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Festivals and Events, February 2020

Carnival events, in Venice and elsewhere, abound this month.

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By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 28, 2020

Austria

SALZBURG: Mozart Week, through Feb. 2.

VIENNA: Viennese Ice Dream, skating in front of City Hall, through March 1.

BRIXEN IM THALE: AlpenIglu, igloo village open through March 15.

ZELL AM SEE: GP Ice Race, Feb. 1–2.

GASTEIN: Art on Snow, ice sculpture exhibition, Feb. 1–7.

ZELL AM SEE: Night Of The Balloons, Feb. 5.

ST. JOHANN IN TIROL: International Tyrolean Koasa Race, cross-country ski race, Feb. 6 – 9.

KOESSEN: Kaiserwinkl Magic Winter Night of Lights, laser show and fire artists, Walschsee Lake, Feb. 6, 13 and 20.

VIENNA: Ball Season, balls this month include Gala of the Viennese Industry Feb. 8, Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners Feb. 14, Opera Ball Feb. 20, Bonbon-Ball Feb. 21, Lawyers' Ball Feb. 22, Rudolfina Masked Ball Feb. 24 and Elmayer School of Dancing Ball Feb. 25.

ZELL AM SEE: NostalSki, ski races by participants with old fashioned gear and costumes, Feb. 15.

SAALFELDEN: Ski Marathon, cross country skiing competitions for pros and amateurs, Feb. 15–16.

ZELL AM SEE: Schmitten Nite Race, slalom ski racing in town center, Feb. 18.

SALZBURG: Hohe Jagd & Fischerei, hunting and fishing expo, Messezentrum, Feb. 20 – 23.

VIENNA: Accordion Festival, Feb. 22–March 22.

PERTISAU: Achensee Lake 3-Valleys-Run, cross-country ski race, Feb. 23.

KITZBUHEL: Streif Vertical Up, 860 meter upward race, Feb. 29.

LEUTASCH: Euroloppet Ganghofer Race & 2020 Ski Marathon European Championships, cross-country ski race, Feb. 29 – March 1.

 

Belgium

BASTOGNE: Legend Boucles, auto rally, through Feb. 2.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, through Feb. 2.

BRUGES: Bruges Bierfestival, beer festival, Feb. 1–2.

ANTWERP: Pastry Week, special offers at bakeries and patisseries, Feb. 1–9.

BRUSSELS: Salon des Vacances, travel and tourism fair, Brussels Expo, Feb. 6–9.

ROTTERDAM: Art Rotterdam, fair for discovering young art, Van Nellefabriek, Feb. 6–9.

NAMUR: Salon des Vignerons Namurois, fair highlights wines from local and French vineyards, Citadel, Feb. 8–9.

BRUSSELS: Bright Brussels, light festival, Feb. 13–16.

BRUSSELS: Salon du Chocolat, Chocolate Expo, Tour & Taxis, Feb. 14–16.

GHENT: Flanders Horse Expo, Flanders Expo, Feb. 21–23.

HUY: Salon du vin et de la gastronomie, wine and gastronomy fair, Feb. 21–23.

SOHIER: Weekend of Special Beers, Feb. 21–23.

BRUSSELS: Anima, animated film festival, Flagey, Feb. 21–March 1.

BRUSSELS: Comic Con, Tour & Taxis, Feb. 22–23.

AALST: Carnaval, Feb. 23–25.

BINCHE: Carnival, folkloric carnival celebration includes the Gilles, Feb. 23–25.

 

Croatia

DUBROVNIK: Candle Mass, Celebration of St. Blaise, Feb. 2–3.

DONJA STUBICA: Peasant’s Revolt, historical re-enactment, Feb. 8.

PULA: Carnival, Feb. 8.

SAMOBOR: Carnival, Feb. 14–25.

ZAGREB: International Boat Show, Fairgrounds, Feb. 19–23.

DUBROVNIK: Carnival, Feb. 20–25.

RIJEKA: International Carnival Parade, Feb. 23.

 

Czech Republic

PRAGUE: Grand Restaurant Festival, through Feb. 29.

CESKE BUDEJOVICE: Winter Run, 4 and 8 km routes, Feb. 1; also Ostrava Feb. 8; Olomouc Feb. 15 and Prague Feb. 22.

BEDRICHOV: Jizerska 50, long distance ski race, Feb. 7–9.

