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French singer-songwriter Vianney was a past performer at Popfest Wien, on the Karlsplatz in Vienna from July 26-29.
French singer-songwriter Vianney was a past performer at Popfest Wien, on the Karlsplatz in Vienna from July 26-29. (Courtesy of Popfest Wien)

Sfinks MixedLocation: Molenveld, 2530 Boechout, BelgiumDates: July 26-29 (from 4 p.m. July 26-27; from 11 a.m. July 28-29) This festival already in its fifth decade is known for its unique musical offerings, and many artists from around the world have been discovered here. This year’s crop of performers includes Julien Marley and the New York Salsa All Stars, along with musicians from India, Mali, Spain, Syria and many other lands. Children have their own entertainment in the Kidz Village. Street artists animate the grounds by day, and a world market sells items resulting from projects around the globe. On Saturday, July 28, the Mundial Latino offers Latin vibes in a park.Admission:

Popfest WienLocation: Karlsplatz, Vienna, AustriaDates: July 26-29 This free festival showcases the city’s hottest new acts from rock to rap to pop to hip-hop. Some 60 acts in all perform across nine stages, including some beautiful indoor venues such as the Wien Museum and the Karlskirche.Admission: FreeOnline:

London Film and Comic ConLocation: Olympia London, EnglandDates: July 27-29 Fans of gaming, sci-fi and comics will delight in the stands full of memorabilia to peruse and purchase, panel sessions, photo shoots and meeting their favorite stars from TV, film and comics. Invited guests include David Duchovny, Christopher Eccleston, Jason Momoa, Sam Niell, Val Kilmer, Steven Seagal, Peter Capaldi, Meatloaf, James Caan and many others. Autographs and photo ops with the stars are subject to additional fees. Admission: Adult tickets start at 17 pounds and children’s tickets start at 12 pounds for entry on July 27. Tickets for weekend dates are mostly sold out. Online:

Foire auz Vins d’Alsace (Fair of the Wines of Alsace)Location: Exhibition Hall, Avenue de la foire aux vins, 68000 Colmar, FranceDates: July 27-Aug. 5 (11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. following day) This event is both festival and fair. In addition to tasting the great wines of the region, a full program of concerts is offered. This year’s artists on stage include Lennie Kravitz, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Beth Ditto. Tickets are needed to attend the concerts.Admission: the earlier guests arrive, the less they pay. On most days, entry is free before 1 p.m.; 4.50 euros from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and 7 euros after 5 p.m. Children under 12 pay 1 euro for

Rakoczy FestivalLocation: Bad Kissingen, GermanyDates: July 27-29 Over the past three centuries, the attractive spa town of Bad Kissingen has attracted a who’s who list of royals, politicians and celebrities of the day. Their stopovers in town are recalled at this historical festival, where one can see sumptuously costumed characters such as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Program highlights include candles floating on the Saale River at 9:45 p.m. July 27; food stands and concerts throughout the town on the evening of July 28, and the historical parade with costumed characters starting at 2:30 p.m. July 29.Admission: The festival badge costs 4 euros and offers entry to the concerts and parades. Children under the age of 12 enter for

Bardentreffen/ Meeting of the BardsLocation: Old Town, Nuremberg, GermanyDates: July 27-29 Germany’s biggest free music event is a singer-songwriter festival which attracts some 200,000 listeners annually. The official program of 90 concerts across nine stages is complemented by hundreds of street musicians playing in the streets. Bardentreffen’s musical concept combines the elements of tradition, trends and experiments. This year’s edition, organized under the heading of “RAP – Rhythm And Poetry,” features a lineup of German-speaking and international representatives of the rap scene.Admission: Free; the purchase of a festival pin in the shape of a microphone at a cost of 5 euros supports organizational costs.Online:

Zweibruecker Stadtfest/ Zweibruecken City FestivalLocation: City center, Zweibruecken, GermanyDates: July 27-29 Carnival rides, food and drink stands and entertainment on nine open-air stages keep the city hopping from early afternoon to late at night. The free music program gets underway at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.Admission: FreeOnline:

Festa dell’Unicorno/ Fest of the UnicornLocation: Vinci, ItalyDates: July 27-29 The historical center of a small Tuscan city just west of Florence serves as the scenic backdrop to what’s billed as Italy’s biggest fantasy festival. Among the fest’s nine thematic zones are areas dedicated to comics, cosplay, steampunk, concerts and a medieval market. This year’s special guest is Sean Astin; photo ops and autograph sessions with him are ticketed as separate events.Admission: Tickets sold onsite go for 12 euros; ages 11-16 pay 8 euros, and those ages 10 and under enter free.Online:

Medieval FestivalLocation: Vianden Castle, Vianden, LuxembourgDates: July 28 through Aug. 5 A handsome castle set in lush green countryside is the venue for the country’s biggest Middle Ages spectacle. The 100 reenactors lending color to activities include jugglers, minstrels, falconers, craftsmen, fire artists, knights and many others. A tavern serves up dishes of the age, along with wine and beer. A program highlight is the grand finale performance of troubadours, flag wavers, belly dancers and others from 6 p.m. Aug. 5. Admission: Adults pay 8.50 euros, seniors and students pay 7 euros, and children enter for 2 euros. A family card for two parents and two children goes for 19


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