Czech RepublicAccording to its website, the annual Czech Beer Festival at the PVA Letnany Exhibition grounds in Prague is the largest gastronomical event in the country. During this year’s festival, which begins Thursday and runs through May 28, more than 70 brands of Czech beer will be served in three large tents, accompanied by the cuisine from some of the country’s top restaurants and catering companies.

The tolar is the festival’s official currency, and one beer costs 1 tolar (about 44 Czech koruna or $2.70). Admission to the grounds is free. Find more details at, which includes an English-language version.

FranceThe glitter of film stars will add to Cannes’ starry nights during the city’s prestigious International Film Festival, which continues through May 22.

The festival is one of the oldest in the industry and attracts a number of celebrities. Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” will be the opening film in the competition, which includes 19 films.

Among the American entries are Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson, and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” with Brad Pitt. Robert De Niro is this year’s president of the jury.

Although the festival is private, you can still get a glimpse of the headliners on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals — or just head to a sunny beach and read the gossip in the local news.

For details on the festival, go to; it has an English version.

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