ANSBACH, Germany (July 6, 2018) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Ambassadors of Music in Rothenburg
The performance of the Ambassadors of Music is a special concert series performed downtown Rothenburg: once a year the best music students from different U.S. 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 ends July 29. To learn more about the concert series and specific performance dates, visit or call the Rothenburg Tourist Office at 09861-404 800.

American Music Abroad -- Concert
The town of Wolframs-Eschenbach hosts a group of American music students for a concert every year. The concert is admission free, chairs are set up in front of the Rathaus (city hall) for anybody who would like to listen. This year the concert is scheduled for July 7 at 8 p.m.; in case of inclement weather the concert takes place in the gym on Steingrubenweg 3.
American Music Abroad was founded in 1975 by a high school band director and his wife to fulfill their dream of sharing their love of Europe with high school students, college students and adults. Students are carefully selected on the basis of recommendations from their school directors and/or musical achievement demonstrated on audition recordings. Musicians convene at a college for a pre-tour orientation and rehearsal session which includes an introduction to European art and architecture and guidelines for touring. The performance will include music from the masters, the American Broadway stage, American folk music and works by contemporary American composers.

Jazz in the Garden -- Nürnberg
The Groove Legend Orchestra plays in the KulturGarten in Nürnberg July 9 from 5 to 11 p.m. Located on Königstrasse 93, visitors enter from the wall side near the Bauhof. To learn more, visit

Weinfest in Nürnberg
The traditional Nürnberger Weinfest takes place on Jakobsplatz July 11 through 15; a different live band entertains the visitors every day. To learn more about the event, visit or

Magical Bamberg
"Bamberg zaubert" is an annual international street and cabaret festival which magically transforms the city; meet magicians, jugglers, fire artists, clowns or street performers on July 13 through 15 in Bamberg's historical downtown. To learn more, go to

International Samba Festival in Coburg
The city of Coburg turns into a Samba town during the popular Samba festival on July 13 through 15; more than 150,000 visitors enjoy more than 30 groups performing Latin American music, dancing and artistics during the three-day festival, with a parade Sunday at 2 p.m. as one of the major highlights. For more details and ticket information, visit

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 scheduled for July 13 -- 22. Theater plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city. A detailed program schedule is available at

Altstadtfest - Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) July 14 and 15 in Herrieden is a traditional fest with tables and benches set up all through town between the booths selling local delicacies and the entertainment section with live music. The opening ceremony with a small parade takes place Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday the shops open 1 -- 5 p.m. To learn more, visit

The Hooters -- Nürnberg
The Hooters are playing in Nürnberg at the Hirsch (Vogelweiherstr. 66) July 19 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit

Jazz in the Garden -- Nürnberg
The NC Brown Blues Band plays in the KulturGarten in Nürnberg July 23 from 5 to 11 p.m. Located on Königstrasse 93, visitors enter from the wall side near the Bauhof. To learn more, visit

See in Flammen -- Lake in flames
Illuminated sailboats and ferries will travel the Altmühlsee near Seezentrum Schlungenhof on Saturday, July 28, 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

Kirchweih in Eyb
Ansbach-Eyb is celebrating the annual traditional Kirchweih fest Aug. 2 through 6. The Kirchweih tree will be raised on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Another fest highlight is the parade Sunday at 2 p.m. with many local clubs and music groups; the parade starts in Industriestrasse, moving to Eyber Strasse and finally to the Dorfplatz. Fresh, traditional Kirchweihküchle, donut-type baked goodies, will be sold Saturday and Sunday morning.

Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival
More than 70 bands perform during the Bamberg Blues and Jazz Festival Aug. 3 through 12; international and reginal musicians perform free concerts on Maxplatz in downtown Bamberg. Admission is free! For detailed program and other information, visit

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 on Sunday, Aug. 5 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

Franconian Weinfest in Volkach
Volkach, located in the Frankenwein region, is hosting a wine festival Aug. 10 through 14; 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

Summer Breeze - Open Air in Dinkelsbühl
The annual Summer Breeze Open Air 2017, taking place Aug. 15 -- 18 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

Rothenburg Wine Village
The Grüne Markt and the Kirchplatz in Rothenburg o.d.T. will be turned into a wine village Aug. 15 -- 19; 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

Kirchweih in Wolframs-Eschenbach
The traditional Kirchweih of Wolframs-Eschenbach takes place on the Festplatz (Dr.-Baptist-Kurz-Platz) Aug. 17 through 20, featuring the typical fest entertainment, a Kirchweih market and fireworks. For program details, visit

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 announcements on hiking days all over Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Hiking days in Pottenstein
Pottenstein in the Fränkische Schweiz ("Franconian Switzerland") is site of hiking days July 7 and 8. Saturday's starting times are 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday's 6 -- 11 a.m. Start and finish are at Graf-Botho-Schule (Bayreuther Berg 7, 91278 Pottenstein). To learn more, visit

Wandertag in Sinsheim-Reihen
A hiking day with 5 or 10 km distance is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, in Sinsheim-Reihen. Start point is the Reservistenheim (Blumenstr. 24, 74889 Sinsheim-Reihen) from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guided hiking tour in Garmisch
A guided hiking tour of 7 or 13 km starts at 10 a.m. Bahnhof (Bahnhofstr. 31) in Garmisch Partenkirchen Sunday, July 22 (projected end at 2 p.m.) To learn more, visit

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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.