Folk Festivals in Franconia

Music, culinary delights and great atmosphere - the folk festivals of Franconia

Franconia can celebrate - this is proven by the folk festivals as a meeting place for young and old.

Lauscha - Mellichstöckdooch (1st Saturday in May)

This day is all about the dandelion. Guided tours invite you through the beautiful nature to the center of Lauscha, the cradle of the glass Christmas tree ornaments. Dandelion dishes typical for the region are offered for tasting in many different restaurants.

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Neustadt b.Coburg/Sonneberg - International doll festival (Ascension Week in May)

Every year on Ascension Day in May, the towns of Neustadt bei Coburg and Sonneberg shine with a colorful calendar of events for the biggest event in the world for collectors and doll lovers. Flea markets, teddy and doll exchanges, factory sales, guided tours and great hands-on activities for the whole family await visitors.

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Ansbach - Festival in den old town (beginning to mid June)

Ansbach people like to celebrate during this festival in the old town. Many live bands play music till late in the courtyards in the old town of Ansbach, food and drinks are served and street musicians and street art performers entertain the visitors.

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Erlangen - Bergkirchweih (12 days during Whitsun)

One of the most beautiful and oldest beer festivals in the world!

The Munich Oktoberfest may be bigger and more famous, but the Erlangen Parish Fair is 55 years older, more traditional and has a cosier feel to it. The world’s oldest beer festival attracts around one million visitors each year. Young and older visitors from near and far are enchanted by its charm and atmosphere. Let the fair work its magic on you!

But first, let‘s go back in time: On 21st April 1755, municipal councillors in Erlangen‘s old town decided to move the traditional Whitsun market from the town centre to the southern slope of the castle hill. The Erlangen Bergkirchweih had begun. Sine more than 260 years, Franconia‘s biggest fair has been held at Whitsun at the Erlangen castle hill cellars.

When the mayor of Erlangen taps the first barrel at exactly 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Whitsun, the Huguenot town can expect more than one million visitors from near and far, over the course of the next twelve days. The guests are served cool “Bergbier“ in stone mugs under beautiful old chestnut trees decorated with paper lanterns, and can enjoy Franconian specialities and dishes from around the world. Carousels and other fairground rides, lottery booths and shooting galleries add variety to the fair.

Hear the call of the “Berch“! – as they say in Erlangen. Visit the oldest beer festival in the world - the “Erlanger Bergkirchweih“.

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Schweinfurt - Volksfest (two weeks beginning Friday after Corpus Christi)

For eleven days, the traditional hustle and bustle inspires; numerous attractive rides and a varied program ensure entertainment for all generations. Typical Franconian specialties and the specially brewed folk festival beer from the three regional breweries spoil visitors in the marquee and beer garden. Rooted in a long tradition since 1909, new program items such as the Ladies Night or the Family Day with reduced fares and admission prices also ensure fun. More information at:

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Fürth - Fürth-Festival (one weekend in July)

Fürth Festival is a colourful event with lots to offer audiences who are young and young at heart. For a whole weekend in the summer Fürth becomes the backdrop to stages all over the city. Performances range from comedy to music, with variety always guaranteed. The whole city swings into the party mood.

Admission is free.

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Fladungen - Fladungen Classics (1st weekend of July, odd years)

Welcome to the oltimer festival "Fladungen Classics". Be a part of the a journey through the time to the 50s and 60s with the motto "Clothes, sheet metal and oldies". In addition to the vehicles, the Fladungen Classics stand for the lifestyle of the years of the economic boom. This event is more than a vintage car meeting. The Fladungen Classics offers visitors a journey to the "good old days". The framework for the journey through time is formed by the historic backdrop of the old town of Fladungen and the beautiful historic vehicles, which must not be younger than 1975. One of the special highlights are the rock'n'roll bands, a fashion show or a ferris wheel in the style of the 50s and 60s. Dancing in the streets, singing along, having good conversations and forgetting the everyday life- These are the Fladungen Classics. Let yourself be captivated. Enjoy the hustle and bustle.

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Münchberg - Wiesenfest (beginning of July)

Wiesenfest in Münchberg is a traditional event for the whole family. Enjoy carousels, bavarian music and dishes, dancing and a lot of fun.

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Ansbach - Kirchweih festival (beginning to mid July)

Have a beer and some traditional sausages at the Kirchweih festival in Ansbach. There is amusement for the whole family with fairground rides, a merry-go-round, sweets stalls and a big beer tent with live music.

