Europe Traveler's event picks for Oct. 5-7
Modeste Beer FestivalLocation: Intersection of Boomgaardstraat and Haringrodestraat, Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: Oct. 6-7 (11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days)
Visitors can enjoy sampling a variety of beers made by about 25 small-scale and family brewers located throughout the land. The beers are served up by the brewers themselves in a covered festival hall.
Admission: Free; pours cost one euro per glass, and sampling glasses cost 3 euros.
Fete des Hurlus/ Hurlus FestivalLocation: Grand’Place, Mouscron, Belgium
Dates: Oct. 5-7
This traditional festival offers folkloric groups, artisans, marchers and musicians over three days. Parades take place at 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The highlight event comes on Sunday at 6 p.m., when Hurlus, dolls representing the Lutherans who terrorized the city in the 16th century, are tossed into the crowds below, who try to catch them.
Stadin Silakka Markkinat/ Baltic Herring FairLocation: Market Square, Helsinki, Finland
Dates: Oct. 7-13
A market dating back to 1743 sees dozens of local fishermen peddle their wares from directly on board their boats or from little huts. Oceanic environmental protection measures are addressed through talks, quizzes and hands-on activities. A pop-up restaurant offers lunch and a tasting menu.
Pilsner FestLocation: Pilsen Urquell Brewery, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Date: Oct. 6
The birthplace of the style of beer known as Pilsner celebrates its tasty suds with brewery tours, tastings and concerts. Regional dishes pair perfectly with the beer on tap.
Goose FairLocation: Forest Recreation Ground, NG7 6HB, Nottingham, England
Dates: Oct. 3-7
This traveling fair has been delighting the public for more than 700 years now. Among its attractions are both old-fashioned carousels and scary rides the likes of the AtmosFear and Bomber Mach 2. Don’t miss the traditional Goose Fair dishes of mushy peas and mint and the chewy toffee lollipops called cocks on sticks.
Mondial de la Moto/ Paris Motor ShowLocation: Port de Versailles, Paris, France
Dates: Oct. 4-14
Autos from Lexus to Lamborghini, motorcycles and other gear sure to delight motorheads are all on exhibit here. An additional section is devoted to the topic of mobility.
Admission: Adult tickets cost 16-18 euros; ages 11-17 pay 9 euros, ages 10 and under enter free.
Tuebinger Entenrennen/ Tuebingen Duck RaceLocation: Tubiengen, Germany
Date: Oct. 6
Thousands of plastic rubber ducks “swim” down the Neckar River in a race to be first across the finish line. Those who want a piece of the action pay 5 euros to rent a feathered friend and if yours is first over the finish line, you stand to win a substantial prize. Everyone's a winner here though, as proceeds of the race benefit charity. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, each entrant receives at least one prize: a chocolate bar. The race begins at Alleenbrücke at 2 p.m., and the ducks take about 45 minutes to reach their goal. Winners are announced at around 3:15 p.m.
CineastLocation: Cinematheque de la Ville de Luxembourg, 17, place du Theatre, Luxembourg and other venues
Dates: Oct. 4-21
The CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg screens some 60 feature and 40 short films from 20 countries. This year’s guest country is Latvia. Fiction, documentary and animated films are included in the program. Concerts, parties, exhibitions, debates and more fill out the agenda.
Admission: Festival passes cost 25 euros; single tickets go for 6 euros.
Fiesta del Marisco- Seafood FestivalLocation: O Grove, Spain
Dates: Oct. 4-14
A small city in Galicia, in northwest Spain, celebrates its locally caught fish and shellfish with this annual festival which attracts foodies from far and wide. The town's residents prepare many of the dishes on offer. Free concerts are offered at the port daily.