Many May events and celebrations revolve around flowers, including the Festa del Flor, a springtime flower festival in Funchal, Portugal, running through May 21.

Many May events and celebrations revolve around flowers, including the Festa del Flor, a springtime flower festival in Funchal, Portugal, running through May 21. (iStock)


LINZ: Urfahranermarkt, traditional fun fair, through May 7.

VIENNA: wean hean, festival of typical Viennese music, through May 11.

VIENNA: Vienna Blues Spring, blues concerts throughout city, through May 31.

ZELL AM ZILLER: Gauder Fest, traditional spring festival, May 4-7.

BREGENZ: Bodensee Klassik, rally of classic automobiles around Lake Constance, May 5-7.

KREMS: Donaufestival, May 5-7.

VIENNA: Wings for Life World Run, May 7.

VIENNA: Fest der Freude, free concert of the Viennese Symphony, Heldenplatz, May 8.

VIENNA: Art Austria, Gartenpalais Liechtenstein, May 11-14.

VIENNA: Genuss Festival, culinary treats in Stadtpark, May 12-14.

VIENNA: Vienna Festwochen, special productions in theaters, May 12-June 21.

KOESSEN: Kaiserwinkl Kasfest, festival with cheese and local folk music, May 20.

ST. WOLFGANG IM SALZKAMMERGUT: Schafburg Run, runners race against Schafberg cog wheel railway, May 20.

SALZBURG: Salzburg Marathon, May 21.

ST. POLTEN: Challenge St. Polten, triathlon, May 21.


GROOT-BIJGAARDEN: Floralia Brussels, floral exhibition, Chateau de Grand Bigard, through May 4.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Short Film Festival, Flagey, through May 6.

LAEKEN: Greenhouses of the Royal Palace open, through May 7.

BRUSSELS: Les Nuits Botanique, concerts and after parties, Botanique, through May 12.

MONS: La Biere in Fete, beer festival, May 5-7.

BRUSSELS: Iris Festival, May 6-7.

BRUGGES: Procession of the Holy Blood, May 8.

BRUSSELS: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, contemporary theater, dance, cinema and visual arts festival, Mont des Arts, May 11-June 3.

MECHELEN: Hanswijk Procession, May 14.

GENT: Gent Smaakt, food festival, May 17-21.

NAMUR: Fairground Arts Festival, street artists perform, May 18-20.

ANTWERP: Antwerp Proeft, culinary festival, Waagnatie, May 18-21.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Pride Parade, May 20.

LIEGE: Beer Lover’s Marathon, May 21.

LIEGE: Summer Beer Lover’s Festival, May 25-28.

LIEGE: Jazz a Liege, jazz festival, May 25-28.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Weekend, free weekend of international jazz, May 26-28.

ARLON: Maitrank Festival, celebrates local drink, May 27-28.

BRUSSELS: 20 km of Brussels, May 28.


ZADAR: Street Food Festival, through May 7.

ZADAR: Wings for Life World Run, May 7.

STRIGOVA: Urbanovo, wine and gourmet festival, May 12-14.

BUJE: Istria Wine and Walk, 11 km vineyard trek with refreshment stands, May 13.

UMAG: Sea Star Festival, music festival, May 19-20.

BASKA: Black Sheep Festival, sport and culture festival on island of Krk, May 19-21.

OSIJEK: Pannonian Challenge, festival of extreme sports and urban culture, May 19-28.

ZAGREB: Cest is D Best, international street festival, May 25-28.

Czech Republic

PRAGUE: United Islands, free music festival, May 5-6.

PILSEN: Slavnosti Svobody Plzen, celebration of end of WWII and liberation of Pilsen by the United States Army, May 5-8.

ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE: Get Rainbowed, family fun 5 km run, May 6; also Olomouc May 13; Prague June 10; Usti nad Labem, June 18 and Pardubice June 12.

PRAGUE: Book World Prague, book fair and literary festival, Expo Center Prague Holesovice, May 11-14.

PRAGUE: Prague Spring, International Music Festival, May 12-June 2.

