July Editor's picks

Stripes Europe

Jazz Open Stuttgart

July 4-14 in Stuttgart

Headline acts performing at this year’s edition include Bob Dylan, Sting, Christina Aguilera & Aloe Blacc, Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin.

Old Town Festival

July 5-7 in Kaiserslautern

The city’s pedestrian zone becomes a giant open-air party zone bursting with artists, craftsmen, food, drinks and live music into the night.

Schierstein Harbor Festival

July 12-15 in Wiesbaden

A pretty harbor on the Rhine is the site of water-based activities from dragon boat races to group swimming to an evening boat parade.

European Folklore Festival

July 12-15 in Bitburg

Folklore groups from Europe and distant lands perform their traditional songs and dances as Bitburg celebrates alongside its colorful guests.

Bamberg Zaubert

July 19-21 in Bamberg

International street artists, magicians, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, musicians and other talented performers turn the city into a fantasy realm.

Oath Monday

July 20-22 in Ulm

Festivities set by the Danube River include a serenade of lights, open-air parties and the Nabada, in which all hit the water in crazy boats.

Annafest

July 25-Aug. 5 in Forchheim

This traditional volksfest offers scary rides, games of chance, live music and tasty treats, along with 23 beer cellars to explore.

Mainz Summer Lights

July 26-28 in Mainz

Enjoy three days of concerts, street foods, attractions and wine villages along the Rhine riverbanks capped by musical fireworks July 27.

Plan ahead

Museum Embankment Festival

Aug. 23-25 in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s status as a player on the world stage is reflected in its residents, who hail from all corners of the globe. The city’s international flavor makes it an apt venue for one of Europe’s largest cultural celebrations, with crafts, concerts, stage performances, special exhibitions and world cuisine.

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