ANSBACH, Germany (Aug. 25, 2017) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

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

Medieval Market Lichtenau
Lichtenau is hosting a medieval market with music, games, crafts and more Aug. 25 through 27 in the Lichtenau castle. Opening hours are Saturday 1 -- 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, visit www.mittelalterfest.net

Altmühlsee Festival
The annual Altmühlsee festival Aug. 26 features seven live bands spread around the lake; locations are Seezentrum Schlungenhof, Surfzentrum Schlungenhof, Seezentrum Muhr am See, Seezentrum Wald, ZanZiBar at the adventure playground and in Mörsach und Gern. A free shuttle takes visitors around; the MS Altmühlsee serves as a shuttle boat that night. To learn more, visit http://altmuehlsee.de/altmuehlsee-festival.html

"Dinkelsbühl leuchtet" - Dinkelsbühl alight
All of downtown Dinkelsbühl is open for shopping until 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Live bands play on several stages in the evening, after 6:30 p.m. To learn more, visit www.dinkelsbuehl.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

Burggrabenfest zu Nürnberg
The Burggrabenfest in Nürnberg is a medieval fest for the whole family, taking place Sept. 8 through 10 in the city moat below the castle (Hallertor). Show fights, medieval camp life and fire spectacles bring the middle ages back to life. Young knights can spend their energy on a knight's playground, try their talent with balancing on a rope or compete with bow and arrow.
Opening hours are Friday 2 -- 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free under three years of age, 3 euros at age 4 -- 12 and 6 euros for 13 years and above; family tickets for two adults and two children are 6 euros. For more information go to www.burggrabenfest.de

Wandertag in Kitzingen
A hiking day takes place in Kitzingen Sept. 9 and 10 with distances of 6, 10 and 20 kilometers to choose from. Start times are 7 a.m. -- 1 p.m. at Sportzentrum Sickergrund (Sickerhäuser Straße 7, 97318 Kitzingen)

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/

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

Altstadtfest - Nürnberg
The traditional Altstadtfest downtown Nürnberg, scheduled for Sept. 14 through 25, 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 www.altstadtfest-nue.de

Grafflmarkt - Fürth
The Grafflmarkt in Fürth, a large flea market downtown, takes place on Sept.15 and 16 between Gustavstrasse, Grüner Markt and Paisleyplatz. Opening times are Friday 4 -- 10 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

Wandertag in Oberasbach near Nürnberg
The Oberasbach hiking days Sept. 16 and 17 take hikers over 6, 10, 20 or 42 km distances. Start times are Saturday 6:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m. (6, 10, 20 km) and 6:30 -- 9 a.m. (42 km), and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to noon (6, 10, 20 km) und 6:30 -- 9 a.m. (42 km), with start and finish at DJK Halle (St. Johannes Straße 6, 90522 Oberasbach)

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 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 Oktoberfest, also known as the "Wies'n," takes place on Munich's Theresienwiese on Sept. 16 to Oct. 3. The midway is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (30 minutes longer on the weekends); the beer tents have the same opening hours, but the last beer will be served an hour before closure.
Highlights: Highlights of the Oktoberfest - besides the numerous rides, attractions and tents - include the opening parade of the Wiesn-Wirte (tent owners) Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., the traditional garb and master shooters parade (Trachten- und Schützenzug) Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. or the traditional gun-salute on the steps of the Bavaria monument at noon Oct. 3.
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, using the subway (U-Bahn) to get there.
Security concept: The security concept of the Oktoberfest is based on decades of experience and constantly reviewed. New this year will be a "security fence" along open stretches as well as a ban of back packs and larger bags; smaller bags are subject to search. Strollers are only allowed on weekdays until 6 p.m.; completely forbidden are items like glass bottles, gas spry cans or knives. On the busier days, like the weekends, visitors are advised to refrain from bringing small children.
For more information about the Oktoberfest go to www.oktoberfest.de/en

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The information on local host nation events is provided through the auspices of the USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Office (PAO). All details provided are for informational purposes only and are a representation of typical events conducted in the local community. The PAO grants no element of exclusivity to any outside agency or business and any reference to commercial or retail activities implies no endorsement or recommendation by the U. S. Army or its agencies. Participation in any event or activity described herein is strictly voluntary and should be done so only after careful advisement and consideration of the safety and security environment at each specific location.