Europe Traveler's event picks for Sept. 14-16
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: September 10, 2018
Location: Hauptplatz, Karmeliterplatz and other downtown venues, Graz, Austria
Dates: Sept. 16
Austria's southeast region of Styria is justly proud of its traditions, which are on full display at this festival organized in the spirit of a village fete. Ensembles in traditional costumes dance and play on 12 stages, while exhibitors sell handicrafts and culinary specialties of the region. Children can find their own fun along the Kindermeile.
Location: Royal Park and Place des Palais, Brussels, Belgium
Date: Sept. 16
A lazy day in the park is only improved by the presence of food trucks, brewers, entertainers, craftsmen and fun and games for the kids. Concerts provide the musical accompaniment to a laid-back day. The festivities coincide with Brussels’ annual auto-free day.
Vinobrani Na Prazskem Hrade/ Vintage Festival at Prague Castle
Location:Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 15-16 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
The Renaissance Ball Games Hall in the Royal Garden is the site of the traditional tasting of the fresh young wines. Quality regional products make an ideal accompaniment the new vintages.
Admission: 120 Czech Koruna, about $5.40
Jane Austen Festival
Dates: Sept. 14-23
Thousands of fans of the works of Jane Austen converge upon this elegant city to immerse themselves in a world reflecting her life and times. More than eighty events fill the agenda, including the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade on Sept. 15 and the Regency Costumed Masked Ball on Sept. 21. Many of the tours, readings, theatrical performances, dance workshops, talks and other activities take place in historic venues. The 18th edition of this festival celebrates the novel "Persuasion."
Admission: Costumed Promenade tickets cost 15 pounds; other events ticketed separately.
Les Puces de Metz
Location:Metz Expo, Metz, France
Date: Sept. 15 (7 a.m.-noon)
Antiques, furniture, paintings, glass baubles and other curiosities are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can be unearthed here. Much of the wares dates back to the end of the 19th or start of the 20th century. Around 300 vendors typically set up shop at this event.
Location:Alter Messplatz, Landau, Germany
Dates: Sept. 8-17
Market stalls, rides, regional treats and plenty of wine make this event something the whole family can enjoy. Bands perform on the weekends, including the band “Good Times” on Sept. 15. The event closes with musical fireworks at 10 p.m. Sept. 17.
Location:La Scala, Verona, Italy
Dates: Sept. 13-16 (from 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 10 a.m. Sept. 14-16)
Games played outdoors in the streets or public squares are the focus of this festival organized in September each year. The games featured were played not only in Italy but all over the world. Board games and puppetry are also on the program, which gives visitors the chance to observe and in many cases take part. Exhibitions, art installations, concerts of traditional music and sampling local specialties complete the program.
Festa dell’Uva/ Festival of the Grape
Dates: Sept. 14-16 (from 4 p.m. Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. Sept. 15-16)
The 90th edition of this wine festival offers tastings of the area’s famous dry white wines, accompanied by regional specialties and fish dishes, art exhibitions, guided tours of the surrounding countryside, live music and other entertainment. A historical parade takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16.
La Regata di Burano
Date: Sept. 16 (from 4 p.m.)
The season’s last major rowing competition for Venice and its surroundings is that of Burano, an island famed for its lacemaking and colorful fishermen’s houses. The race is considered a rematch of sorts of the Regatta Storica, the historical regatta held in Venice weeks earlier. In addition to watching the races, visitors can sample typical treats of the region, including locally caught fish. Matches take place between youth, women and men.
Date: Sept. 15 (1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)
Plenty of floral parades take place throughout Holland in early autumn, but this one’s a bit different in that the decor is provided mostly by fruits and vegetables. Eighteen bedecked wagons make their way through the city streets. There’s also an illuminated night version of the parade followed by a fire show.
Admission: Adults pay 5 euros, those under 12 enter free. Tribune seats for the night parade cost 12.50 euros.
Riding of the Marches
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: Sept. 16 (12:45 p.m.-4:40 p.m.)
One of the city’s largest public events is a cavalcade of 380 horses and their riders, who ride down the Royal Mile in a re-enactment of the return of the Captain of the Town Guard with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden back in 1513. The riders set off from the nearby countryside at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in the city in early afternoon. Entertainment at the High Street Event Arena starts at noon and the horses arrive around 3:30 p.m.