Europe Traveler's event picks for Aug. 16-18

The Monster provides lots of bouncy, boozy fun for grown-ups in Birmingham, England, Aug. 16-20.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: August 12, 2019

Hafen Open Air

Location: Alberner Hafen, Simmering, Vienna, Austria
Dates: Aug. 16-17  (from 1 p.m. both days)
A harbor on the Danube River is the setting for this pop music fest with a line-up heavy on up-and-coming Austrian acts. Big-name performers include Conchita Wurst and Band at 10 p.m. Aug. 16 and Soehne Mannheims at 10 p.m. Aug. 17. A shuttle bus ferries concertgoers between the U3 station Simmering and the harbor at a cost of 5 euros round-trip.
Admission: Free



Location: Grote Markt, Steenplein and Groenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: Aug. 16-18
This city celebration, a culinary and music festival in equal measure, takes place in four different locations spread across the city. The food market on the Steenplein specializes in shellfish and seafoods.
Admission: Free


Historical celebrations of Zacharias of Hradec and Katherine von Wallenstein

Location: Telč, Czech Republic
Dates: Aug. 16-17 (from 4 p.m. Aug. 16 and from 10 a.m. Aug. 17)
Each year in August, this lovely UNESCO-listed town looks back upon the life and times of two people instrumental in shaping the town’s history, Zacharias of Hradec and Katherine von Wallenstein. Celebrations with a days-of-old flair include music, dance, theater, jousting tournaments and a market.
Admission: Free


Pride Parade

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: Aug. 18 (1 p.m.)
Copenhagen Pride Week closes with a parade that stretches over a distance of two miles. This energetic mobile party gets underway from the Frederiksberg Town Hall, continues via Frederiksberg Allé, Vesterbrogade and Hammerichsgade and ends at Copenhagen City Hall Square at approximately 4 p.m. An after-party with bands and entertainment follows late into the night.


The Monster

Location: Hall 18, NEC, Birmingham, England
Dates: Aug. 16-20
Those who secretly envy kids their fun on bouncy castles now have their very own chance to get physical on an inflatable apparatus named The Monster. At 980 feet long, it’s billed as the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course. Among the 40 obstacles along its route are found a giant slide, a house of horrors and somewhat racy adult-themed challenges. Live DJs, street food, cocktails, bubbles and craft beers round out the experience.
Admission: Adults pay 25 pounds, ages 7-15 pay 20 pounds, spectators pay 5 pounds.


The Marriage of Old Fritz

Location: Marlenheim, France
Dates: Aug. 14-15
This spectacle set in an ideal Alsatian village uses the pomp and ceremony of a wedding as its theme. Visitors can explore a market with regional products or watch costumed folklore groups perform their dance routines. Sunday’s program highlights include a wedding procession at 2 p.m., followed by the wedding ceremony itself.
Admission: Free


Wine Village

Location: Grüne Markt and Kirchplatz, Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Germany
Dates: Aug. 14-18 (5 p.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15; 5 p.m.-midnight, Aug. 16; noon-midnight Aug. 17; noon-10 p.m. Aug. 18)
This walled medieval town is a charmer any time of year, particular in late summer, when six local caterers offer culinary treats paired with wines of the surrounding Franconia region.
Admission: Free



Location: Bad Kreuznach, Germany
Dates: Aug. 16-20
This volksfest offers all the thrill rides, games of chance and fair foods that fans of this type of atmosphere know and love. Fireworks light up the sky at 10 p.m. Aug. 20.
Admission: Free



Location: Fuessen, Germany
Dates: Aug. 17-18 (5 p.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 17; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 18)
Bavarian culture mingles with a Latin vibe at this festival set in an idyllic Alpine village. Sunday’s program includes Alpine music from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., followed by circus-themed entertainment including stilt walkers, unicycle riders, clowns and other child-pleasing acts.
Admission: Free


Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival

Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Dates: Aug. 15-25
This Dutch student town makes a pleasant backdrop for avant-garde contemporary performances in the areas of theater, music, literature and more across several venues.
Admission: all performances are ticketed affairs; many cost around 15 euros and up.


Festas de Gracia

Location: Gracia District, Barcelona, Spain
Dates: Aug. 15-21
A district of the city known for its Bohemian atmosphere plays host to this beloved annual street festival. Local residents hang lovingly assembled decorations along their streets in hopes of winning prizes. Dozens of stalls sell tasty specialties, and concerts and shows enliven the nights.
Admission: Free