Festivals
July
Chicken Festival
Quiedersbach
Simply a BLAST!  Small venue but packs a great punch as far as festival atomosphere is concerned.  The whole festival surrounds the celebration of rotissere chicken on an open flame.  Around 15 spits cover a good portion of the festival.  Anywhere from 100-120 chickens are being cooked.  One line for chicken but about 10 lines for beer.  1-Liter beers for sale and hefe-wiezen's in the traditional glass.  Band appears towards the end of the evenings giving a little bit more ambiance to an already roaring festival.  Delicious chicken and great beer, can you really ask for more?

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Directions:
Head south on the B270 past Vogelweh until you run into Quiedersbach.  Its difficult to find the grounds but its on top of the main hill in the town (once you get there you'll know what I mean).  You should see people walking towards the grounds, so follow them or get a taxi.
Music Festival (Altstadtfest)
Kaiserslautern
Hell of a time!  I would say there was about 8 different stages with live bands on stage performing different varieties of music.  There is a medival section to the festival that has bow and arrow shooting, blacksmith's making swords, and beer served in a ceramic mug.  The entire walkplatz downtown is covered with beer and food tents and thousands of people.  A true festival that cant be missed by anyone that enjoy's some beer outside with some good music in the background.  All bars and restaurants in the area are open as well.  An all day festival that will provide tons of entertainment.  DO NOT miss this one, you'll regret it when you get to work and everyone is talking about it but YOU!

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All around downtown Kaiserslautern.
September
Landstuhl Stadtfest (City Festival)
Landstuhl
Believe it or not, Landstuhl can throw a pretty good festival.  The main area of downtown (from the Eastern Pub to Alibi Restaurant up through The Blarney Stone).  The festival had three stages that played live music.  This year (2004) they had an awesome Jazz band and at the other end, typical rock.  In the middle was what I gathered to be the "main attraction" and they were actually pretty good  Food is everywhere as a typical German festival dictates, but beer/wine is far and inbetween.  Very basic brands and only one wine stall for those wine lovers.  Lots of families being that its in the heart of a heavily American area.  Good time nevertheless.  Look forward to it next year!

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Directions:
Downtown Lanstuhl.
Wine Festival
Bernkastel-Kues
I know fully that this isn't anywhere near "K-Town" to be in a K-Town review, but I HAD to mention this awesome, WONDERFUL wine festival.  This is theeee festival.  I know many people hype up the Baderkeim Wine Fest, but that is more of a large carnival with alcohol.  Bernkastel-Kues is definately a wine lovers festival.  The town is a quintessential German town that just adds to the great festival.  You are right on the Mosel River and all you can see is vineyards as far as the eye can see.  A truly great sight to my eyes!  I beg you, please do not miss this festival if you are here in Germany.  The great wineries of Germany bring out their best wines to impress the people here.  I just cant say enough about this great, great time!  The type of time you tell your kids about one day when they can understand.

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Now, obviously I cannot visit every festival held in Germany, but I list a few that I make sure to make each year.  Check out the links page for more on festivals.