Europe Traveler's event picks for Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Pulsnitz, Germany, will celebrate everything gingerbread at the pfefferkuchenmarkt this weekend.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: October 30, 2018

Japan Con

Location: Tour & Taxis, Havenlaan 86c, 1000 Brussels (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily)
Dates: Nov. 3-4
Asian Pop culture alights in Brussels with this fest geared to fans of Manga, Anime or cultural trends of Asia today. Enjoy Cosplay shows, a gundam building workshop, karaoke, or traditional crafts such as origami and taiko drummers. 
Admission: online tickets go for 8.99 euros and up when booked online, ages 10 and under enter free.

Regent Street Motor Show

Location: Regent Street from Oxford Circus to Picadilly Circus, London
Date: Nov. 3 (10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
At the UK’s largest free motor show, hundreds of vehicles, from the latest models to enduring classics, are on display. Along a pedestrian zone specially created for the event, take in the sights including a collection of supercars; auto film stars including the DeLorean ‘time machine’ from "Back to the Future" and Herbie the VW Beetle; performances by the elite song and dance group West End Kids; iconic American vehicles; more than 100 pre-1905 classic autos  and much more. Members of the Silverstone Classic racing event team are on hand to greet, and a Kids Zone offers carting action for young children. 
Admission: Free; some activities involve a fee.

Tallinn Restaurant Week

Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Dates: Nov. 1-7
The Estonian Restaurant Association aims to promote dining out as a cultural experience by offering more than 18,000 places for lunch and dinner across two price points: lunches for either 10 or 15 euros, and dinners for either 20 or 30 euros. The set menus are based on the dishes from the restaurants’ usual menus and make use of fresh, local ingredients. Bookings must be made at least one day prior to the experience.
Admission: Meal prices begin at 10 euros

Salon du Chocolat

Location: Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center, Paris, France
Dates: Oct. 31-Oct. 4
More than 500 participants from 60 countries, including more than 200 renowned chefs and pastry chefs, offer up a tasty program of activities centered around cocoa-based treats. New this year is a monumental sculpture of a chocolate house, an area which spotlights female chocolatiers, and the international finals of The World Chocolate Masters competition.
Admission: 15 euros adults, 7 euros ages 3-12, and free for ages two and under. A family ticket goes for 40 euros.

Kreativ Welt

Location: Frankfurt Trade Fairgrounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, Frankfurt, Germany
Dates: Nov. 1-4 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1-3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4)
Crafty types in search of inspiration and supplies can check out the stalls of over 300 exhibitors displaying the latest in home decor, jewellery, fashion and other materials.
Admission: adults 12 euros; students and school aged children pay 9 euros with proper ID.
Website: kreativ-welt.de

Pfefferkuchenmarkt/Gingerbread Market

Location: Pulsnitz, Germany
Dates:  Nov. 2-4
Get a taste of not only tasty gingerbread but life in this Saxon city northeast of Dresden. On the market square, two Pfefferkuchen producers serve and sell their creations, and in front of the church, craftsmen from potters to wood carvers demonstrate their crafts and sell the fruits of their labor. Special exhibitions in museums and choir performances round out the offerings.
Admission: Free

Lucca Comics and Games

Location: Lucca, Italy
Dates: Oct. 31-Nov. 4
The largest comics festival in all Europe and second biggest in all the world caters to fans of not only comics but fantasy, music, Cosplay, video games, board games, Japanese culture and much more. Hundreds of stands fill the exposition area, while shows, games, and reenactments of historical games take place throughout the center of this pleasant Tuscan city. 
Admission: print-at-home ticket prices start at 19.24 euros; booking online is wise as a maxi-mum 80,000 tickets will be sold on any given day.


Location: OVAL Lingotto Fiere, Via Giacomo Matte Trucco 70, 10126, Turin, Italy
Dates: Nov. 2-4 (noon-8 p.m. daily)
Nearly 200 galleries from dozens of countries take part in what’s billed as Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Artissima’s four art sections are devoted to emerging artists, drawings and rediscovering the great pioneers of contemporary art; its new section focuses on projects having to do with sound.
Admission: 18 euros adults; 13 euros ages 12-18 and students with valid ID.
Website: artissima.it