Stripes weekend picks: June 14-16

by Amanda Palumbo, Karen Bradbury and Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Wondering what to do this weekend? Check out these awesome events happening near you!


AStA Sommerfest
June 14, University of Kaiserslautern

The whole family can rock out at a fun-filled sommerfest at the University of Kaiserslautern. There will be a colorful mixture of pop, rock, heavy metal and reggae. The concert starts at4 p.m. A children's party with inflatables, pony rides and face painting is from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Kids under 12 get in free, students pay five euros and adults pay seven.

Johannis Market
June 15-17

A quick train ride will take you to Winnweiler for the annual Johannis Market. It's a free family-friendly festival with lots of food, carnival rides and of course, bier! The market starts at 2 p.m. each day at the city's Schlossplatz.

Tierheim Sommerfest
June 16, Kaiserslautern, Altes Forsthaus 11

It's a summer fest for not only the whole family but the furry members as well. The annual summer party raises money for the Kaiserslautern animal shelter. There will be a market filled with fun treats for your pets and even a live training demonstration. The fest is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Wilhelmstrassenfest/ Theatrium

June 14-15, Wiesbaden

One of Wiesbaden’s most eagerly awaited events of the entire year is this vibrant street festival featuring top-class concerts, walking acts, dance performances, food stands serving world cuisine, wine and cocktails galore, and a wonderful craftsmen’s market set up in front of Kurhaus.  The food and drink stands are open from noon Friday and from 11 a.m. Saturday and stay open late into the night. The Warme Damm offers a special zone with children’s entertainment. Entry is free.

Idstein Jazz Festival

June 14-16, Idstein

Music lovers will be in their element here, as a whopping 36 bands play jazz across all genres, from soul to rock and folk to blues, on six different stages. Also included on the program are fun activities for the kids on Saturday and Sunday. Food and drink to fuel you on through the next band’s performance is readily available on site. Tickets are sold separately for each day of the festival; at the door, these go for 15 euros on Friday or Saturday, or 9 euros on Sunday. Festival buttons for entry on all three days go for 20 euros. Children under 12 enter free. Those who live in Wiesbaden can pick up tickets in advance and save a little on the above-quoted prices; these are on sale at Wiesbadener Kurier customer service center at Langgasse 23 in downtown Wiesbaden.

Strawberry Festival

June 14-17, Eltville-Erbach

This festival’s all about not one berry but two, and when grapes and strawberries collide, the result is delicious! In the courtyards and taverns of the local vintners and the picturesque market square, enjoy those refreshing strawberry cocktails known as Bowle, sparkling wines or other refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. Tasty regional cuisine is offered in plenty, and live music plays late into the night. This festival is known and loved throughout the region: this will be the event’s 74th edition. Erbach has its very own train station, so consider taking the train as opposed to driving.  The stands are open from 3 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. Monday. Sunday’s program in particular has fun activities for children.

Open Air 90s Party

June 15, Wiesbaden

The Brita-Arena steps back two decades in time with top musical acts of the day taking to the stage as part of this traveling festival, at which you can dance the night away with all those friends you’ve yet to meet. Print-at-home tickets go for 29.40 euros.



Erlanger Bergkirchweih
June 6-17, Erlangen

Visitors of all ages will be entertained at the 264th festival in Erlangen. There will be booths, rides, regional specialties and beer cellars to enjoy under the old chestnut trees at the Erlanger Burgberg. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Open on Sundays and public holidays at 9:30 a.m.

Circus Barus
June 14-16, Marktheidenfeld

This circus is sure to bring joy to you and your family by combining tradition and modernity. Founded in 1812, this circus brings dogs, horses, camels, donkeys, llamas and goats to perform. There will also be artistic performances and of course, a clown! Tickets range from 16 - 22 euros and can be purchased online. Shows are at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday — Sunday at 11 a.m.

Holi Festival
June 16, Nuremberg

Celebrate peace, love, and harmony during this 7th annual open air festival. Surrounded by nature and full of bursting paint colors, this party will be overflowing with food, drinks and fantastic music from 12:30 - 9 p.m. International DJs will be performing. Admission is for those 16 years and older. Tickets range from 13.64 to 74.43 euros and can be purchased online.

Mozart Festival
Through June 23, Würzburg

Understanding classical music and romanticism is the focus of the 75 concerts that will be performed during this year’s Mozart Festival in Würzburg. There will be 26 venues utilized, including the Residence. Tickets can be purchased at the Mozartfest ticket office in the town hall of Würzburg and by phone (0931-372336).


Ballet on the Rhine
June 15, Ludwigsburg

Part of the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, this performance features the Düsseldorfer Ballet Company dancing to music from the Old World. This includes Hungarian performances to Serbian dance pieces and Arabic songs. There will also be a piece from American Mark Morris focusing on the “Pacific” and the stormy sounds of the New World. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and range from 26 - 51 euros.

23rd Horber Knights Games
June 15, Horb am Neckar

Travel back in time and watch in fascination as knights joust on horseback and noblemen show off their finery. The medieval market sprawls across the streets of Horb and includes calligraphers, glass painters, artisans, leather weavers, soap makers and more showing their craftsmanship. Jugglers, fire breathers, stilt walkers and dance groups will display their art throughout the market. Youngsters will enjoy children’s knight’s games on the banks of the Neckar. Tickets range from 13.64 - 69.19 and can be purchased online.

Ludwigsburg Music Festival
Through July 20, Ludwigsburg

From May to July, Ludwigsburg is bursting with programs focusing on music, dance, theater and literature. Opening night features Dmitri Schostakovich’s “Symphony No. 13.” Other exciting programs include the Ballet Am Rhine and Visions of Hell (stories of Greek mythology and musical performance). Times, locations and prices vary.

Garden Show Season
Ongoing, Ludwigsburg

If you love the sweet scent of flowers floating through the air, while various colors vibrantly bloom around you, head to Blooming Baroque Ludwigsburg. Here you’ll find a fairytale garden just waiting to be explored in front of the imposing Residenzschloss. Go on an adventure to find the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty and more amongst various fairytale scenes. Events occur throughout the season. Park is open from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Fairy-Tale Garden open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets are 9 euros.  

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