Festivals & events, April 26 and beyond
Event details may change, so it’s wise to check with the tourist board before traveling.
SÖLDEN: Maxxx Mountain Glacier Festival, live music and equipment testing on Rettenbach Glacier, April 28-May 1.
KREMS: Donaufestival, avant-garde performance festival, art and music, April 28-May 5.
ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Concert, Mariah Carey closes out the ski season, April 30.
VIENNA: Genuss Festival, showcase of Austrian culinary specialties, Stadtpark, May 11-13.
GRAZ: Springfestival, electronic music and art festival, May 16-20.
BAD AUSSEE: Narcissus Festival, May 17-20; parade of decorated boats and cars starting at 10:30 a.m. May 20.
LAEKEN: Royal Greenhouses open to the public, through May 6.
EINDHOVEN: RoboCup Dutch Open, robots play soccer at Indoor-Sportcentrum, free, through April 29.
BRUSSELS: 15th Brussels Short Film Festival, April 27-May 6.
CINEY: Militaria military market, Ciney Expo, April 29.
MONS: La Bière en Fête, festival of beer, Grand Place, May 4-6.
BRUSSELS: KunstenFestivalDesArts, May 4-26.
BRUSSELS: Irisfest, free spring festival with music and entertainment, Place des Palais, starting at 6 p.m. May 5; Mont des Arts, starting at noon May 6.
LIÈGE: Jazz Festival, May 11-12.
YPRES: Kattenstoet, cat parade and celebration of cat-related folklore, May 13.
NAMUR: Namur en Mai, performances by comedians and magicians, May 16-20.
THIEU: International Orchid Expo, May 17-20.
BRUSSELS: Zinneke parade, celebrating city’s cosmopolitan and multicultural nature, May 19.
BRUSSELS: Festival in the harbor, May 20.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Marathon, free weekend of international jazz, May 25-27.
CERFONTAINE: Brass’Heure, sample stouts and other regional beers, May 26-27.
PILSEN: Liberation Festival, May 4-6.
PRAGUE: Volkswagen Prague Marathon, May 13.
PRAGUE: St. John’s Navalis, festivities near Charles Bridge, May 15.
PRAGUE: Czech Beer Festival, Letnany Exhibition Grounds, May 17-June 2.
VLCNOV: Ride of the Kings, UNESCO-recognized festival of folklore groups, May 25-27.
PRAGUE: Prague Food Festival, Zofin Palace, May 25-27.
COPENHAGEN: CPH PIZ film festival, competition of feature film-directing debuts, through April 29.
RIBE: Viking market, April 30-May 6.
HERNING: Giro d’Italia cycling race, stages 1 and 2, May 5-6; Stage 3 in Horsens on May 7.
COPENHAGEN: Beer Festival, TAP1, May 10-12.
ODENSE: Folk Festival, May 18-20.
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.
BURY ST. EDMUNDS: East Anglia Beer Festival, through April 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.
LONDON: The London Wonderground, cabaret, music, circus and curiosities at Southbank Centre, tickets required, May 8-Sept. 30.
NORWICH: Norfolk and Norwich festival, circus, music, theater, dance and family entertainment, May 11-26.
COUNTRYWIDE: Olympic Torch Relay, May 19-July 27, passes through Cambridge area July 7-8.
CAMBRIDGE: CAMRA Cambridge Beer Festival, Jesus Green, May 21-26.
LONDON: Chelsea Flower Show, May 22-26.
DUXFORD: The Jubilee Air Show, May 27.
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.
PARIS: Contemporary art market, Place de la Bastille, through May 1.
PARIS: Foire de Paris, art of living expo focusing on home and lifestyle, Paris Expo/Port de Versailles, April 27-May 8.
METZ: Flea market in Metz Expo, April 28, May 12.
ORLÉANS: celebrations for the 600th anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, highlights include her entry into the city’s cathedral square April 29; medieval festival May 1; medieval market May 5-8; sound-and-light show May 12; tributes and parades May 13.
TRIER: Holy robe on display, Dom, through May 13.
STUTTGART: Spring Festival, Cannstatter Wasen, through May 13.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: International Military Music Festival, Olympia-Eissportcentrum, April 27-28.
KULMBACH: Volksfest, April 27-May 6.
COBURG: Spring Festival, April 27-May 6.
MUNICH: Long night of music, musical events in 123 venues throughout the city, April 28.
BONN: Crafts and Trades Market, Münsterplatz, April 28-May 1.
MUNICH: Maidult Fair, Mariahilfplatz, April 28-May 6.
MANNHEIM: Maimess, fun fair, Neuer Messplatz, April 28-May 13.
MUNICH: International Documentary Film Festival, May 2-9.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Medieval Spectacle, Gartenschau, May 5.
BONN: Rhine in Flames, May 5.
NÜRBURGRING: Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run, grueling run through multiple obstacles, May 5.
NUREMBERG: Pottery market, May 5-6.
BAYREUTH: Maisel’s Weissbierfest, May 10-13.
NUREMBERG: Trempelmarkt, one of Germany’s biggest flea markets, 4 p.m.-midnight May 11; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Lautrer Kerwe Mai Markt, fun fair on the Messeplatz, May 11-21.
ZWEIBRÜCKEN: Street theater spectacle and flower market, May 12-13.
BAD DÜRKHEIM: Stadtfest, May 16-20.
BADEN-BADEN: International Horse Racing, Iffezheim race course, May 16-20.
