993 Creglingen). Start times are 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 km) and 6 a.m. to noon (20 km).

Reichsstadt-Festtage -- Rothenburg
The Reichsstadt-Festtage or Imperial Days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Sept. 1 through 3 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 https://www.rothenburg.de/tourismus/kunst-kultur/jahreshoehepunkte/reichsstadt-festtage

"Onion Stomper" Fest in Bamberg
The annual Zwiebeltreterfest on the Böhmerwiese (Heiliggrabstraße 57) takes place Sept. 7 through 9; 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. 8 and 9; 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 September 10; to learn more, visit https://www.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de/


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