Festivals and events
Stars and Stripes March 14, 2012
Details may change. It's wise to check with the local tourist board before traveling.
Austriawww.austria.info/ukVIENNA: OsterKlang (Easter Festival), classical music performances, March 31-April 8.SALZBURG: Easter festival, opera and classical performances, March 31-April 9.VIENNA: City marathon, April 15.
Belgiumwww.visitbelgium.comBRUSSELS: Ars Musica, contemporary music festival, through March 30. BRUSSELS: Eurantica fine art and antiques fair at the Expo, through April 1. MONS: Ducasse of Messines flower market, March 23-25. TOURNAI: First Beer festival, March 24-25.MONS: Chocolate Festival, March 25-26.BRUSSELS: Festival of Fantasy, Thriller and Science Fiction Film, April 5-17.TOURNAI: Flower Market, April 6.CINEY: Flea market and antiques show, fairgrounds, April 6-9.
Czech Republicwww.czechtourism.comPRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair at fairgrounds, through April 25. PRAGUE: International Film Festival, March 24-30.
Denmark www.visitdenmark.comKLAMPENBORG: Bakken Amusement park open, March 26-Aug. 31COPENHAGEN: Tivoli Gardens summer opening, April 12-Sept. 23.
Englandwww.visitbritain.comCAMBRIDGE: Science Festival, through March 25.LONDON: Oxford vs. Cambridge boat race on River Thames, April 7. LONDON: City marathon, April 22.LONDON: St. George’s Day celebrations on Trafalgar Square, April 23.LONDON: World Shakespeare Festival in various venues, April 23-June 9.
Francewww.franceguide.comMETZ: Flea market in Metz Expo, April 14, 28; May 12.CANNES: Shopping festival, April 6-9.PARIS: City marathon, April 15.PARIS: Jules Verne festival, Grand Rex Theater, April 20-21.
Germanywww.germany-tourism.deFRANKFURT: Music Fair, international trade show at fairgrounds, through March 24.STUTTGART: Retro Classics, classic auto show at fairgrounds, through March 25.HAMBURG: DOM spring fair, considered northern Germany’s biggest fun fair, March 23-April 22. FRANKFURT: Tattoo Convention, fairgrounds, March 30-April 1.FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair at Ratsweg fairgrounds, March 30-April 22.TRIER: Medieval market, fairgrounds, March 31-April 1.
Hungarywww.hungarytourism.huBUDAPEST: Spring cultural festival, through March 26.
Italywww.italiantourism.comSIENA: Race of the Donkeys, March 25.VERONA: Vinitaly, wine fair, fairgrounds, March 25-28.ROME: Photoshow, photography fair in Fiera di Roma, March 30-April 2.VICENZA: Nautic Show, boat show in Parco San Giuliano, April 13-15.
Luxembourgwww.ont.luNOSPELT, LUXEMBOURG CITY: Emaischen, traditional pottery folk festival, with ceramic bird whistles, April 9.
The Netherlandswww.holland.com/ukMAASTRICHT: European Fine Art Fair, MECC, through March 25.LISSE: Keukenhof gardens open, theme: Germany: Poland — Heart of Europe, through May 20. ALKMAAR: Cheese market, Fridays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Waagplein, April 6-Sept. 7.COUNTRYWIDE: National museum week, free entry to 500 museums, April 14-15.AMSTERDAM: Fantastic Film Festival, April 13-23.
Scotlandwww.visitscotland.comEDINBURGH: Ceilidh Culture, traditional arts festival, through April 15. EDINBURGH: International Harp Festival, March 30-April 4.EDINBURGH: International Science Festival, March 30-April 15.ST. ANDREWS: Golf week, April 7-13.
Spainwww.spain.infoBARCELONA: City marathon, March 25.COUNTRYWIDE: Holy Week, March 30-April 8. ELCHE: Palm Sunday procession, April 1.MADRID: City marathon, April 22.
Swedenwww.visitsweden.comSTOCKHOLM: Easter celebrations, Skansen, April 6-9. STOCKHOLM: Culture Night, April 21.
Switzerlandwww.switzerlandtourism.chMORGES: Tulip Festival, March 31-May 20.ROMONT: Procession des Pleureuses, Easter procession, April 6. ZURICH: Spring festival with burning of Böögg (snowman figure), April 16.
Turkeywww.tourismturkey.orgANKARA: International Film Festival, through March 25.MANISA: Mesir traditional folk festival, through March 27.