PRAGUE: Navalis, celebration of St. John along the Vltava River, May 15.

PRAGUE: Open House, showcase of outstanding architecture, May 15-21.

PRAGUE: Tattoo Convention, Mala Sportivni Hala, May 19-21.

KARLOVY VARY: Mattoni Half Marathon, May 20.

PRAGUE: Prague Fringe Festival, English language theater festival, May 22-27.

VLCNOV: Ride of the Kings, traditional Moravian folklore festival, May 28-29.

PRAGUE: Khamoro, world festival of Roma culture, May 28-June 3.


RIBE: Viking Market, Ribe Viking Center, through May 7.

AARHUS: Spot Festival, festival supports upcoming Danish and Nordic film makers and bands, May 5-6.

COPENHAGEN: 48 Timer, festival in Norrebro section of city, May 12-14.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Marathon, May 14.

HUNDESTED: Sand Sculpture Festival, May 18-Oct. 22.

AALBORG: carnival celebrations, includes International Parade May 19, Children’s Carnival May 20 and Aalborg Carnival May 27.

FREDERIKSBERG: Bloom Festival, music fest, May 26-28.

SILKEBORG: Nordic Extreme Marathon, racing through hard terrain with map and compass for pairs and marked trails for solo runners, May 27-28.

COPENHAGEN: Distortion Festival, street and nightlife festival, May 31-June 4.


STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Stratford Literary Festival, May 2-7.

COUNTRYWIDE: Coronation of King Charles III, May 6-8.

LONDON: Photo London, photo exhibition, Somerset House, May 10-14.

WINDSOR: Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Castle, May 11-14.

LONDON: Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, May 11-14.

MALVERN: RHS Malvern Spring Festival, flower show, Three Counties Showground, May 11-14.

BRISTOL: Foodies Festival, Little Stoke Park, May 12-14.

NORWICH: Norfolk and Norwich festival, circus, music, theater, dance and family entertainment, May 12-28.

LIVERPOOL: Eurovision Song Contest Final, May 13.

LONDON: The Great British Tattoo Show, Alexandra Palace, May 13-14.

LONDON: Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, May 14.

MALDON: Maldon Mud Race, May 14.

LONDON: London Wine Fair, Olympia, May 15-17.

LONDON: Alchemy, festival of South Asian culture, Southbank Centre, May 19-29.

CAMBRIDGE: CAMRA Cambridge Beer Festival, Jesus Green, May 22-27.

LONDON: RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 23-27.

LONDON: MCM London Comic Con, ExCeL, May 26-28.

LONDON: Bike Shed, independent motorcycle show, Tobacco Dock, May 27-28.

LEEDS: Great British Food Festival, Harewood House, May 27-29.

LONDON: Foodies Festival, Syon Park, May 27-29.

COOPER’S HILL: Cheese Rolling Festival, May 29.

COLCHESTER: Real Ale & Cider Festival, Arts Centre, May 31-June 3.


TALLINN: Craft Beer Weekend, Tallinn Creative Hub, May 5-6.

TALLINN: Tallinn Music Week, music fest and industry conference, May 11-14.

COUNTRYWIDE: Museum Night, May 20.

TALLINN: LHV Maijooks, 7 km women’s run, May 20.


HELSINKI: Open House, showcase of outstanding architecture, May 5-7.

HELSINKI: Helsinki City Running Day, Olympic Stadium, May 13.

HELSINKI: Vaasa Choir Festival, May 18-21.

HELSINKI: Siivous Paiva, cleaning day, small private flea markets across town, May 27.

HELSINKI: World Village Festival, May 27-28.


PARIS: The Paris Fair, retail sales event, Porte de Versailles, through May 8.

ORLEANS: Joan of Arc Festival, through May 8.

PARIS: Foire du Trone, fun fair, Bois de Vincennes, through May 29.

NIMES: The Great Roman Games, May 4-8.

METZ: Les Puces de Metz, flea and antiques market, Metz Expo, May 6.

METZ: May Fair, midway with rides, May 6-29.

