Europe Traveler's event picks for Oct. 12-14

Artists, artisans and entertainers flock to the picturesque city of Meersburg on the shore of Lake Constance this weekend for the Mittelaltermarkt, or Middle Ages Market.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: October 9, 2018

Jazz & The City

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Dates: Oct. 17-21
17 – 21 October 2018
International performers in genres from electronic to world music give more than 100 concerts at 50 locations scattered throughout the city, from old churches to trendy wine bars. Numerous food and drink stands keep the crowds happy and fed.
Admission: Free

Oktoberfest on the Stubai Glacier

Location: Eisgrat Top Terminal, 6167 Neustift im Stubaital, Austria
Dates: Oct. 13-14 (in 2018)
The Stubai ski resort traditionally celebrates the opening of a new ski season with a Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest celebration including beer, traditional foods from the grill, live and DJ music, “nostalgia” ski demos, and contests testing various skills of pairs dressed in traditional costume.
Admission: entry is free, but to access the festival, a valid ski lift ticket for the Stubai Glacier Ski Resort is a must. Full-day passes cost 48 euros. Skiers dressed in dirndl or lederhosen on either day can buy a full-day adult ticket for half price.

Good Food Festival  

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dates: Oct. 15-21
The fifth edition of this festival organized by the local tourist board offers a broad range of delicious food and top wines. Other activities include workshops on preparing traditional Croatian dishes and desserts, food photography, and other themes, a brewery tour, dinners with a celebrity chef, tours and more. 
Admission: events are a mix of free and paid entry; pre-registration is essential for the free events. 

Kulturnat/Culture Night

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: Oct. 12
Ranking as one of Copenhagen's biggest and most popular cultural events is this long evening of arts and culture in which more than 250 museums, theaters, libraries, churches, parks and other hotspots welcome the public with a mix of tours, exhibitions, light installations and hands-on activities.
Admission: A culture pass costs 95 Danish Kroner (about $14.60). Children under 12 enter free.

BFI London Film Festival

Location: London
Dates: Oct. 10-21
The statistics for the 62nd edition of this festival are as impressive as always: 225 feature films from 77 countries are screened at 14 cinemas throughout the city. Its opening and closing galas are important red carpet events for which tickets go quickly. Competitions include those for best film, best documentary, best short film and best first feature.  
Admission: tickets to matinee performances cost 10-14 UK pounds on weekdays; evening and weekend showings cost 13-16 pounds and up, depending on venue. Tickets to galas and special presentations cost 13-30 pounds. The Leicester Square Ticket Office is open 10 a.m-8:30 p.m. daily 
throughout the festival.

Fete des Vendages de Montmartre- Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

Location: Montmartre, Paris
Dates: Oct. 10-14 (in 2018)
In sprawling, cosmopolitan Paris, a tiny vineyard on the hills of the Montmartre still exists. Wines from not only this source but throughout France and beyond flow at this fest with the air of a village fete. Stands surrounding the Sacre Coeur Basicala offer a range of culinary treats for consumption on the spot or for later enjoyment. To mark the event’s 85th edition and the end of the centenary celebrations of the First World War, this year’s celebrations pay tribute to the theme of peace. The parallel-running Decibels festival gives stages to new talents in premises around the 18th arrondissement; entry to performances is free.
Admission: Free

Mittelaltermarkt/Middle Ages Market

Location: Schlossplatz, Meersburg, Germany
Dates: Oct. 12-14
Artists, artisans and market stallholders from throughout the land, many dressed in traditional garb, flock to this pretty town by Lake Constance to sell their wares. Drummers, dance groups, flag throwers and other entertainers add more ambiance to the scene. Children can enjoy old-fashioned games or try their hands at trades of yesteryear and all ages can enjoy rustic food and drink. On both Saturday and Sunday, a dramatic historical play based on true events is staged. 
Admission: Adults 7 euros (5 euros when dressed in historical clothing); children 3.50 euros; families 14 euros. 

Night of Museums

Location: City, Luxembourg
Date: Oct. 13 (6 p.m. to 1 a.m. next day) 
Seven of the city’s most important museums offer the chance to discover art, history and nature late into the night. The agenda includes exhibitions, guided tours, performances, DJ music, gourmet treats, workshops for both adults and children, and numerous other activities. Free shuttle busses transfer visitors between venues.
Admission: adults 15 euros; ages 16-26 pay 7 euros.