Stripes Weekend Picks: Sept. 14-16
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Check out these amazing events happening this weekend in Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, Bavaria and Stuttgart!
Through Oct. 31, Kaiserslautern
Celebrate the gourd synonymous with fall, the pumpkin, at the Gartenschau! These pumpkin exhibitions are perfect for enjoying a crisp fall day with your little ones as there will be plenty of entertainment for the kiddos and lots of pictures to take! This year's exhibition theme is all about circus and magic. See sculptures of birds and other figures that are entirely made out of pumpkins! Over 50,000 pumpkins were used to create these magnificent sculptures.
Through Sept.16, Ramstein
Held at Hangars 1 and 2 on Ramstein, come out to the 54th annual bazaar that will feature everything you need for Christmas gifts, souvenirs or simply decorations for your home! 130 vendors will be here to fulfill all your shopping needs and if/when you get hungry, be sure to grab some food outside! At the food stands, only cash is accepted so be sure to stop by the ATM before then! Please note there will be 100% ID check and you are allowed to sign in guests so long as they don’t purchase anything. The Bazaar starts Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. and goes through Sept.16 ending at 5 p.m.
Sept. 15-18, Ramstein
Head to Ramstein as they will be celebrating all weekend long with the kerwe, or fair. Enjoy yummy fest food such as wursts and pommes and wash it down with a nice Weizen beer. Dance along in your seat (or out of) as there will be a band to keep you entertained all night! Be sure to keep your eyes open for the kerwe strauss. You know, that oddly shaped pipe cleaner looking object adorned with colorful paper displayed at every village kerwe? Admission is free!
Dippemess im Herbst/ Autumn Dippemess
Sept. 7-16, Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt’s volksfest delivers all the fun fair rides, games of chance, fest foods and beer and wine you’d expect from such an event. Held once in spring and once in fall, the autumn edition is considered more rustic and family-oriented than its earlier sibling. The Festplatz am Ratsweg is easily reached by bus or tram from the city center. Opening hours are 2 p.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday and noon-11 p.m. Sunday.
Sept. 14-16, Koblenz
A city and volksfest rolled into one offers market stalls to explore and plenty of live music played by both bands on the rise and those known and loved in the heart of the downtown area. Many stores will offer exceptional Sunday shopping hours from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Entry is free.
Wein-Wanderweg-Fest „Mittlere Nahe“/ Middle Nahe Wine Hiking Fest
Sept. 15, between Bad Sobernheim and Martinstein
This is a great wine walk for those who want to cover a substantial walking distance with the chance to sample wine from one of Germany’s lesser-known wine regions, the Nahe. The trail runs over eight miles and passes through the villages of Nußbaum, Monzingen and Weiler. The views along the trail are pretty special, too. Walk between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. A shuttle bus runs between the villages between 10:30 and 8 p.m.; a minimal charge applies. Bad Sobernheim is roughly 40 miles southwest of Wiesbaden and 45 miles north of Kaiserslautern.
Rhein in Flammen/ Rhine in Flames
Sept. 15, St. Goar - St. Goarshausen
The very last date of the five annual Rhine in Flames events comes Saturday, when towns at the foot of the Loreley and Rheinfels and Katz Castles stage the spectacle of fireworks and illuminations. The fireworks follow the movement of the convoy of some 50 ships traveling along the Rhine. A lively land program takes place in St. Goar; there, guests can enjoy live music and sampling wine from the many stands.
Flohmarkt im Parkfeld Biebrich/ Flea Market in Biebrich Park
Sept. 15, Biebrich-Wiesbaden
It’s the second-to-last chance of the season to peruse for treasure at the flea market set up on a street running parallel to the park of the Biebrich Castle. Nail a bargain between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Freudenberger Oktoberfest/ Freudenberg Oktoberfest
Sept. 15, Freudenberg
You don’t have to travel far to find an Oktoberfest with all the flair of a Bavarian beer celebration. The keg will be tapped at the festival tent set up at Kerbeplatz am Veilchenweg at 4 p.m., with live music to follow from 7 p.m. A special Oktoberfest beer will taste great paired with Bavarian specialties. Visitors are encouraged to dress the part, so pull out those Dirndls and Lederhosen. Entry is free.
Marché de Nuit/ Night Flea Market
Sept. 15, Frankfurt am Main
Night flea markets offer fun for bargain hunters without the need to get up early on a precious weekend morning. Frankfurt’s latest offering takes place 6 p.m.-midnight at the Zoo Gesellschaftshaus on Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee, where some hundred designers, artists and other creative types will show and sell their works. Shop for home decor, fashion accessories, glass, graphics, ceramics, textiles and other unique wares. Adult entry costs 3 euros and children under the age of 16 enter free.
The city’s Schlossplatz is transformed into one big playground offering jumping castles, a climbing wall, face painting and other fun pursuits for young visitors and their families. A program on stage offers shows by dance and sport groups, theater, music and more. Visit between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Entry is free.
Ansbach Contemporary 2018
Through Sept. 30, Ansbach
View some of Germany’s most talented artists during the Biennial of Contemporary Art. With 23 artists, 3 venues and plenty of days to visit, this art show is not to be missed. Open Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 2 - 5:30 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. Venues include the Gothic Hall at Residence Ansbach, Kunsthaus and former Stempflehaus.
Würzburg City Festival
Sept. 14-15, Würzburg
The 30th annual Stadtfest in Würzburg breaks out the best vendors, musicians and dealers it has to offer during this city celebration. Over 200 hours of live music and shows will be presented in the city center. The festival is open Friday from 3 - 10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sept. 15-16, Bad Kissingen
In the Botenlauben Castle ruins, just waiting for some medieval fun, are knights, jugglers, falconers and minstrels at the festival in Bad Kissingen. From live music to Count Otto’s Round table, there is a bit of history for everyone. Open Saturday 2 - 10 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission is 8 euros for adults, 5 euros for children up to age 16 and free for children under sword length.
Sept. 12-16, Tübingen
Five days of eating, drinking, looking, and marveling is what draws visitors to Tübingen for their market. With regional and homemade/grown products from over 100 vendors, there is no shortage of goods. All products are from the twin cities of Tübingen- Aix-en-Provence (France) and Perugia (Italy). With lavender everywhere, pastries, liquors, ham, patés and more, you’re sure to find something to delight your senses at this market. The market opens Wednesday at 1 p.m. It is open Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Note that only one ATM will be onsite. The bazaar is open Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sept. 15, Urbach
The legend lives on during METALiCOVER’s night of music dedicated to Metallica. Listen to live music in an exact representation of the original songs from Metallica. The concert is from 8 - 11 p.m. at Zom Täle.
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