Festivals and events, April 21 and beyond
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.