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Keukenhof, the world's largest spring garden, opens for the season March 21 in Lisse, Netherlands.
Keukenhof, the world's largest spring garden, opens for the season March 21 in Lisse, Netherlands. (Courtesy of Keukenhof)

AustriaVIENNA: Accordion Festival, through March 24.

GASTEIN: Snow Jazz, March 8-17.

VIENNA: Wikam- Vienna international art and antiques fair, Palais Ferstel and Palais Niederosterreich, March 9-17.

VIENNA: Cirque du Soleil, current production is Totem, Grand Chapiteau in Neu Marx, March 9-April 22.

ACHENKIRCH: International Balloon Days Achensee, March 11-17.

ST. LEONHARD IM PITZTAL: Wild Face Extreme Freeride, ski race, March 14-16.

VIENNA: Masters of Dirt, freestyle motocross, snowmobile, quad, mountain bike and BMX free style show, Stadthalle, March 15-17.

VIENNA: Vienna Blues Spring, March 20-April 30.

LANGENLOIS: Loisiarte Festival, highlights chamber music, literature and contemporary music, Loisium, March 21-24.

GASTEIN: Ski Amade Ladies Week, two for one skipass special, March 25-April 1.

BelgiumBRUSSELS: Anima, animated film festival, March 1-10.

BRUSSELS: Comic Con, Tour & Taxis, March 2-3.

BINCHE: Carnival, folkloric carnival celebration includes the Gilles, March 3-5.

BRUSSELS: Carnival parade of the North Quarter, starts 1 p.m., Maximilian Park Farm, March 7.

ANTWERP: Chocolate Week, special deals at bakeries and patisseries, March 8-17.

BOUGE: Le Grand Fou de Bouge, traditional bonfire to chase away winter, March 10.

BRUSSELS: BANFF Mountain Film Festival, March 12-16.

BRUSSELS: Offscreen, film festival highlights independent and unreleased films, March 13-31.

BRUSSELS: Creativa, activities and exhibits related to creative hobbies, Brussels Expo, March 14-17.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Book Fair, Tour & Taxis, March 14-17.

LEUVEN: Leuven Jazz, Schouwburg and other venues, March 14-24.

BRUSSELS: Klara Festival, celebrates classical music, March 14-29.

BRUSSELS: Affordable Art Fair, Tour & Taxis, March 15-17.

BRUSSELS: Millenium, international documentary film festival, March 22-30.

TOURNAI: Brassicole de Tournai, beer festival, March 23-24.

MECHELEN: Eurantica, Brussels Fine Art Fair, Nekkerhal-Brussels North, March 28-31.

STAVELOT: Carnival, includes the Blancs Moussis, March 30-April 1.

ANDENNES: Carnival of the Bears, March 31.

CroatiaZAGREB: ZabrebDox, international documentary film festival, through March 3.

TKON: Skraping, trekking race across sharp rocks of Pasman Island, March 9.

ZAGREB: Restaurant Week, three course meals at special prices, March 15-24.

DUGU OTOK: Dugi Otok Trail, 10 and 23 km trail runs, March 16.

POREC: Laguna Porec Half Marathon, March 23-24.

Czech RepublicPRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair, Exhibition Grounds, through April 22.

CESKY KRUMLOV: Carnival, March 2-5.

PRAGUE: One World Film Festival, international human rights film festival, March 6-17.

BRNO: Jazz Fest Brno, March 13 and 16-17.

OSTRAVA-VITKOVICE: Eiga-Sai, Festival of Japanese film and culture, Kino Lucern, March 18-24.

PRAGUE: Febio Fest, International Film Festival, March 21-29.

PRAGUE: Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week, March 23-26.

DenmarkCOPENHAGEN: Coffee Festival, Marketendeiet in Valby, March 1-3.

ODENSE: Liquorice Festival, March 3.

COPENHAGEN: Chocolate Festival, Carlsberg Tap 1, March 9-10.

COPENHAGEN: The Little Culture Night, cultural outing for children, March 15.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Bike Show, Oeksnehallen, March 16-17.

COPENHAGEN: CPH: DOX, documentary film festival, March 21-30.

AALBORG: International Guitar Festival, March 24-31.

EnglandLONDON: Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens, through March 10.

