KÜRBISAUSSTELLUNG “WELT DER MUSIK” (PUMPKIN EXHIBITION), SEP. 1-OCT. 31
The premises of the Gartenschau have once again turned into a colorful and unique world of pumpkins. This year’s theme is “music of the world” and the artist Pit Ruge formed 13 different figures of well-known musicians. Look forward to meeting Mozart, Elvis Presley, a ballerina or a gramophone, all made out of pumpkins and some up to 4.00 meters in height. In addition, about 40,000 pumpkins will be on display. Visit, www.gartenschau-kl.de for details.
DEUTSCHES WEINLESEFEST (WINE HARVEST FEST), SEP. 23-OCT. 10
NEUSTADT AN DER WEINSTRASSE
Make sure to visit Germany’s second largest wine fest in Neustadt. The fest offers excellent wines, local specialties, rides, vendors and crowning of the German wine queen on Oct 7. The highlight of the event will take place on Sun, Oct 9 with a colorful parade. Visitors are recommended to use trains from Kaiserslautern while enjoying a relaxing ride through the beautiful autumn colored valley. For details, see https://www.neustadt.eu/Wein-Tourismus/Deutsches-Weinlesefest
CANNSTADTER WASEN (VOLKSFEST), SEP. 23-OCT. 9
CANNSTADT (NEAR STUTTGART)
Once again the slogan is “Auf zum Wasen!” (Let’s go to the Wasen!) after a two-year pandemic break. Enjoy Germany’s second largest Volksfest, which is opening its door sfor the 17th time. Exciting rides, vendors, music in the beer tents and fun for everyone. Visitors are advised to use the “park and ride” services: https://www.cannstatter-volksfest.de/de/anreise/park-ride/
KELTENDORF IN STEINBACH, EVERY SUNDAY IN OCT., 11 A.M.
A visit to the Celtic village in Steinbach is like a fascinating journey into the mystical world of early inhabitants at Donnersberg. The small reconstructed village is more than a museum, you can actually experience the culture of the Celts. Venture into a journey of the people who inhabited Donnersberg more than 2,000 years ago. Dwellings with wooden posts and semi-timbered structures, wooden shingles and facades made of clay, give realistic insight to the lives and times of the Celts. Young and older visitors can become active and try out Celtic handcraft techniques such as felting, building arrows or creating beads out of clay. For more information, visit: https://www.donnersberg-touristik.de/de
HALLOWEEN FRIGHT NIGHTS, EVERY SATURDAY AND ON OCT 31, 10 A.M.
HOLIDAY PARK, HASSLOCH
Every Saturday and on Oct. 31, the Holiday Park turns into a spooky paradise. Beautiful and scary horror attractions, such as Scare Zones and houses of horror await you at the fright nights. Further attractions such as the Monster Bar, a maze of horrors and fireworks are recommended for youngsters 16 and over. Younger guests can enjoy a “dinoween” event and discover dinosaurs roaming the park.
DISCOVERY TOUR IN ENGLISH, OCT. 8, 11:15 A.M.
CASIMIR SAAL (CITY HALL), KAISERSLAUTERN
The guided tour includes a visit inside the Casimir Saal, located just below the City Hall. It is approximately 1.5 hours and leads through the underground illinated tunnel with information and sound effects about the history of Kaiserslautern. The meeting point is the Tourist Information Office, next to Fruchthalle. Bookings are required at 0631 – 365 – 4019 or per Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORISCHES KUCKUCKSBÄHNEL (HISTORIC STEAM TRAIN), OCT. 9 AND 16, 10.45 A.M.
TRAIN STATION, NEUSTADT/WEINSTRASSE
If you enjoy nostalgia, this train ride is just the right experience for you! Enjoy a scenic ride on a historic train with a steam engine along the romantic Elmsteiner valley. The ride starts at Neustadt/Weinstraβe via Lambrecht to Elmstein. The starting point is on track no. 5 and you can leave your car at home and take the train from Kaiserslautern to Neustadt, for tickets and information, please visit: www.eisenbahnmuseum-neustadt.de
FEST DES FEDERWEISSEN (FESTIVAL OF NEW WINE), OCT. 13-16
CITY CENTER/MARKET SQUARE, LANDAU/PFALZ
The largest festival all about Federweisser, which is the first wine produced after the grape harvest of the year, takes place in Landau/Pfalz. Winemakers from Landau will exclusively present their new wines in six „Weinkojen“ (wine booths) and there will also be a sparkling wine pavillion. There will be plenty of Palatinate specialities, such as Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake), Flammkuchen (tarte flambee), chestnuts, Dampfnudelns (steamed noodles) and a wide selection of exotic dishes on offer at over 30 food booths.
KAMMGARN INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL (21), OCT. 13-15
KAMMGARN CULTURAL CENTER, KAISERSLAUTERN
Enjoy an evening or more with international Blues artists from around the world. For more information, visit www.kammgarn.de
80th BOCKENHEIMER WINZERFEST (WINEMAKERS’ FEST), OCT. 14-17
TOWN CENTER, BOCKENHEIM/PFALZ
The largest wine fest in Leiningerland always take place on the third weekend in October and will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year. Enjoy live music in the fest tent on all four days, rides on the fairgrounds, a parade on Sunday afternoon and a family day on Monday along with food and lots of quality wine. www.bockenheim.de
OKTOBERMARKT (OCTOBER FAIR), OCT. 14-24
Enjoy eleven days of fun for the whole family at the larger carnival in the Westpfalz Region. Exciting rides, food and beverages, music in the fest tents, vendors, sweets and games. For details, see: www.kerwe-kl.de
WENDELINUSMARKT WITH OKTOBERFEST, OCT. 23
Enjoy a colorful market and catch a glimpse of Oktoberfest atmosphere while getting into the autumn spirit.
GERMAN-FRENCH FARMERS’ MARKET, OCT. 23
VILLAGE SQUARE, MAIKAMMER/PFALZ
Taste fresh cheese products with original French baguette, dive into the market spirit with its wide range of scents or just enjoy the French “savior vivre” with a glass of wine at the village square. Forty producers from both Biospheric Natural Reserves “Pfälzerwald” and “North Vogese” will present their environmentally friendly produced goods, such as ham, sausage, meat products, fish, cheese, jelly, honey, fruit juices, bio wines and sparkling wines. www.maikammer.de
ALL SAINTS‘ DAY, NOV. 1
PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN RHINELAND-PALATINATE/SAARLAND/BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
Tuesday, Nov 1, is a public holiday with a religious background. All stores and offices will be closed to observe the occasion in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Northrhine-Westpfalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Please note that all there is no holiday in Hesse and Berlin. The northern states of Niedersachesen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Bremen observe Reformation Day on Monday, Oct 31 as a public holiday.
KREATIVMARKT (CREATIVE MARKET), NOV. 5, 1-6 P.M. AND NOV. 6, 11 A.M.-6 P.M.
Creative people from Weilerbach show and share their crafts in the 30th annual exhibition. You can also enjoy coffee and homemade cake that invite you to stay and shop.