Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Highlights and Open Sundays

Selected Area Highlights
January 29 - February 5 Lichtmessmarkt, Erlangen
February 15 - Erlangen´s Fasching Parade, Würzburg´s Fasching Parade
February 16-17 Celebrate Fasching! Google Rosenmontag or Faschings Umzug and your city for events/parades
Photo: Wikipedia
March (date TBD) Sommerrodelbahn opens!, Pottenstein open until October
March 20 - April 6 Easter Market, Nürnberg
March 26 - April 19 Osterbrunnen time! See here for a PDF of when the fountains will be decorated in the Frankischer Schweiz
April 4 - 19 Spring Volksfest, Nürnberg (link in German)
April 25 - 26 - Kellerwald celebrates the beginning of Bier Keller season!, Forchheim NOTE: Most other Biergartens/kellers will also open around this time.
Photo: Franken-Manager.de


May - Though Kerwas or Kirchweihs can be found year round, this is the start of high season (through October). Bamberg and vicinity here (not updated for 2015 atm). Nürnberg (PDF) here, see here for links to the websites when available. Highlights of Erlangen´s Kirchweihs and other events here. Frankischer Schweiz Kirchweihs here. Click here (see left hand side) for Franken in general.






May 2, Blaue Nacht, Nürnberg
May 21 - June 1 Bergkirchweih, Erlangen
June 26 - 28 Zollhausfest, Erlangen
June 5 - 7 Old Town Festival, Herzo
June 5 - 7 Rock im Park, Nürnberg
July 3 - 12 Summer Festival, Herzo
June 26 - 29, Norisring Speed Weekend, Nürnberg
July 9 - August 9 City Beach, Erlangen
July 10-12 Samba Festival, Coburg (largest outside of Brazil!)
July 17 - 19 Bamberg Zaubert, Bamberg (link in German)
July 23 - 26 Canalissimo, Bamberg (link in German)
July 24 - August 3 Annafest, Forchheim
July 31 - August 2 Bardentreffen, Nürnberg
August 1 - 2 Medieval Festival, Herzo
August 7 - 16 Jazz and Blues Fest, Bamberg and vicinity (link in German)
August 7 - 17 Gäubodenvolksfest, Straubing. 2nd largest (to Oktoberfest) in Bavaria
August 20 - 24 Sandkerwa, Bamberg (link in German)
August 22 - 23 Marktplatzfest, Erlangen (link in German)
August 28 - September 13 Fall Volksfest, Nürnberg
September - Start of Bockbieranstich time! Find a date here (in German)
Beginning of September- Start of November (2015 TBD) Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival
September 6 - Fränkische Schweiz Marathon
September 17 - 29 Altstadtfest, Nürnberg
September 19 - October 4 Oktoberfest, Munich
October 3 - Stadtlauf, Nürnberg
November 6 - 9 Martini Festival, Herzo
November 25 - Erlangen´s Christmas Markets open.
November 27 Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt opens! (others on or around the 27th)
More on Christmas Markets in the area here, post from 2014. All Frankischer Schweiz Weihnachtsmarkts found here.
December 23 or 24 Christmas Markets close.

Websites with 2015 Highlights
Erlangen (in German)
Nürnberg (in German)
Frankische Schweiz (in German)
Würzburg (in English)
Festivals in Franken

Open Sundays (Verkaufsoffenen Sonntage):
Erlangen
April 26
August 23
October 18

Herzo
June 7
August 2
November 8

Nürnberg 
March 22- All except Südstadt
May 3 - Südstadt
September 6 - All except Südstadt
September 27 - Südstadt