ULM: Middle Ages market and knights jousting at Kloster Wibligen, May 17-20.
WIESBADEN: International Old Timer Rally, classic automobiles on view around Kurpark, May 18-19.
NUREMBERG: Blue Night, museums, churches and other cultural institutions open all night. Art and light installations, music and performances in city center, May 19.
ERLANGEN: Bergkirchweih, fun fair and beer festival, May 24-June 4.
AMBERG: Pfingst Dult, Volksfest, May 25-June 3.
MANNHEIM: city fest, music, bands and DJs, May 25-27.
WÜRZBURG: Africa Festival, inter-national Afro music festival, May 25-28.
BERLIN: Carnival celebrations including street fest May 25-28, parade May 27.
BAYREUTH: Volksfest, May 25-June 4.
FRANKFURT: Wäldchestag, traditional festival in the city forest, May 26-29.
KONSTANZ: International Boden-seewoche, water sports and antique cars in the harbor area, May 31-June 3.
BUDAPEST: Pálinka Festival, Buda Castle, May 10-13.
BUDAPEST: Floralia, Roman spring festival featuring costumed re-enactors, Aquincum Museum, May 19-20.
BUDAPEST: Museums festival, free entry to museums, with folk and classic concerts, theater and hands-on crafts, May 21-22.
DINGLE: Féile na Bealtaine arts festival, music, literature, art exhibitions, photography, children’s 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 midpoint of the Hill of Uisneach, May 5-6.
DUBLIN: Dublin City Soul Festival, May 24-27.
FLORENCE: International handicrafts trade fair, through April 29.
FLORENCE: White Night, culture night, April 30.
ROME: Primo Maggio, music festival at San Giovanni in Laterano, May 1.
COCULLO: Festa di San Domenico Abate, festival of the snake charmers, procession with live snakes at noon, May 1.
CAGLIARI: St. Ephysius, pilgrims gather to honor the saint, May 1-4.
ASSISI: Calendimaggio, medieval festival celebrating spring, May 3-5.
FLORENCE: Fabbrica Europa, festival of dance, theater and music, May 3-13.
COUNTRYWIDE: Giro d’Italia, passes through Verona, Modena, Fano, Urbino, Civitaveccia, Assisi, Savona, Treviso, Milan and other cities, May 5-27.
CAMPOSANO: Palio de Casale, May 12-13.
GUBBIO: Race of the Candles, May 15.
SOAVE: Medieval and white wine festival, May 18-20.
NOTO: Infiorata, flower carpet, May 18-21.
FERRARA: Palio, with historical procession May 19 and races May 27.
FLORENCE: Gelato Festival, May 23-27.
MONTESPERTOLI: Mostra del Chianti, celebration of wine, May 26-June 3.
COUNTRYWIDE: Cantine Aperte, 1,000 wine cellars open to visitors, May 27.
ORVIETO: Festa della Palombella, May 27.
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 Guillaume II, free entry, May 26-28.
ECHTERNACH: pilgrims dance to the tomb of St. Willibrord, May 29.
AMSTERDAM: Fantastic Film Festival, through April 28.
AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo Exhibition, Oude Kerk, through June 17.
LISSE: Keukenhof gardens open, theme: Poland — Heart of Europe, through May 20.
VENLO: Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo, through Oct. 7.
THE HAGUE: Queen’s Night, with concerts, street parties and fair, April 29.
SCHEVENINGEN: Sand Sculpture Festival, April 29-June 27.
COUNTRYWIDE: Queen’s Day, April 30.
MAASTRICHT: Spring fair on Vrijthof square, May 11-20.
COUNTRYWIDE: National Mills Day, wind- and water mills open to the public, May 12.
COUNTRYWIDE: National Day, May 17.
OSLO: Norwegian Military Tattoo, May 9-13.
BERGEN: International Festival, more than 150 music, ballet, opera, theater, performance arts and dance events, May 26-June 6.
KRAKOW: Krakow Film Festival, features documentary, animated and short fiction films, May 28-June 3.
LISBON: IndieLisboa, international independent film festival, through May 6.
MONSANTO: Festivity of the Crosses, May 3-6.
COIMBRA: Burning of the ribbons, parades and dancing on the city streets, May 4-11.
FÁTIMA: Pilgrimages, May 12-13.
LISBON: Volvo Ocean Race, first European stopover in international regatta, May 31-June 10.
BUCHAREST: Bucharest International Bienniale for Contemporary Art, May 25-July 22.
GLASGOW: International Festival of Visual Art, through May 7.
EDINBURGH: Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, April 30.
SHETLAND ISLANDS: Shetland Folk Festival, May 3-6.
OBAN: Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival, May 3-6.
DUFFTOWN: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, May 3-7.
ISLAY: Festival of Music and Malt, May 25-June 3.
BOJNICE: International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits, castle, April 27-May 1 and May 4-8.
BARCELONA: MECAL International Short Film Festival, through April 29.
SEVILLE: Spring Fair, through April 29.
CORDOBA: Crosses of May, April 27-May 1; Festival of the Patios, May 2-13.
JEREZ LA FRONTERA: Horse fair, May 7-13.
GOTHENBURG: Dance and Theater Festival, May 18-26.
LUCERNE: Tulip show, through May 13.
MORGES: Tulip Festival, through May 20.
MORGES: Belle Époque paddlewheel boat procession, May 20.
WINTERTHUR: Afro-Pfingsten Festival, African and world music, markets and bazaars, May 25-28.