Blue suede shoes are encouraged this weekend at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival in southern Wales.

Blue suede shoes are encouraged this weekend at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival in southern Wales. (

The Brussels Design MarketLocation: Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port, 86c, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Dates: Sept. 28-29

More than 100 exhibitors from Europe and beyond offer home decor, furniture, works of art and other rare items at what organizers bill as the largest vintage market on the continent.

Admission: for entry from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, tickets cost 25 euros; from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, entry tickets cost 10 euros. These tickets are valid for admission on Sunday too. Tickets for Sunday's event only go for 5 euros.

St Albans Beer & Cider FestivalLocation: Alban Arena, St Albans, AL1 3LD England

Dates: Sept. 25-28 (11 a.m.-11 p.m. all days)

Fans of quality brews will enjoy sampling from the vast assortment of tasty beverages , including about 350 real ales and 50 ciders and perries. The selection includes draught beers from Germany and bottled beers from around the world. A rugby game between the U.S. and England will be shown from 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Admission: free from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 3 pounds thereafter on Thurs. and Fri.; 5 pounds on Fri. and Sat.

Ludwigsburger Antikmeile / Ludwigsburg Antiques MileLocation: Marktplatz, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Date: Sept. 28-29 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Rare and valuable antiques and curiosities are sold by some 170 professional dealers and private individuals in the pretty downtown area. Two appraisers are on site to offer their expertise for free. Tasty snacks and cool drinks are sold around the Marktbrunnen.

Admission: Free

Berlin MarathonLocation: Berlin, Germany

Date: Sept. 29

This city road race attracts some of the world’s most elite runners and makes up part of the Marathon Majors series. Records are set and broken on this course; last year, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge smashed the previous marathon world record here with his time of just two hours, one minute, and 39 seconds. The race is open to amateurs as well. The first wave of runners sets off at 9:15 a.m. from the Strasse des 17. Juni, between Brandenburg Gate and the “Kleiner Stern.”

Admission: Free

International Oyster and Seafood FestivalLocation: Galway, Ireland

Dates: Sept. 27-29

The world’s oldest oyster festival and one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas draws thousands of visitors eager to sample the famous native Galway oysters. Aside for sampling shellfish, the program includes entertainment, street parades, walking trails and other activities.

Admission: Free; tickets required for some events including the Oyster Opening Championships on Sept. 28.

Vliegerfeest / Kite FestivalLocation: Scheveningen, Netherlands

Dates: Sept. 28-29

Holland’s biggest kite festival takes place on the beachfront of The Hague’s coastal suburb, where some 100 magnificent kites, including some of the world’s biggest models, take to the skies. Kites are for sale on the boulevard, meaning anyone can get in on the action.

Admission: Free

Fete des Vendages / Grape harvest festivalLocation: Neuchatel, Switzerland

Dates: Sept. 27-29

This wine fest celebrates the local harvest with plenty of tradition, highlights of which include a parade featuring carnival-style “Guggenmusik” (from 9:15 p.m. Sept. 27); a costumed children’s parade (from 2 p.m. Sept. 28), and a parade of decorated vintner’s floats (3 p.m. Sept. 30).

Admission: Free

Porthcawl Elvis FestivalLocation: Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, Wales, UK

Dates: Sept. 27-29

Elvis fans travel from far and wide to this pleasant seaside town in southern Wales to watch and take part in tribute shows honoring “The King.” More than 100 shows are staged, a handful of which offer free admission. The best Elvis tribute artists receive their just rewards at the “Elvies” awards show at 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

Admission: Tickets are available online and at the Grand Pavilion box office.

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