PARIS: Jazz a Saint-Germain-des-Pres, jazz festival on Left Bank, May 10-17.

PARIS: Taste of Paris, gourmet food festival, The Grand Palais, May 11-14.

COUNTRYWIDE: European Night of Museums, May 13.

CANNES: Festival de Cannes, Film Festival, May 16-27.

LYON: Nuits Sonores, festival of indie and electronic music, May 17-21.

PARIS: Grand Steeplechase, horse jumping, Hippodrome d’Auteuil, May 20-21.

PARIS: French Open, tennis tournament, May 22-June 11.

PARIS: Natur et Vins, show of eco-wines, Parc Floral, May 25-27.

PARIS: Musicora, event for music and musicians, Grande Halle de la Villette, May 26-28.

CAEN: D-Day Landing Day Festival, festival of remembrance along Normandy coast, May 27-June 11.


WIESBADEN: goEast, East European film festival, through May 2.

DARMSTADT: Fruehlingsmess, spring fun fair, through May 7.

GRONAU: Jazzfest Gronau, through May 7.

MUNICH: Fruehlingfest, fun fair, Theresienwiese, through May 7.

MUNICH: Maidult, traditional fun fair, through May 7.

STUTTGART: Fruehlingsfest, fun fest and beer celebration, Cannstatter Wasen, through May 14.

BONN: Jazzfest Bonn, through May 14.

MUNICH: International Documentary Film Festival, May 3-14.

BUEHL: International Bluegrass Festival, Buergerhaus Neuer Markt, May 5-6.

NUREMBERG: Blue Night, late openings and cultural program, May 5-6.

HAMBURG: Harbor Fest, May 5-7.

BONN: Rhine in Flames, fireworks and illuminated vineyards between Linz and Bonn, May 6.

HEPPENHEIM: Flea market, annual city flea market, May 6.

MUNICH: Long Night of Music, musical events in more than 100 venues throughout city, May 6.

NEURBERG: Hotfoot Run, obstacle course, Nuerburgring, May 6.

SCHWETZINGEN: Spargelsamstag, city celebrates white asparagus, May 6.

BAYREUTH: Flea market, Volksfestplatz, May 6-7.

DORTMUND: German Comic Con, Messe, May 6-7.

GERNSBACH: Middle Ages festival, Murginsel, May 6-7.

KIRCHHEIM: Weinwanderung, vineyard hike, May 6-7.

SCHWAEBISCH HALL: South German Cheese Market, Hohenloher Freilandmuseum, May 6-7.

HEILBRONN: Trollinger Marathon, course runs through vineyards, May 7.

MAINZ: Gutenberg Marathon, May 7.

MUNICH: Wings for Life World Run, race benefits charity for spinal cord injury, May 7.

ULM: Kleinbrauer Markt, small breweries present their beers, Muensterplatz, May 11-13.

BAYREUTH: Maisel’s Weissbierfest, May 11-14.

NUREMBERG: Trempelmarkt, flea market, May 12-13.

RASTATT: Bierboerse, beer festival, May 12-14.

KAISERSLAUTERN: Lautrer Kerwe, fun fair on Messeplatz, May 12-22.

REGENSBURG: Maidult, traditional spring fun fair, May 12-29.

BERLIN: KoRo Women’s Run, 10 km run, May 13.

DUESSELDORF: Japan Day, May 13.

FRANKFURT: Night of Museums, May 13.

SCHWEINFURT: Flea market, Volksfestplatz, May 13.

RUEDESHEIM: German Sekt Days, May 13-14.

ZWEIBRUECKEN: Street theater spectacle and flower market, May 13-14.

DRESDEN: International Dixieland Festival, May 14-21.

PFORZHEIM: Bierboerse, beer festival, downtown, May 18-21.

ULM: Middle Ages Market and knights’ tournament, Kloster Wiblingen, May 18-21.

ESSLINGEN: Vineyard hiking, May 21.

OPPENHEIM/WORMS: Rheinradeln, auto free cycling day, May 21.