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Würzburg - Kiliani Volksfest (beginning to mid July)

The largest fair in the area starts out on a Friday with the traditional tapping of the first keg of beer by the Mayor of Wuerzburg. A parade on the first Saturday showcasts traditional, local outfits. Then, fort wo weeks, you can enjoy the fair and all ist rides, as well as a big beer tent and a couple of beer gardens.

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Wassertrüdingen - Afrika-Karibik Festival (mid-July)

Afrika Karibik Fest is a reggae, rock and ska festival that takes place in Wassertrüdingen in July. Great bands and a unique flair create a great atmosphere for the guests. Also culinary is offered again a lot. Year after year, the Africa-Caribbean market forms the conclusion of the Africa-Caribbean festival. Numerous stands invite to a relaxed stroll. Also culinary is offered again a lot. A colorful supporting program on the stage and numerous acts in the area provide entertainment.

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Ebern - Old Town Festival (3rd week of July)

Year after year, the Ebern Old Town Festival attracts countless visitors to the old town of Ebern. The diverse program with live bands, cabaret, artists' market, children's entertainment exerts enormous attraction. There is something for every taste - also culinary. The artists' market and the cabaret performances inspire culturally interested people, the kids enjoy play areas, children's flea market and puppet theater. In the evening, there will be a party on 2 stages in the marketplace area. The seats at the morning pint and lunch on Sunday and Monday are also in great demand. Let out with us "the sow" or appropriately the (Ebern) "boar"!

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Forchheim - Annafest (end of July)

The Annafest is a memorable church fair at a very unique place. All around the "Kellerwald", a forest areal with lots of beer cellars you can sit underneath old trees and enjoy a cool sip of beer or numerous franconian specialities. Eat, drink and sit together in a marvellous place and enjoy franconian hospitality and mentality. From.. until.. this big fair is taking place at the Kellerwald  - there are funrides, you can draw lots and buy sweets. Every eving numerous musicbands play at the different cellars, people of all ages and nationalities party together and enjoy the special spirit. Come along and feel the magic of the Annafest.

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Lohr a.Main - Spessartfestwoche (last weekend of July to first weekend of August)

The “Mainlände” in Lohr turns to a colourful und joyful festival area every year at the end of July. From 1946 until today the fair “Spessartfestwoche” has developed into one of the most important festivals in Lower Franconia and takes place from the last weekend of July to the first weekend of August. Different rides offer fun for old and young. The “Spessartfestwoche” is more than a cozy beer festival – it’s an institution! The highlight is the big firework at the end of the festival!

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Hof – Saaleauenfest (August)

The Saale, a tributary of the Elbe, shaped the city of Hof. Even the poet Jean Paul enjoyed the beautiful "Saalestrand" in Hof - reason enough to celebrate a big family festival there every August. The Saale flows through the middle of the city and has created the perfect event location with its floodplains. 

The multi-day festival on the banks of the Saale, just below of the old town, becomes a very special festival with a beach, beach bar and various live music and local as well as international specialties. During the day there are plenty of attractions for children and adults. In the evening, however, the Saale is staged with water features and an impressive backdrop of light, and thus plays the leading role. Visitors stroll under the trees on the bank, they enjoy the cozily illuminated squares and the mysterious murmur of the river.

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Hilpoltstein - Castle Festival (beginning of August)

A folk festival for the whole family: For almost 100 years, Hilpoltstein has celebrated its Burgfest (castle festival) with thousands of guests from all over the world.
On Sunday, an entire town slips into garb of the early 17th century to duly celebrate the magnificent entry of its Countess Palatine in the old town.

Starting on Friday, you can experience the very special atmosphere of the Hilpoltstein Castle Festival. A colorful supporting program with flea market, exhibitions, sautro race and of course the hustle and bustle with rides and attractions on the fairground surround the great festival play with parade in honor of the Countess Palatine Dorothea Maria!

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Marktheidenfeld - Laurenzi-Fair (10 days around 15th of August)

The traditional Laurenzi-fair is the highlight in Marktheidenfeld every year. The city celebrates 10 days (around 15. August) a big fair with a large tent including beer garden and vine village with view on river Main. The different market stalls of Laurenzi-Market are placed at the bank of river Main. The big amusement park offers numerous attractions for young and old.

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Seßlach - Old Town Festival (3rd weekend of August)

Every year, on the third weekend in August, the town of Sesslach celebrates its Old Town Festival. Visitors can expect a historical parade, a large medieval camp life, a crafts market with demonstrations, a flea market and a children's program.

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Hof – Volksfest (every August – September)

There is always an exceptional situation in Hof towards the end of the Bavarian summer holidays: the turbulent Hofer Volksfest begins in the last week of July, lasts 10 days and ends on the first Sunday in August. The largest folk festival in north-east Bavaria traditionally begins on Friday at 4 p.m. with a kilometer-long, colorful procession in which almost 3,500 people take part. 

