Being a university town Erlangen offers a variety of possibilites for cultural and social recreation. In addition to cinemas, theaters, the town hall and the culture center “E-Werk” there is a huge number of pubs, restaurants, and dance clubs.
There is, of course, also a big offering of varying events all through the year.
The Cultural Year
The cultural year starts with the traditional winter ball of FAU Erlangen and the Nuremberg academies in January. Dance, musical performances, and a tombola are integral part of this festive event.
Most of the yearly events take place during the summer months.
Art lovers can enjoy themselves during the “Blue Night” in Nuremberg in the end of May. Performances of musicians, artists and actors take place in the streets and the museums of the blue illuminated town all through the night. The participating museums can be visited free of charge during this night.
One highpoint takes place yearly at Whitsun, the Erlangen “Bergkirchweih“, a kind of fair lasting ten days, during which visitors celebrate with music, rides, and, of course, with beer from the traditional mountain beer cellars.
Only one week later the huge three day music festival “Rock im Park“ takes place in Nuremberg, that comes up with a musical armada of international artists anew every year.
Likewise in June comic lovers get their money’s worth at the biennal “Comic Salon“ in Erlangen. Due to the changing thematic focuses and the gigantic variety of exhibitors and vendors it is an event that one should definitely see at least once.
Cultural highpoint of the academic year is the “Schlossgartenfest”, an open-air ball that always draws many visitors in July.
In August one is send back in time to the Middle Ages, can watch knights battle and see fair maidens during the “Tucher Ritterspiele“ in the moat in Nuremberg. Those who are more interested in the fine arts should not miss the Erlanger Poetenfest. Here, you can listen to authors, debate an
Only every second year (alternating with the “Comic Salon”) the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” takes place in Erlangen, Fürth and Nuremberg in October. Almost every institute of the university as well as a variety of industrial institutions participate as exhibitors. Visitors are allowed interesting insights into the scientific areas which they otherwise know only partially or not at all.
The cultural years ends with traditional Christmas markets, first and foremost, of course, the world famous “Christkindlesmarkt“. However, the two Christmas markets in Erlangen are also worth a visit during Advent season, especially the medieval one on the Neustädter Kirchplatz allures with its appealing ambience.
You can find further information about the cultural program in and around Erlangen here.