Rockenhausen celebrates fall fest with farmers market, parade

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The music group Gambacher Musikanten performs in the fest tent during the North Palatinate Fall Fest. The band starts playing at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission fee is €10. — Courtesy photos

The city of Rockenhausen in the northern part of the Pfalz will hold its traditional fall fest today to Monday. The event features a wine fest, farmers market, triathlon, music and dance performances, and a fest parade.

Tonight at 8 p.m., a rock concert will start with the bands Schlappschnut, the Black Lane and Open Road in the palace garden (Schlosspark). Admission is free.

Saturday’s activities will include the 6th annual Rocky-Man-Triathlon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested participants can sign in at 8:30 a.m. at the Obermühle stadium. Swimming will be 0.3 kilometers, bicycling 15 km and running 3 km. For details, visit

The North-Palatinate Historical Association will present its 36th symposium at 2:30 p.m. in Donnersberghalle on Brühlgasse 21.

Children can take part in the eighth duck race at 3 p.m. on Alsenz River in Bezirksamtsstrasse.

The Schlosspark will be the main stage of events starting at 6 p.m. Culinary and wine specialties will be served at stands, and the band Poker Kings will entertain the audience for free.

At 8 p.m. the Gambacher Musicians will provide entertainment in the fest tent on Brühlgasse. Tickets cost €10.

Sunday at 11 a.m., the farmers market will open in Damian-Kreichgauer-Strasse in front of Sparkasse Donnersberg. Regional farmers and vendors will offer their products such as meat, wurst, goat cheese, trout, game specialties, potatoes, fruit, marmalades and honey. Visitors also can taste a variety of food specialties. Stores will be open 1 to 6 p.m. and the big fest parade through the center of town will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Show dance groups will perform at 3:30 p.m. in the Schlosspark and regional bands will perform until 9:30 p.m. in the tent.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the town and visit the four local museums: Museum Pachen on Speyerstrasse 3 displaying arts of the 20th century; Museum for Time, displaying church and tower clocks (Am Schloss 10); the North Palatinate Museum presenting local history (Bezirksamtsstrasse 8); and Kahnweilerhaus on Marktplatz 7 displaying art objects such as two lithographs by Picasso.

Monday, lunch will be served at noon in the fest tent. Visitors again will have the chance to try various wines from local vintners in the palace garden. A fireworks display is scheduled for 9 p.m. to be followed by musical entertainment by the local singing association’s band in the fest tent. Admission is free.

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The North Palatinate Fall Fest in Rockenhausen features a farmers market with fresh and regional products. The market opens 11 a.m. Sunday.


The North Palatinate Fall Fest in Rockenhausen includes a rock concert with the band Schlappschnut performing at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Schlosspark.