Fasching, as it’s known in Bavaria, is crazy and a fun time to be in Germany. Fasching is also known as Karneval or Fastnacht in other parts of Germany. It officially kicked off the Karneval season Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. with pre-Lenten festivities.
During Germany’s carnival season, people wear masks and attempt to drive away winter’s evil spirits and bitter weather. The celebrations — some of Germany’s most colorful — closely resemble Mardi Gras festivities in the United States.
The northern region of Germany, particularly the Rhineland area, is the hub for German’s carnival season, with local parties and parades spring up all over the country until the season closes the night before Ash Wednesday.
Some Fasching parties to expect:
Fasching parades pop up all over Germany during Karneval season. In smaller cities, these parades are casual, with small groups dressing up in a special, often political, themes. It’s a great time to roast politicians and other major public figures. In most situations, the whole city and neighboring villages take to the streets and celebrate Fasching together.
In bigger cities in the Rhineland, such as Cologne, professional carnival groups work all year long for this particular day. Thousands of people flood the streets of these events and they are broadcast live on TV.
Faschingsparty or Faschingsball
Fashingsparties or balls are more traditional parties. Usually, the events have special themes like the “Wild West,” “Science-Fiction” or the “60’s.”
This is a formal ball. Dress up in your finest suit or wear a black or white cocktail dress.
Literally translated as rag-ball, Lumpenballs are attended by people in their shabbiest clothes.
Sportlerball are Fasching balls organized by a local sport club.
Skihaserlball is a Fasching party held by the local ski club. If there’s no other party theme, attendees usually dress up as a skier. Skihaserl is literally translated as ski-bunny. Most females dress up as a ski bunny. So let your artistic imagination run free.
Weiberfasching or Weiberfastnacht
This is the female Fasching, celebrated the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday. This year, it falls on Feb. 23. Weiberfasching starts in the morning where masked women take over cities and symbolically take the key of the town hall from the mayor.
Another Weiberfasching ritual is to cut men’s ties. Men, be prepared: Don’t wear your most expensive tie. Ladies, don’t forget your scissors.
The day ends with Weiber-Fasching-Parties, festivities in which men dress up as women. Some parties won’t allow men not dressed the part to enter. While men dress up as women and many women dress up as men, this is not mandatory. Women can wear any other costume. Men are also expected to dress as women at Tuntenball.
“Alaaf” and “Helau”
These are the traditional battle calls of Fasching. You can here or scream it at Fasching parades, parties — wherever. “Alaaf” is used more frequently in northern Germany, while “Helau” is the right one for Bavaria.
|Grafenwoehr / Vilseck area|
|Saturday, 21 January 2017||Amberg, BRK-Haus||Fasching Ball||8 p.m.||Amselweg 30, 92224 Amberg|
|Sunday, January 22, 2017||Mitterteich, Josefsheim||Kinder Fasching||2 p.m.||Zanklgartenstr. 8, 95666 Mitterteich|
|Friday, January 27, 2017||Dießfurt, Sportheim||Weiberfasching||8 p.m.||Waldstr. 2, 92690 Pressath|
|Saturday, January 28, 2017||Neualbenreuth, Tillensaal||Skihaserlball||8 p.m.||Turmstr. 1, 95698 Neualbenreuth|
|Amberg ACC||Stadt-Galaball||8 p.m.||Schiessstaettenweg 8, 92224 Amberg|
|Saturday, February 04, 2017||Thumsenreuth, Schützenhaus||Fasching Ball||8 p.m.||Hammerweg 8, 92703 Thumsenreuth|
|Casino Amberg||Tuntenball||10 p.m.||Klosterhof 1, 92224 Amberg|
|Grafenwoehr, Stadthalle||Sportlerball||8 p.m.||Kolpingstr., 92655 Grafenwoehr|
|Sunday, February 05, 2017||Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Kettelerhaus||Kinder Fasching||2 p.m.||Kettelerstr. 21, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg|
|Friday, February 10, 2017||Vilseck / Sorghof||Weiberfasching||8 p.m.||Dr. Fitzthumstr. 1, 92249 Vilseck / Sorghof|
|Saturday, February 11, 2017||Vilseck||Kinder Fasching||3 p.m.||Am Sportplatz 8, 92249 Vilseck|
|Vilseck / Schlicht||Fasching Ball||9 p.m.||St. Georg Str., 92249 Vilseck / Schlicht|