CESKE BUDEJOVICE: Golden Beer Seal, international brewer’s competition and beer festival, House of Culture, Gerbera Budvar Arena, Feb. 17–22.

VORTOVA: Carnival procession, Feb. 22.

CESKY KRUMLOV: Carnival, Feb. 22–25.

PRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair, Exhibition Grounds, Feb. 22–April 13.

PRAGUE: Let it Roll, indoor drum and base festival, Expo grounds, Feb. 28–March 1.

 

Denmark

AALBORG: Northern Winter Beat, Skraen, through Feb. 1.

COPENHAGEN: Jewish Film Festival, through Feb. 3.

COPENHAGEN: Winter in Tivoli, illuminations and winter-themed fun, through Feb. 23.

COPENHAGEN: Light Festival, Feb. 1–23.

MIDDELFART: Strib Vinterfestival, folk music festival, Feb. 6–9.

AARHUS: Aarhus Gastro Week, discounted meals in restaurants, Feb. 6–15.

COPENHAGEN: Winter Jazz, Feb. 6–29.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Dining Week, discounted meals in restaurants, Feb. 7–16.

ODENSE: World Toelt, Icelandic horse show, Arena Fyn, Feb. 21–22.

COPENHAGEN: Chocolate Festival, Carlsberg Tap 1, Feb. 29–March 1.

 

England

COLCHESTER: Winter Ale Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, through Feb. 1.

LONDON: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia, through Feb. 2.

LONDON: VAULT Festival, entertainment and shows in vaulted chambers beneath Waterloo, through March 2.

LONDON: Antiques and Collectors Fair, Alexandra Palace, Feb. 2.

LONDON: Orchid Festival, celebrates Indonesia, Kew Gardens, Feb. 8–March 8.

LONDON: Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, Feb. 12–23.

LONDON: MCN London Motorcycle Show, ExCel, Feb. 14–16.

LONDON: London Fashion Week, Feb 14–18.

JORVIK: Viking Festival, Jorvik Viking Centre, Feb. 15–23.

LONDON: The London Classic Car Show, ExCel, Feb. 20–23.

BROADSTAIRS: Broadstairs Blues Bash, free concerts in bars and cafes, Feb. 21–23.

OLNEY: International Pancake Day, pancake race against the women of Liberal, Kansas, Feb. 25.

ASHBOURNE: Royal Shrovetide Football, quirky football match, Feb. 25–26.

LONDON: Brew LDN, beer festival, Truman Brewery, Feb. 27–29.

 

Estonia

TALLINN: DocPoint Tallinn documentary festival, through Feb. 2.

TALLINN: Simple Session, BMX and skateboarding competition, Saku Arena, Feb. 8–9.

TALLINN: Tallinn Winter Festival, classical music concerts, Feb. 18–26.

 

Finland

HELSINKI: DocPoint, documentary film festival, through Feb. 2.

HELSINKI: MP 20 otorcycle Show, Messukeksus, through Feb. 2.

HELSINKI: International Boat Show, Messukeksus, Feb. 7–16.

RAUTALAMPI: Red Bull Crashed Ice, ice cross downhill world championship races, Feb. 8. 

 

France

ANGOULEME: International Comic Strip Festival, through Feb.-2.

CALAIS: Salon des Vignerons et des Terroirs, wine and culinary fair, Forum Gambetta, through Feb. 2.

PARIS: Festival du Cirque de Demain, through Feb. 2.

SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, through Feb. 2.

PARIS: winter sales, through Feb. 4.

CLERMONT-FERRAND: International Short Film Festival, through Feb. 8.

PARIS: Sons d’Hiver, jazz and world music fest, through Feb. 8.

PARIS: Salon Retro Mobile, vintage auto show, Porte de Versailles, Feb. 5–9.

METZ: Creativa, craft and hobby fair, Expo, Feb. 6–9.

METZ: Chocolate and Gourmet Fair, Expo, Feb. 6–9.

MOREZ: Transjurassienne, cross country ski race, Feb. 8–9.

STRASBOURG: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants, wine expo, Wacken, Feb. 14–17.

NICE: Carnaval de Nice, this year’s theme is “King of Fashion,” various dates Feb. 15–29.

MENTON: Lemon Festival, Feb. 15–March 3.