LONDON: VAULT Festival, entertainment and shows in vaulted chambers beneath Waterloo, through March 17.

MANCHESTER: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March 1-17.

OLNEY: International Pancake Day, pancake race against the women of Liberal, Kansas, March 5.

ASHBOURNE: Royal Shrovetide Football Match, March 5-6.

BIRMINGHAM: Crufts, world's largest dog show, The NEC, March 7-10.

LONDON: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, March 7-10.

LONDON: Country to Country, American country music festival, artists include Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and many others, O2 Arena, March 8-10.

KESWICK: Words by the Water, literary festival, Theatre by the Lake, March 8-17.

CHELTENHAM: Cheltenham Festival, horse races, March 12-15.

LONDON: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Barbicon, The British Museum and other venues, March 13-22.

YORK: York Literature Festival, March 15-31.

PENRITH: Marmalade Festival, Dalemain, March 16.

LONDON: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Trafalgar Square, March 17.

BRISTOL: International Jazz and Blues Festival, March 22-24.

LONDON: London Landmarks Half Marathon, March 24.

LONDON: The London Bike Show, Excel, March 29-31.

COUNTRYWIDE: Mother’s Day celebrated, March 31.

FinlandHELSINKI: Cine Aasia, highlights Asian film, March 14-17.

HELSINKI: Season Film Festival, art house and Finnish shorts, March 28-31.

FranceNICE: Carnaval de Nice, this year’s theme is “King of Cinema,” through March 2.

MENTON: Lemon Festival, through March 3.

METZ: Creativa, craft and hobby fair, Expo, through March 3.

METZ: Chocolate and Gourmet Fair, Expo, through March 3.

PARIS: International Agricultural Show, Porte de Versailles, through March 3.

PARIS: Carnaval de Paris, street celebrations, Promenade de Boeuf Gras, March 3.

PARIS: Half marathon, March 10.

PARIS: Mondial du Tourisme, holiday fair, Porte de Versailles, March 14-17.

PARIS: Vertical Race at the Eiffel Tower, March 15.

PARIS: Paris Book Fair, Porte de Versailles, March 15-18.

PARIS: Cinema du Reel, international festival of documentary films, March 15-24.

PARIS: Printemps du Cinema, March 17-19.

PORTES DU SOLEIL: Rock the Pistes, open air concerts, March 17-23.

AVORIAZ: Snowboxx, apes ski and clubbing parties, March 23-April 3.

GermanyELTVILLE AM RHEIN: Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival, through March 10.

HEIDELBERG: Vampire Ball, March 2

BOCHUM: Historical market, Jahrhunderthalle, March 2-3.

MAINZ: Rose Monday Parade, March 4.

COLOGNE: Rose Monday Parade, March 4.

DUESSELDORF: Rose Monday Parade, March 4.

AACHEN: Rose Monday Parade, March 4.

NECKARSTEINACH: Traditional fire wheel, starts 7 p.m., Darsberg, March 5.

RUST: Euro Dance Festival, workshops in many dance styles open to all, Europa-Park, March 5-10.

STUTTGART: Retro Classics, classic car convention, Stuttgart Messe, March 7-10.

BAD DUERKHEIM: Weinbergnacht, March 8-9.

SCHRIESHEIM: Mathaisemarkt, volksfest, March 8-11 and 15-17.

BERLIN: ITB Berlin, trade and tourism fair, Berlin ExpoCenter City, March 9-10.

FRANKFURT: Half marathon, Commerzbank Arena, March 10.

COUNTRYWIDE: Irish Spring, festival of high-octane Irish and folk music, tour dates include Esslingen March 12, Pforzheim March 14, Karlsruhe March 16, Tuebingen March 18, Neustadt April 1, Offenburg April 13 and Bensheim April 14.

COUNTRYWIDE: Harlem Globetrotters on tour, Frankfurt March 14, Berlin March 15, Dusseldorf March 16, Hamburg March 17, Schwerin March 19, Hannover March 20, Wetzlar March 21,

Stuttgart March 22, Mannheim March 23, Neu-Ulm March 24, Bamberg March 26, Saarbrucken March 27, Munich March 28 and Trier March 29.

KARLSRUHE: RendezVino, wine fair, Messe, March 15-17.

MANNHEIM: Middle Ages market, Herzogenried Park, March 15-17.

