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Europe Traveler's event picks for June 1-3

Fetes Johanniques in Reims, France, on June 2-3 celebrates the coronation of Charles VII in 1429. In the shadow of the city’s massive cathedral, craftsmen, jesters and troubadours set up house. Enjoy falconry shows, demonstrations of weapons of the time, world music concerts and costumed re-enactors. The coronation procession takes place at 3:30 p.m. June 3. A 3-D spectacle of light and sound starts at 9:45 p.m. June 2.

COURTESY OF FETES JOHANNIQUES

By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: May 28, 2018

Fetes Johanniques

Location: Reims, France
Dates: June 2-3
Plunge centuries back in time with celebrations recalling the coronation of Charles VII in 1429. In the shadow of the city’s massive cathedral, craftsmen, jesters and troubadours set up house. Enjoy falconry shows, demonstrations of weapons of the time, world music concerts and costumed re-enactors. The coronation procession, recalling the arrival of Joan of Arc, takes place at 3:30 p.m. June 3. A 3-D spectacle of light and sound takes place from 9:45 p.m. June 2.
Admission: Free
Online: www.reims.fr/445/les-fetes-johanniques.htm

 

Slow Up Alsace

Location: Between Selestat and Bergheim, France
Date: June 3 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Explore a gorgeous stretch of the Alsatian Wine Route by cycle or foot on a day when the road is closed to motorized traffic. The 20 miles of auto-free highway begin close to the foot of Haut-Koenigsbourg and stretch as far as Bergheim. All participants travel in the same southerly direction. Entertainment and tasty treats are served along the route. Visitors are asked to wear white as a nod to of the region’s white wines.
Admission: Free
Online: www.slowup-alsace.fr/english-infos/

 

Middle Ages Wine Days

Location: Steinbach, Baden-Baden, Germany
Dates: June 1-3
A pretty section of ever-elegant Baden-Baden graced with half-timbered houses and ancient city walls is the setting for this celebration of culture and wine. Music, knight’s games, theater and other activities keep visitors occupied as they sample the local wine and snack on local culinary specialties.
Admission: Free
Online: www.baden-baden.de/veranstaltungen-kunstausstellung/veranstaltungsdetails/mittelalterliche-winzertage/

 

Museum Mile Festival

Location: Bonn, Germany
Dates: May 31-June 3
Five museums along what’s known as the Museum Mile lay on a program the whole family can enjoy, with activities centering around art, culture, technology and ecology. Street acts provide additional entertainment.
Admission: Free
Online: www.museumsmeilebonn.de/#museumsmeilenfest

 

Bierfest Franken/ Franconian Beer Fest

Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Dates: May 30-June 3
What once was a moat surrounding Nuremberg is transformed into a vast beer garden in which 40 local brewers serve more than 100 different beers. Each year, brewers from other countries and regions are invited to take part; this year, Scotland is the guest of honor. Entertainment rocks five stages. A parade featuring both local groups and guests from Scotland sets forth from Lorenzer Platz at 5 p.m. May 30.
Admission: Free
Online: www.bierfest-franken.de/bierfest-zeitung

 

Strohhutfest

Location: Frankenthal, Germany
Dates: May 31-June 3
What's billed as Palatine’s biggest annual street party has everything you expect in a volksfest, from rides to concerts to food and drink served from more than 100 stands. Entertainment offered across five stages runs from local dance groups to musicians playing the blues. One part of the festival is devoted to children’s activities.
Admission: Free
Online: www.frankenthal.de/sv_frankenthal/de/Homepage/Tourismus,%20Freizeit,%20Sport/Strohhutfest/Programm%202018/

 

Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag/ Rhineland-Palatinate Days

Location: Worms, Germany
Dates: June 1-3
This year, the honor of hosting the annual event known as Rheinland-Pfalz Tag falls upon Worms, Germany. Visitors can enjoy concerts, folklore, getting hands-on with different sports, farmers and crafts markets, a wine village, medieval-themed entertainment, exhibits by local clubs and displays by German and American armed forces.
Admission: Free
Website: www.rlp.de/ar/unser-land/rheinland-pfalz-tag/

 

Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics

Location: Genoa, Italy
Dates: June 2-3
The four Ancient Maritime Republics of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice take turns hosting this sporting event revived back in 1955. A program highlight is the historical parade departing from the Piazza de Ferrari at 8:30 p.m. June 2. The regatta itself takes place from 5 p.m. June 3.
Admission: Free
Online: www.repubblichemarinare.org/en/programma/

 

Feria de la Manzanilla

Location: Sanlucar del Barrameda, Spain
Dates: May 29-June 3
Manzanilla, a type of sherry specific to the area, is celebrated with typical Andalusian flair: horses, elaborate costumes, flamenco, endless food and drink and partying well into the night.
Admission: Free
Online: www.sanlucar-de-barrameda.com/feria-de-manzanilla.php

At the Franconian Beer Fest, what once was a moat surrounding Nuremberg is transformed into a vast beer garden in which 40 local brewers serve more than 100 different beers. Each year, brewers from other countries and regions are invited to take part; this year, Scotland is the guest of honor. Five stages will provide entertainment. A parade featuring both local groups and guests from Scotland sets forth from Lorenzer Platz at 5 p.m. May 30.
COURTESY OF BIERFEST FRANKEN

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