Europe Traveler's event picks for July 4-7

The Stratford River Festival brings food, drink and revelry to Shakespeare's birthplace each summer. This year's festivities, which include long boats, a craft fair and live music, take place July 6-7.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 2, 2019

Fireworks Festival

Location: Groot Strand, Ostend, Belgium
Dates: July 8, 15, 21-22, 29 and Aug. 5 and 12
Fireworks shot off over the Ostend beach make for a spectacle the entire family can enjoy. The fireworks are the work or various pyrotechnics companies battling to come up with the best shows. The winner is determined by a professional jury; spectators can also vote for their favorite, who will receive the Public Prize.
Admission: Free


Bohemia JazzFest

Location: Old Town Square, Prague and other cities throughout the Czech Republic
Dates: July 8-9
Each year in what’s now become a summer ritual, close to 100,000 jazz fans flock to historical town squares throughout the country to take in open-air concerts featuring headline performers playing in spectacular medieval settings. The concerts also take place in Pilsen (July 10), Liberec (July 11); Domazlice (July 13); Tabor (July 14) and Brno (July 15).
Admission: Free


Jels Viking Pageant

Location: Jels Vikingespil, Soevej 5C, Jels, 6630 Roedding, Denmark
Dates: July 5-21
Plays depicting the lives of the Vikings are performed by a cast of hundreds of volunteer actors. The pageants are based on Nordic mythology and presented with modern effects. The romance and battle-packed action unfolds on an open-air stage by a lake.
Admission: Adult tickets from 155 Danish Krone ($23.45), for ages 4-12, ticket prices start at 85 DKK. A special Viking buffet served in the Valhal is ticketed separately.


River Festival

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
Dates: July 6-7
The riverside area of the town of Shakespeare’s birth offers family-friendly fun in the form of live music, a crafts fair, long boats and plenty of food and drink.
Admission: Free 


Festival RenaissanceS

Location: Bar-le-Duc, France
Dates: July 5-7
This festival combining culture and street arts takes place in the heart of a city known for its handsome Renaissance architecture. This year’s edition, titled “Shadow and Light,” examines the dual nature of man in terms of harmony and dissonance and explores the ideas of culture and counter-culture.
Admission: Free


Tropical Carnival

Location: Champs-Elysees, 75008, Paris, France
Date: July 7
Paris takes on an exotic, tropical flair as thousands of costumed dancers from around the world on a dozen floats participate in an exuberant and colorful parade down the Champs-Elysees. Participating groups come from France and the Antilles.  The parade sets off from the roundabout by the Franklin D. Roosevelt metro stop.
Admission: Free


Baden-Badener Sommernächte/ Baden-Baden Summer Nights

Location: Kurgarten, Kurhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany
Dates: July 4-7
Live music played by cover bands and culinary specialties served beneath white pavilion tents add a touch of class to afternoons and evenings in this stately park by the elegant Kurhaus.
Admission: Free


Notta Rose (Pink Night)

Location: Adriatic Coast from Comacchio in the north to Pesaro in the south, Italy
Date: July 5
For one night a year, an 80-mile stretch of the Adriatic becomes one long pink-hued party zone, as waterfront parks, beaches, clubs, restaurants and other venues stage about 300 shows and activities, from rap concerts to fireworks displays.
Admission: Free


Fiestas de San Fermin

Location: Pamplona, Spain
Dates: July 6-14
One of Spain’s most famous celebrations is a non-stop street party with fun for all ages and interests, from local gastronomy to the sounds of brass bands. To fit in with your fellow revelers, be sure to wear the red scarf that tradition dictates can only be worn during the festive period. Although many travel here to watch or take part in the Running of the Bulls, this is only one aspect of the celebrations.