Things to Do – May 4

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“Things to Do” is made possible with the help of community volunteers, with oversight from the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs office.  As always if you know of a great event or activity going on outside the gate please share it with us. Send the information in an email in English with the dates, times, cost, location, description and web address to garrisonwiesbaden@gmail.com with “Things to Do” in the subject line. Thanks for sharing!  


Spring Fest in Dietzenbach, May 5 – May 9

The annual Spring fairs are slowly making their way back to the cities and townships and invite you to enjoy a long weekend and an open-store Sunday at the beautiful town of Dietzenbach, which is only about 30 minutes away from

Clay Kaserne. The fairground offers carnival rides, arts and crafts, traditional food and of course local wine.

Place:    Europaplatz 3, 63128 Dietzenbach

Web:     www.dietzenbach.de/index.phtml


Plant Market at Hessenpark, May 6 – May 7

Springtime not only brings out people to the streets, it also revives many beautiful plants and flowers. To ring in the gardening season, plant lovers are invited to come to the Hessenpark and see over 100 regional and international plants and flowers.

Place:    Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark

Web:     www.hessenpark.de/pflanzenmarkt-2-2017-05-07/


Family Bike Sunday, May 7
The “Family-Bike-Sunday” is an all-day 40km round trip through a valley called “Ems- and Wörsbachtal.” It is an easy-going course with only a few light uphill parts. Although there is an official starting point 10 a.m. in Niederbrechen) you can join the tour wherever you want.
If you manage to ride the whole round trip and collect all stamps of the 7 stations (cards for the stamps will be given out at the stations), you get the chance to win a valuable cross bike or one of the numerous other prizes. All stations also offer food and drinks for a comfortable break.
Everyone is welcome: Families with their kids, groups of all ages, everybody! For more information and a map of the bike tour: en.idstein.de


German Sekt Day, May 13
Sekttag bei Henkel is Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wiesbaden, Henkell & Co. champagne factory in Wiesbaden on Biebricher Allee 142. Entry is free. Come celebrate with a party before Mother’s Day with music, take a tour of the cellar where Sekt is made, alcohol-free Sekt is also available, many varieties of Sekt will be available for purchase, Westbunch LIVE will be there playing classics, rock and soul. Entertainment and activities will be available for kids. More information: www.henkell-sektkellerei.de


Baby World Expo, May 19-21
It doesn’t matter if you are a new mom, just found out you are expecting, or if you are working on plans to expand the family, you will find everything you need at the Baby World Expo in Frankfurt am Main, May 19 to 21.  The event will feature experts on child safety, nutrition, and many other options. It is a very popular event. Make sure to dress comfortably as the event is in a very large space.

Place: Messe Frankfurt – Hall 5, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main
Time: May 19 and 20 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Web: http://www.babywelt-frankfurt.de/de/Home.html


Idstein Wine Festival, May 25
Enjoy the wonderful combination of Idstein’s historic old town and wines from the Rheingau region. The mayor of Idstein will open the wine festival Thursday, May 25 at 12:30. Rheingau winemakers will present their actual wines as well as excellent vintages of previous years. Celebrate, taste and enjoy red, white and rosé wines and champagne specialties. A varied program of music and the extraordinary atmosphere of Idstein’s old town with its half-timbered houses guarantee a wonderful weekend! More information: en.idstein.de


Kranzplatz Festival, May 25-29
Kranzplatzfest offers a wide range of music, including rock, pop, jazz, soul and reggae as well as a variety of food and drinks. This outdoor street festival includes a traditional flea market, which guests can browse while taking in the tunes.

Place: Kranzplatz, 65183 Wiesbaden
Web: http://www.kranzplatzfest-wiesbaden.de/KRANZPLATZFEST/Home.html


Courtyard Festival Biebrich, May 26-28

Discover the picturesque inner courtyards of Biebrich, which will be accessible to the public for this annual festival. Twenty-five bands will play in approximately 20 courtyards in various locations. On Saturday, a children’s flea market and fun area will entertain the youngest guests. Sunday will feature a children’s playground, camp fire and vintage cars and motorcycles. Gourmet foods and local wines will be available.

