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Among the wine festivals this week is the Zeller Schwarze Katz Festival in Zell, Germany.
Among the wine festivals this week is the Zeller Schwarze Katz Festival in Zell, Germany. (Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH)

Zythos Bierfestival/ Zythos Beer FestivalLocation: Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1, 3001 Leuven/Louvain, BelgiumDates: April 28-29 (noon-11 p.m. April 28; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 29) The national beer consumers group Zythos organizes this festival at which more than 500 Belgian beers can be sampled from more than 80 stands. All ages are allowed to visit the hall in which the event takes place. The beers are served in a .1 liter tasting glass. Fast food such as burgers, kebabs and fries is available on site.Admission: Free. To sample the beers, a start packet must be purchased. The mandatory tasting glass and eight tokens for sampling cost 20 euros; additional tokens go for 1 euro each. Most beers cost one token, although a few go for two tokens.Online:

Ciney MilitariaLocation: Ciney Expo, 3 Rue de Marche Couvert, B-5590, Ciney, BelgiumDate: April 29 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) At what’s billed as Europe’s must important fair for military memorabilia, more than 550 vendors from around the continent sell an assortment of uniforms, helmets, spare parts, weapons, medals, flags, engravings, charts, books and other items.Admission: 15 eurosOnline:

Grand Marche D’art Contemporain/ Contemporary Art MarketLocation: Esplanade du Chateau de Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, FranceDates: April 28-May 1 (11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily) A sizable contingent of artists, from sculptors to painters to photographers, is on hand to display and sell their contemporary pieces. In a warm and welcoming environment, visitors can speak with the artists or enjoy on-site activities, including those geared to children. The site is easily reached by Metro Line 1.Admission: An invitation to be downloaded on the organizer’s website entitles two adults to free entry.Online:

Flea marketLocation: Volksfestplatz, Bayreuth, GermanyDate: April 28-29 (6 a.m.-9 p.m. April 28; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29) The city’s annual spring flea market is the place to pick up household goods, antiques, books, toys and other treasures. About 500 sellers are usually on hand to sell their wares.Admission:

Dampfspektakel/ Festival of SteamLocation: Trier, Koblenz and Saarbruecken, GermanyDates: April 28-May 1 Steam trains are back on track throughout the long weekend in the Eifel, Mosel and Saar regions. Most of the nine participating historic trains were built in the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors can alternately visit the Gerolstein or Schweich train stations to enjoy the sight of the trains passing through. Trier’s train station hosts a free exhibition of photos of steam trains from around the world.Admission: Tickets to travel along one of six routes can be bought online or at the German Rail service counters in Cochem, Merzig and Trier. Prices range from 7.50 euros for a single short ride to 72 euros for a day pass. Children up to the age of 14 ride free.Online:

Zeller Schwarze Katz FestivalLocation: Zell, GermanyDate: April 29 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) This wine and walking festival leads visitors along paths beside the Mosel River and affords spectacular views. Four stands serve up local wines and culinary treats. The walk starts by Zell’s distinctive fountain, a black cat perched atop a barrel.Admission: Free, although there’s generally a small charge for the mandatory wine

King’s Day CelebrationsLocation: Throughout the NetherlandsDate: April 27 King Willem Alexander’s birthday is celebrated throughout the land with music, street parties, flea markets, fun fairs and other events. On the night before King’s Day, King’s Night is celebrated with The Life I Live music shows in The Hague, and Utrecht is the site of the country’s biggest flea market.Admission: FreeOnline:


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