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Europe Traveler's event picks for July 12-14

Duesseldorf, Germany, hosts its annual Kirmes fun fair on the Luegplatz, from July 12-21.

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By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 8, 2019

Namur Capitale de la bière/ Namur Beer Capital

Location: Esplanade de la Citadelle, Namur, Belgium
Dates: July 12-14 (from 3 p.m. July 12 and from 11 a.m. July 13-14)
There won't be enough time to sample all of the 150 beers on offer here, the tasty products of approximately 40 Belgian breweries. Food trucks serve up a range of tasty selections to soak up the suds, and there’s a playground for the kids. The program also includes live music.
Admission: Entry costs 2 euros.

 

Retro Rendezvous

Location: Ulverston, England
Dates: July 12-14
This vintage and retro festival offers music, food, dance, cinema, clothing, cars, motorcycles, drink and the Velo Retro, three different cycling events in which riders pedal about the beautiful Lake District countryside on old bicycles.
Admission: Free, although tickets are required for some of the shows.

 

Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique / Fireworks Festival

Location: Cannes, France
Dates: July 14, 21 and 29 and Aug. 7, 15 and 24.
International pyrotechnics companies compete for a prestigious industry prize by staging stunning displays of fireworks high over the Bay of Cannes.  
Admission: Free

 

Hamburger Fischmarkt / Hamburg Fish Market

Location: Karlsplatz, Stuttgart, Germany
Dates: July 11-21
Enjoy the tastes of Germany’s northern coastal waters as fishmongers from the port city of Hamburg sell tasty fish and seafood to be enjoyed on the spot. Musical groups from jazz ensembles to shanty choirs provide the musical entertainment.
Admission: Free

 

Kirmes / Fun fair

Location: Luegplatz, Dusseldorf, Germany
Dates: July 12-21
This massive fun fair is one of the biggest of its kind in all Germany. It attracts visitors from far and wide with its mix of hair-raising rides, games of chance and a beer tent with live music in the evenings. A parade of costumed marchers takes place from 3:30 p.m. July 13.
Admission: Free

 

European Folklore Festival

Location: Bitburg, Germany
Dates: July 12-15
Folk dance and musical ensembles from Europe and beyond show off their skills and beautiful costumes. The city fest running in parallel includes a handful of attractions set up on the Bedaplatz.
Admission: Free

 

Kinderzeche / Children’s Feast

Location: Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
Dates: July 12-21
This festival is special in that its stars are the children of the town. The stage is set back in 1632, when the Thirty Years War was raging. According to legend, when the children of the town begged the colonel of the invading Swedish forces to spare their home, he was so moved by their courage that he granted their wish. Today’s festivities include various plays and re-enactments with children in period costume, a historical military camp and a fun fair.
Admission: Visitors buy a badge at a cost of about 5 euros in addition to tickets to any specific re-enactments they plan to watch; prices range from 6-13 euros.

 

Koelner Lichter / Cologne Lights

Location: Cologne, Germany
Date: July 13 (fireworks are shot off at 11:30 p.m.)
One of Cologne’s top summer events is a dazzling mix of bright lights and fireworks high above the Rhine River. The accompanying music program takes place from 2 p.m. at the Tanzbrunnen.
Admission: Free

 

Mercantia

Location: Certaldo, Italy
Dates: July 10-14 (daily from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. the following day)
Shows by talented street artists, art installations and a lively crafts market enliven the streets of this medieval Tuscan town.
Admission: Entry costs 10 euros on July 10 and 11; 15 euros July 12 and 14 and 20 euros July 13. Reduced entry fees apply to those ages 7-14; ages six and under enter free.

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