Festivals & events
The weather is cold but events in Europe are still hot! Here is a sampling of events on the docket. Please verify details before setting out.
AUSTRIA SALZBURG: Salzburg Biennale, festival for new music, through March 22.
VIENNA: Accordion Festival, through March 22.
VIENNA: Vienna International Saxfest, March 9-15.
VIENNA: New Sound Festival, 20 new musical acts on three stages, Ottakringer Brauerei, March 14.
LANGENLOIS: Loisiarte, festival for chamber music, literature and contemporary music, March 19-22.
VIENNA: art austria, art fair at the Leopold Museum, March 19-22.
HALL IN TIROL: Easter Festival Tirol, festival of music, dance and drama, March 20-April 5.
BREGENZ: Bregenz Spring International Dance Festival, March 20-May 22.
VIENNA: Easter markets, Schonbrunn Palace and Freyung, March 20-April 6.
VIENNA: Vienna Blues Spring, Reigen, March 20-April 30.
INNSBRUCK: Nordkette Quartet, multi-discipline team relay race up and down mountain, March 22.
MAYRHOFEN: Altitude Festival, comedy festival with mostly UK acts, March 23-27.
VIENNA: Osterklang, opera festival, Theater an der Wien, March 28-April 5.
SALZBURG: Salzburg Easter Festival, classical music and opera festival, March 28-April 6.
MAYRHOFEN: Snowbombing, skiing, music and parties, April 6-11.
KREMS: Wachau Gourmet Festival, April 9-23.
ST. ANTON IN ARLBERG: New Orleans Meets Snow, music fest, April 10-12.
VIENNA: Vienna City Marathon, April 12.
BELGIUM BRUSSELS:Klara Festival, celebrates classical music, through March 21.
BRUSSELS: Offscreen, movie festival, highlights independent and unreleased films, through March 23.
BRUSSELS: Lezarts Urbains, festival spotlights hip-hop, through March 28.
BRUSSELS: Museum Night Fever, museums open late hours, March 7.
BRUSSELS: European Blues Challenge, Ancienne Belgique, March 13-14.
ANTWERP: Sword dancing, traditional mid-Lent dance, Grote Markt, March 15.
LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE: Carnival celebrations, March 13-15; parade at 2 p.m. March 15.
STAVELOT: Carnival of the Blanc Moussis, March 14-16; parade at 2 p.m. March 15.
ANDENNE: Carnival of the Bears, throwing of the teddy bears begins 2:30 p.m. March 15.
BRUSSELS: Millenium, international documentary film festival, March 20-28.
BRUSSELS: Eurantica, Brussels Fine Art Fair, Hall 1 of Brussels Expo, March 20-29.
TOURNAI: Beer Festival, March 21-22.
ANTWERP: Tattoo Convention, Hangar 29, March 28-29.
TOURNAI: Flower Market, April 5.
HERVE: Cavalcade of Herve, parade of floats pulled by draft horses, starts 2 p.m., April 6.
BRUSSELS: BIFFF, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, April 7-19.
NAMUR: Folknam, Namur Day of Traditions and Folklore, April 17-18.
LAEKEN: Greenhouses of the Royal Palace open, April 18-May 9.
CROATIA ZAGREB: Restaurant Week, three course meals at special prices, through March 15.
TKON: Skraping, trekking race across sharp rocks of Pasman Island, March 7.
KOPRIVNICA: Fishermen to their Town, fresh-water fishing festival with fish stew, March 28-29.
CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE: European Athletics Indoor Championships, O2 Arena, through March 8.
PRAGUE: One World Film Festival, international human rights film festival, through March 11.
PRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair, Exhibition Grounds, through April 30.
PRAGUE: Eiga-Sai, Festival of Japanese film and culture, Lucerna Palace, March 12-18.
PRAGUE: Electronic Beats, music festival, Divadlo Archa, March 13.
PRAGUE: FEBIOFEST, international film festival, Cinestar Andel, March 19-27.
PRAGUE: Sportisimo Half Marathon, March 28.
VELKE BILOVICE: From Cellar to Cellar, tasting regional south Moravian wines, March 28.
BRNO: Easter Festival of Spiritual Music, March 29-April 12.
PRAGUE: Prague Spring Swing Festival, Palas Lucerna, April 10-14.
PRAGUE: Days of European Film, Kina Lucerna, April 10-17.
DENMARK COPENHAGEN: Aalborg Opera Festival, through March 15.
COPENHAGEN: Chocolate Festival, Carlsberg Tap 1, March 7-8.