WOLFSTEIN: Culinary walk, May 21-22.

DARMSTADT: Schlossgrabenfest, free concerts throughout town, May 25-28.

IDAR-OBERSTEIN: Jazz Days, May 26-28.

LUDWIGSBURG: Strassenmusik Festival, blues and folk concerts, Bluehendes Barock, May 26-28.

WIESBADEN: Pfingstturnier, horse jumping and dressage event, Biebrich Castle, May 26-29.

AMBERG: Amberger Dult, volksfest, May 26-June 4.

WUERZBURG: Weindorf, wine festival in market square, May 26-June 4.

WUERZBURG: Africa Festival, International Afro Music Festival, May 26-29.


BUDAPEST: Budapest Spring Festival, orchestral, chamber, folk and world music concerts, dance, theater, and more, through May 15.

BUDAPEST: Rosalia, festival celebrates rose wine, Gesztenyes kert, May 9-11.

BUDAPEST: Floralia, Roman-style celebrations at the Museum of Aquincum, May 12-14.


DUBLIN: Dublin Dance Festival, contemporary dance event, May 16-28.

DUBLIN: International Literature Festival, Merrion Square Park, May 19-28.

GALWAY: Early Music Festival, May 26-27.


NARNI: Corsa all'Anello, medieval jousting competition and historical pageants, through May 14.

ASSISI: Calendimaggio, Middle Ages Festival, May 3-6.

RIVARA: Gelato Festival, May 5-7.

LIGURIA: Giro d’Italia, multi-stage bicycle race, May 6-28.

MILAN: Art on the Naviglio Grande, May 7.

GUBBIO: La Festa dei Ceri, fest of the candles, historical and folklore event, May 15.

TURIN: International Book Fair, Lingotto Fiere, May 18-22.

MILAN: Taste of Milano, restaurant festival, May 18-27.

MODENA: Play, game festival, Modena Fairgrounds, May 19-21.

CAMPOSANO: Palio de Casale, May 20-21.

ROME: Open House, showcase of outstanding architecture, May 20-28.

NOTO: Infiorata, elaborate artwork created from flower petals, May 21.

VENICE: Festa della Sensa, festival celebrating city's “marriage” to the sea, May 21.

FERRARA: Palio, May 27.

COUNTRYWIDE: Cantini Aperte, open wine cellars, May 27-29.

MONTESPERTOLI: Mostra del Chianti, wine festival, May 27-June 4.

MASSA MARITTIMA: Balestro del Girifalco, medieval festival, May 28.


CITY: Stoffen Spektakel, sale of fabrics, The Box, May 13.

CITY: ING Night Marathon, starts 7 p.m., May 20.

COUNTRYWIDE: Invitation to the Museums, free entry to state museums, May 20-21.

BECH-KLEINMACHER: Open wineries weekend, May 27-29.

ECHTERNACH: Hopping Procession, religious rite and pilgrimage, May 30.


MONTE CARLO: Grand Prix of Monaco, World Formula 1 Championship race, May 26-28.


LISSE: Keukenhof Gardens open for season, through May 14.

AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo Exhibition, Nieuwe Kerk, through July 30.

AMSTERDAM: Rolling Kitchens, mobile food stands set up in Westergasfabriek, May 17-19.

UTRECHT: Spring, showcases new developments in dance and theater, May 18-27.

SITTARD: Groove Garden, music festival, May 20-21.

SCHEVENINGEN: North Sea Regatta, May 27-29.


STAVANGER: Maijazz, jazz fest, May 5-14.

TRONDHEIM: Jazzfestival, May 10-14.

OSLO: Constitution Day, children’s parade starts from Karl Johans Gate, May 17.

BERGEN: Bergen International Festival, music and performing arts festival, May 24-June 7.

OSLO: Medieval Festival, Akershus Fortress, May 26-29.

BERGEN: Night Jazz, Georgenes Verft, May 26-June 3.


LISBON: Indie Lisboa, film festival, through May 7.

FUNCHAL: Festa del Flor, springtime flower festival, through May 21.

