Festivals & Events
Karen Bradbury compiled this listing. Event details may change, so it’s wise to check with the tourist board before traveling.
VIENNA: City marathon, April 15.
ST. ANTON: The White Thrill, 9-kilometer skiing event comprising part of triathlon series, April 21.
KREMS: Donaufestival, avant-garde festival of performance, art and music, April 28-May 5.
VIENNA: Genuss Festival, showcase of Austrian culinary specialties, Stadtpark, May 11-13.
GRAZ: springfestival, electronic music and art festival, May 16-20.
BRUSSELS: 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, thriller and science fiction film screenings, through April 17.
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: 15th Brussels Short Film Festival, April 27-May 6.
CINEY: Militaria, military market, Ciney Expo, April 29.
BRUSSELS: Zinneke parade, colorful street parade celebrating city’s cosmopolitan and multicultural nature, May 19.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Marathon, free weekend of international jazz, May 25-27.
PRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair at fairgrounds, through April 25.
BRNO: Jazz Fest, through April 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.
PRAGUE: Czech Beer Festival, Letňany Exhibition Grounds, May 17-June 2.
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.
BIRMINGHAM: The Gadget Show, showcase of consumer technology, The NEC, through April 15.
BIRMINGHAM: Antiques for Everyone, UK’s largest quality and fine arts fair, The NEC, tickets 15 pounds, April 12-15.
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 Anglia 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.
WOODSTOCK: Jousting Tournament, Blenheim Palace, May 5-7.
TALLINN: Old Town Days, music, art and theater to celebrate the beginning of summer, May 26-June 2.
PARIS: Foire du Trône, fun fair, Pelouse de Reuilly, through 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, through April 22.
BAYREUTH: Spring Fun Fair, through April 15.
NUREMBERG: Spring Festival, through April 22.
TRIER: Holy Robe of Jesus 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, postwar and contemporary art, Cologne Exhibition Centre, April 18-22.
WIESBADEN: Go East, Festival of Middle and East European films, April 18-24.
HEIDELBERG, MANNHEIM, FRANKFURT AND LUDWIGSHAFEN: late night openings of museums and cultural institutions, 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.
BONN: Rhine in Flames, May 5.
NUREMBERG: Trempelmarkt, one of Germany’s biggest flea markets, 4 p.m.-midnight May 11; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12.
NÜRBURGRING: Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run, grueling run through multiple obstacles, May 5.
BUDAPEST: Titanic International Film Festival, April 13-21.
DINGLE: Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival, music, literature, art exhibitions, photography, childrens events and street parade, May 3-7.
DROGHEDA: Fringe Festival, celebrates music, drama, art and poetry, May 3-12.
LIMERICK: Riverfest, highlights art, culture, music, sport and food, May 4-7.
MULLINGAR: Festival of the Fires, national celebration with epicenter at island’s mid-point of the Hill of Uisneach, May 5-6.
DUBLIN: Dublin City Soul Festival, May 24-27.
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 charity walk/run covering over 8 miles and 56 bridges, April 15.
MILAN: Fiori i Sapori, flower and gardening show at Naviglio Grande, 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, April 30.
RIGA: Latvia Beer Fest, Vermanes Garden, May 25-27.
CITY: The Night Run, marathon starting at dusk, May 19.
CITY: All-American Music Festival, musical and culinary ambiance of the American Deep South, Place Guillame II, free entry, May 26-28.
ECHTERNACH: dancing procession, pilgrims dance to the tomb of St. Willibrord, May 29.
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.
MONS: La bière en fête, festival of beer, Grand Place, May 4-6.
MAASTRICHT: Spring fair on Vrijthof square, May 11-20.
COUNTRYWIDE: National Mills Day, May 12.
COUNTRYWIDE: National Day, May 17.
BERGEN: International Festival, over 150 music, ballet, opera, theater, performance arts and dance events, May 26-June 6.
LISBON: IndieLisboa, international independent film festival, April 26-May 6.
COIMBRA: Burning of the ribbons, parades and dancing on the city streets, May 4-11.
LISBON: Volvo Ocean Race, first European stopover in international regatta, May 31-June 10.
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.
BOJNICE: International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits, festival at the castle, April 27-May 1 and May 4-8.
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: Culture Night, musems, galleries and theaters open late with many free activities, April 21.
GOTHENBURG: Dance and Theater Festival, international festival of performing arts, May 18-26.
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.