MANDELIEU-LA NAPOULE: Mimosa Festival, Feb. 19–26.

PARIS: International Agricultural Show, Porte de Versailles, Feb. 22–March 1.

PARIS: Carnaval de Paris, street celebrations, Promenade de Boeuf Gras, Feb. 23.

VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER: Combat Naval Fleuri, flower battle takes place on the water, Feb. 24.

TOULOUSE: Art3F, contemporary art salon, Parc des Expositions, Feb. 28–March 1.

 

Germany

MUNICH: Braukunst Live, showcase of craft beers, MVG-Museum, through Feb. 1.

BREMEN: Bremen Classic Motor Show, Messe, through Feb. 2.

DORTMUND: Jagd und Hunt, hunting expo, Messe, through Feb. 2.

FELDBERG: FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup, through Feb. 2.

LEIPZIG: Motorcycle trade fair, through Feb. 2.

OFFENBURG: Baden Classics, horse jumping competition, through Feb. 2.

MANNHEIM: Winterlichter, illuminations in Luisenpark, through Feb. 23.

OBERAMMERGAU: Koenig Ludwig Lauf, country's biggest cross-country skiing competition, 23 or 50 km trails, Feb. 1-2.

ROTTACH-EGERN: Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade, ballooning competition, Feb. 1-9.

SCHRIESHEIM: Rotweinwanderung, wine hike through the vineyards, begins 11 a.m., Feb. 2.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Kandahar Races, Men’s Giant Slalom Feb. 2; Women’s Downhill Feb. 8, Women’s Super-G Feb. 9.

BAD WIESSEE: Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade, ballooning competition, Feb. 5–9.

LEONBERG: Pferdemarkt, market, Guggenmusik and entertainment in downtown area, Feb. 7–11.

TRIBERG: Torchlit Devil’s Parade, Feb. 8.

KARLSRUHE: Art Karlsruhe, art fair, Messe Karlsruhe, Feb. 13–16.

BREMEN: Carnival, Germany’s biggest samba carnival, Feb. 14–15.

MUNICH: IMOT, international motorcycle exhibition, MOC, Feb. 14–16.

KARLSRUHE: International Handel Festival, Badisches Staatstheater, Feb. 14–March 28.

BOCHUM: Steampunk Jahrmarkt, Feb. 15.

SCHWAEBISCH HALL: Hallia Venezia, Venetian style carnival celebration, Feb. 16.

BOCHUM: Historical Market, Feb. 16, 22–23, Feb. 29–March 1.

MUNICH: f.re.e., tourism and travel fair, Messe, Feb. 19–23.

DIETFURT: Chinese Fasching, carnival celebrated with Chinese flair, Feb. 20.

BERLIN: Berlinale, International Film Festival, Feb. 20–March 1.

FELDBERG AM SCHWARZWALD: Hexen Contest, free skiing for those in witch costumes, Feb. 21.

BERLIN: Night of the Jumps, freestyle MX world championships, Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Feb. 21–22.

WIESLOCH: Vampire Ball, Palatin, Feb. 22.

FRANKFURT: Carnival Parade, Feb. 23.

SCHRAMBERG: Hanselsprung, carnival celebrations, Feb. 23.

WIESBADEN: Carnival Parade, starts 1 p.m., Feb. 23.

AACHEN: Rose Monday Procession, Feb. 24.

COLOGNE: Rose Monday Parade, Feb. 24.

DUSSELDORF: Rose Monday Parade, Feb. 24.

MAINZ: Rose Monday Parade, Feb. 24.

SCHRAMBERG: Da-Bach-na-Fahrt, traditional raft race for carnival, Kirchenbach, Feb. 24.

ROTTWEIL: Narrensprung, fool’s jump carnival celebrations, Feb. 24–25.

HEIDELBERG: Carnival Parade, Feb. 25.

MUNICH: Dance of the Market Women, Viktualienmarkt, Feb. 25.

NECKARSTEINACH: Traditional fire wheel, starts 7 p.m., Darsberg, Feb. 25.

RUST: Euro Dance Festival, workshops in many dance styles open to all, Europa-Park, Feb. 25 – March 1.

ESSEN: Fahrrad, bicycle expo, Messe, Feb. 27–March 1.

 

Hungary

FONYOD: Fonyodi Kolbaszfesztival, sausage festival, Feb. 7–9.

