Europe Traveler's event picks for July 26-28

More than 1,300 Viking reenactors gather to make history come alive at the Moesgaard Viking Moot on July 26-28th in Aarhus, Denmark.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 22, 2019

Popfest Wien / Vienna Pop Fest

Location: Karlsplatz and other venues, Vienna, Austria
Dates: July 25-28
About 70 acts perform a wide range of music, from punk to rap to hip hop, across 10 stages.
Admission: Free

Blues’n Jazz Rallye / Blues and Jazz Rally

Location: Pfaffenthal, Clausen and Grund districts, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Date: July 27 (concerts begin at 6:15 p.m.)
More than 70 acts from soloists to multi-piece bands bring their sounds to open-air stages, clubs and restaurants in an event which stretches well into the hours of the following day.
Admission: Free.

Moesgard Viking Moot

Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Dates: July 26-28
Warriors, horseback riders and merchants from Denmark and beyond set up camp on the beaches and fields at what is one of the oldest and largest of all Viking markets. Men and women of all ages test their cunning and weapon handling skills in battles between armies and one-on-one mass duels in which only one warrior is left standing. The event also features a market with more than 65 booths and an Icelandic horse show.
Admission: online tickets cost 140 Danish Krone (about $21) for adults and are free for those under the age of 17.


Location: Bad Kissingen, Germany
Dates: July 26-28
This festival is a who’s who of the historical figures whose lives intersected with the fate of this pleasant spa town. The highlight event is a parade of costumed re-enactors, which gets underway from 2:30 p.m. July 28.
Admission: Purchase a pin at the cost of 5 euros to support the organization of the event.


Location: Forchheim, Germany
Date: July 26-Aug. 5
One of Franconia’s most charming folk festivals takes place in the unique atmosphere of 23 old beer cellars set in a forest. Amusement rides, pop and Bavarian music, local specialties and plenty of beer are the other hard and fast elements of this festival celebrated here since 1840.
Admission: Free

Stadtfest / City Festival

Location: Zweibruecken, Germany
Dates: July 26-28 (from 6 p.m. July 26, from 3 p.m. July 27, and from 11:30 a.m. July 28)
Live music in all its glory plays out across nine stages. Acts range from acoustic guitar players to tribute bands. Food, drink and attractions round out the program.
Admission: Free

Summer Carnival

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dates: July 26-27
Rotterdam Carnival shakes Netherlands’ second city with music for a new generation: think soca, hiphop, soul, R&B, drum-‘n bass and jungle. In addition to colorful stage programs, visitors can enjoy drum battles and a vast market featuring tastes from around the globe. The street parade, which gets underway from 1 p.m. July 27, is made up of 30 floats and more than 2,500 dancers. It takes around six hours for the parade to traverse its three-mile route.