Stripes Weekend Picks: Oct. 5-7

Stripes Weekend Picks: Oct. 5-7

by: Karen Bradbury, Jessica Zen | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: October 01, 2018

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Check out these amazing events happening this weekend in Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, Bavaria and Stuttgart!


Enjoy Jazz Festival
Oct. 2-Nov. 16, venues in Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim

Music lovers of the region have plenty of reason to rejoice as the twentieth edition of a respected jazz festival brings six weeks of listening pleasure to the region. Some 270 artists from 30 countries perform a total of 76 jazz-tinged concerts across 25 stages in three cities. Performances are characterized as innovative, open and inspirational. Tickets are required, and the price varies according to who’s taking to the stage. For details and to see who’s playing when and where, download a pdf copy of the event brochure here.

Culinary Beer Hike and Brewer’s Market
Oct. 6-7, Landstuhl and Kindsbach

A hike with a view, tasty treats and locally brewed beer: what’s not to like amongst that tempting trio? The event kicks off from 11 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday from either of two starting points, Nanstein Castle in Landstuhl or the Bärenloch pond in Kindsbach. Parking is available at both sites. A five-mile route leads between these two stations, and at four stops along the way, hikers will find various types of beers, complemented by just the type of cuisine that pairs perfectly with it: think goulash, burgers, barbequed pork and juicy sausages. Nanstein Castle is the site of a brewer’s market, demos and live music.  Those planning to sample the beers can buy a beer pass; for 8 euros, you get a test tube-like glass with a carrying strap, and at every stop along the route, an additional 2 euros gets you a small pour of an original type of beer. Non-drinkers can opt for a “hiking ticket” at a cost of 5.50 euros, which helps cover organizational costs. Dogs are welcome, as long as they’re kept on a leash.

Viezfest/ Apple Wine Fest
Oct. 6, Merzig

Had enough beer and wine for a while? In Merzig, a small city in Saarland just over an hour’s drive west of Landstuhl, Viez, a type of wine made from regional apples, is the day’s star beverage. If you find it rather tart in its pure form, try it mixed with another carbonated drink or sweetened with honey. In addition to sampling regional specialties from the stands of local clubs, seven bands play across four stages. Festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m., and entry is free.

Keschdefest/Chestnut Fest
Oct 6-7, Annweiler am Trifels

Love chestnuts? This pretty town on the southern stretch of the German Wine Road offers over 40 stands where you can sample all manner of treats made from them, from schnapps to that Pfalz staple, Saumagen, or sow’s belly, stuffed with them. Other booths set up here sell regional products from foodstuffs to home décor. On Sunday, shops in the town offer exceptional opening hours. The stands are open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days; food and drink is available on-site from 9 p.m. Saturday. 


Lichtspiele/ Light Show
Oct. 3-14, Wiesbaden

A brand new event has appeared on Wiesbaden’s calendar: a spectacle of light in which installations and projections are set up in the Kurpark. From 6 p.m.-11 p.m. daily, visitors can see the pretty park transformed by means of clever illumination. A rainy day wouldn’t be the worst day to visit, as tiny droplets of water reflect light in interesting ways. Food trucks on site see to it visitors needn’t go elsewhere to fill their tummies. Adult tickets cost 8-15 euros depending on date and time of entry; students and seniors pay 9.50-12.50 euros, and admission for ages 6-15 costs 5 euros; tickets are available through the event’s Facebook page.

Traditionelles Erntefest mit Herbstmarkt/ Traditional Harvest Fest and Autumn Market
Oct. 6-7, Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark, Neu-Anspach

An open-air museum makes a wonderful place to celebrate the harvest season with an old-fashioned flair. Visitors can watch threshing and haying demonstrations, while kids can use a press to make apple juice or carve their own pumpkins. Regional treats can be consumed on the spot, while an autumn market offers jams, honey, preserved meats and other goodies to take home and enjoy later. The fest runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and the market is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Entry costs 9 euros adults, 1 euro for children, and 18 euros for families. The address for your Navi is Laubweg 3, 61267 Neu-Anspach.

Pfungstädter Rückwärtslauf/ Pfungstadt Backwards Run
Oct. 7, Pfungstadt

Here’s a race with a twist: runners must run backwards! The second edition of this good-natured race offers a 3 km distance for adults (9:30 a.m.) or an 800 meter course (10 a.m.) for school-age children. The race takes place on the territory of the Pfungstadt Brewery. Participation costs 5 euros for the 800 meter or 10 euros for the 3 km, along with an additional 2 euro surcharge for those who sign up on the spot. Registration is possible on event day up to 45 minutes before the starting gun goes off. The brewery’s address is Eberstädter Str. 89, 64319 Pfungstadt.

Jason Derulo live in concert
Oct. 7, Frankfurt am Main

American singer-songwriter Jason Derulo takes to the stage to perform as part of his 2 Sides World Tour. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Festhalle Frankfurt, located at Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt. The venue is just a ten minute walk from the city’s main train station. The opening act is Marcus & Martinus. Tickets go for 59.45 euros and are available through the eventim ticket agency website. Derulo also performs in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena Oct. 10.


Hiking Week
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.

Special Exhibition: By the Sword or Religious Conviction - Luther and Witchcraft
Through Dec. 31, Rothenburg

Visit the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum for a special exhibition on Martin Luther and how he dealt with sorcery, witchcraft and wizardry. Spoiler alert: you’re definitely going to be learning about European witch hunts! Open in Oct. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Nov. - Dec. from 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is 7 euros for adults and 3.50 euros for children over the age of 6.

Sept. 22 - Oct. 7, Munich

Bust out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready to drink way too much beer at this year’s Oktoberfest. Originally held in October of 1810, this celebration was for Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It now starts in September to allow for better weather conditions. Open Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - midnight, Saturday 9 a.m. - midnight and Sunday 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Note: large backpacks and purses are not allowed inside the festival. Pets are also not allowed. 


Student Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart
Oct. 6, Eislingen

Enjoy the classical sounds of 19th-century composers Emilie Mayer, Henryk Wieniawsky and Antonin Dvorak during the Student Symphony Orchestra’s performance at the Stadthalle Eislingen. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are 14 euros and can be purchased online.

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. 

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