Festivals and events, April 21 and beyond
April 20, 2011
Since event details are subject to change, it’s wise to confirm time and place with the tourist board before traveling.
Austriawww.austria.info/ukVIENNA: Easter market, through April 25. Schönbrunn Palace.VIENNA: OsterKlang, through April 25. Opera and concert festival.SALZBURG: Easter festival, through April 25. Classical music festival.STEYR: Shubert festival, through April May 8.KREMS: donaufestival, through May 7. Avant-garde pop festival for performance, art, media and music. This year’s theme is “Nodes, Roots and Shoots.”
Belgiumwww.visitbelgium.comBRUSSELS: Festival of Fantastic Film, through April 19.BRUSSELS: Royal greenhouses open to public, through May 8.GREZ-DOICEAU: St. Georges’ Day, April 22-24. With historical parade.BRUSSELS: Art Brussels, April 28-May 1. Contemporary art show at Brussels Expo.BRUSSELS: Kundenfestivaldesarts, May 6-18. Performing and visual arts festival.BRUSSELS: Iris day, May 7-8. Celebration of the city’s symbol at the Belgian Parliament.BRUSSELS: Open house at European institutions, May 8.LIEGE: Jazz festival, May 13-14.MONS: Beer festival, May 13-15.
Czech Republicwww.czechtourism.comPRAGUE: Easter markets, through May 1. Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square.PILSEN: Freedom Festival, May 6-9. Celebrating liberation of town in WWII by American forces.COUNTRYWIDE: Liberation Day, May 8. National holiday.PRAGUE: City marathon, May 8.PRAGUE: Prague Spring, May 12-June 5. Symphony orchestra festival.PRAGUE: Czech beer festival, May 12-28. Ceskypivnifestival.cz.
Denmarkwww.visitdenmark.comCOPENHAGEN: Film festival, through May 1.RIBE: Viking market, April 30-May 6.COPENHAGEN: City marathon, May 22.
Englandwww.visitbritain.comLONDON: St. George’s Day celebrations, April 23.LONDON: Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations, April 23. Globe Theatre.STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Shakepeare’s birthday celebrations, April 23 to May 8. Parade on April 30.YORK: Model railway show, April 23-25. York Raceway.SILSOE: St. George Day Festival, April 23-25. Medieval festival, Wrest Park.LONDON: Royal wedding, April 29. Prince William weds Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.ELY: Eel festival, April 30.ROUGHAM AIRFIELD (Bury St. Edmunds): Large model airshow, April 30-May 1.FRAMLINGHAM: Knights tournament, May 1-2. Castle.LONDON: London Pet Show, May 7-8. Olympia.
Francewww.franceguide.comCANNES: Shopping festival, through April 24. CABRIES-CALAS (Provence): Blessing of more than 600 horses, April 22-24. Includes bull races, games and exhibitions.PARIS: Paris fair, April 28-May 8. Home furniture, leisure, health, world cultures at the Porte de Versailles.ORLEANS: Joan of Arc festival, April 28-May 8.SAINT-EMILION: Open House at Saint-Emilion Wine Chateaux, April 30-May 1.LILLE: Hot-air balloon festival, May 6-9.CANNES: International film festival, May 11-22.SEDAN: Medieval festival, May 21-22. Castle.
Germanywww.germany-tourism.deFRANKFURT: Dippemess, through May 8. Funfair at Ratsweg fairgrounds.MUNICH: Spring festival, through May 15. Funfair at the Theresienwiese.MAINZ-KASTEL: Historical Easter market, April 23-25. Reduit.STUTTGART: Spring festival, April 23-May 15. Funfair on the Cannstatter Wasen.ROTHENBURG OB-DER-TAUBER: Historical shepherds dance, April 24, June 12, July 2-3, Sept. 4.HARZ MOUNTAINS: Walpurgis, April 30-May 1. Traditional spring festival.RONNEBURG: Walpurgis Night and May market, April 30-May 1. Medieval re-enactments.MUNICH: Maidult, April 30-May 8. Fun fair and market on Mariahilfplatz.FÜRSTENBERG: Fürstenberg porcelain sale, April 30-May 9.HAMBURG: Harbor festival, May 6-8. BONN-LINZ: Rhine in Flames, May 7.
