Europe Traveler's event picks for June 29-July 1
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 2, 2018
Gent Jazz Festival
Dates: June 29-July 8
Tom Jones, David Byrne and The Roots are among the acts performing on the festival’s two stages. On each day of the festival, four to eight acts take to the stage.
Admission: Tickets to all concerts on July 3, the date Tom Jones plays, start at 62 euros.
The Riverboat Jazz Festival
Dates: June 27-July 1
Inspired by jazz concerts on the Mississippi and Thames Rivers, organizers decided Denmark’s only waterway with the official status of river would also make a fine setting for live jazz bands. From modest beginnings, nowadays more than 70 orchestras from around the world play for up to 50,000 listeners. Concerts take place in cafes, squares, churches, along the waterfront and on board ships.
Admission: Entry to most concerts is free; the purchase of beverages on-site helps to defray organizational costs.
Dates: June 30-July 1
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, plenty of food and drink.
Marche des Fiertes/ Pride Parade
Place de la Concorde, Paris, France
Date: June 30 (parade gets underway from 2 p.m.)
Two weeks of events bringing visibility to Paris’ LGBT community culminates in a huge parade with colorful floats and up to half a million marching in solidarity. After arriving at the Place de la Republique around 5 p.m., concerts and entertainers rock the podium.
Baden-Badener Sommernächte/ Baden-Baden Summer Nights
Kurgarten, Kurhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany
Dates: June 28-July 1 (concerts start at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday)
Live music, much of which is performed by cover bands, and culinary treats served beneath white pavilion tents enliven afternoons and evenings in this flower-bedecked park beside the colonnaded Kurhaus.
Bad Wimpfener Talmarkt/ Bad Wimpfen Talmarkt
Bad Wimpfen, Germany
Dates: June 28-July 3
Church documents dating back to 965 confirmed the town’s right to organize a religious festival and market which has carried on to date, making this event on of the oldest of its kind in Ger-many. Today visitors come for its volkfest nature, including rides, gaming stands, the obligatory festival snacks, beer and more. Trade remains an important aspect of this gathering, with around 130 stallholders proffering their wares. Fireworks are shot off twice here, first at 10:30 p.m. June 29 and once again at 10:45 p.m. July 3.
Frauenlauf/ Women’s Run
Hans-Reschke-Ufer 4, 68165 Mannheim, Germany
Date: June 29 (race starts at 6 p.m.)
The course of this 6 km, women's-only race runs alongside the perimeter of the Luisenpark. Online registration has closed, but it’s still possible to register on the spot from 2 p.m.
Admission: the 25 euro registration fee includes timed participation, a T-shirt, coupon booklet and surprise bag.
Night of Legends
Naturpark Oewersauer, Esch-Sur-Sure, Luxembourg
Date: June 30 (doors open from 6 p.m.)
Fire and magic shows, dance, music and theater make for an impressive evening open-air spec-tacle. Fireworks are set off at midnight.
Admission: Adults pay 12 euros, those under 12 enter free.