MUNICH: St. Patrick’s Day in Berlin, March 15-17.

MUNICH: Strong Beer Festival, March 15-April 6.

MANNHEIM: Nachtkonsum, night flea market, Luisenpark, March 16.

BODENMAIS: Skadi Loppet, cross country ski race, March 16-17.

KAISERSLAUTERN: Spring Market, pedestrian zone, shops open Sunday from 1-6 p.m., March 17.

HAMBURG: Hamburger Dom, traditional spring fun fair, March 22-April 22.

STUTTGART: Long Night of Museums, March 23.

STUTTGART: Kulinart Fruehling, gourmet fair, Phoenixhalle, Bad Canstatt, March 23-24.

WIESBADEN: Teddy Bear World, crafts fair for bears and plush toys, Rhein-Main Congress Center, March 23-24.

MANNHEIM: Sommertagszug, parade to bid farewell to winter, starts 2:30 p.m. at Luisenpark, March 24.

WUERZBURG: Fruehjahrsvolksfest, spring fun fair, Marktplatz and Talavera, March 30-April 14.

HEIDELBERG: Sommertagszug, parade celebrates coming of spring, March 31.

NIERSTEIN: Fruehlingserwachen, open doors at the wineries of the Roter Hang, March 31.

SPEYER: Sommertagsumzug, parade celebrates coming of spring, March 31.

HungaryMOHACS: Busojaras, frightening masked figures in long woollen cloaks celebrate end of carnival, Feb. 28-March 5.

SIOFOK: Lake Balaton Supermarathon, 195 km run can be split up into various distances, March 21-24.

IrelandKILLARNEY: The Gathering, traditional music festival, Gleneagle Hotel, through March 3.

DUBLIN: All Tech Craft Brews and Food Fair, Convention Centre, March 14-16.

DUBLIN: St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 14-18.

KILKENNY: Tradfest, traditional music, song and dance, March 15-18.

HOWTH: Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, March 17-19.

DINGLE: Dingle International Film Festival, March 21-24.

DONEGAL: The Race, 250 km endurance event includes kayaking, cycling, mountain and trail running, March 23.

DUN LAOGHAIRE: Mountains to Sea Book Festival, March 28-31.

GALWAY: Galway Food Festival, March 29-April 2.

ItalyVENICE: Carnival celebrations, through March 5.

IVREA: Battle of the Oranges, carnival celebrations involve teams throwing oranges, through March 6.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Habsburg Carnival, characters wear costumes inspired by the Imperial Court of Vienna in the 19th century, March 4-8.

FLORENCE: Taste, food festival, Stazione Leopolda, March 5-11.

AGRIGENTO: Mandorlo in Fiore, almond blossom festival, March 8-10.

MILAN: Cartoomics, expo of movies, comics, games, cosplay and fantasy, RHO Fairgrounds, through March 8-10.

SEISER ALM: Swing on Snow, folk music concerts, March 17-24.

COUNTRYWIDE: FAI Spring Days, cultural monuments open to the public, March 23-24.

ROME: Yo-Urban Dance Fest, Cinecitta World, March 23-24.

FLORENCE: The Feast of the Annunciation and the Florentine New Year, includes historical parade, March 25.

PISA: New Year celebrations, city celebrates beginning of New Year according to solar clock in the Duomo, March 25.

LuxembourgREMICH: Streimaennchen, burning of straw figure signifies end of carnival, March 6.

CITY: Luxembourg City Film Festival, March 7-17.

CITY: Flea market, Luxexpo, March 8-10.

CITY: Autojumble, classic auto exhibition and spare parts, Luxexpo, March 9-10.

CITY: Spring Break, spring fair with wine, food and home comforts, Expo, March 14-17.

CITY: Vintage flea market, Luxexpo, March 16-17.

MaltaVALLETTA: Carnival celebrations in Malta and Gozo, through March 5.

GOZO: Gaulitana Festival of Music, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut highlighted, through April 2.

RABAT: Metal over Malta, heavy metal festival, Chateau Busket, March 22-23.

VITTORIOSA: Freedom Day, March 31.

MonacoMONACO: SIAM international motor show, showcases environmentally sound autos and technology, through March 3.

MONTE-CARLO: Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival, March 15-April 14.

