Stripes Weekend Picks: Oct. 12-14
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Oct. 13-14, Kaiserslautern
Fritz-Walter-Stadion, home of Kaiserslautern’s soccer team, takes on a new role as host to the Rhineland-Palatinate’s biggest tattoo event. You don’t have to get a tattoo to enjoy the atmosphere here, but if you do come to that big decision, you can get it done on the spot. Visitors can also enjoy dance shows or tattoo competitions. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost 12 euros at the gate; a ticket valid for both dates goes for 20 euros. The event is billed as family-friendly and children under 14 enter free. Dogs are strictly forbidden for hygienic reasons.
Halloween Fright Nights
Oct. 13, 20, 27 and 31, as well as Nov. 3
The scary season is upon us, and the events at the Holiday Park amusement park are some of the biggest Halloween celebrations of the region. On five nights, the park offers late opening hours capped off by fireworks shows. Visitors can enjoy rock bands, a giant pumpkin, a parade of witches, skeletons, ghosts and others, and sixteen “scare zones” populated by zombies, freak show characters and otherworldly beings are sure to frighten all those brave enough to enter. Park admission costs 32.99 euros at the door for adults, 29.99 euros for kids between one meter and one meter forty cm in height and 10.99 for kids between 85 cm and one meter. Park operating hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Winzerfestumzug/ Vintner’s Festival Parade
Oct. 14, Neustadt an der Weinstraße
The highpoint of Neustadt’s wine fest is this parade, billed as the biggest of its kind in all Germany. Over 100 decorated floats feature musical ensembles, costumed folk groups, the newly crowned wine queens from the various regions, and other merry characters on board. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m.; entry is free.
Oktobermarkt/ October Market
Oct. 14, Kirchheimbolanden
Exhibitors at this autumn market include farmers, artists, craftsmen, auto dealers and other local businesses. Downtown stores offer exceptional Sunday opening hours. A giant jumpy castle set up on Konrad-Lucae-Platz will amuse young folk as their parents sort through the children’s wares offered at a bazaar. The Edeltraut-Sießl-Allee is transformed into a flea market during the morning hours. A “super” highlight of the proceedings is a tent set up on the Römerplatz in which 24 soups are served. The tent opens at noon, and purchase of a portion is by means of a voucher system— but act fast, as many soups tend to sell out very quickly.
Zwiebelkuchentage/ Onion Tart Days
Oct. 12-14, Lorch
Nothing says autumn in Germany quite like Zweibelkuchen, or onion tart. In Lorch, it’s known as Zwibbelkuche in the local dialect, and prepared with diced bacon and sour cream. The savory treat is ideally washed down the beverage of the season, the slightly fizzy new wine called Federweißer. Five of the town’s vintners serve up the tasty pairing from 5 p.m. Friday and from 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lorch is a small town along the Rhine some 25 miles west of Wiesbaden.
Binger HerzlichT/ Bingen from the Heart
Oct. 12-14, Bingen
This new light festival offers installations, laser projections, fire shows and walking acts along the romantically illuminated banks of the Rhine River. On Saturday night, a 15-foot-tall puppet by the name of Dundu makes his appearance, and a laser and pyrotechnical show promises to dazzle its viewers. Hours are 6 p.m.-11 p.m. each day. The action takes place on the Hindenburganlage.
Stijlmarkt/ Style Market
Oct. 13-14, Mainz
This market which makes the rounds through several cities in Germany alights in Mainz this weekend and with it, some 200 exhibitors show off a range of products different from hip young bags to stationery, fashions, jewelry, accessories and home décor. Halle 45 is located at Hauptstrasse 17-19, 55120 Mainz. Plug in “Am Schützenweg” in your GPS. Visit from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on either day. Entry costs 7 euros for adults and is free for children under the age of 12.
Street Food Festival
Oct. 13-14, Mainz
Several food trucks park up on the territory of the Alte Lokhalle in Mainz, where tasty fare from the world over can be enjoyed, from hearty main dishes to sweet treats. Call in with a hungry belly from noon-10 p.m. Saturday or noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Entry is free. The location’s address is Mombacher Straße 78-80, 55122 Mainz.
