Stripes Weekend Picks: Aug. 10-12
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Velo Swing Festival
Aug. 9-12, Saabrücken
Get into the swing of things at this fun and retro festival that showcases all things vintage, bikes and of course, swing dancing. Held at the Saarbrücken castle, travel to the swinging 40s where you will also find a vintage flea and bicycle parts market. A swing dance workshop will be available on Saturday and Sunday. The festival is free and starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.
Aug. 10-12, Ramstein
Celebrate the close ties between us and our host nation at this fun fair! John F. Kennedy Platz will transform into a festival ground that includes, live music, both German and American food stands and much more! Admission is free, and the fun festivities start at 6 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m.
Aug. 11-12, Miesau
Enjoy the great outdoors with a volksmarch, or non-competitive fitness walking in Miesau. There are trails of all sorts of lengths and you also have the option of choosing trails that are signposted. Take the family and enjoy the sunny, warm weather while you still can! For updates on times, check the website.
Aug. 11-13, Kirchheimbolanden
The town of Kirchheimbolanden will host a wine festival that’s not to be missed! Food will also be served from local restaurants and wine taverns as they will offer delicious eats throughout the town. Be sure to bring the kids as they will also have fun activities for them such as a children’s run on Saturday, rides and games. A Fireworks display will take place on Monday night for their closing day. Admission to this event is free and starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m.
Apple Wine Festival
Aug. 10-19, Roßmarkt, Frankfurt
Frankfurt residents’ drink of choice is apple wine, so naturally, it has a fest all its own. Visitors can taste this drink in its pure form, diluted with mineral water or a carbonated beverage, or as the basis for a trendy conctail. A program on stage offers folklore performances, poetry recited in the local dialect, and local bands enjoying cult status. The blue and grey earthenware jug known as a “bembel” from which apple wine is served is sold here too.
Rheingau Wine Festival
Aug. 10-19, Wiesbaden
One of Wiesbaden’s best-loved events is its annual wine festival, an elegant affair which plays out in the square by the City Hall, Market Church and “Dern'sches Gelände.” Still and sparkling wines of the nearby Rheingau wine region are served from over 100 stands, and a range of sweet and savory snacks or full meals are available from another 20 or so stands. Nightly entertainment on stage rounds out the program.
Rhine in Flames
Aug 11, Koblenz/Spay
The third of five annual Rhine in Flames events takes place along a 10-mile stretch of the Rhine River between Koblenz and Spay. Riverfront villages offering views of the fireworks and illuminated convoy of ships, along with their own programs of entertainment, include Spay, Brey, Lahnstein and Rhens. From Aug. 10-12, Koblenz’s Sommerfest offers a colorful and ambitious program of street entertainment and concerts geared to all ages.
Aug. 11-13, Kirchheimbolanden
A charming pocket-sized city roughly halfway between Mainz and Kaiserslautern is the setting for a summer fest offering concerts and entertainment on stage, coupled with numerous wine, beer and food stands serving regional specialties. The Residenzfestlauf, a 5 and 10 km running and a 5 km walking event, takes place at 6 p.m. Aug. 11; an 800 meter children’s race starts at 5:45 p.m. Shops have exceptional opening hours on Sunday, and at 10:30 p.m. Monday, fireworks close festivities for another year. The festival begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, at 11 a.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Burg Eppstein Folk Festival
Aug. 10-11, EppsteinMedieval folk with a modern twist rings out against the backdrop of medieval castle ruins. The program of Aug. 10 includes Celtic folk rock band FAUN with Pint Size Company and Tir Nan Og as opening acts (adult tickets cost 40 euros on entry or 35 euros when bought in advance). On Aug. 11, a concert by Fool’s Garden of “Lemon Tree” fame is opened by Acoustic Revolution and Glendalough (adult tickets cost 28 euros on entry or 25 euros when bought in advance).
Eintracht Frankfurt Familientag/ Eintracht Frankfurt Family Day
Aug. 11, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
German 1st Bundesliga soccer team Eintracht Frankfurt gets ready for the upcoming season with an open-doors day at which fans of the team can meet and greet their favorite players. The action takes place in the field next to the team’s home stadium. Soccer-mad kids can enjoy a few sporty participatory activities here too. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the presentation of the team starts at noon. Entry is free.
Int. Deutsche Meisterschaft Im Kettcarfahn/International German Kettcar Championships
Aug. 11, Kulturpark am Schlachthof, Murnaustr., Wiesbaden
Racers driving go-kart like vehicles known as Kettcars battle to be named champion on a 400 meter ring. Qualifying rounds start at 3 p.m. and the final races begin at 5 p.m. A flea market running in parallel is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entry to both events is free
Aug. 10-11, Nuremberg
Head to this free outdoor festival to listen to fantastic artists perform. This festival is for the young and old, the music and art lovers, the dancers and the walkers! Everyone is welcome. The concerts begin Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The festival takes place on the Nuremberg Pegnitz meadows under the Theodor Heuss bridge.
Pedestrian Flea Market
Aug. 11, Munich
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can wander in the open air hunting for treasures at Munich’s Werkhaus flea market on Leonrodstrasse. This flea market is the second Saturday of every month. Entrance fees are 5 euros.
Aug. 11, Munich
Listen to the mesmerizing works of Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and more during this classical music concert at the Hofkapelle. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at 29.40 euros and can be purchased online.
Munich Open Air Summer- ABBA Night
Aug. 11, Munich
Imagine you are the dancing queen while listening to ABBA’s greatest hits during this outdoor concert at the Residenz, Brunnenhof. Tickets start at 49.60 euros and can be purchased online.
German Open Championships: Latin American ballroom dancing
Aug. 7-11, Stuttgart
Watch in wonder as over 200 couples vie for the title of champion during the 32nd annual Latin American ballroom dancing competition. Both amateurs and professionals have the chance at winning the prize money. Located at Liederhalle Culture and Congress Center. Tickets can be purchased online and are 16 euros for children ages 6 to 15 and 32 euros for adults.
Circus Charles Knie
Aug. 10, Öhringen
Be amazed during this traditional family circus event! There will be performances with 13 big cats, horses, zebras, llamas and even a kangaroo or two. Trapeze artists will soar high above the crowds and the clowns are sure to be ridiculous. Don’t miss out on this evening of fun! The circus starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from 17.50 to 38.40 euros and are available online.
Summer Wine Festival
Aug. 11-12, Fellbach
Attend the first wine festival at the JohannesB Winery. Enjoy music, food and fantastic wine at this family-owned winery. The festival begins Saturday at noon and runs through Sunday evening at 8 p.m.
Through Aug. 13, Esslingen
Once upon a time, a market woman from Esslingen chased away the devil with an onion; and the town has been celebrating onions ever since! Visit this festival for all sorts of onion delicacies at the Marktplatz. There will be plenty of other treats for those who don’t love onions along with wine and Esslingen champagne.
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