Out and abouts for Aug. 31 - Sept. 6

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Local events
See the Afrika Big Circus in Trier Sept. 1 - 2.

Luxembourg's famous Schobermesse fair and amusement park takes place Sept. 1 - 2 in the center of the city.

A hiking trip takes place Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 at the Naturpark Suedeifel with SWR 4 Radio and the local television station SWR. For more information, visit www.eifel.info or call 06551-96560.

"Weinfest der Mittelmosel" in Bernkastel-Kues happens Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. If you go to only one Weinfest this season, make this the one. The fireworks display/battle is probably one of the best you will ever see. The fireworks are Saturday evening only.

The Mosel town of Reil will host their annual wine festival Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Enjoy two spectacles of "illuminated countryside" in the radiance of the "Rhine in Flames" in September in Oberwesel and St. Goar-St. Goarhausen. Call the Oberwesel tourist information office at 06744-710624 or St. Goarhausen at 06771-9100 or visit www.oberwesel.de or www.st-goar.de.

Listen to swing big band tunes by the world famous James Last Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Trier Arena hall. To obtain tickets to the concert, call 0651-7199-473.

Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim takes place Sept. 7 - 11 and Sept. 14 - 20. This is the world's largest wine fest. This fest is a huge carnival and during the day it is children friendly. Wine is served strictly in very large glasses.

Listen to music by the Rheinland-Pfalz Police Orchestra Sept. 8 at the Manderscheid Kurhaus.

Enjoy a classical concert featuring Salzburg festival music Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Trier Hohe Domkirche cathedral church.

Oktoberfest occurs Sept. 22 - Oct. 7. The Mayor of München kicks off Oktoberfest Sept. 22 at noon by tapping the first keg of beer. Only after he has tapped the barrel are visitors allowed to start drinking. This is the most famous and largest folk and beer festival in the world. If you want to go, start making your travel arrangements now as the fest draws more than 100,000 visitors each day. For more information, visit www.oktoberfest.de/en/02/content/faq1/.

ITT trips
For more information about Information, Trips and Travel trips, call 452-6567 or e-mail 52svs.itt@spangdahlem.af.mil. Children prices are for those ages 3 - 12.

Head to Budapest Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. Cost is $389 for adults and $289 for children.

Cruise the Rhine River Sept. 1. Cost is $57 for adults and $52 for children.

Hop on the Bernkastel wine fest and fireworks trip Sept. 1. Cost is $37.

Have an adventure on the Belgian Grottos and Wildlife Park trip Sept. 8. Cost is $59 for adults and $52 for children.

Indulge on the Bad Durkheim wing and sausage fest trip Sept. 8. Cost is $42.

The Payless Brussels trip happens Sept. 8. Cost is $46.

Enjoy the IAA Frankfurt International car show Sept. 15. Cost is $65.

Experience Rhine in Flames Sept. 15. Cost is $125.

Explore Paris Sept. 15 - 16. Cost is $269 for adults and $239 for children.

Catch the Amsterdam and Zaanse Schans express Sept. 22. Cost is $72 for adults and $67 for children.

The Okoberfest Express happens Sept. 22. Cost is $99.

Play like a child on the Phantasialand express Sept. 22. Cost is $74 for adults and $67 for children.

Shop for pottery in Poland Sept. 28 - 29. Cost is $105 and an extra $85 for a double seat.

Dine like a king at the Medieval Dinner at Cochem Castle Sept. 29.

See the German Oktoberfest traditions overnight Sept. 29 - 30. Cost is $209.