BARCELOS: Festival of the Crosses, traditional festivities of the Alto Minho region, May 3.

FATIMA: Pilgrimages to Fatima, May 12-13.

COIMBRA: Burning of the Ribbons, student celebration, May 18-26.

LISBON: Arco Lisboa, international contemporary art fair, Fabrica Nacional da Cordoaria, May 25-28.

ARMAMAR: Douro Valley Half Marathon, May 28.


EDINBURGH: TradFest, music, song, dance, storytelling and tradition, Scottish Storytelling Centre, through May 8.

GLASGOW: Coffee Festival, The Briggait, May 13-14.

PERTH: Perth Festival of the Arts, May 18-27.

DUMFRIES: Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, music and comedy, May 20-28.

DUMFRIES: Spring Fling, arts and crafts open studios in Dumfries and Galloway, May 27-29.

ORKNEY: Folk Festival, May 25-28.

ISLAY: Islay Festival of Music and Malt, May 26-June 3.

EDINBURGH: Imaginate Festival, performing arts for young audiences, May 27-June 4.


BRATISLAVA: Urban Market, creative and design market, May 12-14.

BRATISLAVA: Food Truck Festival, May 18-21.


LJUBLJANA: Pohod recreational run around Ljubljana and threesomes run, May 4-6.

LJUBLJANA: Druga Godba, jazz and world music festival, May 22-30.


CORDOBA: The Patios of Cordoba, showcase of ornately decorated courtyards, through May 14.

TARRAGONA: Dixieland Jazz Festival, through May 15.

CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ: Los Caballos del Vino, horse parade, May 2.

LLANOS DE ARIDANE (Canary Islands): Transvulcania, 80 km extreme run over a volcano, May 4-6.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Horse Fair, equestrian shows, bullfights and fiestas, May 6-13.

CACERES: World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival, May 11-14.

EIVISSA (Ibiza): Medieval fair of Ibiza, May 11-14.

GIRONA: Temps de Flors, exhibition of flowers in patios and gardens, May 13-21.

BARCELONA: Docsbarcelona, international documentary film festival, May 18-28.

TINAJO: Iron Man Lanzarote Canary Islands, May 20.

CORDOBA: Cordoba Fair, May 20-27.

BARCELONA: Primavera Sound, music festival, May 29-June 4.


STOCKHOLM: Stockholm Art Week, May 9-14.

STOCKHOLM: Supermarket - Stockholm Independent Art Fair, May 11-14.

GOTHENBURG: Half marathon, one of world’s biggest races, May 13.

STOCKHOLM: The Archipelago Fair, Royal Djurgarden, May 26-28.


MORGES: Tulip Festival, through May 14.

GENEVA: Electron, festival of electronic music and culture, through May 18.

GENEVA: Geneva Marathon, May 6-7.

SCHAFFHAUSEN: Jazz Festival, May 10-13.

ZURICH: Zurich tanzt, dance performances and participatory events, May 11-21.

BERN: Bern Grand Prix, 10 mile run, May 13.

GENEVA: Museum Night, May 13.

GENEVA: Open wineries day in Canton Geneva, May 13.

BADEN: Blues Festival Baden, May 20-27.

SCHAFFHAUSEN: Slow Up, auto free stretch of road between Schaffhausen and Hegau, May 21.

WINTERTHUR: Afro Pentacost Festival, May 24-29.

ASCONA: Festival Artisti di Strada, street artists festival, May 26-28.

WEGGIS: Riviera Latina Festival, May 26-28.


WREXAM: Focus Wales, comedy, arts and film fest, May 4-6.

LLANRWST: Snowdonia Half Marathon, May 14.

DINAS: Rail Ale, real ales and ciders, live music and steam trains, May 18-20.

HAY-ON-WYE: Hay Festival, international literary festival, May 25-June 4.

HAY-ON-WYE: How the Light Gets in, philosophy and music festival, May 26-29.

LLANWRTYD WELLS: Welsh Open Stoneskimming Championships, May 28.

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