Spring is just around the corner, but why wait another day to get out and enjoy all that Europe has to offer? Here is just a sampling of events on the docket for March 11. Please verify details with tourist authorities or event organizers before setting out.
Austria VIENNA: art austria, Leopold Museum, through March 13.
GASTEIN: Snow Jazz, through March 20.
HALL IN TIROL: Easter Festival Tirol, festival of music, dance and drama, through March 27.
VIENNA: Am Hof Handicraft Market, through March 28.
VIENNA: Traditional Viennese Easter market, Freyung, through March 28.
VIENNA: Easter market at Schoenbrunn Castle, through March 29.
VIENNA: Vienna International Saxfest, March 14-20.
LANGENLOIS: Loisiarte, festival for chamber music, literature and contemporary music, March 17-20.
VIENNA: Osterklang, opera festival, Theater an der Wien, March 18-27.
RAURIS: Sonnblickrennen, ski race from peaks of Hohe Tauern National Park, March 19.
SALZBURG: Salzburg Easter Festival, classical music and opera festival, March 19-28.
VIENNA: Vienna Blues Spring, Reigen, March 20-April 30.
ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Easter Concert, Silvermond performs, March 28.
ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: FIS Freestyle Ski Europa Cup, Slopestyle and Big Air competitions, March 28-31.
NASSFELD: Full Metal Mountain, hard rock festival on the slopes, March 28-April 3.
BREGENZ: Bregenz Spring International Dance Festival, performances April 1, 22 29 and 30, May 7 and 28.
MAYRHOFEN: Snowbombing, skiing, music and parties, April 4-9.
ISCHGL: World Rookie Finals, snowboarding competition, April 6-10.
GIGGIJOCH: Electric Mountain Festival, April 8-9.
ST. ANTON IN ARLBERG: New Orleans Meets Snow, music fest, April 8-10.
VIENNA: Vienna City Marathon, April 10.
ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: The White Thrill, 9 km ski race is first stage in Arlberg Eagle Alpine triathlon, April 16.
LINZ: Crossing Europe, film festival, April 20-25.
ISCHGL: International Spring Snow Party, April 24.
ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Concert, Muse performs, April 30.
Belgium BRUSSELS: Creativa, activities and exhibits related to creative hobbies, Brussels Expo, through March 13.
MECHELEN: Eurantica, Brussels Fine Art Fair, Nekkerhal-Brussels North, through March 13.
BRUSSELS: Offscreen, movie festival, highlights independent and unreleased films, through March 20.
BRUSSELS: Klara Festival, celebrates classical music, through March 24.
ANTWERP: Tattoo Convention, Hangar 29 Wagnaatie, March 12-13.
LEUVEN: Leuven Jazz, Schouwburg and other venues, March 16-20.
BRUSSELS: Millenium, international documentary film festival, March 18-27.
TOURNAI: Brassicole de Tournai, beer festival, March 19-20.
TOURNAI: Flower Market, March 25.
HERVE: Cavalcade of Herve, parade of floats pulled by draft horses, starts 2 p.m., March 28.
BRUSSELS: BIFFF, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BOZAR, March 29-April 10.
BRUGGE: Ronde van Vlaanderen, cycle race kicks off from Markt Square, April 3.
BRUSSELS: Balkan Trafik Festival, highlights Balkan and southeast European culture, April 14-17.
LAEKEN: Greenhouses of the Royal Palace open, April 15-May 6.
BRUSSELS: Lezarts Urbains, festival spotlights hip-hop, April 16.
NAMUR: Folknam, Namur Day of Traditions and Folklore, April 16.
ANTWERP: 10 Miles & Marathon, April 17.
BRUSSELS: Art Brussels, contemporary art fair, Tour & Taxis April 22-24.
LEUVEN: Zythos Beer Festival, Brabanthal, April 23-24.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Short Film Festival, April 27-May 8.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Tango Festival, April 28-May 2.
Bulgaria BANSKO: Horizon Festival, huge ski party and rave, March 12-17.
Croatia ZAGREB: Restaurant Week, three course meals at special prices, through March 13.
POREC: Laguna Porec Half Marathon, March 26-27.
DUBROVNIK: Aklapela, a cappella music performed, April 8-10.