|Sunday, February 12, 2017||Neustadt/WN, Stadthalle||Kinder Fasching||2 p.m.||Am Hofgarten, 92660 Neustadt|
|Weiden, Mehrzweckhalle||Kinder Fasching||2 p.m.||Am Langen Steg 17, 92637 Weiden|
|Saturday, February 18, 2017||Kümmersbruck, Turnhalle||Fasching Ball||8 p.m.||Schulstr. 39, 92245 Kuemmersbruck|
|Vilseck, Mehrzweckhalle||Fasching Ball||8 p.m.||Am Schnellweiher 2, 92249 Vilseck|
|Sunday, February 19, 2017||Pressath||Fasching Parade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92690 Pressath|
|Thursday, February 23, 2017||Amberg, Marktplatz||Hexennacht||6 p.m.||Marktplatz, 92224 Amberg|
|Moosbach||Weiberfasching||6 p.m.||Downtown, 92709 Moosbach|
|Dietfurt||Chinese Fasching, Parade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92348 Dietfurt|
|Weiden, Diskothek Atemlos||Weiberfasching||9 p.m.||Luitpoldstr. 12, 92637 Weiden|
|Friday, February 24, 2017||Neustadt/WN, Stadthalle||Lumpenball||8 p.m.||Am Hofgarten, 92660 Neustadt|
|Saturday, February 25, 2017||Mitterteich||Fasching Parade||1:30 p.m.||Downtown 95666 Mitterteich|
|Weiden, Mehrzweckhalle||Lumpenball||9 p.m.||Am Langen Steg 17, 92637 Weiden|
|Sunday, February 26, 2017||Schnaittenbach||Fasching Parade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92253 Schneittenbach|
|Neustadt/Kulm, Sportheim||Kinder Fasching||2 p.m.||Jahnstr. 4, 95514 Neustadt / Kulm|
|Vilseck||Fasching Parade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92249 Vilseck|
|Neustadt/Kulm, Sportheim||Fasching Ball||8:30 p.m.||Jahnstr. 4, 95514 Neustadt / Kulm|
|Neustadt/WN||Fasching Parade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92660 Neustadt / Waldnaab|
|Monday, February 27, 2017||Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Luitpoldplatz||Rosenmontagsparty||3 p.m.||Luitpoldplatz, 92237 Sulzbach Rosenberg|
|Vilseck / Sorghof||Kinder Fasching||2 p.m.||Dr. Fitzthumstr. 1, 92249 Vilseck / Sorghof|
|Floß, Mehrzweckhalle||Rosenmontagsball||8 p.m.||Gerhard-Schaller-Ploessbergstr. 45, 92685 Floss|
|Hammerles||Fasching Parade||2 p.m.||Hammerles, 92711 Parkstein|
|Weiden, Altes Rathaus||Faschingstreiben der Narrhalla Weiden||1:45 PM||Unterer Markt 2, 92637 Weiden|
|Auerbach, Oberer Marktplatz||Fasching Parade||2 p.m.||Oberer Marktplatz, 91275 Auerbach|
|Tower Barracks Bowling Alley||Funky Fasching Bowling||7 p.m.||Tower Barracks Bowling Alley|
|Saturday, February 11, 2017||Hohenfels||Kinderfasching||2 p.m.||Keltensaal, Dekan-Schnitter/Str. 6, 92366 Hohenfels|
|Thursday, February 23, 2017||Dietfurt||Chinese Fasching, Parade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92348 Dietfurt|
|Saturday, February 25, 2017||Beratshausen||Faschingparade||2 p.m.||Volksfestplatz, 93176 Beratshausen|
|Sunday, February 26, 2017||Velburg||Faschingparade||2 p.m.||Downtown, 92355 Velburg|
|Tuesday, February 28, 2017||Hohenburg||Kinderfasching||2 p.m.||Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92277 Hohenburg|
|Parsberg||Kinderfasching||2:30 p.m.||Burgsaal at the castle, 92331 Parsberg|
|Schmidmuehlen||Faschingball||Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92287 Schmidmuehlen|
|Saturday, February 11, 2017||Garmisch||Fasching Ball||8 p.m.||Brausstueberl, Fuerstenstr. 23, 82467 Garmisch Partenkirchen|
|Freitag, February 17, 2017||Garmisch||Youth Fasching||6 p.m.||Kolpingheim, Promenadenstr. 13, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen|
|Saturday, February 18, 2017||Garmisch||Kinderfasching age 6-8||2 p.m.||Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen|
|Garmisch||Faschingparty age 9-11||5 p.m.||Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen|
|Sunday, February 19, 2017||Garmisch||Kinderfasching 0-6||3:30 p.m.||Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen|
|Wednesday, February 22, 2017||Garmisch||Senior Fasching||2:30 p.m.||Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen|
|Thursday, February 23, 2017||Garmisch||Pfarrfasching for all ages||7 p.m.||Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen|
|Friday, February 25, 2017||Garmisch||Kinderfasching||2 p.m.||St. Irmgard Schulen, Hauptstr. 45, 82467 Garmisch Partenkirchen|
|Sunday, February 26, 2017||Garmisch||Fasching Bycicle Parrad||1 p.m.||Ludwigstrasse to Floriansbrunnen|
|Monday, February 27, 2017||Garmisch||Faschingball||7 p.m.||Brauwastl, Zugspitzenstr. 119, 82467 Grarmisch Partenkirchen|