Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific) and Important Dates      
October 3 - Day of German Unity
October 26 - Turn your clocks back  
October 27 - 31 (School) Fall Vacation

Events (by no means a complete list)

October 13 Lecture "The Simpsons and American Society" in               English. (Part of Herzo Cultural Days)
Through November 23 Herzo Cultural Days
October 2 - 12 Circus Voyage Two different shows, one underwater! Tickets from €14 for Adults,€10 children. 2.5 hour show 
October 4 - Flea Market Bohlenplatz
October 16 Matthew James White tickets €5
October 19 Open Sunday! 
October 19 Antique and Flea Market, Bohlenplatz


Every Thursday, City Marketing Nürnberg publishes weekend tips! 
September 18 - October 5 Fall Market Hauptmarkt
September 26 - November 16 Little Shop of Horrors (theater) 
October 3 Nürnberg Stadtlauf (City Run) Adults 6k - Half Marathon Children 1,7 km
October 4 Africa Night
October 8 Daughtry - Tickets from €28
October 11- 12 Fall Ceramic Market, Hauptmarkt 
October 11 (also 10/25 and 11/15) GPS Scavenger Hunt. €29,99
October 12 The Kilkennys Tickets from €21,90
October 12 (also 10/26, 11/15) Krimispiel They create a "crime" you and your                            friends/family play detective and try to solve it! Tickets €45, children under 10 free. 
October 17 - 26 Nürnberg Fish Days - The festival takes place at Jakobsplatz
October 25- November 2 - Consumenta Bavaria´s largest consumer fair includes both                 information and items for sale. Fashion shows, home goods, cooking/kitchen, health         information and services, activities for kids. Over 1,000 exhibitors. Tickets from               €7,50
October 31 One Republic Tickets from €43

October 3 - Antique Market, Bamberg Over 450 merchants
October 3 - 15 Michaelis Kirchweih, Fürth
October 3 - Heywoood (Traditional Irish music), Rattelsdorf (€7 early/€8 at door)
October 3- 5 Fall Weekend and Thanksgiving/Harvest Market, Rödelsee (1hr from Nürnberg)
October 4 - 19 Hiking Weeks (Wanderwochen), Eichstatt Group hikes of varying length and        level of difficulty. 
October 4 -5 Thanksgiving/Harvest (Erntedank) and Pumpkin Festival, Muggendorf Ends            with fireworks Sunday night
October 5 - Pumpkinfest and Pumpkin night, Altendorf The area´s largest pumpkin fest
October 5 - Jahrmarkt and open Sunday, Forchheim
October 5 - Open Sunday Bayreuth, Coburg, Fürth
October 12 - Apple Market, Priesendorf includes children´s activities
October 12 - Open Sunday, Bamberg
October 12 - Thanksgiving (Erntedank) Parade, Fürth and Open Sunday
October 12 - Fürther Kärwalauf (Kerwa Run) 7,5 km and Open Sunday
October 15- James Blunt, Bamberg Tickets available from €39,75 
October 17 - 26 The Big Circus Festival, Regensburg Tickets from €10
October 19 - Apple Market, Fürth (everything apple!) Stadtpark 
October 24 - Pumpkin mile and Pumpkin market, Hersbruck (20 mins from Nürnberg)
October 25 - Oktoberfest at Gieselwind
October 25 - Pumpkin Festival, Bamberg 
October 26 - Open Sunday, Würzburg

Other things to do? 

Take a hike! Link to VGN hiking information site here (English). Combine hiking and beer with the 5 Seidla Tour (English). Hiking trails in and around Herzo here. Nature parks in the region may be found here (link in German, click on interaktiven Karte for the map). 

Head to the Frankischer Schweiz (link in English) for breweries, hiking, castles, rock climbing, canoeing and more. An interactive map of hiking trails in the Frankischer Schweiz can be found here

Take the historic train (link in English) from Forcheim to the Frankischer Schweiz (operates until October 26). Especially fun for children! 

It´s  still 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.

Kerwa (or Kirchweih) season is not over yet! Click here for a list of local festivals. Wondering what a Kerwa is? See our previous post

It´s Bockbier Anstich time! That time of year that the Bockbier kegs are tapped. Find a list of local Anstichen (the celebration the day the first keg is tapped) here

Take your own wine walk in Nürnberg (link in German, map on right hand side of page).

Sign up for a class at the Volkshochschule (page includes links to the VHS in the HENhaus area).

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. 

Head out to a local soccer game. Tip: For those with children with short attention spans, some clubs offer free admission for the second half.

Mundraub allows you to search your area for wild fruits/veggies/nuts. Take the kids and pick your own wild apples or pears. (link in German) 

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.


Produce availability in Germany is VERY seasonal. Want fresh asparagus right now? Not likely.
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.

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Pumpkin (Hokkaido)   
Butternut (and other) squash                                     
Field lettuce
Local apples          
Local pears         

Things to stock up on as they will go away soon! 
Local cucumbers
Local plums
Local zucchini
Local tomatoes

What in the world is that?

Photo: sparkchaser.org 

Federweißer, or new/young wine. A seasonal alcoholic (4%) drink typically served with Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake) or chestnuts. You can read more about it here or here.  

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