NetherlandsMAASTRICHT: Carnival celebrations, March 3-5.

AMSTERDAM: HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, March 6-10.

THE HAGUE: The Hague Half Marathon, March 10.

MAASTRICHT: TEFAF Maastricht, art and antiques fair, March 16-24.

LISSE: Keukenhof Gardens open for season, March 21-May 19.

THE HAGUE: Movies That Matter, documentary film festival, March 22-30.

NorwayOSLO: Holmenkollen Ski Festival, March 8-10.

OSLO: Oslo International Church Music Festival, March 22-31.

PortugalPORTO: Fantasporto, International film festival, showcases fantasy and sci-fi films, through March 2.

FUNCHAL: Carnival celebrations, through March 10.

TAVIRA: Algarve Bike Challenge, mountain bike race, March 8-10.

LISBON: Lisbon Half Marathon, March 17.

SAO MIGUEL, AZORES: Azores Airlines Rally, auto race, March 21-23.

ScotlandINVERNESS: Inverness Music Festival, competitive music festival, through March 8.

EDINBURGH: Wee Dub Festival, reggae festival, March 3-5.

GLASGOW: Glasgow Short Film Festival, March 13-17.

GLASGOW: Aye Write Book Festival, March 14-31.

GLASGOW: International Comedy Festival, March 14-31

ABERDEEN: Aberdeen Jazz Festival, March 21-31.

EDINBURGH: Edinburgh International Science Festival, March 26-April 10.

SloveniaLJUBLJANA: Fabula, world literature festival, through March 9.

LJUBLJANA: International Documentary Film Festival, March 13-20.

SpainJEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Jerez Festival, celebrates flamenco and Spanish dance, through March 9.

CADIZ: Carnival de Cadiz, through March 10.

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE: Carnival celebrations, through March 10.

SALT: Black Music Festival, highlights blues, soul and funk, March 1-17.

BARCELONA: Zurich Barcelona Marathon, March 10.

PAMPLONA: Point of View, Navarre International Festival of Documentary Cinema, March 11-16.

BARCELONA: Barcelona Beer Festival, La Farga de L’Hospitalet, March 15-17.

VALENCIA: San Jose Fallas celebrations, March 15-19.

BARCELONA/SITGES: International Classic Auto Rally, March 16-18.

GRANADA: Tango Festival, March 19-24.

SwedenSTOCKHOLM: Stockholm Feminist Film Festival, March 1-3.

STOCKHOLM: The Spring Salon, exhibition of art and crafts, Liljevachs, March 1-24.

STOCKHOLM: Tempo Documentary Festival, March 4-10.

SwitzerlandVILLARS: Les Classiques de Villars, classical music festival, through March 3.

NYON: Les Hivernales, contemporary music festival, through March 3.

BERN: Bern Carnival, March 7-9.

GSTAAD: Ride on Music, March 7-10.

GENEVA: International Motor Show, March 7-17.

ZURICH: Zurich carnival, March 8-11.

ST. MORITZ: Engadin Ski Marathon and Half Marathon, March 10.

BASEL: Morgenstreich, carnival celebrations, March 11-13.

SAAS-FEE: Glacier Bike Downhill, March 16.

LEUKERBAD: Leukerbad Valais Cow Fights in Snow, Snow Arena Flaschen, March 16.

MORGINS: Rock the Pistes, music festival on the slopes of Portes du Soleil, March 17-23.

BERN: Museum Night, March 22.

ZURICH: Expovina Primavera, spring wine festival, PULS 5, Geissereihalle, March 28-April 4.

SILVAPLANA: Freeski World Cup Corvatsch, March 29-30.

ST. MORITZ: Music Summit, club music festival, March 29-31.

MORGES: Tulip Festival, March 30-May 5.

WalesCOUNTRYWIDE: Saint David’s Day, national holiday celebrations, March 1.

ANGLESEY: Anglesey Half Marathon and 10 km, March 3.

CRICKHOWELL: Walking Festival, March 9-17.

ABERYSTWYTH: Wales One World Film Festival, international films also screened in Cardiff, Mold, Swansea and elsewhere, March 21-28.

PWLLHELI: Sci-fi Weekender, sci-fi and fantasy festival, March 29-30.

CARDIFF: Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival, March 30-April 7.

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