COPENHAGEN: Sonar, electronic music festival, DR Koncerthuset, March 13-14.
COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Bike Show, Lokomotivvaerkstedet, March 13-15.
COPENHAGEN: Flea market, Bella Center, March 14-15.
COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Games 2015, computer gaming event, Oeksnehallen, April 1-5.
COPENHAGEN: CPH PIX, film festival, April 9-22.
ENGLAND LONDON: LEAF, London Electronic Arts Festival, Tobacco Dock, through March 7.
BATH: Independent Bath Literature Festival, through March 8.
BIRMINGHAM: Crufts, world’s largest dog show, The NEC, through March 8.
LONDON: The London Bass Guitar Show, Olympia Conference Centre, March 7-8.
MANCHESTER: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 15.
LONDON: London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival, Camden Centre, March 11-13.
LONDON: Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Battersea Evolution, March 12-15.
LONDON: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Trafalgar Square; parade departs Green Park Station at noon, March 15.
LONDON: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Barbicon, Ritzy Brixton and other venues, March 18-27.
OXFORD: Oxford Literary Festival, March 21-29.
LONDON: Cheese and Wine Festival, Southbank Centre, March 27-29.
LONDON: The Boat Race, Oxford vs. Cambridge’s annual boat race, April 11.
FRANCE PARIS: Mondial du Tatouage, tattoo convention, Grande Halle de la Villette, through March 8.
PARIS: Half Marathon, March 8.
PARIS: Biennial of Flamenco Art, Theatre National de Chaillot, March 12-22.
PARIS: Cinema du Reel, international festival of documentary films, March 19-29.
PARIS: Vertical Race at the Eiffel Tower, March 20.
PARIS: Paris Book Fair, Porte de Versailles, March 20-23.
PARIS: Printemps du Cinema, March 22-24.
PARIS: Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, March 26-29.
PARIS: Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Tuileries, March 26-29.
PARIS: ECU–The European Independent Film Festival, April 10-12.
PARIS: Paris Marathon, April 12.
GERMANY STUTTGART: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Liederhalle, through March 7.
KARLSRUHE: Tattoo Convention, Festhalle Karlsruhe-Durlach, through March 8.
MUNICH: Braukunst Live, beer festival, MVG Museum, through March 8.
KARLSRUHE: Art Karlsruhe, international art fair, Messe, through March 8.
MUNICH: Strong Beer Season, through March 28.
BAD DUERKHEIM: Weinbergnacht, night hiking through the vineyards, March 6-7.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Audi FIS Ski World Cup, women’s races March 7-8.
BERLIN: ITB Berlin, world’s leading travel fair, open to public March 7-8.
BIEBESHEIM: Spring middle-ages market, Auktionshalle, March 7-8.
MUNICH: Wine Messe, Zenith, March 7-8.
SCHWETZINGEN: International Easter Egg Market, Schwetzingen Palace, March 7-8.
BAD MERGENTHEIM: Horse Market, parade and open stores on Sunday, March 8.
FRANKFURT: Lufthansa Half Marathon, Commerzbank-Arena, March 8.
STUTTGART: Long Night of Museums, March 14.
FELLBACH: International Easter Egg and Crafts Market, Schwabenland Halle, March 14-15.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Spring Market, pedestrian zone, shops open Sunday from 1-6 p.m., March 14-15.
WIESBADEN-WALLAU: Teddy Bear World, crafts fair for bears and plush toys, Messecenter Rhein-Main, March 14-15.
WUERZBURG: Fruehjahrsvolksfest, traditional spring fun fair, Talavera, March 14-19.
FORST: Hansel-Fingerhut-Fest, open air play portrays battle between summer and winter, March 15.
SPEYER: Sommertagsumzug, Early summer procession, March 15.
WEINHEIM: Sommertagszug, Early summer procession, March 15.
HEIDELBERG: Sommertagszug, Early Summer Procession, March 15.
HANNOVER: CeBIT, world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications, March 16-20.
FRANKFURT: International Tattoo Convention, Hall 5.0, Messe, March 20-22.
BOEBLINGEN: Antique and Art Fair, March 20-23.
MANNHEIM: Middle Ages market, Herzogenried Park, March 20-22.
WIESBADEN: Easter Market, pedestrian zone and Mauritiusplatz, March 20-22.
HAMBURG: Hamburger Dom, traditional spring fun fair, March 20-April 19.
OESTRICH-WINKEL: Easter Egg Market, Hallgarten, March 21-22.
NIERSTEIN: Fruehlingserwachen, open doors at the wineries of the Roter Hang, March 22.
