Europe Traveler's event picks for Sept. 21-23
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: September 19, 2018
Rupertikirtag/ St. Rupert’s Fair
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Dates: Sept. 20-24
This fair with roots dating back centuries retains its days-of-yore feeling by keeping modern-day attractions to a minimum and emphasizing old customs and crafts of yesteryear. Visitors can enjoy traditional culinary treats, folkloric performances, or shopping for quality handmade goods from their makers. The action unfolds in the pretty surroundings of the Old Town. A decorated tent provides an Oktoberfest-like atmosphere. Traditional dirndl and lederhosen are the typical attire at this fest, so if you’ve got it, this is the place to wear it.
Open House London
Location: London, England
Dates: Sept. 22-23
Some of the city’s most iconic buildings from churches to innovative new builds throw open their doors and gates to treat visitors to a peek at what normally lies hidden from the public's view. The program includes not only exceptional openings of architecturally interesting premises but talks and tours as well. Note places in several events are limited and must be booked in advance.
Admission: Free, but donations help defray organizational costs
Kuerbisregatta/ Pumpkin Regatta
Location: Ludwigsburg Castle Grounds, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Dates: Sept. 22-23 (from 1 p.m.)
Against the backdrop of Bluehendes Barock, extensive gardens surrounding a castle, boats fashioned out of huge pumpkins will be launched and paddled across a pond. Once visitors tire of watching the races, the huge pumpkin exhibit offers plenty of visual appeal. This year’s theme is the forest and the creatures which inhabit it. Snacks from stuffed pasta to soup can consumed on the spot, and oils and jams can be bought at the gift shop for later enjoyment.
Admission: 9 euros adults, 4.50 euros for ages 4-15 and free for those three and under.
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto
Location: Lingotto Fiere, Turin, Italy
Dates: Sept. 20-24 (10 a.m.-midnight Sept. 20-23; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 24
This biennial event shines a spotlight on small-scale and specialty food and wine makers and the products they create. Exhibitors come from around the world and are united by their adherence to the Slow Food movement. Sections include international and Italian markets, street food and breweries, enotecas and food trucks, and a family area. The theme of this year’s event is “Food for thought.”
Admission: Adult tickets 6 euros when bought online or 10 euros at the door; children under 12 enter free.
Festival dei Gatti/Cats Festival
Location: Villa Castelbarco, Vaprio d'Adda, Italy
Dates: Sept. 22-23 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
A villa just outside Milan is the setting for a festival celebrating the image of the cat as it appears in painting, sculpture, photography, crafts, books and other sources. Breeders showing off particular breeds will be present at the festival, along with non-profit associations and homes for abandoned cats. Owners who think their cats would enjoy the happenings are welcome to bring them along.
Admission: Adult entry costs 10 euros; ages 6-14 pay 5 euros, those 5 and under enter free.
Location: Breda, Netherlands
Dates: Sept. 21-23
This gathering gives all those with auburn locks, along with their friends, family and fans, the chance to enjoy each other’s company as they engage in a variety of laid-back activities including workshops, exhibitions, workshops, dance, music, photo shoots at more. Recent editions have attracted up to 40,000 visitors from over 80 countries. The annual group photo will be taken at 12:10 p.m. Sept. 23.
Las Fiestas de Cartagineses y Romanos/ Carthaginians and Romans Festival
Location: Cartagena, Spain
Dates: Sept. 21-30
In 209 B.C., the seafaring Carthaginians were conquered by the Romans, a historical event brought back to life over the course of ten days. The program of activities includes re-enactments of the destruction of Sagunto, the wedding celebrations of Hannibal and Himlice, Hannibal’s march on Rome, a maritime battle, military victory parade and more.
La Mercè Festival
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: Sept. 21-24
Barcelona’s largest street festival honors the city's patron saint. Its multi-faceted festivities appealing to locals and tourists alike include its displays of papier mache giants, human tower-building Castellers, parades, projections, street artists, concerts and Correfocs, fire runs in which dragons and devils dance in the streets.