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One of the highlights of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin, Ireland, is the Macnas nighttime parade. The festival runs from Oct. 26-29, and the parade begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
One of the highlights of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin, Ireland, is the Macnas nighttime parade. The festival runs from Oct. 26-29, and the parade begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. (Courtesy of the Bram Stoker Festival)

FIS Alpine Ski World OpeningLocation: Rettenbach Glacier, Soelden, AustriaDates: Oct. 27-28 As per tradition, giant slalom races will kick off another ski Alpine ski season. Women race on Oct. 27 and men compete the day after. Tickets entitle the bearer to admission to the race and a shuttle bus between Soelden and the glacier.Admission: Adult tickets 23 euros; those born between 2002 and 2008 pay 13 euros.Online:

Hoppy DaysLocation: Palais de Congres, Esplanade de l'Europe, 2, 4020 Liege, BelgiumDates: Oct. 26-28 (4 p.m.- 2 a.m. next day Oct. 26; 2 p.m.-3 a.m. next day Oct. 27; noon-10 p.m. Oct. 28) More than 100 great beers, including Trappist, Belgian brews, and those from far-flung corners of the earth are served up in an atmosphere made all the more festival with DJs and musicians. Wine is available on-site as well. Warm foods, cheese and deli products can be bought to line the stomach before the next round begins. Admission: 6 euros adults plus 2 euros for a tasting glass.Online:

Cultural celebrations in LondonLocation: Trafalgar Square, London, EnglandDates: Oct. 27-28 Through the weekend, two diverse cultural celebrations enliven one of London’s most iconic squares. From noon-6 p.m. Saturday, “Africa on the Square” brings the rhythms and tastes of that continent to the fore; on Sunday, Asian culture is in the spotlight as the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights known as Diwali is observed through a vibrant line-up of music, dance, workshops, foods and crafts 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.Admission: FreeOnline:

Salon du ChocolateLocation: Porte de Versailles, Paris, FranceDates: Oct. 31-Nov. 4 What’s billed as the world’s largest event dedicated to all things chocolate and cocoa is a showcase for chocolate products from around the world, demos from top chefs, a chocolate fashion show, pastry workshops, talks, tastings and other themed events.Admission: 15 euros adults, 7 euros ages 3-12, free of those ages two and

Herbstmesse/Autumn fairLocation: Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, GermanyDates: Oct. 27-Nov. 4 This bustling autumn fair offers rides, games of chance, booths selling the usual culinary treats, and a market selling all those products needed to make it through the cold winter months ahead.Admission: FreeOnline:

Honky Tonk FestLocation: Frankenthal, GermanyDate: Oct. 27 This long-running festival makes its way through various cities of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This time it’s the bars, cafes, clubs and other venues in Frankenthal which host concerts featuring musicians across all genres. Visitors buy one ticket which allows them access to all shows on the night’s agenda. Performances start at 8 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. the next day.Tickets: Online tickets go for 13.50 euros; expect to pay slightly more on the night

Sagra del Tordo-Feast of the ThrushLocation: Montalcino, ItalyDates: Oct. 27-28 The highlight event of this historical celebration is a competition of archers representing the districts of the city. Parades set forth from Piazza Cavour on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Folkloric performances also feature on the agenda. Stalls serve a range of traditional dishes. Admission: No information available Online:

Bram Stoker FestivalLocation: Dublin, IrelandDates: Oct. 26-29 Ireland’s capital celebrates its dark side with this event named for the author of the classic Gothic novel Dracula. Things to do include listening to creepy tales, taking guided walks, listening to a symphonic performance of the 1922 horror film "Nosferatu," watching screenings of classic horror films and much more. One of the highlight events is the Macnas Halloween parade, which gets underway from 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Admission: A ticket is required to attend most events; entry to the parade is free. Online:

Basler Herbstmesse-Basel Autumn FairLocation: Barfuesserplatz and other venues in Basel, SwitzerlandDates: Oct. 27-Nov. 11 Basel’s giant autumn bash is much more than your average funfair. It can look back at 500 years of history and attracts around one million visitors annually. Adrenalin junkies can get their fix on numerous thrill rides. The fair spreads over several locations across town, giving a visitor the impression that the entire city is engulfed in celebration. Admission:


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