K-Town hosts annual ALTSTADTFEST

by Petra Lessoing, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Photo22bThe historical part of Kaiserslautern, called the “Altstadt,” will turn into a party zone for the annual Altstadtfest July 5 to 7. For three days and two nights, Steinstrasse and its side streets will be one giant open-air area, luring more than 200,000 visitors. Kaiserslautern’s Lord Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel will officially open the event at 7 p.m. July 5 in the yard of the Kopp & Kraus company.

During the three-day-long old town fest, more than 70 bands and artists will perform on nine stages set up between Martinsplatz and the end of Steinstrasse.
Dancing and entertaining music will be presented at the stage near the Kaiserbrunnen. On Stockhausplatz, various soul artists will perform, and on Unionsplatz, rock ‘n’ roll fans will feel at home.

In the yard of Wadgasserhof, various bands will perform, a Bavarian weisswurt breakfast will be served and children can get their faces painted. The local radio station, Antenne Kaiserslautern, will offer musical diversity on the stage at St. Martinsplatz at the end of Steinstrasse.

There will be walking acts in the streets and the medieval group “Die Legende” will present dances and show fights reviving the past. In Klosterstrasse, visitors can experience life in the Middle Ages. “We are proud of being able to offer such a manifold program,” said Alexander Hess, project manager of the office for events in Kaiserslautern. “The fest will come up with new surprises and cultural diversities.”

More than 80 national and international vendors will present their merchandise, such as art and craft items, leather goods, jewelry and clothes in the little side streets.
About 40 restaurant and pub owners located in the Altstadt, as well as regional associations, will put up booths and tables and take visitors on a culinary trip throughout the world. The election of Miss Kaiserslautern 2013 will take place with the Miss Germany Cooperation from 3 to 5 p.m. July 7 on Unionsplatz.

“In recent years, the fest was always a peaceful one,” Hess said. “We hope it will be the same this year and everybody will enjoy it.”
The fest is open at 3 p.m. July 5 to 1 a.m. July 6; 11 a.m. July 6 to 1 a.m. July 7; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 7. For more information on the program, bands and times, pick up the brochure in the Kaiserslautern Tourist Information Office next to the Fruchthalle, in local restaurants or at other official institutions. Several streets will be closed to traffic. For details about the fest and parking possibilities, visit www.kaiserslautern.de.