Hungarywww.hungarytourism.huBUDAPEST: Palinka festival, May 5-8. Celebrating Hungarian fruit brandies.KISKoRoS: Kiskoros Days and strudel festival, May 20-22.
Italywww.italiantourism.comROME: Good Friday procession, April 22. Pope leads torch-light procession on the Via Crucis from the Colosseum to Monte Palatino.FLORENCE: Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), April 24.VENICE: St. Mark’s Day, April 25. With gondola race.FLORENCE: International arts and crafts show, April 30-May 8. Fortezza da Basso. SAN MINIATO: Kite festival, May 1.MONTECCHIO: Medieval festival, May 1-2. Commemorates the duel between the Montague and Capulet families.CAGLIARI: The festival of St. Elisio, May 1-4. With procession to celebrate patron saint.Cocullo: Procession of the snake catchers, May 5. Honors San Domenico Abate, protector against snake bites and toothaches.ASSISI: Calendimaggio, May 5-7. Medieval festival and contest.BARI: Festival of St. Nicholas, May 7-8. Procession of saint’s relics.
Luxembourgwww.ont.luNOSPELT and Luxembourg City: Emaischen, April 25. Traditional fair and flea market, Marche-aux-Poissons (fish market).GREVENMACHER: Wine market, April 29. Centre Sportif et Culturel.
The Netherlandswww.holland.com/ukAMSTERDAM: Fantastic film festival, through April 23.AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo, April 22-June 9. World’s biggest photo exhibition, Oude Kerk.SCHEVENINGEN: Sand sculpture festival, April 24-June 27.COUNTRYWIDE: Queen’s Day, April 30. Celebration of queen’s birthday.COUNTRYWIDE: National Mills Day and National Cycling Day, May 14-15.
Portugalwww.visitportugal.comCOIMBRA: Burning of the ribbons, May 6-13. Parades, dancing and serenades in the academic town.FUNCHAL (MADEIRA):: Flower festival, May 7-8.FATIMA: Pilgrimages, May 12-13, Oct. 12-13.
Scotlandwww.visitscotland.comEDINBURGH: International science festival, through April 22.SHETLAND ISLANDS: Folk festival, April 28-May 1.SPEYSIDE: Whisky festival, April 28-May 2.EDINBURGH: Beltane fire festival, April 30. Ancient rite welcoming spring, Carlton Hill.EDINBURGH: International children’s theater festival, May 9-15.
Spainwww.spain.infoCOUNTRYWIDE: Holy Week, through April 24. Religious processions.ALCOY: Moors and Christians, through April 24. Historical re-enactment.MURCIA: Burial of the Sardine, April 30. Carnival parade.ZÚJAR: Moors and Christians festival, April 30-May 3.MADRID: Madrid Day, May 2.SEVILLE: La Feria de Abril, May 3-8. Colorful spring fair. JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Feria del Caballo, May 8-15. Horse and Jerez sherry festival in Gonzalez Hontoria Park.
Swedenwww.visitsweden.comSTOCKHOLM: Easter celebrations, April 23-30. Skansen.GOTHENBERG: International science festival, May 10-15.
Switzerlandwww.switzerlandtourism.chMENDRISIO: Historical Easter procession, through April 22. MORGES: Tulip festival, through May 15.ROMONT: Easter procession, April 22. LUGANO: Easter celebrations in town, April 22-25.GRUYÈRES: Cheese festival, May 1.LAUSANNE: Carnival, May 5-8.NENDAZ: National cow-fighting championships, May 7-8.MONTREUX: Narcissus festival, May 7-June 5.
Turkeywww.tourismturkey.orgANKARA: Tango festival, through April 24.ISTANBUL: Puppet festival, through May 15.ISTANBUL: Hıdrellez, May 5. Traditional spring festival. Ahırkapı Park.
Waleswww.visitwales.co.ukLLANDUDNO: Victorian festival, April 30-May 2.