Europe Traveler's event picks for July 6-8

Stuttgart, Germany, celebrates the vibrancy of the cultures of Africa with a program of music, dance, workshops, fashion shows, market stalls and food specialties.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 2, 2018

Jels Vikingpageant/Jels Viking Pageant

Location: Jels, Denmark

Dates: July 6-22

Hundreds of volunteers make up the cast of a play depicting the lives and times of the Vikings. The plot, based on Scandinavian history, includes plenty of romance and battles. The action takes place on an open-air stage by a lake.

Admission: Adult tickets from 135 Danish Krone ($21.15), for ages 4-12, ticket prices start at 135 DKK.

Online: jelsvikingespil.dk


Art Night

Location: South Bank, Vauxhall and Nine Elms, London, England

Date: July 7 (6 p.m.-6 a.m.)

Artworks and pop-up performances will be in more than sixty locations along a route running from the South Bank to Battersea Power Station. The trail traces through parks, gardens, historical buildings and unexpected spaces, and each installation or performance is within walking distance to the next.

Admission: Although all events are free to attend, it’s necessary to obtain tickets in advance to some performances.

Online: 2018.artnight.london


Festival RenaissanceS

Location: Bar-le-Duc, France

Dates: July 6-8

This street theater and culture festival features a little bit of everything, from walking acts to musicians to oversize installations. A city renowned for its gorgeous Renaissance architecture forms its backdrop. “Alchemy” is the theme of this year’s edition.

Admission: Free

Online: www.festivalrenaissances.fr


Old Town Festival

Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany

Dates: July 6-8 (3 p.m. 1 a.m. next day July 6; 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. next day July 7; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 8)

The city’s pedestrian area becomes a huge party zone with street theater, culinary treats, and live music across all genres played on nine stages.

Admission: Free

Online: www.kaiserslautern.de/miadi/view.php?event=205105-742625



Location: Erwin-Shoettle-Platz, Heslach, Stuttgart, Germany

Dates: July 6-8 (4 p.m.-11 p.m. July 6; 11 a.m.-midnight July 7; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 8)

This festival celebrates the vibrancy of the cultures of Africa with a program of music, dance, workshops, fashion shows, market stalls and food specialties.

Admission: Free

Online: www.afrikafestival-stuttgart.de


Bitburg Dances and Celebrates

Location: Stadthalle, Bitburg, Germany

Dates: July 6-9

This folklore festival showcases the dance and music of groups from 15 European countries and this year’s special guest, Argentina. Other program elements include Rock Night with a Metallica cover band from 8:30 p.m. July 6 (entry 14 euros) and a beer keg roll at 1:30 p. m. July 7. Amusement rides are set up on the Bedaplatz.

Admission: Free

Online: https://folklore-bitburg.de


La Notte Rosa

Location: Emilia-Romagna’s Adriatic coast between Commachio and Cattolica, Italy

Date: July 6

Cities and towns along a 65-mile-long stretch of the coast light up their beachfront areas and other landmarks in a pink glow and offer free entertainment in the form of concerts and other cultural events late into the night. Participating cities include Rimini, Ravenna and Ferrara. The event attracts up to two million visitors annually.

Admission: Free

Website: www.lanotterosa.it/en