Time: May 26 from 5 to 11 p.m., May 27 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and May 28 from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Web: http://www.wiesbaden.de/en/living-in-wiesbaden/festivities-markets/festivities/courtyard-festival-biebrich.php

or hoefefest.de.


Open Ohr Festival, June 2 – June 5

Boasting 10,000 visitors every year, over 300 performing artists, and four full days of entertainment, the Open Ohr Festival is an event to see. On top of the music, it holds an overarching theme that incorporates into the event, with this year’s theme being modern slavery. The event runs from June 2 to June 5, with opening times varying. Full duration tickets cost 40 Euros, a ticket including a campsite costs 56 Euros, and you can buy individual days for varying prices on the site. Parking is very limited, so carpooling or taking public transportation is highly recommended.

Place: Windmühlenstraße, 55131 Mainz

Web: http://www.openohr.de/startseite.html


Münzenberg Medieval Festival, June 3-5

Take a step back in time at the Münzenberg Medieval Festival. For three days, the area around the fortress will transform and offer a wide array of traditional food, clothes, jewelry and activities. Get an up-close look at the lives of blacksmiths, artisans and tailors. Live-action jousting, battles between knights and children’s tournaments add to this lively event.

Place: Burg Münzenberg, Burgweg, 35516 Münzenberg

Times: Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Mon 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Web: http://www.veranstaltung-hessen.de/mittelalter-spektakulum-muenzenberg-qqa1890851a


Wäldchestag, June 3 – June 6

The metropolis of Frankfurt has been celebrating these days as its “national holidays” for centuries, it is as an important part of Frankfurt’s urban life. The majority of Frankfurt’s citizens leave their work by midday in order to take part in rides, food, and other activities. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., and on Monday and Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Place: Kaiserstraße 56, 60329 Frankfurt/Main

Web: https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Discover-Experience/Events/Festivals-in-Frankfurt/Waeldchestag


Weiterstädter Asparagus Festival, through June 25
Come to the Bauer Lipp farm to enjoy the asparagus festival from mid-April to the end of June. Delicious asparagus dishes, live music on Sundays and holidays, and a large playground offer plenty of variety for all ages. The idyllic beer garden and the large tent guarantee a pleasant stay in all weather. The farm is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Place: Steinbrücker Hof, 64331 Weiterstadt
Web: http://www.spargelfestival.de/


40th Annual Wilhelm Street Festival – Theatrium, June 9-10

The Wilhelm Street festival is one of the oldest street festivals in Germany dating back to 1977.  The historical event also happens to take place on one of the oldest streets in Wiesbaden – Wilhelmstrasse. From June 9 to 11 fest goers can enjoy a great variety of stage acts, delicious cuisine (ranging over 120 food stands), and the handcrafted market where with over 140 exhibitors of unique accessories. The event takes place Fri. June 9 from noon to 2 p.m., and Sat., June 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Place: Wellritzstraße, 65183 Wiesbaden
Web: http://www.wiesbaden.de/en/living-in-wiesbaden/festivities-markets/festivities/street-festival-wilhelmstrasse.php


Mainzer Museum Night, June 10

With the focus on artistic and thematic exhibitions, Mainz offers extraordinary programs on this particular night. 42 Mainz art and cultural institutions will open their doors for the 11th annual Mainz Museum Night, taking place between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Place: Citadel, Building C (At the 87th monument), 55131 Mainz

Web: http://www.mainz.de/freizeit-und-sport/feste-und-veranstaltungen/museumsnacht.php


Johannisnacht in Mainz, June 23 – June 26

Celebrating the remembrance of Johannes Guttenburg, inventor of the printing press, Mainz has four days of various activities and atmosphere. Hosting exhibitions, the merry printers’ baptisms, fireworks, sports activities, and much more, this year’s special is street artists. The event has free entry on all days, so there is no downside to visiting!