Buchmesse/ Book Fair
Oct. 13-14, Frankfurt am Main
The world’s largest trade fair for publishing is a big deal not only for those engaged in this line of business. The first few days are for trade visitors only, but once their negotiations are complete, the vast area of the Messe Frankfurt opens its gates to the public. They come in droves to peruse the novels, children’s books, games and other content offered by thousands of exhibitors from over 100 countries of the world. Each year’s edition honors a country as its special guest; this year it’s Georgia in the spotlight. Book lovers can happily spend hours here, but to get the most out of your experience, narrow down the sections you wish to visit and arrive with a plan of attack in mind. Visit from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday or 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Be forewarned some exhibitors already start to pack up their stands from early afternoon on Sunday. When purchased online, adult tickets go for 22 euros for a Saturday visit, or 20 euros to enter on Sunday. A two-day ticket costs 30 euros. The trade fair’s address is Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main. It’s just a 15-minute walk from the central train station.
A challenging walk over a significant distance— some 12 miles, in fact—passes by through four outlying communities before looping back to its start and end point, the Town Hall in Bodenheim. Those who pass by five control stations and obtain stamps at all of them are eligible for a prize drawing. Every participant, even non-finishers, receives a glass of the new, fizzy wine and a piece of onion tart. Start between 9 a.m. and noon and finish by 5 p.m. Adults pay 6 euros; ages 6-14 pay 4 euros.
Oct. 6 - 14, Rothenburg
Participate in organized walks around the Rothenburg area free of charge during Hiking Week. This is a great way to see the area and meet new people for both locals and visitors. On Oct. 6, the hike starts at Marktplatzbrunnen at 2 p.m. and lasts approximately 3 hours. On Oct. 7, the hike starts at the same location and goes through the Tauber valley for approximately 3 hours.
Crown Jewel Bazaar
Oct. 12-14, Vilsek
For a fantastic place to find antiques, wine, cheese, tapestries, holiday decor and more, head to the Rose Barracks, Vilsek- Building 134 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks are all accepted. Knock out your holiday shopping or find something fun for yourself during this exciting event!
Visit the Spectaculum Mundi in Munich to listen to the OstBahnGroove and Hörbänd perform various songs with only their voices. From jazz to pop, these singers have a versatile repertoire consisting mostly of their own arrangements. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are available online for 21.80 euros. Various other shows are scheduled through Dec. 15.
Oct. 13, Nuremberg
Dance the night away listening to the DJ Konny at the Orpheum in Nuremberg. Grab a drink and a dance partner and hit the floor. Tables are open seating. Admission starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are 10 euros and are available starting at 4 p.m. the day of the event.
Stuttgart Beer Festival
Sept. 28- Oct. 14, Stuttgart
Originating in 1818, this harvest thanksgiving celebration is still going strong today. With fairground rides, colorful market stalls and plenty of food, this festival is sure to be a good time. Of course, the beer flows freely in the multitude of tents and beer gardens. Located at the Cannstatter Wasen Stuttgart. Open Monday - Thursday from noon - 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. - midnight and Sundays and bank holidays from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival
Through Nov. 4, Ludwigsburg
Located at Blühendes Barock, the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival has more pumpkin related foods and activities than you could ever imagine and is the largest pumpkin festival in the world. While you snack on pumpkin flavored foods, there are plenty of events taking place. Children will especially love listening to tales from the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins and walking through the little chamber of horrors. Adults can cheer on pumpkin canoe racers as they try their hand at victory during the Pumpkin Regatta on Castle Lake. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission is 9 euros for adults and 4.50 euros for children.
Segway tour through the Vineyards
Through Oct. 27, Stuttgart
Meet at the Stuttgart Museum of Viniculture in Uhlbacher for a relaxing tour through the vineyards, including fantastic views over Stuttgart and the Neckar Valley. Sample some of the areas tasty wines during this German/English tour. The segway portion lasts about one hour, and two glasses of wine are included, as well as one tour drink. Tickets are 75 euros and can be purchased online.
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