Europe Traveler's event picks for Nov. 15-18
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: November 15, 2018
Vienna Comic Con
Location: Messe Wien, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Dates: Nov. 17-18
Fan of comics, gaming, manga, fantasy cinema and television and other elements of pop culture? Check out various exhibitions, collect an autograph or save the memory with a photo op of you and your favorite celebrity. This year’s crop of guests includes John Noble, Sean Biggerstaff, David Morrissey, Andrew Scott, Sylvester McCoy, Eugen Simon, David Nykl, Steve Cardenas and others (please note that actors’ busy schedules mean last-minute cancellations do occur).
Admission: Saturday tickets 36 euros; Sunday tickets 33 euros; youth and children’s tickets are available at a discount.
Location: Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Dates: Nov. 16-18
Belgium’s largest classic car event is a magnet for both collectors and fans. Held on the grounds of the World Expo, this year the site takes a look back at the first expo organized on this site sixty years ago through the lens of an exhibition of circa-1958 vehicles.
Admission: adults 15 euros, ages 12 and under enter free. Online tickets are 2.50 euros cheaper.
Location: Novomestska Radnice (New Town City Hall), Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: Nov. 15-18
This fair looks at the century that has passed since the formation of the Czech Republic by tracing the transformation of Czech design, illustrating how items were designed not just with utility but also a certain aesthetic in mind. An accompanying program focuses on iconic works and influential local designers.
Admission: 100 Czech Koruna, about $4.35
Taste of London: The Festive Edition
Location: Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF, England
Dates: Nov. 15-18
This foodie paradise serves up nibbles from more than a dozen of the capital’s hottest restaurants, accompanied by festive drinks, demos by chefs, master classes and the sale of various kitchen aids. Visitors can choose between attending a lunch or a dinner session.
Admission: from 15 pounds and up, depending on session booked.
Marche aux Puces Noel de Joie/ Flea market
Location: Parc des Expositions, Metz, France
Date: Nov. 18 (7 a.m.-5 p.m.)
This special Christmas edition of a long-running flea market offers all the usual antiques, furniture, glass objects and other curiosities. Some 300 exhibitors will be showing their wares.
Admission: 5 euros adults, free for children under the age of 12.
ST-ART— Fair Europeenne d’art contemporain/ Contemporary Art Fair
Location: Parc Expo, Hall 7, Strasbourg, France
Dates: Nov. 17-20
Gallery owners, artists, collectors, amateur art fans and professionals alike gather to celebrate their common passion of contemporary artistic creation. The fair positions itself as a means of marrying gallery owners to artists and clients.
Admission: Online tickets go for 12 euros.
Location: Caligari FilmBuehne and other cinemas in Wiesbaden, Germany
Dates: Nov. 16-25
This film festival highlights international independent productions, offering viewers some 200 short and feature-length films from dozens of countries. The program includes numerous premieres, concerts, discussions and parties. The country of focus of this year’s edition is the Philippines.
Admission: Most showings cost 8 euros.
Festa del Torrone/ Nougat Festival
Location: Cremona, Italy
Dates: Nov. 17-25
The confection known as Torrone is created from honey, vanilla, eggs, almonds and toasted hazelnuts. Although consumed year round, it’s a favorite around the holidays. A city whose name is associated with the product offers not only tasting of its revered treat, but other regional specialties and a busy cultural program. The re-enactment of a wedding from 4 p.m. Nov. 18 features a procession of more than 150 historical characters in Renaissance dress.
Location: Piazza XX Settembre, Bologna, Italy
Dates: Nov. 15-18
The medieval buildings of the city center form a splendid backdrop for the sampling of tasty chocolate treats and other cocoa products hand-created by artisans from Italy and around the world.
Real Ale Wobble
Location: Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, UK
Date: Nov. 17 (from 10 a.m.)
The kickoff of the Mid Wales Beer Festival is marked by this non-competitive cycling event, which takes riders through 15 or 28 miles of pristine scenery. Guided routes offer two checkpoints en route at which beer tokens can be exchanged for locally brewed real ale or other beverages. Food and ale is also available at the finish point.
Admission: online entry costs 18 pounds; on the day itself, a 5 euro surcharge applies.