ANSBACH, Germany (Jan. 11, 2019) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Fasching, Fastnacht & Karneval -- The fifth season is here
The Fasching or carnival season is also known as the "fifth season" in Germany. It is a time when Germans loosen up a little, dress up in funny costumes and party for days at a time. Read more about local carnival traditions at https://ansbachhometownherald.com/fasching-fastnacht-karneval-fifth-season-upon-us/

Concert in Ansbach
Ami and Wally Warning, a father-daughter team from the U.S., play in concert at the Ansbach at the Kammerspiele (Maximilianstrasse 29) Jan. 12 at 8:30 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/360065624541527

Winter Apple Fest
A winter fest with apple specialties like apple punch, Strudel or various cakes takes place in Buhlsbach near Lehrberg Jan. 26, from noon to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/512404969245943/

Kneipenjagd - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This year's pub crawl in Rothenburg takes place Jan. 26 in several location throughout the town. One ticket buys admission for all locations. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/kneipenfestivalrothenburg

Open House at the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ansbach
The mini zoo for rescued tigers and other exotic animals in Ansbach-Wallersdorf is hosting their monthly open house Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/313674392600027/

Wochenmarkt Ansbach
The Wochenmarkt Ansbach is a typical German market featuring fresh goods like vegetables, flowers, meats, home-made noodles or ice cream, fresh-baked bread, cheeses and other dairy products. The vendors are often farmers from the area, who sell their own products. They set up their carts and stands on Martin-Luther-Platz twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except German holidays).

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 find local hikes, visit https://www.dvv-wandern.de/regionales-angebot/franken.html

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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.