Europe Traveler's event picks for Feb. 15-17
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: February 12, 2019
Location: Hall Z, Exhibition Grounds, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Dates: Feb. 14-16 (from 4 p.m. daily)
In this competition and beer festival rolled into one, dozens of domestic and foreign breweries vie for the coveted Gold Brewer's Seal awards bestowed across a number of beer-style categories. Over 245 breweries from 20 countries competed in last year’s event.
Admission: Entry to last year’s event cost 130 Czech Koruna, about $5.70.
Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, England
Dates: Feb. 14-17
Hundreds of classic cars are on display, to the delight of collectors and auto enthusiasts. This year’s highlights include a look at the career of Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design; a collection of historical Aero Engine cars; a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Italian Job, the Historic Motorsport area and The Grand Avenue runway show, where visitors can enjoy classic cars in action. New in 2019 is trackside grandstand seating for the Grand Avenue parades.
Admission: Adult tickets cost 25 pounds when ordered in advance or 30 pounds at the door; ages 6-16 pay 22 pounds. Booking online in advance saves visitors a few pounds.
Location: Port de la Sante, Villefrance-Sur-Mer, France
Date: Feb. 18 (1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.)
In this postcard-perfect town on the French Riviera, a procession of traditional Mediterranean craft known as pointus (traditional boats) are decked out with a riot of flowers including carnations and mimosas. Costumed sailors then disembark and walk along the pier, throwing flowers to the spectators. The program includes a folk group parade, a naval battle and a serenade with folk groups.
Location: MVG-Museum, Staendlerstrasse 20, 81549 Munich, Germany
Dates: Feb. 15-16
Exhibitors from Bavaria, other parts of Germany and beyond proudly present their tasty beers, alongside other products and innovations from the world of brewing. Reduced alcohol and alcohol-free beers come under the spotlight.
Admission: Single-day tickets cost 20 euros, and a weekend pass goes for 35 euros. The 5 euro charge for deposit on the beer tasting glass comes with two coupons good for a taste of beer. Other samples can be paid for at the stands and cost either 50 cents or 1 euro.
Location: Venice, Italy
Feb. 16 through March 3
Venice’s carnival transports visitors to a mysterious and beautiful place with a hint of otherworldliness. Just some of the highlight events include Water Shows on the Rio di Cannaregio (Feb. 16 and 17), the Festa delle Marie Parade (Feb. 23), the Mestre Carnival Street Show (Feb. 23 and 28, March 1-3), the Official Lunatic Dinner Ball (Feb. 23, 27 and 28, March 1, 2), The Flight of the Angel (Feb. 24), Most Beautiful Mask competitions (Feb. 26 and 28, March 1 and 3), Children’s Carnival (Feb. 27- March 3), Carnival of Burano (Feb. 28-March 2), Flight of the Donkey (March 3).
Admission: Free and ticketed events.
Location: Rivoli Theater, Porto, Portugal
Dates: Feb. 19-March 3
Fantasporto enjoys a reputation for being one of the top festivals for fantasy, horror and sci-fi films. Many of the films screened make their international debuts here. A special section of the festival titled The Orient Express highlights films from Asia. This year’s theme is “The Challenges Of Modernity.” Old classics including Easy Rider, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Alien are also shown on screen on the occasion of the anniversaries since their debuts.