Events throughout Germany this September

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

BAVARIA

Gillamoos/ Volksfest

Through Sept. 3, Abensberg

Nürnberger Volksfest/ Nuremberg Volksfest

Through Sept. 9, Nuremberg

Regensburger Herbstdult/ Regensburg Autumn Dult (Volksfest)

Through Sept. 9, Regensburg

Trempelmarkt/ Flea Market

Sept. 7-8, Nuremberg (4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 7; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 8)

Reichsstadt-Festtage/ Imperial City Festival

Sept. 7-9, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Hundreds of town residents clad in fashions of the day re-enact key points in the history of the town. Highlights include a torchlight procession on Friday evening, fireworks on Saturday evening, and a knight’s tournament and shows for children on Sunday.

Burggrabenfest/ Castle Moat Festival

Sept. 7-9, Nuremberg

It’s back in time to the Middle Ages with a program of jesters, acrobats and other traveling entertainers, a falconry show and brave knights battling it out in swordfights or on horseback.

STRAMU - Internationales Festival für Straßenmusik und Straßenkunst/ STRAMU- International Festival for Street Music and Street Arts

Sept. 7-9, Würzburg

Streetlife Festival

Sept. 8-9, Ludwigstraße, Munich

Flohmarkt/ Flea Market

Sept. 15-16, Volksfestplatz, Bayreuth

Almabtrieb der Rinder/ Descent of the Cattle from the Alpine Pastures

Sept. 16, Mittenwald

Strassen.Kunst.Festival/ Street Art Festival

Sept. 21-23, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Performers from 13 countries show off their brands of street entertainment along the Ludwigstraße. Latin-American music and dance brings the event to its finale.

Oktoberfest

Sept. 22-Oct. 7, Munich

Michaelis-Kirchweih/ Michaelis Church Fair (Market and Fair)

Sept. 29-Oct. 14, Fürth

 

KMC & THE PFALZ

Altstadtfest/Old Town Festival

Sept. 7-8, Speyer

Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt/ Bad Durkheim Sausage Market (Wine Fest)

Sept. 7-11 and Sept. 14-17, Bad Duerkheim

The world’s biggest wine festival offers a ride-packed midway, games of chance, market stalls, festival tents with live music, elegant dining in white tents and stands serving locally made wines.

Herbstmarkt mit Weindorf/ Autumn Market and Wine Village

Sept. 8-17, Alter Meßplatz, Landau

Weinwanderweg Fest/ Wine Hike Fest

Sept. 15, wine and culinary treats on a 13.7 km stretch between Bad Sobernheim and Weiler

Kulinarische Weinwanderung/ Culinary Wine Hike

Sept. 15-16, Rodenbach

Idar-Obersteiner Treppenlauf/ Idar-Oberstein Staircase Run

Sept. 16, Marktplatz, Oberstein, Idar-Oberstein

PfalzTrail im Leiningerland/ Palatinate Trail in the Leiningerland

Sept. 29, Carlsberg-Hertlingshausen

A steep trail leading through shady valleys, sunny forests and narrow gorges tests the endurance of even the fittest of walkers and distance runners. Participants can choose between distances of 8.8, 16.8, 32.7 or 85.6 kilometers

 

RHINE-MAIN

Mainzer Weinmarkt/ Mainz Wine Market (Wine Fest)

Through Sept. 2, Volkspark, Mainz

Rheingauer Weinmarkt/ Rheingau Wine Market (Wine Fest)

Through Sept. 7, Freßgass, Frankfurt

Mainland Games

Sept. 1-2, Mainvorland, Rüsselsheim

This event inspired by the highland gatherings of Scotland offers heavy sport competitions for teams and individuals, a piping competition, sheep-herding demos, pony rides, live music and a Celtic market.

Frankfurter Dippemess/ Frankfurt Dippemess (Volksfest)

Sept. 7-16, Festplatz am Ratsweg, Frankfurt

Aktion Pink — Race for Survival

Sept. 23, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main

Participation in this 5 km race along the banks of the Main River supports breast cancer research.

Stadtfest und Herbstmarkt/ City Fest and Autumn Market

Sept. 27-30, Wiesbaden

 

STUTTGART AND REGION

Bierbörse/ Beer Market

Through Sept. 2, Karlsruhe

Oechsle Fest

Through Sept. 9, Pforzheim

This wine festival takes its name from Ferdinand Oechsle, inventor of a scale for measuring the ripeness of a grape to determine its optimal harvest time. The festival is known for its lovingly decorated wine stands, Swabian culinary specialties and wines made exclusively for consumption here.

Stuttgarter Weindorf/ Stuttgart Wine Village

Through Sept. 9, Stuttgart, Market Square

Herbstflohmarkt/ Autumn Flea Market

Sept. 16, Marktplatz, Karlsplatz and Schillerplatz, Stuttgart

Cannstatter Volksfest

Sept. 28-Oct. 14, Cannstatter Wasen, Stuttgart

Ludwigsburger Antikmeile/ Ludwigsburg Antique Mile (Antiques Market)

Sept. 29-30, Marktplatz, Ludwigsburg

 

REST OF GERMANY

Backfishfest (Volksfest)

Through Sept. 2, Festplatz, Worms

Weinfest der Mittelmosel/ Middle Mosel Wine Festival

Through Sept. 3, Bernkastel-Kues

Schlossbeleuchtung/ Castle Illuminations (light show and fireworks)

Sept. 1, Heidelberg

Europamarkt Kunsthandwerk Design/ European Art and Design Market

Sept. 1-2, Muensterplatz and surroundings, Aachen

Rhine in Flames

Sept. 8, Oberwesel and Sept. 15, St. Goar/St. Goarshausen

Reeperbahn Festival

Sept. 19-22, Hamburg

A broad spectrum of both emerging and established artists play at what’s billed as Europe's largest club festival. In addition to some 600 concerts, the program includes events related to fine art, film and literature.

 

PLAN AHEAD

German Wine Harvest Festival

Oct. 2-15, Neustadt an der Weinstraße

Neustadt celebrates its version of Thanksgiving with a festival replete with amusement rides and the wines and culinary specialties of the Palatinate. The “wine village” in the heart of town offers the fizzy new wine known as Federweißer and live music. The largest winemaker’s parade in all Germany takes place on Oct. 14. A fireworks display set to music closes festivities on Oct. 15.

ChocolART

Dec. 4-9, Tübingen

Germany’s biggest festival dedicated to chocolate celebrates cocoa-based treats with a program including chocolate-themed art, exhibitions, cooking classes, workshops and more. At the market place, over 100 chocolatiers and manufacturers sell their tasty treats just in time for the coming holidays. Children have the chance to make their very own candy bar and a label to go with it. At night, the half-timbered facades of the buildings of the Old Town are brought to life through illuminations.

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