BUDAPEST: Mangalica Festival, showcase of pork products from Hungarian pig, Szabadsag ter, Feb. 7–9.

BUDAPEST: FeHoVa, hunting and fishing expo, Hungexpo, Feb. 13–16.

BUDAPEST: Indoor Beer Festival, Gellert Hotel, Feb. 14–16.

BUDAPEST: Borjour Magnum, indoor wine tasting event, Millinaris, Feb. 15.

MOHACS: Busojaras, frightening masked figures celebrate carnival, Feb. 20–25.

BUDAPEST: Budapest Boat Show, Hungexpo, Feb. 27–March 1.

 

Ireland

WESTPORT: The Irish Soul Weekender, soul music highlighted, Feb. 7–9.

KILLORGLIN: Biddy’s Day Festival, Feb. 8.

BRAY: Comedy Festival, Feb. 12–16.

DUBLIN: Dublin International Film Festival, DIFF House and other venues, Feb. 26–March 8.

KILLARNEY: The Gathering, traditional music festival, Gleneagle Hotel, Feb. 26–March 1.

DOOLIN: Russell Memorial Weekend Festival, traditional music festival, Feb. 27–March 1.

 

Italy

TURIN: Automotoretro, classic auto show, Lingotto Fiere, through Feb. 2.

VIAREGGIO: Carnival parades, Feb. 1, 9, 15, 20, 23 and 25.

CATANIA: Feast of Sant Agata, religious festival, Feb. 3–5.

MODENA: Modenantiquaria, antiques expo, Fiere, Feb. 8–16.

VENICE: Carnival celebrations, Feb. 8–25.

ACIREALE: Carnival celebrations, Feb. 9, 14–16 and 19–25.

ROME: Hobby Show, Palacavicchi, Feb. 14–16.

GENOVA: Arte Genova, modern and contemporary art show, Fiera, Feb. 14–17.

BRESCIA: Fiera de San Faustino, street celebrations, Feb. 15.

FLORENCE: Chocolate Fair, artisan chocolate fair, Piazza della Annunziata, Feb. 20–23.

IVREA: Battle of the Oranges, carnival celebrations climax, Feb. 20–26.

VICENZA: Pescare Show, fishing expo, Fiera, Feb. 21–23.

NAPLES: Napoli City Half Marathon, Feb. 23.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Habsburg Carnival, characters wear costumes inspired by the Imperial Court of Vienna in the 19th century, Feb. 23–28.

AGRIGENTO: Mandorlo in Fiore, almond blossom festival, Feb. 28–March 8.

 

Latvia

RIGA: Riga Craft Beer Weekend, Latvian Railway Museum, Feb. 21–22.

 

Luxembourg

CITY: Antiques and Art Fair, Luxexpo, through Feb. 3.

Bech-Kleinmacher: Wine Cheese Enjoy, regional wine and cheese specialties showcased, Feb. 8–9.

DIEKIRCH: ING Eurocross Eurotrail, trail race of 10.2 km for men and 5.3 km for women, Feb. 9.

DIEKIRCH: Carnival parade, departs 2:30 p.m., Feb. 23.

REMICH: Streimannchen, end of carnival rite, Feb. 26.

 

Malta

VALLETTA: Carnival, Feb. 21–25.

 

Monaco

MONACO: Historical Auto Rally, through Feb. 5.

MONACO: Monaco Run, includes 10 km City Trail, 5 km Herculis and Pink Ribbon walks, Feb. 15–16.

 

Netherlands

ROTTERDAM: International Film Festival Rotterdam, through Feb. 2.

THE HAGUE: Holland Dance Festival, through Feb. 8.

ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, through March 1.

AMSTERDAM: Summer Dance Forever, hiphop dance party, Paradiso, Feb. 1–4.

ROTTERDAM: Art Rotterdam, international art fair, Van Nellefabriek, Feb. 6–9.

ROTTERDAM: ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Feb. 8–16.

DELFT: Delft Blues Festival, Feb. 14–16.

MAASTRICHT: Carnival parade, Feb. 23.

AMSTERDAM: Sonic Acts Academy, festival and academy, Paradiso Noord and other venues, Feb. 21–23.

 

Norway

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, through Feb. 2.

TROMSO: Sami Week, includes traditional market and reindeer racing, Feb. 3–9.

FINSE: Ice Music Festival, Feb. 7–9.

