Europe Traveler's event picks for Sept. 7-9
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: September 4, 2018
Location: Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
Dates: Sept. 7-9 (2 p.m.-10 p.m. daily)
International street artists take to the square to show off their considerable talents in the areas of juggling, clowning, acrobatics, graffiti, music, dance, fire artistry, improvisational theater and much more.
Red Bull Cliff Diving
Location: Mostar Bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date: Sept. 8 (event begins at 1:15 p.m.)
It’s not every day a diving event takes place on a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the history of diving here actually stretches back well over 400 years. The divers taking part in this annual series of diving events will be fighting for every last championship point at the second-to-last event of the season. The event will also be streamed live on Red Bull media.
Admission: No info available.
Eat! Brussels Drink! Bordeaux
Location: Parc de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Dates: Sept. 6-9 (noon-11 p.m. daily)
About 20 top-rated chefs from the Belgian capital relocate to pop-up kitchens in a park, where they put together their signature dishes. Wines of the world famous Bordeaux region of France pair nicely with what’s on the menu. Sampling confectionery makes a sweet way to end the day’s culinary journey.
Entry: Free; payment is completed by means of purchasing credits added to a magnetic card. One credit costs 1 euro, and the signature dishes cost 9 euros. A separate card is needed to taste the Bordeaux wines; a wine pass offering a glass, tastings and other perks goes for 20 euros on site.
Burggrabenfest/Castle Moat Fest
Location: Vestnertorgraben, Nuremberg, Germany
Dates: Sept. 7-9 (2 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 7; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 8; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 9)
The usual suspects populating medieval festivals from jesters to fair maidens to brave nights are all on hand to re-create the romance of bygone days. Visitors can enjoy acrobatics, fire shows, falconry, sword-fighting demos, concerts, market stalls and sampling rustic and hearty treats.
Admission: adults 8 euros, ages 3-11 pay 5 euros; ages two and under enter free.
Tag des offenen Denkmals/ Open Monuments Day
Location: Countrywide, Germany
Date: Sept. 9
On the second Sunday in September each year, many normally off-limits buildings and landmarks from parks to churches to ancient castles or abandoned industrial sites open their doors to a curious public. Guides, volunteers, archaeologists, restorers and craftsmen are on hand to lead tours and answer questions. To see what’s open in your area, pull up the interactive map on the event website and click on the icons. The theme for 2018 is “Discover what connects us.”
Admission: varies by landmark; many may be visited free of charge.
Dublin Fringe Festival
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Dates: Sept. 8-23
Ireland’s largest multidisciplinary arts festival is described by its organizers as joyful, disruptive and fizzing with ideas. Each of the 80 events included in the agenda are new to the Irish capital. Check out the interactive mobile sculpture roaming the streets or the avant-garde face-lift given to the city’s statues. Hely’s Bar on Dame Street is transformed into a Festival Club where artists and audiences can come together.
Admission: a few events are free; individual tickets required for most.
Ferrara Balloons Festival
Location: Parco Urbano G. Bassani, Ferrara, Italy
Dates: Sept. 7-16
The country’s biggest hot air balloon event is a family affair, with all-ages fun and demonstrations in three separate zones or “villages” dedicated to sports, children’s activities and medieval times. Balloons take to the skies in early morning and late afternoon, weather permitting.
Admission: 5 euros adults on Saturdays and Sundays; otherwise free. Flights in tethered balloons cost 9 euros adults and 7 euros for children (children must be at least 130 cm, or just over 4’ 3”, to ride).
Chianti Classico Expo
Location: Greve in Chianti, Italy
Dates: Sept. 6-9
The popular dry red wine known as Chianti is produced in the Tuscan region of the same name, whereas Chianti Classico is a wine produced in a much more specific geographical area and can be recognized by its Black Rooster trademark. Sample the real deal at the stands in Piazza Matteotti. Side activities include evening concerts, an artisans market on Sept. 8, a flag waving parade at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9, and guided tours of the area.
Admission: Free entry; tours and tastings are paid activities.
Location: Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
Dates: Sept. 9-10 (parade begins at 2 p.m. Sept. 9)
Witness first-hand the beauty that can come about from four million dahlias and the hands of many dedicated volunteers. The decorated wagons traverse a course that’s nearly two miles long. Once the parade ends at about 4:30 p.m., the illuminated floats can be admired at a special exhibition area until about 11 p.m. On Monday morning, following an awards ceremony, the parade retraces its route, and the exhibition area is open noon-10 p.m.
Admission: Entry to the parade on Sept. 9 costs 7.50 euros for adults and is free for children 15 and under. Grandstand seating costs an additional 7.50 per person, but the parade can be viewed from other vantage points as well. Entry to the exhibition area costs 2.50 euros adults and is free for children.