Place: City Center of Mainz (Various Squares and Plazas)

Web: http://www.mainz.de/en/service/johannisnacht-en.php#SP-grouplist-5-1:4


Chairlift Assmannshausen
Enjoy a ride through the leafy forests of Niederwald to the ‘Jagdschloss Niederwald’ hunting lodge and wildlife park in Assmannshausen. Admire panoramic views of the Rhein Valley over the picturesque village of Assmannshausen. Roundtrip tickets cost 7 Euros Adults, 5 Euros one-way, 8 Euros ‘cable car/chair lift’ combi-ticket to Rüdesheim, reductions for groups and children. Niederwald Seilbahn GmbH, 65385
Assmannshausen. For combi-ticket see ‘Ring Ticket’ and ‘Romanticism Tour,’ www.ruedesheim.de/en/see-discover/cable-car/


Wine Tasting Stands
Local towns along the Rhine river make their local wine available at tasting stands in their villages. Operating hours will vary from March through October and some staying open as late as November.

Opening Hours:
Eltville at the
 Rhine River promenade: Mid March to October / Monday to Friday from 4 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.
Hattenheim at the Rhine River meadows: April to October / Monday to Friday from 5 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.
Erbach, at the parking lot Rheinallee: April to October / Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m.
Martinsthal, next to the playground Walluftal: May to early October / Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. Rauenthal, Weinbergstrasse direction Bubenhäuser Höhe: March to November / Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m.


Magic Bike Rüdesheim, June 15-18
Join hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts for a ride through the Rheinvalley during the 16th Magic Bike Rüdesheim am Rhein, June 15 to 18. The Middle Rhein Valley is an ideal motor bike region with beautiful routes along the Rhine and the hills of the Taunus and Hunsrück. Two imposing castles are the backdrop for a meeting with old and new friends. For more information in English go to http://www.magic-bike-ruedesheim.com/


Ongoing “Things To Do”

In case you missed it… there is still an opportunity to catch a few of these events.

Circus of Horror, April 7 – 23
Come along on a trip to Nosferatu’s torture chamber and experience a spectacular and ever surprising show. Breakneck stunts, crazy artists, crazed clowns and mad freaks await you! Straightaway in the foyer, bizarre figures will give you the shivers. Take a seat on one of the 1,400 pitches on the edge of the manege of demons, vampires, possessed artists and clowns. They will all take care to ensure you hold your breath during the two-and-a-half hour show. Everything you experience here is real and happens right in front of your eyes. INQUISITION is like a terrible traffic accident — you cannot look, but you have to! Tickets range in price from 20-35 Euro and can be purchased online or after 2 p.m. the day of the show.

Place:     Festplatz Gibber Kerb, Bleichwiesenstraße, 65203 Wiesbaden
Time:      7:30 p.m.
Web:       http://zirkusdeshorrors.de/zdh/tour-tickets/gastspiel-in-wiesbaden/


Spring Dippemess in Frankfurt, April 7 – May 1
If you can’t get enough of carousels, Bratwurst and crafts, you can venture to Frankfurt’s largest and oldest fair (dating back to the 12th century) called “Dippemess” (“pottery market”) where you can find the wildest rides and attractions. Families with little kids will most likely enjoy the “Kids Area”. There will be a big fireworks display on the last day of the fair.
Place:     Fairground at the Eissporthalle/Festplatz, 60385 Frankfurt am Main
Web:       https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Discover-Experience/Events/Festivals-in-Frankfurt/Spring-Dippemess


Beer brewers’ exhibition now through Sept. 3
An exhibition on the history of beer breweries in Mainz and Wiesbaden, “Na, denn Prost!” (“Well then, cheers”) is on display through Sept. 3. Entry is free. There will also be an accompanying program for the exhibition — a beer tasting is planned! Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heimatmuseum Dotzheim, Römergasse 13 in Wiesbaden.


Wäldchestag, through June 6
Celebrating the “national holiday” of the metropolis of Frankfurt, there is a bundle of fun to be had by all. Featuring rides, games, and a large selection of food, this park is sure to be a welcoming location for anyone.

Place: Kaiserstraße 56, 60329 Frankfurt am Main
Web: https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Discover-Experience/Events/Festivals-in-Frankfurt/Waeldchestag