Spring festival “light” at Cannstatter Wasen

The Stuttgart Spring Festival returns to the Cannstatter Wasen as Spring Festival “light.” After a two-year break due to Corona, the state capital gave the green light on Wednesday, March 2, for a slimmed-down version from April 16 to May 8. The opening ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Holy Saturday, April 16.

To ease the burden on the showmen in view of the difficult times, the opening hours at the fairground have been adjusted: The businesses on the square are now open from 2-10 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

In addition, the Stuttgart Spring Festival “light” will not be open on Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26, and May 2 and 3. During the German Easter vacations, normal operations will be on Monday and Tuesday.

The large brewery festival tents will be dispensed with this year. Instead, the beer garden concept of recent years will be continued and expanded. The Almhüttendorf is not affected. Also included again are numerous beer gardens, snack bars, funfair rides, a Ferris wheel and other attractions that already thrilled visitors at the last edition of the spring festival in 2019: A white-water ride, a free-fall tower, a “Wild Mouse” and, of course, the roller coasters will again be attractions at the Wasen this spring.

The concepts are prepared and currently plans are being made for all possibilities in view of the possible Corona regulations. Andreas Kroll, managing director of in.Stuttgart Veranstaltungsgesellschaft, describes the challenges in planning the spring festival: “The planning is intense and demanding, especially due to the short preparation time. At the moment, we are assuming that the pandemic regulations will be relaxed so that we will not have to additionally fence off the festival grounds. What is clear is that the decision is subject to the Corona Ordinance of March 20.”

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