RJUKAN: Ice Festival, ice climbing competition, Feb. 7–9.

ROEROS: Roerosmartnan, traditional winter market, Feb. 18–22.

 

Portugal

ALBUFEIRA: Volta ao Algarve, distance cycling race, Feb. 19–23.

FUNCHAL: Carnival celebrations, main parade Feb. 22, fun parade Feb. 25.

PORTO: Fantasporto, International film festival, showcases fantasy and sci-fi films, Feb. 25–March 8.

 

Scotland

GLASGOW: Celtic Connections, folk, roots and world music festival, through Feb. 2.

DUMFRIES: Big Burns Supper, culture festival, through Feb. 2.

ABERDEEN: Spectra, festival of light, Feb. 13–16.

EDINBURGH: Mountain Film Festival, George Square Lecture Theater at Edinburgh University, Feb. 15–16.

FORT WILLIAM: Fort William Mountain Festival, Feb. 19–23.

GLASGOW: Music Fair, sales of records and music memorabilia, Bellahouston Leisure Center, Feb. 22.

GLASGOW: Glasgow Film Festival, Feb. 26–March 8.

INVERNESS: Inverness Music Festival, competitive music festival, Feb. 27–March 4. 

 

Slovakia

VELKA LOMNICA: Balloon Fiesta, hot air balloons in the mountains, through Feb. 2.

ZUBEREC: Dog Sledding Race, Feb. 6–9.

 

Slovenia

LJUBLJANA: Ment Festival, club festival and conference, Feb. 5–7.

 

Spain

CANARY ISLANDS: Canary Islands Music Festival, classical music festival takes place on all islands, through Feb. 9.

BOCAIRENT: Moors and Christians Festival, Feb. 7–11.

MADRID: Gastrofestival, Feb. 7–23.

BARCELONA: Half marathon, Feb. 16.

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE: Carnival celebrations, Feb. 19–March 1.

SITGES: Carnival celebrations, Feb. 20–26.

CADIZ: Carnival de Cadiz, Feb. 20–March 1.

MADRID: Arco Madrid, International Contemporary Art Fair, Feria de Madrid, Feb. 26–March 1.

MADRID: Classic Auto, vintage auto fair, Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo, Feb. 21-23.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Jerez Festival, celebrates flamenco and Spanish dance, Feb. 21–March 7.

SEVILLE: Zurich Marathon Sevilla, marathon, Feb. 23.

BAIONA: Festival of the Arrival, historical festival, Feb. 28–March 1.

 

Sweden

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, through Feb. 3.

GOTHENBURG: Gothenburg Boat Show, Maessan, Feb. 1–5.

JOKKMOKK: Jokkmokk Winter Market, Sami meeting, Feb. 6–8.

STOCKHOLM: Stockholm International Antiques Fair, Feb. 13–16.

GOTHENBURG: Gothenburg Horse Show, Feb. 19–23.

UMEA: Umefolk, folk festival gathering, Feb. 21–22.

DALARNA: Vasaloppet, 90 km cross-country ski race, March 1.

 

Switzerland

CHATEAU-D’OEX: International Balloon Festival, through Feb. 2.

GENEVA: Art Geneve, art salon, Palexpo, through Feb. 2.

BADEN: One of a Million Festival, concerts throughout city, through Feb. 8.

GSTAAD: Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, highlights violin performances, through Feb. 8.

GENEVA: Antigel Festival, art and cultural festival, through Feb. 15.

ST. MORITZ: White Turf, horse races on snow, Feb. 2, 9 and 16.

SCHAFFHAUSEN: Carnival, Feb. 14–16.

ZURICH: Swiss Moto, motorcycle expo, Messe, Feb. 20–23.

ZURICH: Salsa festival, Kongresshaus, Feb. 20–23.

CHUR: Carnival, Feb. 21–26.

BERN: Carnival, Feb. 27–29.

NYON: Les Hivernales, contemporary music festival, Feb. 27–March 1.

VILLARS: Les Classiques de Villars, classical music festival, Feb. 27–March 13.

 

Wales

LLANTRED WELLS: Lord Crawshaw Walk, walks of 10, 15 or 25 miles, Feb. 1.

BANGOR: New Music Festival, celebrates new and contemporary music, Feb. 14–15.

RHYL: 10 Mile Run, Feb. 22.

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