Spectacular rollercoasters, the conspicuous Ferris wheel and other fast-paced rides lure you to the fairground. It smells of roasted almonds and cotton candy. A quick stop at the lottery and then you have the choice at the many, many international specialty stands.

Beer, bratwurst and pretzels are at the top of the popularity list - after all, nothing goes so well with beer gardens and brass band music. A visit to the festival in the evening hours, when everything is brightly colored and shimmering, is particularly atmospheric. And from the Ferris wheel you can see the whole city lying at your feet.

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Miltenberg - Michaelismesse (last weekend of August to first weekend in September)

The biggest fair of the region with amusement park, market area and craft exhibitions.

The fair „Michaelismesse“ in Miltenberg starts the last weekend of August und ends with a huge firework the first weekend of September. The mix of amusement park, craft exhibitions and traditional market makes the “Michaelismesse” which is placed between the medieval city centre and the bank of river main so attractive. Enjoy the carefree attitude of life with wooden structure tent, beer garden under trees and picturesque sundowner. The shops are always open late on the last Sunday in the pedestrian zone and Miltenberg Outlet-Centre. Also the restaurants of Miltenberg are looking forward to seeing you. They will spoil you with regional specialities.

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Nürnberg - Old Town Festival (two weeks in September)

Every autumn, Nuremberg's Old Town Festival invites visitors to the Schütt Island and Hans Sachs Square. The traditional event is one of the most important festivals in Franconia. Essentially, the celebration stands for home and culinary delights and thus for typical regional cuisine. One of the highlights of the Altstadtfest is also the traditional Fischerstechen.

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Münchberg - City Festival (mid-September)

The city festival in the centre of Münchberg has a long tradition. Enjoy two days with different artists on stage, sales booths, tasty bavarian dishes and beer.

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Feuchtwangen - Mooswiese (end of September)

One of the most beautiful meadow church consecrations in Franconia always takes place in Feuchtwangen at the end of September. The Mooswiese Folk Festival in Feuchtwangen has been a known traditional autumn folk festival in southern Germany for centuries. Stalls, cheapjack, agricultural machinery show, amusement park, herring roaster, beer and wine tent and much more can be enjoyed at Franconia's most beautiful meadow fair.

Highlights include the big parade on Sunday afternoon, the firework finale on Tuesday evening and the riflemen's parade with the “cobblestone waltz” on Saturday.

Shops will be open for business on Sunday.

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Wertheim - Michaelis Fair (end of September/beginning of October)

The Wertheim Michaelis Fair at the end of September/beginning of October is the annual highlight in the series of events in the large district town of Wertheim. The traditional folk festival is opened with the “Schützenruf” and the big parade. After ten days of festivities, it ends with a magnificent fireworks display.

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Fürth - St. Michael´s Fair (10 days in September/October)

The Michaelis-Kirchweih or St. Michael´s Fair in October, the Queen of Franconian Fairs, has been attracting people from far and wide for over 900 years. For two weeks everything is dedicaded to St. Michael´s Church, which was consecrated more than 956 years ago. The street festival, with its charming mixture of market and funfair, is considered the largest and most beautiful of its kind in Germany! That is why the festival was included in the nationwide register of intangible cultural heritage in 2018. The highlight is the harvest festival procession on the last sunday of the fair. With 3,000 to 4,000 participants, it is the second largest traditional parade in Bavaria after the Oktoberfest in Munich.

Admission is free.

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Tauberbischofsheim - Martini Messe (mid of October)

Around 100 companies provide a variety of entertainment on the festival grounds, in the town hall, on Vitryallee and on the market square. Numerous (art) exhibitions, the big bird show in the Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium, Sunday shopping, the car show in Vitryallee and the flea market on Saturday and Sunday complete the extensive and varied program. The crowning glory on Sunday is a large brilliant fireworks display. However, it only ends on the so-called “Fair Monday”: the city cordially invites you to the afternoon for companies and authorities.

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Haßfurt - Street Festival (once a year)

More than 100 booths of Haßfurt's businesses, stores and associations put on special offers for the street festival. On the main stage at the market place a varied program is offered around the clock and in the evening a live band provides for good mood and invites to sing along and dance. It should be a matter of course for a city festival that the physical well-being is generally taken care of.

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Haßberge - Franconian church festivals (different dates per year)

Visit one of the traditional Franconian church festivals, where you can get to know the local culture and enjoy a good Franconian beer. You can also discover the Franconian cuisine and have a relaxed conversation with other visitors and locals. For more information, where these events are, feel free to visit or write an e-mail to

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