MANNHEIM: Sommertagszug, Early Summer Procession, Luisenpark, March 23.
STUTTGART: Retro Classics, classic car convention, Stuttgart Messe, March 26-29.
WUERZBURG: Wine press hall festival, indoor wine fest, Weingut Buergerspital, March 27-28.
FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair at Ratsweg fairgrounds, March 27-April 19.
MANNHEIM: International Easter Egg Market, March 28-29.
ULM: Tattoo Convention, Messe, March 28-29.
ALTENAHR: AhrSteig Erleben, hiking in the Ahr wine region, March 29.
FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: Freiburg Marathon, March 29.
BERLIN: Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon, March 29.
PFUNGSTADT-ESCHOLLBRUECKEN: Ultramarathon, 50 and 25 km running events, March 29.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Kammgarnhalle, March 31.
MAINZ-KASTEL: Historical Easter Spectacle, Midde-Ages themed fair, Reduit, April 4-6.
BAYREUTH: Fruehlingsfest, traditional spring fun fair, April 4-12.
WUERZBURG: Flamenco Festival, April 4-6, 11 and 13.
NUREMBERG: Fruehlingsfest, traditional spring fun fair, Dutzendteich, April 4-19.
AACHEN: Oecher Bend, traditional spring fun fair, April 4-20.
MANNHEIM: Time Warp, Germany’s largest techno event, Maimarktgelände, April 5.
TRAUNSTEIN: Sword Dance, traditional dance to chase away winter, April 6.
AUGSBURG: Augsburgerplaerrer, traditional spring fun fair, April 5-19.
STUTTGART: Tattooshow Stuttgart, Kulturhaus Arena Stuttgart-Wangen, April 10-12.
TRIER: Middle Ages market, Messeparkhalle, April 11-12.
HUNGARY SIOFOK: Lake Balaton Supermarathon, 195 km run can be split up into various distances, March 19-22.
BUDAPEST: Budapest Spring Festival, orchestral, chamber, folk and world music concerts, dance, theater, and more, April 10-26.
BUDAPEST: Half Marathon, April 19.
IRELAND LETTERKENNEY: The Race, 260 km endurance event includes kayaking, cycling, mountain and trail running, March 7-8.
DINGLE: Dingle International Film Festival, March 12-15.
CORK: Toughathlon, 10 km obstacle race, Curraheen Park, March 14.
DUBLIN: Big Day Out, street performers and family activities in Merrion Square, March 15.
DUBLIN: St. Patrick’s festival, March 14-17; parade starts at noon from Parnell Square March 17.
KILKENNY: Tradfest, traditional music, song and dance, March 14-17.
DUBLIN: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, March 19-29.
INISHOWEN: International Folk Song and Ballad Seminar, March 20-23.
CARLINGFORD: National Leprechaun Hunt, Slieve Foy Mountain, March 29.
GALWAY: Galway Food Festival, April 2-6.
DUNGARVAN: West Waterford Festival of Food, April 9-12.
DUBLIN: Music Town, showcase of city’s musical heritage, April 10-19.
DUBLIN: Great Ireland Run, 10 km run in Phoenix Park, April 11.
ITALY FLORENCE: Taste, food festival, Stazione Leopolda, March 7-9.
MILAN: Cartoomics, expo of movies, comics, games, cosplay and fantasy, March 13-15.
ROME: Yo-Urban Dance Fest, Palacavicchi, March 13-15.
COUNTRYWIDE: FAI Spring Days, 670 cultural monuments open to the public, March 21-22.
ROME: Rome Marathon, March 22.
PISA: New Year celebrations, city celebrates beginning of New Year during the Annunciation, March 25.
FLORENCE: Explosion of the Cart, traditional Easter celebrations in front of Duomo, April 5.
VENICE: Festival del Mare, boat show, Forte Marghera Mestre, April 10-12.
FERMIGNANO: Palio della Rana, race of frogs being pushed in wheelbarrows, April 11-12.
MILAN: Flowers on the Naviglio Grande, April 12.
MILAN: Milan Marathon, April 12.
PERUGIA: Fantacity, creative events aimed at kids and teens, April 16-19.
LUXEMBOURG CITY: Discovery Zone, film festival, through March 8.
ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE: Carnival parade, March 8.
PETANGE: Carnival parade, March 15.
REMICH: Carnival parade, March 15.
CITY: Emaischen, Easter Monday sale of clay bird whistles, Fishmarket, April 6.
CITY: Duck Race, competition of rubber ducks floating downriver, April 25.
MALTA MELLIEHA: Xterra Malta, triathlon, March 29.
