Europe Traveler's event picks for May 18-20
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: May 14, 2018
Brussels Pride Parade
Location: Ravenstein St., Brussels, Belgium
Date: May 19
The highlight of the city’s weeklong Pride Festival is the colorful, open-hearted Pride Parade, which gets underway from 2:30 p.m. and weaves through the heart of the city. The Rainbow Village on Rue Marche au Charbon, open through the weekend, rocks with DJs, live acts on stage and pop-up cocktail bars.
Summer Beer Lovers’ Festival
Location: Espace Tivoli (Place du Marché), Liege, Belgium
Dates: May 17-21 (6 p.m.-1 a.m. next day May 17 and May 20; 1 p.m.-1 a.m. next day May 18-19; 1 p.m.-10 p.m. May 21)
Liege does its best to live up to its marketing slogan of “Liege Beer Lover’s City” with the staging of this outing at which artisanal beers from about 30 breweries in Wallonia can be sampled in a convivial open-air setting. Payment for beers is executed by means of a special token known as a Houblon, sold on site for 2 euros. A ”Beer Lover’s Marathon” is scheduled for May 20; places can no longer be booked online, but some 50 remaining slots will be available from 2:30 p.m. May 19 at the Marathon Village at the Place St. Lambert.
International Tattoo Convention Prague
Location: Prumyslovy Palace, Expo Center Prague Holesovice, Prague 7, Czech Republic
Dates: May 18-20 (1 p.m.-11 p.m. May 18; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 19; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20)
Back in the days of communism in the Czech Republic, body art was associated with criminality, but it has since made large gains in terms of societal acceptance. The event as it plays out on its 20th anniversary features plenty of Czech tattoo artists, concerts, performers in side programs such as burlesque, a freak show, a Miss Tattoo competition, fashion show and more.
Admission: Online tickets cost 260 Czech Koruna, about $12. Tickets are also sold at the door.
Spring Ale & Steam Weekend
Location: Winchcombe and Toddington Stations, England
Dates: May 19-20 (The bars open at 10:30 a.m. at both stations and remain open until 7 p.m. at Winchcombe and 5 p.m. at Toddington. Sunday opening is subject to the availability of beer.)
The North Cotswold Branch of the beer advocacy group CAMRA teams up with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway to organize this evening combining steam trains with beer sampling. Around 36 beers in total await sampling. Hot and cold food and non-alcoholic beverages are available on-site as well.
Admission: A ticket for train ticket or a platform ticket (2 pounds at Winchcombe, 1 pound at Toddington) is required for entry; the souvenir glass goes for 2 pounds; and a beer token card goes for 10 pounds. Travel on steam trains is paid for separately, an Adult Day Rover ticket goes for 18 pounds.
Online: www.northcotswoldcamra.org.uk/Steam10_Spring.htm; for train info, see www.northcotswoldcamra.org.uk/Steam10_Spring.htm
Fruehjahrsflohmarkt Stuttgart/ Stutthgart Spring flea market
Location: Karlsplatz, Stuttgart, Germany
Date: May 20 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Flea markets take place on the Karlsplatz each Saturday, but twice a year in spring and fall, the event expands considerably in size and moves to a Sunday. Antiques, secondhand goods and quality crafts are sold by the vendors, who are prohibited from selling mass-produced, new wares in bulk.
Location: Noto, Italy
Dates: May 18-20
An Infiorata is an event in which flowers petals are laid down in intricate patterns to create a temporary work of art. These are organized in Italy during the months of May and June, particularly around the religious holiday of Corpus Christi. The event in Noto, a gorgeous Baroque city in southeast Sicily, is considered one of the best of its kind. The theme for 2018’s edition is China and the Silk Road. A considerable part of the city’s residents are involved in the creation of the ephemeral carpet on Friday and Saturday, and it can be enjoyed in its full glory on Sunday, which is also the day of a large Baroque parade starting from 3 p.m.
La Feria de Cordoba/ Cordoba Fair
Location: El Real de Arenal, Cordoba, Spain
Dates: May 18-26
A festival with 13th century roots as a livestock market takes place by the banks of the Guadalquivir River around the time of Pentecost. While similar to the Seville Fair in terms of atmosphere, the casetas, the small tents in which residents and visitors gather to eat, drink and dance Sevillanas, are open to all.