LABIN: 100 Miles of Istria Ultra Trail, April 15-17.
DUBROVNIK: Festiwine, wine festival, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera, April 25-May 1.
Czech Republic PRAGUE: One World Film Festival, international human rights film festival, through March 16.
PRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair, Exhibition Grounds, through April 17.
PRAGUE: Easter market, Wenceslas Square, March 12-April 3.
PRAGUE: Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week, Atelier A1, Strahov, March 16-23.
PRAGUE: Febio Fest, International Film Festival, Cinestar Andel, March 17-25.
BRNO: Easter Festival of Spiritual Music, March 20-April 3.
PILSEN: Eiga-Sai, Festival of Japanese film and culture, March 24-27.
PRAGUE: Sportisimo Half Marathon, April 2.
VELKE BILOVICE: From Cellar to Cellar, tasting regional south Moravian wines, April 2.
PRAGUE: Days of European Film, Kino Lucerna, April 9-16.
PRAGUE: Prague Spring Swing Festival, swing dance festival, Palas Lucerna, April 15-17.
Denmark COPENHAGEN: Aalborg Opera Festival, through March 13.
COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Bike Show, Lokomotivværkstedet, through March 13.
COPENHAGEN: Bakken Amusement Park opens for summer season, March 17.
COPENHAGEN: Queen’s birthday celebrations, Royal family greets public from balcony of Amalienborg Palace, April 16.
England LONDON: Maslenitsa Russian Festival, through March 12.
BIRMINGHAM: Crufts, world’s largest dog show, The NEC, through March 13.
LONDON: Country to Country, American country music festival, artists include Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town and others, O2 Arena, through March 13.
LONDON: Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Battersea Park, through March 13.
LONDON: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Barbicon, Ritzy Brixton and other venues, through March 18.
LONDON: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Trafalgar Square, March 13.
MANCHESTER: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 13.
LONDON: The Boat Race, Oxford vs. Cambridge’s annual boat race, March 27.
OXFORD: Oxford Literary Festival, April 2-10.
LONDON: Circusfest, festival of international contemporary circus, Roundhouse, April 4-24.
CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Literary Festival, April 5-14.
LONDON: The London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, April 7-10.
HURST GREEN: Great British Food Festival, Stonyhurst College, April 8-10.
LONDON: Vaisakhi, traditional Sikh festival, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, April 9.
LONDON: Loco London, Comedy Film Festival, BFI Southbank and other venues, April 14-24.
LONDON: Feast of Saint George, Trafalgar Square, April 23.
LONDON: Virgin Money London Marathon, April 24.
Finland HELSINKI: Season, film festival of upcoming cinematic highlights and Finnish shorts, Bio Rex and Maxim, March 31-April 3.
France PARIS: Sugar, fair for pastry and decoration, Porte de Versailles, through March 13.
AVORIAZ: Snowboxx, apres ski and clubbing parties, March 12-19.
PORTES DU SOLEIL: Rock the Pistes, open air concerts, March 13-19.
PARIS: Vertical Race at the Eiffel Tower, March 17.
PARIS: Paris Book Fair, Porte de Versailles, March 17-20.
PARIS: Mondial du Tourisme, holiday fair, Porte de Versailles, March 17-20.
PARIS: Salon du Golf, Porte de Versailles, March 18-20.
PARIS: Cinema du Reel, international festival of documentary films, March 18-27.
PARIS: Printemps du Cinema, March 20-22.
PARIS: Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, March 31-April 3.
PARIS: Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Tuileries, March 31-April 3.
PARIS: Paris Marathon, April 3.
PARIS: Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, April 4.
PARIS: ECU–The European Independent Film Festival, April 8-10.
TIGNES: Live in Tignes by Francofolies, free concerts and parties, April 11-13.
PARIS: Color Run, 5 km run with throwing of colored powders, April 17.
ARLES: Feria de Paques, street party opens bullfighting season, April 25-28.
PARIS: The Paris Fair, Porte de Versailles, April 29-May 8.
PARIS: Great Contemporary Art Fair at Bastille, April 29-May 2.
Germany ELTVILLE AM RHEIN: Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival, through March 13.
MUNICH: Starkbierfest, Paulaner am Nockherberg, strong beer celebrations, through March 13.
