Know Before You Go
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15, the flight line on Ramstein Air Base becomes a paradise for shoppers. During these four days, the massive hangars house more than 120 merchandise vendors from all over the world. Featuring beautiful, handcrafted goods, wines, jewelry, art, pottery, woodcrafts, furniture and carpets, there is something for everyone! Here are a few things you need to know before you go…
Where is the Bazaar located?
The Ramstein Bazaar is located on the Ramstein Air Base flight line in hangars 1 and 2, and a large, white tent. There will be signs throughout Ramstein AB directing you to the Bazaar grounds and then to the parking area. There is a large parking lot set up next to the hangars but be advised that your walk could be a long one on busy weekend hours.
What are the days and times of the Bazaar?
Thursday, September 12, 1000 – 2000
Friday, September 13, 1000 – 2000
Saturday, September 14, 1000 – 2000
Sunday, September 15, 1000 – 1700
Who can attend the bazaar?
Everyone who has base access is welcome to visit the Bazaar. However, only DoD and NATO ID card holders can make purchases. Be advised- an ID will be required at point of purchase.
Are pets allowed?
Any pets of any kind, size, or type are strictly prohibited from the bazaar. Any visitors found with a pet will immediately be removed by security forces. Full trained service animals with documentation are welcomed if they are required for a person with a disability.
Can I take pictures or video footage?
Given the strict security guidelines for the flightline, no pictures or video footage of any kind are allowed at the bazaar. Individuals caught taking photographs or recording while at the bazaar will be immediately removed from the bazaar by security forces. Please be advised that select media or bazaar committee members have security clearance to take photographs which has been obtained ahead of time through proper channels.
Are strollers allowed?
Thursday and Friday are designated as Stroller Days. On these days, strollers will be allowed inside the shopping areas (Hangars and tent). On Saturday and Sunday, due to the increase in crowds, shoppers will not be allowed to bring strollers into the Hangars or tent. There will be designated stroller parking areas outside of the Hangar and tent doors. Strollers are allowed on the outdoor Bazaar Grounds (food court area) on all days.
Will there be a nursing area and/or diaper changing facilities on the grounds?
Yes- within the Volunteer Tent there will be a kinder care area. Here you will find changing tables as well as a nursing area.
When is the Red Carpet Shopping event and how can I be invited?
The Red Carpet Shopping event will be held on Wednesday, September 11, from approximately 1715 until 2000. It’s easy to be added to the invite list! Simply sign up for a volunteer shift or combination of volunteer shifts totaling at least 4 hours and/or sign up for one of the requested food donations. These opportunities are available in the Ways To Help tab on this website under “Become a Volunteer.”
Do you have a list of the vendors that will be participating in the Bazaar?
We are still finalizing our list of great vendors, but check back closer to the event. Information will be available under the Vendor tab.
Will there be food to eat/ a food court?
A food court with tables for dining will be set up across from Hangar 1 on the other side of the big white tent. 29 different private organizations/ booster clubs will be raising funds for their own organizations by offering a wide variety of tasty food and beverage options including beer. The food item selections will be posted under the food vendor tab as menus are finalized closer to the event.
What are the hours for the food court?
Food Court hours are identical to the Bazaar Shopping hours:
Thursday through Saturday from 1000 – 2000
Sunday from 1000 - 1700
What types of payment are accepted?
US Dollars, checks, and credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, and American Express) are all accepted forms of payment for merchandise vendors.
Food court vendors accept only US dollars. There will be an ATM onsite but long lines can form – especially around lunch hours. Individuals coming to the Bazaar to enjoy lunch at the food court (great idea!) are encouraged to bring US cash with them as the food vendors do not accept any other form of payment.
Why do I have to sign a payment log when making a purchase?
The Ramstein Bazaar is a community fundraising event! A percentage of EVERY sale goes back to the Kaiserslautern Military Community. By signing the payment log, you are facilitating accurate tracking of all sales and ensuring the maximum amount of money is raised for the community!!
Will there be an ATM onsite?
Yes, but to avoid lines, bring cash!
This year we are only able to have one ATM onsite. Accordingly, long lines could form – especially around lunch hours. If you are coming to the Bazaar to enjoy lunch at the food court, you are encouraged to bring US cash as vendors in the food court do not accept any other form of payment.
The on-site ATM will be located between Hangars 1 and 2. The closest off-site ATMs is located at the E-Club. Other ATMs are located within the KMCC, at the commissary, and at the post office.
How can my organization apply for the community funds earned during the bazaar?
All of the proceeds from the Bazaar go back to the Kaiserslautern Military Community! To learn more or to complete an online application requesting funding, please visit: http://ramsteinosc.org/welfare-requests.