Europe Traveler's event picks for May 10-12

Navalis celebrates St. John on May 15 with a Baroque-style fest near the Charles Bridge. Celebrations include water parades, a dragon boat regatta and a water music concert by day, and bridge illumination and fireworks by night.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: May 7, 2019

Genuss Festival

Location: Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Dates: May 10-12
A city park in full bloom is transformed into a gourmet festival at which some 190 exhibitors present high-quality delicacies at stylishly decorated stands. With vendors hailing from across the land, visitors can sample a range of Austrian specialties, from poppy seed noodles to herbal ice cream.
Admission: Free


Location: Next to Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: May 15
Navalis celebrates St. John with a Baroque-style fest organized by the city’s landmark stone bridge. Water parades, a dragon boat regatta, and a water music concert are on the day’s agenda. By night, the bridge is artfully illuminated, and fireworks light up the sky.
Admission: Free

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Location: St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8 London, England
Date: May 12
Crowds of all ages will be celebrating Mr. Punch's 357th birthday close to the very spot where Samuel Pepys first laid eyes on the feisty puppet in England back in May of 1662. This traditional May Fayre in the garden of St Paul’s Church begins with a Grand Procession led by the Superior Brass Band at 11 a.m., followed by a special church service at noon. Puppet show performances take place 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Taste of Paris

Location: Grand Palais, avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8e, France
Dates: May 9-12
The beautiful glass and iron venue on the famed Champs-Élysées becomes a pop-up restaurant in which taster-size signature dishes are created by top chefs. Artisan food stalls and a champagne bar also make worthy places to stop a while. Time-limited sessions are available for either afternoon or evening hours.
Admission: Tickets cost 20 euros for adults and 15 euros for those ages 10-18 when purchased online. Once inside the venue, sampling the dishes entails an additional cost. Dishes are served in taster-sized portions and are priced between 6 and 8 euros; signature dishes generally go for between 10 and 12 euros.


Location: City center, Nuremberg, Germany
Dates: May 10-11
Twice a year, a vast zone between the Old Town Hall in the north and the St. Lorenz Church in the south becomes a huge flea market attracting up to 200,000 visitors, making it the country’s largest event of its type to be based in an Old Town. The stalls are up and running 4 p.m.-midnight on Friday and 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Harbor Fest

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Dates: May 10-12
Each year in May, over one million people make for the shores of the Elbe to celebrate the “birthday” of Hamburg’s vast port. Against the backdrop of the Speicherstadt warehouse district and the newly built Elbphilharmonie concert hall, this massive event offers culinary treats, live music, and hands-on activities to appeal to all ages.  Traditional highlights include the arrival of 300 sea vessels from historical craft to grandiose cruise ships, the tugboat ballet and a dazzling firework show.
Admission: Free

Open House Rome

Location: Rome, Italy
Dates: May 11-12
Rome's lesser known architectural gems can be experienced up close throughout the weekend, as some 150 sites in seven main areas of the city offer exceptional opening hours for visitors. The event highlights contemporary design and features mix of large and small-scale, ancient and contemporary buildings and structures spanning over the past millennium.
Admission: Free