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.
OKTOBERFEST MUNICH, SEP. 17-OCT. 3
After a two-year pause, the largest beer fest in the world kicks off for the 187th time. The official opening takes place on Sat, Sep 17 with the brewery parade and tapping of the keg. Enjoy a Mass (one liter) beer and Brathändl (grilled chicken) in the huge tents with Bavarian bands, waiters in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndls and lots of singing. Rides for adults and children, vendors and arts and crafts. Package bus and train tours are on offer, check out your local travel agencies. For details, please see: https://www.oktoberfest.de/en
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/
ALTSTADTFEST (OLD CITY FEST), SEP. 30, OCT. 1 AND 2
HISTORIC AREA, BAUMHOLDER
For years the Altstadtfest has been a regular event in Baumholder’s calendar. Enjoy a fest with its own special character in a scenic atmosphere and with food, beverages and live music. The ADAC Automobile Rallye will also take place on the weekend.
KESCHDEFESCHD (CHESTNUT FEST), OCT. 1-3, 11 A.M.-6 P.M.
TOWN CENTER, ANNWEILER AM TRIFELS
Discover a multitude of delicious dishes and products made out of chestnuts! There will be sweet and spicy variations, such as jelly, liquor, soup, flammkuchen, bread, beer or dumplings. In addition, regional and seasonal products such as new wine, game dishes, steamed noodles, crepes, fruits and vegetables, French cheese and sheep products will be on sale. On Saturday at 2 p.m. the crowing of the one and only “Chestnut Princess” in Germany takes place. There will be musical entertainment, enjoy the scenery at the foot of the “Trifels Castle”, where Richard the Lion Heart was held captive in 1192.
OTTERBERGER ABTEIKIRCHENKONZERT (CHURCH CONCERT), OCT. 2, 5 P.M.
Georg Friedrich Händel’s Oratorium quickly advanced to his most successful piece of music after its premier in 1748. The Oratorium is divided into three acts and has a epic-lyric character. The concert is held by the Domchöre in Speyer and conducted by Markus Melchiori. Visit: https://www.otterbach-otterberg.de/
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 STARTING OCT. 1 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.
RHEINLAND-PFALZ ERNTEDANKEFEST (THANKSGIVING FEST), OCT. 2
Visit a traditional farmers’ market with regional produce and entertainment and enjoy Sunday shopping with shops open from 13 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DAY OF GERMAN REUNIFICATION, OCT. 3 – GERMAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Monday, Oct 3, marks the 32nd anniversary of German reunification. All stores and public offices will be closed to observe the holiday.
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
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
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.
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.