Out and abouts for Aug. 24 - 30

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Upcoming festivals
The Rhein-Main Classics at Oppenheim Airfield is Aug. 24 - 26. Located at the Oppenheim Airfield on the banks of the Rhine River, this event features static displays, aerial demonstrations and live bands. Ticket prices range from 10 to 55 euro. Fight tours are available at www.flugtag.org or www.gig-factory.de.

The 28th annual wine festival of Rachtig wine takes place Aug. 24 - 26. Enjoy wine tasting and local, Mosel specialties at the oldest street wine fest of the Mosel. For more information, contact the Zeltingen-Rachtig tourist information office at 06532-2404.

Foehren hosts a carnival, the well known "Bartholomaeuskirmes," Aug. 24 - 27. The event starts at 8 p.m. Friday evening with a rock and pop concert.

A local flea market takes place Aug. 25 in front of Landstuhl Toom market.

Enjoy an Open-Air rock event in Hontheim Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. at the old U.S. Army caserne area.

Manderscheid Jousting Festival occurs Aug. 25 - 26. This medieval celebration includs a jousting tournament, a craft market and a fireworks display. Admission varies from 4 to 7 Euro, children under 11 are free.

A hiking trip takes place Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 at the Naturpark Suedeifel with SWR 4 Radio and the local TV 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.

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, 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.

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.

Spain Ole, a three overnights tour during the Labor Day holiday, occurs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3. Cost is $409 for adults and $289 for children.

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

Cruise the Rhein 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.