Festivals & Events
Event details may change. It’s wise to check with the tourist board before traveling.
VIENNA: Easter market, seasonal décor and culinary treats at Schönbrunn Palace, through April 9.
MAYRHOFEN: Snowbombing, electronic slope-side music festival, April 9-14.
VIENNA: City marathon, April 15.
ST. ANTON: The White Thrill, 9-kilometer skiing event, part of triathlon series, April 21.
KREMS: Donaufestival, avant-garde festival of performance, art and music, April 28-May 5.
BRUSSELS: Brussels International Festival of Fantasy, thriller and science fiction film screenings, through April 17.
TOURNAI: Annual Flower Market, April 6.
NAMUR: Folknam, day of traditions and folklore, April 6-7.
CINEY: Flea market and antiques show, Ciney Expo, April 6-9.
REDU: Book Fair, April 7-9.
FLEURUS: Cavalcade, folkloric Easter parade, April 8-9.
JEMAPPES: Cavalcade, parade of the Gilles, costumed carnival groups, 2 p.m. April 8; large carnival parade 3 p.m. April 9.
LAEKEN: Royal Greenhouses open to the public, April 13-May 6.
BRUSSELS: Art Brussels, contemporary art fair, April 19-22.
EINDHOVEN: RoboCup Dutch Open, robots play soccer at Indoor-Sportcentrum, free entry, April 25-29.
BRUSSELS: Short-film festival, April 27-May 6.
CINEY: Militaria, military market, Ciney Expo, April 29.
PRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair at fairgrounds, through April 25.
BRNO: Jazz Fest, April 11-26.
PRAGUE: Writers’ Festival, New Stage National Theater, April 14-18.
PILSEN: Liberation Festival, May 4-6.
PRAGUE: Volkswagen Prague Marathon, May 13.
PRAGUE: St. John’s Navalis, festivities near the Charles Bridge, May 15.
COPENHAGEN: CPH PIZ film festival, competition of feature film-directing debuts, April 12-29.
RIBE: Viking market, April 30-May 6.
COPENHAGEN: Beer Festival, TAP1, May 10-12.
COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Nykredit Marathon, May 20.
COPENHAGEN: Whitsun carnival, Faelledparken, May 25-27.
COPENHAGEN: Medieval Market, May 25-28.
AALBORG: Carnival, May 27-28.
COPENHAGEN: Distortion Festival, street and nightlife festival, May 30-June 3.
GRANTCHESTER: Green Man Easter Beer Festival, April 6-9.
LONDON: Oxford vs. Cambridge Xchanging Boat Race, Thames, April 7.
BIRMINGHAM: The Gadget Show, showcase of consumer technology, The NEC, April 11-15.
LONDON: Virgin London Marathon, April 22.
LONDON: St. George’s Day celebrations on Trafalgar Square, April 23.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations, April 21-23.
LONDON: World Shakespeare Festival, various venues, April 23-June 9.
BURY ST. EDMUNDS: East Anglian Beer Festival, April 25-28.
LONDON: Cake International, cake baking and decorating show at the ExCel Centre, April 27-29.
LONDON: London Coffee Festival, artisanal coffee and barista demos, Old Truman Brewery, April 27-29.
PARIS: Foire du Trône, fun fair, Pelouse de Reuilly, April 6-June 3.
METZ: Flea market in Metz Expo, April 14, 28; May 12.
PARIS: City marathon, April 15.
STRASBOURG: Bric-a-brac and antiques fair, Parc des Expositions, April 21-22.
PARIS: Contemporary art market, Place de la Bastille, April 26-May 1.
PARIS: Foire de Paris, art of living expo focusing on home and lifestyle, Paris Expo/Port de Versailles, April 27-May 8.
FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair at Ratsweg fairgrounds, through April 22.
AACHEN: Öcher Bend, spring fair at the Bendplatz, through April 23.
BAMBERG: Frühjahrsplärrer, spring fest on the Plärrerplatz in Breitenau, April 7-22.
BAYREUTH: Spring Fun Fair, April 7-15.
NUREMBERG: Spring Festival, April 7-22.
TRIER: Holy robe on display, Dom, April 13-May 13.
FRANKFURT: Luminale, illuminated city landmarks, April 15-20.
COLOGNE: Art Cologne, about 200 international galleries showcase Classic Modern, Post-War and contemporary art, Cologne Exhibition Centre, April 18-22.
WIESBADEN: Go East, Festival of Middle and East European films, April 18-24.
HEIDELBERG, MANNHEIM, LUDWIGSHAFEN AND FRANKFURT: Long Night of the Museums, April 21.
NUREMBERG: Special play days for children, April 21-22.
STUTTGART: Spring Festival, Cannstatter Wasen, April 21-May 13.
SPALT: Brewery Fest, April 21-22.
BAMBERG: Beer Day, Maxplatz, April 23.
KULMBACH: Volksfest, April 27-May 6.
COBURG: Spring Festival, April 27-May 6.
BONN: Crafts and Trades Market, Münsterplatz, April 28-May 1.
BUDAPEST: Titanic International Film Festival, April 13-21.
FLORENCE: Explosion of the Cart, historical Easter pageant, April 8.
PRIZZI: Dance of the Devils, Easter rite performed in remote Sicilian village, April 8.
ROME: Independent Film Festival, April 12-20.
VENICE: International Boat Show and Nautic Show, Parco San Giuliano, April 13-15 and 20-22.
COUNTRYWIDE: XIV Week of Culture, selected museums, villas and monuments offer free admission, April 14-22.
VENICE: Su e Zo per i Ponti (“Up and Down the Bridges”) charity walk/run ocvering more than 8 miles and 56 bridges, April 15.
ROME: City celebrates its founding in 753 B.C., April 21.
FLORENCE: International handicrafts trade fair, April 21-29.
FLORENCE: White Night, culture night,
NOSPELT AND LUXEMBOURG CITY: Emaischen, traditional pottery and folk festival, April 9.
LISSE: Keukenhof gardens open, theme: Poland — Heart of Europe, through May 20.
VENLO: Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo, through Oct. 7.
COUNTRYWIDE: National museum week, free entry to 500 museums, April 14-15.
AMSTERDAM: Fantastic Film Festival, April 17-28.
THE HAGUE: Queen’s Night, with concerts, street parties and fair, April 29.
AMSTERDAM AND COUNTRYWIDE: Queen’s Day, April 30.
MELROSE: Melrose Sevens, international rugby tournament, April 13-14.
EDINBURGH: Ceilidh Culture, traditional arts festival, through April 15.
EDINBURGH: International Science Festival, through April 15.
ST. ANDREWS: Golf week, event open to amateur golfers, April 7-13.
GLASGOW: International Festival of Visual Art, April 20-May 7.
SHETLAND ISLANDS: Shetland Folk Festival, May 3-6.
MADRID: Almoneda, Antiques, Art Galleries and Collectors Fair, Feria de Madrid, April 14-22.
MADRID: City marathon, April 22.
BARCELONA: Sant Jordi Day, books and roses for sale on the streets, April 23.
BARCELONA: MECAL International Short Film Festival, April 19-29.
STOCKHOLM: Easter celebrations, Skansen, through April 9.
STOCKHOLM: Culture Night, museums, galleries and theaters open late with many free activities, April 21.
LUCERNE: Tulip show, through May 13.
MORGES: Tulip Festival, through May 20.
ZURICH: Sechseläuten, spring festival with parades and burning of Böögg (snowman figure), April 16.
ZERMATT: Unplugged festival, music festival including many free acts, April 17-21.
ZURICH: City marathon, April 22.
ANKARA: International Ankara Tango Festival, April 19-23.