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Europe Traveler's event picks for Jan. 17 and beyond

Visitors may take up to 20 tulips, bulbs and all, free of charge at Amsterdam's Dam Square on Jan. 19 in celebration of National Tulip Day. The picking garden is open from 1-4:30 p.m.

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By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 14, 2019

Motor Bike Expo

Location: Verona Fiere, Viale del Lavoro, 8, 37135 Verona, Italy
Dates: Jan. 17-20
One of the world’s most important events for custom motorcycles exhibits a vast range of models, from special to sport and off-road to touring. A second-hand area is dedicated to the sale of used motorcycles by dealerships and private persons. Stunt and other shows take place daily.
Tickets: Adult day tickets cost 18 euros; tickets for ages 6-10 go for 15 euros; ages five and under enter free.

 

National Tulip Day

Location: Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: Jan. 19 (1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Each year on National Tulip Day, Amsterdam’s Dam Square promises that spring really will come by becoming a huge temporary garden filled with some 200,000 tulips. Thousands of visitors come by to pick up a bulb to take home free of charge.
Admission: Free

 

Gastrofestival

Location: Madrid, Spain
Dates: Jan. 23-Feb. 10
Around 450 establishments and institutions will take part in the 10th anniversary edition of Madrid’s biggest foodie event at which tasting menus are on offer. Film screenings, wine tastings and special exhibitions at museums round out the program.
Admission: Prices are set by participating establishments.

 

Tamborrada

Location: Plaza de la Constitution and citywide, San Sebastian, Spain
Date: Jan. 20
On Jan. 20 each year, San Sebastian celebrates its patron saint to the persistent soundtrack of the beating of drums. More than 100 drumming companies, in costume and accompanied by brass bands, flag-bearers and water-carriers, animate the streets with their beats and dances.
Admission: Free

 

Museum Night

Location: Basel, Switzerland
Date: Jan. 18 (6 p.m.-2 a.m. the next day)
With more than 200 program points spread over 36 museums and cultural institutions, a visitor is bound to find something to his or her taste, from quiet moments of reflection to attending lively concerts.
Admission: Tickets cost 22.50 euros for adults; entry is free for those under the age of 26. The price of the ticket includes free use of local public transportation.

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