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Europe Traveler's event picks for Feb. 17-18

By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: February 12, 2018

The London Classic Car Show

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, England
Dates: Feb. 15-18 (4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18)
More than 700 classic cars are on display at this show geared to owners, collectors and auto enthusiasts. Special features of this year’s event include a look at getaway cars and an auto-themed cat-walk along which 60 unique street and competition cars are driven.
Admission: Adult tickets at the door cost 30 pounds ($41.45); ages 6-16 pay 22 pounds. Booking online in advance saves visitors a few pounds.
 

Chinese New Year Celebrations

West End, from Shaftesbury Avenue in the north down to Trafalgar Square, London, England
Date: Feb. 18
Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog, falls on Feb. 16 this year. London’s festivities celebrate the ties of friendship between China and the United Kingdom. A Chinese New Year Parade made up of more than 50 teams and floats, along with a dragon and lion dance, set off from Charing Cross Road at 10 a.m. and make their way toward Chinatown. From 11 a.m., Trafalgar Square offers official ceremonies, dragon and flying lion dances, stage performances including Chinese dance and music shows, acrobatics, Chinese rock hits, interactive dance sessions and performances by artists hailing from China. Numerous street food stands dish out the tastes of Asia. At Leicester Square, cultural activities and family-friendly entertainment include calligraphy, Chinese music, martial art demos, DJ sets, classical music performances, and the chance to dress up in traditional costumes.
Admission: Free
 

Combat Naval Fleuri

Port de la Santé, Villefrance-Sur-Mer, France
Date: Feb. 19 (1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.)
This picture-perfect town on the French Riviera takes on on a sci-fi vibe as a fleet of boats, many decorated as planets in sync with the theme of carnival celebrations in nearby Nice, moves through the port. The costumed sailors then disembark and walk along the pier, throwing flowers to the spectators. Folkloric entertainment and a classical music concert follow.
Admission: Free
 

Hobby Show

Pordenone Fiere, Pordenone, Italy
Date: Feb. 16-18 (9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Exhibitors showcase new trends and ever-popular pursuits from the world of hobby and handicrafts, including painting, sewing, scrapbooking, patchwork, ceramics, engraving, glass art, cake design, cooking and much more.
Admission: Adults tickets cost 8 euros; ages 10-16 pay 5 euros; ages nine and under enter free.
 

Verona in Love

Verona, Italy
Dates: Feb. 14-18 (10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily)
Verona, dubbed as The City of Love, shines brightly with heart-shaped illuminations to warmly welcome couples in love with a market full of master chocolatiers, pastry chefs, and purveyors of local delicacies. Other activities laid on with lovebirds in mind include treasure hunts, guided tours and discounted museum entry fees.
Admission: Free
 

Basler Fasnacht

Basel, Switzerland
Dates: Feb. 19-21
Basel’s carnival celebrations are at once joyous, melancholy and otherworldly. Festivities get underway on Feb. 19 with the Morgenstreich. At 4 a.m., the city’s lights are shut off and in this atmosphere of darkness, organized groups of cliques play music as they march with a large lantern in tow. Other highlights include a parade at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 and a “Gugge” music concert from 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. The lanterns from the parade remain on display on the Muensterplatz through the morning of Feb. 21. Unlike at other carnivals, visitors do not turn out in costume for festivities here.
Admission: Be sure to purchase and wear the event’s official badge, which helps defray organizational costs.
 

Fantasporto

Rivoli Theater, Porto, Portugal
Dates: Feb. 20-March 4
Once rated by Variety magazine as one of the 25 leading film festivals of the world, the films screened here range from fantasy to horror and sci-fi and include many films making their international debuts. The Orient Express section highlights films from Asia. The event closes with the famed Vampire’s Ball.
Tickets: Individual screenings cost from 5 euros.

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