MONACO MONTE CARLO: Monaco Run, 23 km, 10 km and walking event, March 15.
NETHERLANDS AMSTERDAM: 5 Days Off, electronic music festival, through March 8.
AMSTERDAM: Chocoa Festival, Beurs van Berlage, through March 8.
AMSTERDAM: Spirit of Amsterdam, international whisky festival, Zuiderkerk, March 7.
THE HAGUE: NN Half Marathon, March 8.
AMSTERDAM: HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, March 11-15.
AMSTERDAM: Cinedans, Eye, March 11-15.
MAASTRICHT: TEFAF, art and antiques fair, March 13-22.
ROTTERDAM: Tattoo Convention, Ahoy, March 14-15.
THE HAGUE: Movies That Matter, Amnesty International human rights film festival, March 20-28.
LISSE: Keukenhof Gardens open, March 20-May 17.
MAASTRICHT: Jazz Maastricht Festival, Theater aan het Vrijthof, March 21.
MAASTRICHT: Tattoo Expo, Mecc Maastricht, Forum 100, March 28-29.
AMSTERDAM: DGTL Festival, underground electronica fest, NDSM Docklands, April 4-5.
AMSTERDAM: Imagine Film Festival, Eye, April 8-18.
AMSTERDAM: Sounds of the Underground Festival, alternative and indepedent music festival, in and around Vondelpark, April 17-19.
NORWAY TRONDHEIM: Kosmorama, International Film Festival, through March 8.
OSLO: International Church Music Festival, through March 15.
BERGEN: Borealis, festival for experimental music, March 11-15.
VOSS: Vossa Jazz, jazz festival, March 27-29.
OSLO: Inferno Metal Festival, April 1-4.
PORTUGAL PORTO: Fantasporto, international film festival for fantasy and science fiction, through March 7.
LISBON: EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, March 22.
SCOTLAND GLASGOW:Game Masters, video games exhibition, National Museum of Scotland, through April 20.
ULLAPOOL: Dance Festival, March 7.
GLASGOW: Glasgow Short Film Festival, March 11-15.
GLASGOW: Glasgow International Comedy Festival, March 12-29.
GLASGOW: The Great Scottish Beer Celebration, Barras Art and Design Centre, March 13-14.
ABERDEEN: Aberdeen Jazz Festival, March 18-22.
SPAIN SANTANDER: International Half Marathon, March 8.
GRANADA: Tango Festival, March 10-15.
BARCELONA: Barcelona Beer Festival, March 13-15.
SAN JOSÉ: Fallas Celebration, March 14-19.
BARCELONA: Barcelona Marathon, March 15.
VALENCIA: Las Fallas, March 15-19.
TARRAGONA: Dixieland Jazz Festival, March 25-29.
ELCHE: Palm Sunday procession, March 29.
VALENCIA: International Festival of the Winds, features giant kites, Las Arenas, April 11-12.
SWEDEN DALARNA: Vasaloppet, world’s longest cross-country ski race, March 8.
STOCKHOLM: Licorice Festival, Globe Arena, March 21-22.
STOCKHOLM: Supermarket, Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Svarte Huset, April 16-19.
STOCKHOLM: Market Art Fair, Liljevalchs Konsthall, April 17-19.
SWITZERLAND GENEVA: International Motor Show, Palexpo, through March 15.
BASEL: BScene, club festival, through March 7.
SAAS FEE: Glacier Bike Downhill, March 7.
ST. MORITZ: Engadin Ski Marathon and Half Marathon, March 8.
ST. MORITZ: Music Summit, club music festival, March 13-15.
MORGINS: Rock the Pistes, music festival on the slopes of Portes du Soleil, March 14-21.
LAAX: European Freeski Open, open ski competition, March 18-21.
ZURICH: Expovinaprimavera, wine show, PULS 5, March 19-26.
BERN: Museum Night, March 20.
LUCERNE: Honky Tonk Festival, live music at venues throughout town, March 20.
LUCERNE: Lucerne Festival at Easter, presents sacred music, March 21-29.
VERBIER: Freeride World Tour, March 27-29.
GENEVA: Electron, festival of electronic music and culture, April 2-5.
SAAS-FEE: Allalin Races, amateur ski races on glacier, April 10-11.
BASEL: Blues Festival Basel, Volkshaus, April 14-19.
WALES BANGOR: New Music Festival, features contemporary music, through March 8.
CRICKHOWELL: Walking Festival, through March 8.
GWYNEDD: Sci-fi Weekender, sci-fi and fantasy festival, March 18-22.
DOLGELLAU: Rally North Wales, March 28.