Europe Traveler's event picks for Aug. 17-19
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: August 15, 2018
Location: Letna Park, Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: Aug. 15-Sept. 2
Letni Letna, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, provides a platform for some of best of Czech and international contemporary circus acts going today. Traditional circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling and clowning are served up with a modern twist, and often in a way that tells a story. Well over 100 shows are included on the agenda, including those geared to young audiences.
Admission: Tickets for each show are sold separately. Prices for adult tickets begin at 540 Czech Koruna, or about $24.
Location: Grote Markt, Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: Aug. 17-19
Culinary treats and cultural traditions give Antwerp’s residents and visitors alike ample reason to celebrate. Musical acts performing on the market square include ska and rap bands, along with DJs playing dance music on Saturday. On Sunday, classical music is the order of the day. The Steenplein offers a riverside terrace where seafood and shellfish are served. The Groenplatz is the site of a market filled with regional products and dance workshops.
Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow
Location: Seafront, Eastbourne, England
Dates: Aug. 16-19
It’s all eyes to the skies as the best in military and civilian aviation display teams including the Red Arrows, Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight dazzle with their incredible skills. The two-mile long flying display stretching along the waterfront is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, and the flying displays take place in the afternoon hours.
Rothenburger Weindorf/ Rothenburg Wine Village
Location: Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Germany
Dates: Aug. 15-19
In and around the Gruene Markt, the region’s winemakers, restaurant owners and caterers team up to offer quality Franconian food and drink. Star cooks showing off their can-do and special types and vintages of wine add an element of style to the happenings. The accompanying program of live music covers genres from folk to chanson, brass to rock.
Stadtfest/ City Festival
Location: Altstadt, Fuessen, Germany
Dates: Aug. 18-19 (5 p.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 18; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 19)
A Bavarian city full of charm is the backdrop to this city festival offering music, food and drink. Acts taking to the fest’s four stages play soul, Cuban, folk, hard rock and other rhythms.
Festa Major de Gracia/ Gracia Festival
Location: Gracia district, Barcelona, Spain
Although a neighborhood festival at its heart, visitors from afar are welcome here as well. They come to enjoy a varied program of entertainment, local specialties, and the over-the-top decor as residents of the streets attempt to outdo one another with their decorations.
Churer Fest/ Chur Fest
Location: Chur, Switzerland
Dates: Aug. 17-19
Chur, capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden, or Grisons, is awash in music through the weekend, where contemporary and traditional sounds play comfortably side by side. Brazilian dance music, funk, flamenco, jazz, blues and world music played is played in downtown venues. Line dancing and instruction as to how to step to it is offered on the Arcas Platz. In other quarters, classic rock and newcomer bands play, and everyone can get up and sing karaoke. Other things to do include sipping at the Blue Cocktail Bar, getting a henna tattoo, or sampling international culinary delights. A “children’s paradise” offers fun and games for young visitors.
Admission: an adult admission bracelet sells for 10 Swiss Francs, about $10.