Europe Traveler's event picks for Aug. 23-25
Bregenz Hafenfest / Bregenz Harbor FestivalLocation: Hafengelaende, Bregenz, AustriaDates: Aug. 23-25 This festival set in a harbor on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Constance offers lots of tasty dishes to sample and no shortage of things to drink. DJs and musicians take care of the entertainment, and there are many activities for families of both Saturday and Sunday. Fireworks go off at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.Admission: Free
Red Bull Cliff DivingLocation: Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia & HerzegovinaDate: Aug. 24 (from 2:30 p.m.) The iconic Stari Most, a bridge with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is the sixth and penultimate stop in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Watch as professional divers take their hair-raising plunges into the chill waters of the Neretva River from a dizzying 90-foot height.Admission: Free
Kulturhavn Festival / Cultural Harbor FestivalLocation: Copenhagen, DenmarkDates: Aug. 23-25 Visitors can immerse themselves in some 300 different cultural experiences, from dancing to trying out a range of water sports to enjoying a guided tour of the harbor. Activities are hosted by 150 associations, clubs and societies and facilitated by 1,300 volunteers. Food trucks serve up a range of tastes, and a free water shuttle ferries visitors between venues.Admission: Free
The Notting Hill CarnivalLocation: Notting Hill, London, UKDates: Aug. 25-26 Costumed performers and decorated floats make their way through the streets as the sound of steel bands, calypso music and blasting sound systems fills the air at this celebration of Caribbean culture. Food stalls along the route serve up the tastes of the islands. Aug. 25 is family day, with young performers and a more relaxed vibe. The serious revelry begins from noon Aug. 26, when the crowds come out in force.
Museumsufer Fest / Museum Embankment FestivalLocation: Main River embankment, Frankfurt, GermanyDates: Aug. 23-25 (from 11 a.m. daily) This festival highlights two of the best assets of this metropolis on the Main River: its wonderful museums and the wealth of cultures who make up the fabric of its society. Enjoy music, shows, and culinary excellence as you move from tent to tent set up along both sides of the river, or explore the collections of world-class museums.Admission: The purchase of a festival button for 7 euros entitles the wearer to entry into 20 participating museums. Ages five and under enter free.
Regensburger Herbstdult / Regensburg Autumn FairLocation: Dultplatz, Regensburg, GermanyDates: Aug. 23-Sept. 8 Scary rides, gaming booths and tasty treats, along with plenty of beer served up to the sounds of oompah music in two different tents, make this typical Bavarian volksfest something all ages can enjoy.Admission: Free
Zunftmarkt / Market of the GuildsLocation: Burgviertel, Bad Wimpfen, GermanyDates: Aug. 24-25 (11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 24; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25) This medieval market serves as a showcase for crafts of yesteryear which manage to retain their allure. Glassblowers, silversmiths, potters and other craftsmen demonstrate their skills and sell the fruits of their labor. Minstrels, jesters, maidens and others see to the entertainment.Admission: 8 euros for adults, 5 euros for youth and those wearing convincing medieval costumes, and free for small children.
Blumenkorso / Flower ParadeLocation: Bad Ems, GermanyDate: Aug. 25 (from 2 p.m.) More than 1.5 million dahlias are used to decorate the floats in what's billed as Germany’s biggest floral parade. Around 30 wagons are decorated in accordance with a set theme. The parallel-running Bartholaeusmarkt offers a volksfest-like atmosphere.Admission: Adults pay 8 euros; those under 14 enter free.
Giochi Medievale / Medieval Games of Alto AdigeLocation: Sluderno, ItalyDates: Aug. 23-25 Against the fairy-tale backdrop of the Venosta Valley and the Coira Castle, combatants battle in knights’ tournaments, market people ply their wares, and the usual cast of medieval characters serves up a variety of entertainment.Admission: Single-day tickets cost 21 euros adults; 15 euros ages 7-15; 8 euros ages 3-6. Three-day passes are also available.
UitmarktLocation: Museumplein and Leidesplan, Amsterdam, NetherlandsDates: Aug. 23-25 This popular festival inspires and entertains as it previews shows to feature in the upcoming cultural season. Some 369 performances across 26 stages are included in this year's program. Performances cross all genres, from hip-hop to classical to cabaret. Many shows and activities are accessible to non-Dutch speakers, and there’s plenty for young audiences to enjoy, too.Admission: Free
San Marino ComicsLocation: Historical Center, City of San MarinoDates: Aug. 23-25 Druids, Disney princesses, pirates and creatures from other far-off fantastical realms temporarily take over the steep and twisting streets of the tiny republic. Cosplay shows, concerts and encounters with cartoon characters figure into the agenda.Admission: Free
World Bog Snorkelling ChampionshipsLocation: Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, UKDate: Aug. 25 This quirky event recommended in a past edition of Lonely Planet sees brave swimmers don masks and snorkels to swim across the murky waters of a bog within the fastest time possible. Participants come from throughout Europe and beyond, making it a truly international affair. The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog, about a mile from the town center. Food stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a real ale and cider bar provide a visitor with additional things to do.Admission: Free