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GermanyNostalgia will rule Friday through Sunday in Bad Nauheim when the spirit of “the King of Rock and Roll” comes alive during the annual Elvis Presley Festival.

In 1958, Presley arrived for military duty at the U.S. Army’s Ray Barracks in nearby Friedberg. During his 18 months there, Presley made Bad Nauheim his home.

To mark the anniversary of his death on Aug. 16, 1977, the event will host a classic-car parade, 1950s music, an “Elvis Memorial Show,” an outdoor exhibition, fashion show, bus tours to Presley sites and a guided walking tour of his favorite places in Bad Nauheim.

A highlight will be the opportunity to chat with Jerry Schilling, who worked as Presley’s bodyguard, tour manager and assistant producer of his movies.

Some events require tickets, while others are free. A festival pass for 63 euros includes a guided tour in English on Saturday, the chat with Schilling, a gospel concert and more.

For more details on the festival, go to:www.bad-nauheim.de/tourismus/elvis-presley/european-elvis-festival-eng.html.

• The dragons are back in Furth im Wald for the annual Drachenstich outdoor historical play and festival based on a medieval legend.

The pageantry includes a historical parade with 1,400 costumed participants, more than 200 horses, and bands and floats. The event is a lively festival that depicts Furth im Wald’s insecure geographical location on the border of what is now the Czech Republic. A new, high-tech dragon is the star of the play, which is performed Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 18-21 at various times. The festival runs through Aug. 22. The historical parade takes place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 14. Tickets for the play cost 20 to 24 euros for adults, 6 euros for children 4 to 11 years. Find more details at www.drachenstich.de, in German.

LuxembourgA singing tomato, giant chickens and a humanlike robot are just a few of the characters walking the streets of Luxembourg City this weekend during its annual street theater festival.

About 50 international artists, musicians, comedians and fantasy figures presenting 80 free shows will liven up the city’s pedestrian zone. The fun takes place 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Details at www.streetanimation.lu., with an English-language option.


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