Europe Traveler's event picks for April 20-21
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: April 16, 2018
Location: Namur, Belgium
Date: April 21
Folklore groups from the region perform song, dance, flag waving and military manuveurs in the city streets and at 2 p.m., march together in a colorful parade. An artisan’s market takes place on la place d’Armes; the square is also the site of a folk ball open to all from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Hamburger Fischmarkt/Hamburg Fish Market
Location: Schlossplatz, Asschaffenburg, Germany
Dates: April 19-29 (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 11 a.m. 10 p.m. Sundays)
A hint of lovely Hamburg’s maritime flair is brought to cities throughout Germany by a traveling band of fishmongers. Visitors can sample a range of fish-based delicacies on the spot. On weekends, enjoy jazz bands along with crafts and face painting for children.
Flea market and Fluehlingfest
Location: Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany
Dates: April 20-May 6
While nowhere near as big as its autumnal cousin, revelers can enjoy the same Oktoberfest-like atmosphere, including thrill rides, midway and of two beer tents. Bavaria’s biggest flea market takes place from 7 a.m. April 21.
Kulinarische Wanderung/Culinary Hike
Location: Wolfstein, Germany
Dates: April 21-22
Wines of the Pfalz and tasty regional specialties are served up at stands along a panoramic stretch offering views of Konigsberg and the Lautertal Valley. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Station One offers live music in the afternoon on both days.
Admission: A wine pass including tasting glass and hanger goes for 8 euros; pours of wine cost 2 euros for .1 liter refills or 3.50 for .2 liters. The pass is available at the Wolfstein City Hall.
Tag des Bieres/ Beer Day
Location: Maxplatz, Bamberg, Germany
Date: April 23
Bamberg’s brewing tradition dates back centuries, and with 11 breweries still up and running, the city’s connection with beer remains strong. Each year on April 23, a wide range of the city’s signature beers are served up by the city’s brewers in a pretty city square.
International Handicrafts Trade Fair
Location: Da Basso Fortress, Florence, Italy
Dates: April 21-May 1 (10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily; closes 8 p.m. May 1)
Master craftsmen from Italy and around the world gather here to show off their exquisite handmade products. Sections are dedicated to fashion and jewellery, home decor, vintage, green and recycled goods, wine and food, wellness and beauty and more. Live music and entertainment is also on the program.
Admission: adults pay 4 euros on weekdays and 7 euros on Saturdays and Sundays; childen under 12 enter free. After 7 p.m., entry is free for all.
Bloemenkorso/ Bollenstreek/ Flower Parade
Location: Between Noordwijk and Haarlem, Netherlands
Date: April 21 (parade departs Noordwijk at 9:30 a.m.)
Flower-bedecked floats make their way through the Dutch countryside. The theme of this year’s parade is “culture.” On Sunday, April 22, visitors can admire the floats up close in Oude Gracht, Haarlem.
Admission: Free; grandstand seating in Lisse and Sassenheim is also available at a fee.
Elfia Fantasy Fair
Location: Castle de Haar, Utrecht, Netherlands
Dates: April 21-22
Fabulous creatures from worlds of the imagination come out to pose and play at this festival that’s at once a show of costumes, musical performances, shows and market stalls. The costume parades at 2 p.m. both days are program highlights.
Admission: Adult ticket prices start at 15 euros plus fees when booked online in advance.
Moors and Christians Festival
Location: Alcoy, Spain
Dates: April 22-24
This festival dating back to the 16th century commemorates a battle fought in 1276, when Alcoy stood on the border of the Muslim-held territories of Spain. According to legend, the interventions of San Jorge helped the Christian army emerge victorious, and in thanks, the townsfolk of Alcoy made him their patron saint and promised to hold a festival in his honor. The city done up to resemble medieval times is the backdrop to spectacular processions of Moors and Christians on April 22, festivities dedicated to the saint on April 23, and the re-enactment of a battle in a specially-built castle on April 24.
Admission: No info
Location: Titlis Bergbahnen, Jochpass, 6390 Engelberg, Switzerland
Date: registrtion and training sessions from 10 a.m. April 21 (in the event of bad weather, event is postponed until April 22.)
The object of this competition open to all is to glide over a pool of water on a snowboard or downhill skis. This grows ever harder as the starting distance is reduced with each round. The winner is the last contestant remaining dry. Participants wearing crazy costumes add fun to the contest.
Admission: participation costs 5 Swiss Francs.