Europe Traveler's event picks for April 28-29
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 26, 2018
Zythos Bierfestival/ Zythos Beer Festival
Location: Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1, 3001 Leuven/Louvain, Belgium
Dates: April 28-29 (noon-11 p.m. April 28; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 29)
The national beer consumers group Zythos organizes this festival at which more than 500 Belgian beers can be sampled from more than 80 stands. All ages are allowed to visit the hall in which the event takes place. The beers are served in a .1 liter tasting glass. Fast food such as burgers, kebabs and fries is available on site.
Admission: Free. To sample the beers, a start packet must be purchased. The mandatory tasting glass and eight tokens for sampling cost 20 euros; additional tokens go for 1 euro each. Most beers cost one token, although a few go for two tokens.
Location: Ciney Expo, 3 Rue de Marche Couvert, B-5590, Ciney, Belgium
Date: April 29 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
At what’s billed as Europe’s must important fair for military memorabilia, more than 550 vendors from around the continent sell an assortment of uniforms, helmets, spare parts, weapons, medals, flags, engravings, charts, books and other items.
Admission: 15 euros
Grand Marche D’art Contemporain/ Contemporary Art Market
Location: Esplanade du Chateau de Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
Dates: April 28-May 1 (11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily)
A sizable contingent of artists, from sculptors to painters to photographers, is on hand to display and sell their contemporary pieces. In a warm and welcoming environment, visitors can speak with the artists or enjoy on-site activities, including those geared to children. The site is easily reached by Metro Line 1.
Admission: An invitation to be downloaded on the organizer’s website entitles two adults to free entry.
Location: Volksfestplatz, Bayreuth, Germany
Date: April 28-29 (6 a.m.-9 p.m. April 28; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29)
The city’s annual spring flea market is the place to pick up household goods, antiques, books, toys and other treasures. About 500 sellers are usually on hand to sell their wares.
Dampfspektakel/ Festival of Steam
Location: Trier, Koblenz and Saarbruecken, Germany
Dates: April 28-May 1
Steam trains are back on track throughout the long weekend in the Eifel, Mosel and Saar regions. Most of the nine participating historic trains were built in the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors can alternately visit the Gerolstein or Schweich train stations to enjoy the sight of the trains passing through. Trier’s train station hosts a free exhibition of photos of steam trains from around the world.
Admission: Tickets to travel along one of six routes can be bought online or at the German Rail service counters in Cochem, Merzig and Trier. Prices range from 7.50 euros for a single short ride to 72 euros for a day pass. Children up to the age of 14 ride free.
Zeller Schwarze Katz Festival
Location: Zell, Germany
Date: April 29 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
This wine and walking festival leads visitors along paths beside the Mosel River and affords spectacular views. Four stands serve up local wines and culinary treats. The walk starts by Zell’s distinctive fountain, a black cat perched atop a barrel.
Admission: Free, although there’s generally a small charge for the mandatory wine glass.
King’s Day Celebrations
Location: Throughout the Netherlands
Date: April 27
King Willem Alexander’s birthday is celebrated throughout the land with music, street parties, flea markets, fun fairs and other events. On the night before King’s Day, King’s Night is celebrated with The Life I Live music shows in The Hague, and Utrecht is the site of the country’s biggest flea market.