Sunday, April 27, 2014

May 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific)       
Photo: Wikipedia Maypole 

May 1 - Tag der Arbeit (Labor Day)
May 11 - Mother´s Day
May 29 - Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day) - Also, Father´s Day

Events (by no means a complete list)
May 1 - Erlangen Bike tour- in it´s 21st year. several routes, €1     per rider, €3 per family
April 30 - May 4 Erlangen Dance and Folk Fest 
May 10 Charity Run, Erlangen - hosted by the Lion´s Club 
May 15 - August 21 - Erlangen goes fit! FREE fitness classes outdoors every Thursday. Near   Röthelheimbad
May 24 Children´s and Baby Bazaar Rathausplatz 1 
May 28 Erlangen Skate Night- Rollerblading through the city 
May 30 Starlight Fleamarket open until 10pm, Bohlenplatz 


Various dates May 1 -24 - Cats, the musical Friedrich Alexander University (note: tickets are going fast, and some dates are sold out already)
May 3 - Blaue Nacht The arts and cultural night of the year in Nürnberg. Lit up with blue lights, the city has various art installations for the eventing. Tickets are €13,99 and include guaranteed entry to the exhibits, as well as transportation on VGN buses and trains. Wandering around is free.  Starts at 7pm, ends well into the night.
May 4- May the Fourth be with you!!! Cinecetta Nürnberg screening Star Wars movie marathon.
April 19 - May 11 Nürnberg Frühlingsfest! (Spring Volksfest!)  Fairground at the             Dutzendteich, Nürnberg - Not to be missed, if you haven´t been. 
May 9 - 11 Schnapps and Brandy Market, Handwerkhof 
May 11- August 13 Nürnberg goes fit FREE fitness classes for adults and children. Various days of the week, see link for schedule. 
May 16 - Summer in the City, Nürnberg´s "beach" opens! 
May 16-25 May Fest, Aufseßplatz
May 25 - The Color Run (5k) Adult Runners €39,19
May 18 - Open Sunday Nürnberg Südstadt 
May 22 - June 2 Venice Market - Italian specialties, Gondola rides, and more! 


May 3 - Bike Fair 

May 9 - 11 Bamberg Gardenfest steps from the trainstation.
May 9 Tribute to the Reggae Greats, Aschaffenburg, tickets €15,30
May 9 - 18 Spring Festival Coburg
May 10 - 11 Trachten Market, Frensdorf - Need something to wear to Volksfest? Here´s a           great place to purchase traditional Franconian wear!
May 14, 21, 18 Salsa in the Park, Fürth
May 16 - June 1 Bamberg Spring Festival Zollnerstraße - the largest in Oberfranken! Loads            of rides, great for kids
May 19 - 31 Spring Market, Bamberg Maxplatz
May 23 - June 29 Mozart Festival, Würzburg 
May 24 - June 6 Culture Days, Juliusspital, Würzburg Wine, art and more.
May 29 - June 1 Africa Festival, Würzburg link also in English

Other things to do? 
It´s wine festival time! With so many wineries in the lower Franconian region there´s a festival every weekend. Check out the list (in English) here (in English). The area is about one hour from Nürnberg by train. 

Pick your own berries and currants, and even asparagus! click here or here for a few places in the Nürnberg area. Check the individual websites for more information. 

Kerwa (or Kirchweih) season is here! Click here for a list of local festivals. Wondering what a Kerwa is? See our previous post

Explore our area´s many bike paths! (For a Nürnberg map of bike paths, click here) For other cities, start with a google search of your city´s name and Fahrradweg). Maps are available in most book stores for under €5. 

Beer kellers and gardens that closed for the season begin to re-open! Try Forchheim´s famous Kellerwald (click here for map and description in German). It´s little less than 30 minutes train ride from Nberg Hbf and then a bit of a walk. 

Find a local Beer Keller here! 

Check out the "Activities for Kids" page 

Visit a pool or sauna- Atlantis is in Herzo, Nürnberg has many to choose from (link in    German), Bamberg has Bambados Can´t decide?  Schwimmbadcheck is an online review site for public pools, link is in English.

Local Produce

Produce availability in Germany is VERY seasonal. 

Want to know when to expect what (of locally grown produce)? Click here  This also includes information about when to plant what in this area of Germany.

The Bamberg area offers this website with information on where to find local eggs, fish, meat, milk and milk products, herbs, locally made beer, liquor, bread products....just about everything! 

Things to hoard stock up on now, as they are going away quickly!

Spargel (asparagus) (should be here until June) Find an asparagus farm, or festival here (link in German) 

Local things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Iceberg lettuce
Kohlrabi  Here´s a soup recipe I use, (I add a little Bärlauch to it as well) 

What in the world is that?

Photo from
Rhubarb! See here for ways to use it. During rhubarb season you can also find fresh juice and (my favorite) rhubarb yogurts! Check your local Bio Markt. 

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