Europe Traveler's event picks for Aug. 3-5
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: August 1, 2018
Location: Antwerp, Belgium (7 p.m.-1 a.m. next day)
Date: Aug. 4
Twenty-two museums and cultural venues offer access to their exhibits and plan quirky events including a live drawing class, climbing the scaffolding on the portico of Ruben’s House, and a Baroque scavenger hunt. Shuttle bus service connects the participating venues.
Admission: Adult entry costs 12 euros on the night; those under 12 enter free.
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Date: Aug. 5 (noon-11:45 p.m.)
Gourmets can choose from several ways to discover the best tastes of Leuven. A culinary walking tour calls in at restaurants where tasty snacks are laid out at a maximum cost of 5 euros per portion. The Grande Place Gourmande unites 11 of the city’s top restaurants under one roof. The Oude Markt is the site for sampling specialty beers. A bartenders race takes place in the afternoon, and in the evening, live music rings out at the Grote Markt.
Location: Hrimezdice, Czech Republic
Date: Aug. 3-4
A quarry on a former Czech army training site is the site of an amateur diving competition and X-diving, a show of choreography and big splashes, along with flyboarding demos. Bands and DJs also play across several stages. Camping onsite is allowed.
Admission: Adult entry at the gate costs 900 Czech Koruna (about $41) on either day; ages 14 and under enter free.
International Celtic Festival
Location: Lorient, France
Dates: Aug. 3-12
Each year in early August, over 4000 musicians, dancers and performers from around the world put on concerts and shows and march in colorful spectacles. The Grand Parade of Celtic Nations takes place from 10 a.m. Aug. 5. This year’s program highlights the music and traditions of Wales.
Admission: Tickets to concerts and events are sold on an individual basis. Tickets to the parade on Aug. 5 cost 13 euros when purchased online. The purchase of a festival pin for 5 euros supports the organization of the festival and entitles its wearer to entry to several events.
Location: Camp Kasserine, Grafenwoehr, Germany
Dates: Aug. 3-5 (11 a.m.-midnight Aug. 3-4; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 5)
The bonds between two great nations are reason enough to celebrate at this fest chock full of fun-fair rides, food and drink stands, a beer tent and concerts. Kids can jump on a bouncy castle or have their faces painted. Aug. 3 is family day, with reduced prices on rides from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free. Those without U.S. military ID cardholders can only pass through Gate 6. Visitors over the age of 16 must carry an official form of identification such as a passport or their “Personalausweiss” to enter.
Zauberhaftes Sankt Wendel/Magical Sankt Wendel
Location: Sankt Wendel, Germany
Dates: Aug. 3-5 (3 p.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 3; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4; noon-7 p.m. Aug. 5)
Sixteen street magicians, three from the U.S., enliven the streets and squares of Saarland’s medieval gem as they vie for the title of event’s best performer. Their twenty-minute performances take place at three stations along the pedestrian zone. A program highlight, the open-air magician’s gala performance, takes place from 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Schlossplatz. Sunday is billed as a family magic fest day.
Admission: Free, but it’s considered good form to toss money into the hat of an artist whose performance has impressed.
Tucher Blues- & Jazzfestival/ Tucher Blues & Jazz festival
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Dates: Aug. 3-12
Bamberg gets the blues each August, when some of the world's top blues and jazz musicians come by to perform. Around 70 acts take to the stage, from known names to up-and-coming regional artists. Concerts are performed on the Boehmerwiese on Heiliggrabstrasse from Aug. 3-5 and on stages at the Maxplatz and Gabelmann Aug. 6-12. Late in the evening, the streets grow quiet as the acts move indoors to local bars and restaurants.
Admission: Free; the purchase of a pin supports the organization of the festival and a charity supporting children with cancer.
Mojoca Street Artists Festival
Location: Moio della Civitella, Italy
Dates: Aug. 3-5 (9 p.m.-2 a.m. next day)
The historical center of this town in the mountains is transformed into a colourful open-air theater filled with acrobats, jugglers, musicians, clowns, magicians and other entertainers. The performing artists are divided into two sections: the Main Card and the Off section. Some 23 acts in all perform.
Admission: Free, but tipping the artists is standard procedure.
Location: Place Guillaume II and Rue du Saint Esprit, City center, Luxembourg
Dates: Aug. 3-4 (noon-11 p.m. Aug. 3; 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 4)
Visitors here will be wowed by more than 100 performances given by 26 international and Luxembourgish companies. Artists on board include musicians, stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, clowns and other curious characters. A parade of participating artists takes place from 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Place d'Armes.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: Aug. 4
The highlight of Amsterdam Pride festivities is its loud and proud parade of boats. The boats depart from Scheepvart museum at 12:30 p.m. and make their way toward the Amstel River, and from there, they follow along the Prinsengracht toward the Westerdok. Prime viewing sites are on the bridges lining the canals. Once the parade winds down around 5 p.m., visitors head to various street parties to carry on.