Europe Traveler's event picks for May 5-6
By Published: April 30, 2018
La Biere en Fete/Beer festival
Location: Grand Place, Mons, Belgium
Dates: May 4-6 (from 11 a.m. all days)
Visitors can sample both famous and less-known traditional beers at this festival featuring 23 breweries and more than 80 beers. Concerts, beer themed competitions and games round out the program.
Festival de Cannes/Cannes Film Festival
Location: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
Dates: May 8-19
What does one of the world’s best known film festivals have to offer the non-invited public with stars in their eyes? According to the city’s tourist office, even those without a festival badge can indulge their love of films. A free open-air cinema on Plage Mace shows classic films, while four cinemas offer free Cinephiles showings. Festival highlights are broadcast on two big screens in town.
Rhein in Flammen/Rhine in Flames
Location: Between Linz and Bonn, Germany
Date: May 5
On five nights between May and September each year, the cities and villages of the beautiful Middle Rhine Valley take on a special light. Through the magic of fireworks and illuminations, the vineyards, castles and river itself are cast in brilliant shades as convoys of illuminated ships ply the waters of the Rhine. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere on board the ships or at a number of side events taking place along the shore. Land-based events take place in Bonn’s Rheinaue Leisure Park and a 20-mile stretch between Linz, Remagen, Unkel, Bad Honnef and Koenigswinter
Admission: Free for onshore activities; advance tickets essential to board ships.
Location: Schlossplatz, Schwetzingen, Germany
Date: May 5
The 350th anniversary of the area’s cultivation of Germany’s most beloved spring vegetable is celebrated with foods selling dishes featuring asparagus, live music and entertainment across two stages, walking acts, sporting activities and a children’s program.
Sueddeutscher Kaesemarkt/South German Cheese Market
Location: Hohenlohe Freilandmuseum, Dorfstr. 53, 74523 Schwabisch Hall-Wackershofen, Germany
Dates: May 5-6 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days)
A local history museum with more than 60 restored buildings depicting life in the region since the Middle Ages is a pleasing backdrop to a festival at which around 200 different types of cheese made from cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk can be sampled and purchased. Other regional products from schnapps to sausages are exhibited too.
Admission: 8 euros adults; 6 euros ages 6-17; free for those ages five and under.
Locations: Cities throughout Italy; Italian stages get underway in Catania May 8
Dates: Italian stages take place May 8-27
The Giro d’Italia is one of Europe’s three major professional cycling stage races. This major sporting event gets underway on May 4 with time trials in Jerusalem, followed by two more stages set elsewhere in Israel. Many additional stages the riders will pass through before the race’s finish in Rome on May 27 are within reasonable driving distance to U.S. military installations, to include stages in Catania May 8; around Salerno May 12; Cesena and Forli May 17; Piove di Sacco and Villorba May 18. The starting points of the races are the site of temporary “villages” in which to soak up the race day atmosphere.
Feria del Caballo/Horse Fair
Location: Parque Gonzalez Hontoria, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Dates: May 5-12
The wonderful sherries of Jerez, magical flamenco performances and horse promenades combine to give this event its unique flavor. Equestrian activities include show jumping, dressage and an exhibition of carriages.