Europe Traveler's event picks for Oct. 19-21

By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: October 19, 2018


Location: Marbehan, Belgium
Dates: Oct. 20-21 (2 p.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 20 or 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Oct. 21)
More than 120 different styles of lovingly crafted artisanal beers from Belgium and beyond are served up on site by about 25 master brewers.
Admission: Free
Online: www.brassigaume.be


De Hasselte Genever Feesten/ Genever Fest

Location: Hasselt, Belgium
Dates: Oct. 20-21
The gin-like beverage known as Genever was once an important product of the area, and this link to the past is celebrated with music, dance, street theater, a waiter’s competition, parades and a fountain that flows with the potent liquid.
Admission: Free
Online: https://www.jeneverfeesten.be/


Paris Manga and Sci-Fi Show

Location: Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
Dates: Oct. 20-21
This celebration of pop culture offers a look at modern-day Japanese culture and traditions through comics, video games, cinema, TV series, animation, Cosplay, Manga and other aspects of youthful, contemporary life.
Admission:  tickets to the show cost 13.50 euros. Extras such as photo ops and meet and greets are subject to additional fees.
Online: www.parismanga.fr/


Herbstmesse/ Autumn Fair

Location: Festplatz, Speyer, Germany
Dates: Oct. 19-31.
Rides, games of chance, booths selling all manner of goods and sweet and savory treats await visitors to this age-old city along the Rhine.
Admission: Free
Online: www.speyer.de/sv_speyer/de/Tourismus/Veranstaltungen/Herbstmesse/


Long Night of Museums

Location: Munich, Germany
Date: Oct. 20
More than 90 museums and cultural institutions throughout the city remain open late into the night with programs offering both entertainment and cultural encounters.
Admission: Tickets go for 15 euros and up.
Online: http://www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen/event/4378.html



Location: Perugia, Italy
Dates: Oct. 19-28
Love chocolate? You’ll love this fest devoted entirely to the sweet treat produced both locally and around the world. In addition to tasting everyone’s favorite temptation, visitors can take master classes, watch cooking shows, meet contemporary authors and admire chocolate sculptures.   
Admission: Free
Online: www.eurochocolate.net/programma-eurochocolate-2018/



Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Dates: Oct. 18-28.
Viewers from around the world will be in attendance at the 16th edition of a film festival devoted exclusively to documentary films.  At the competitive sections, the best documentaries of recent times are shown, including the productions of young Portuguese directors on the rise. A retrospective examines the works of Luis Ospina, an important name in Colombian cinema.
Admission: Tickets cost 4.50 euros; a voucher with 20 tickets goes for 55 euros.
Online: www.doclisboa.org/2018/en/


Mlada Portugalka Wine Festival

Location: Metlika, Slovenia
Date: Oct. 20
This event celebrates Portugalka, referred to locally as “potrgalk”  a red wine with a fresh and fruity aroma and a soft, full taste. An early-ripening grape, wines made from it are ready early into the season, roughly at the time the local chestnuts ripen. The two combine in perfect harmony. Visitors can enjoy a ceremonial tapping of the barrel, alongside a harvest of the Blue Franconian grape varieties growing in front of the Metlika Castle.
Online: www.metlika-turizem.si/en/portfolio_page/mlada-portugalka-wine-festival/