SCHRIESHEIM: Mathaismarkt, volksfest, through March 13.
TRIER: Easter market, Hauptmarkt, through March 13.
WIESBADEN: Easter market, pedestrian zone, through March 13.
WUERZBURG: Fruehjahrsvolksfest, spring fun fair, Marktplatz and Talavera, through March 20.
WUERZBURG: Flamenco Festival, Mainfranken Theater, through March 20.
BAD NAUHEIM: Easter market, Teichhaus, March 12-13.
BERLIN: ITB Berlin, international travel fair, open to public March 12-13.
COCHEM: Easter market, Edertplatz, March 12-13.
HEPPENHEIM: Auto show and Sunday shop openings, March 12-13.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Spring market, pedestrian zone, shops open Sunday from 1-6 p.m., March 12-13.
LINDENFELS: Easter market, Buergerhaus, March 12-13.
OTZBERG-HERING: Easter market, Veste Otzberg, March 12-13 and 19-20.
RONNEBURG: Historical Easter Market, Burg Ronneburg, March 12-13 and 19-20.
KRONBERG IM TAUNUS: Easter market, Haus Altkoenig, March 13.
FRANKFURT: Lufthansa Half Marathon, Commerzbank-Arena, March 13.
FRANKFURT: Luminale, illuminations transform city, March 13-18.
HANNOVER: CeBIT, world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications, March 14-18.
KARLSRUHE: RendezVino, wine fair, Messe, March 17-20.
STUTTGART: Retro Classics, classic car convention, Stuttgart Messe, March 17-20.
MANNHEIM: Middle Ages market, Herzogenried Park, March 18-20.
GOETTINGEN: Harlem Globetrotters, March 17; also perform in Bamberg March 18; Munich March 19; Goeppingen March 20; Berlin March 21; Bremerhaven March 22; Bielefeld March 23; Frankfurt March 24.
FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair at Ratsweg fairgrounds, March 18-April 10.
HAMBURG: Hamburger Dom, traditional spring fun fair, March 18-April 17.
MANNHEIM: International Easter Egg Market, Luisenpark, Festhalle Baumhain, March 19-20.
STUTTGART: Kulinart Fruehling, gourmet fair, Phoenixhalle, Bad Canstatt, March 19-20.
WIESBADEN-WALLAU: Teddy Bear World, crafts fair for bears and plush toys, Messecenter Rhein-Main, March 19-20.
BENSHEIM: Irish Spring, festival of Irish Folk Music, Parktheater, March 20.
MANNHEIM: Sommertagsumzug, parade to bid farewell to winter, starts 2:30 p.m. at Luisenpark, March 20.
NIERSTEIN: Fruehlingserwachen, open doors at the wineries of the Roter Hang, March 20.
PFUNGSTADT-ESCHOLLBRUECKEN: Ultramarathon, 50 and 25 km running events, March 20.
BENSHEIM: Good Friday Procession, March 25.
MAINZ-KASTEL: Historical Easter Market and Spectacle Reduit, March 26-28.
NUREMBERG: Fruehlingsfest, traditional spring fun fair, Dutzendteich, March 26-April 10.
AACHEN: Oecher Bend, traditional spring fun fair, March 26-April 11.
REGENSBURG: Tattoo Oster Weekend, tattoo convention, Airport Obertraubling, March 27-28.
AUGSBURG: Augsburgerplaerrer, traditional spring fun fair, March 27-April 10.
WUERZBURG: wine press hall festival, indoor wine fest, Weingut Buergerspital, April 1-2.
STUTTGART: Tattooshow Stuttgart, Kulturhaus Arena Stuttgart-Wangen, April 1-3.
MANNHEIM: Time Warp, Germany’s largest techno event, Maimarktgelände, April 2.
STUTTGART: Long Night of Museums, April 2.
HOMBURG: Ceramics market, April 2-3.
HEIDELBERG: Heidelberg Spring, international classical music festival, April 2-30.
FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: Freiburg Marathon, April 3.
DUESSELDORF: Night of Museums, April 9.
BOCKENHEIM: German Wine Road Marathon, includes full marathon, half marathon and duo marathon, April 10.
BERLIN: Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon, April 13.
STUTTGART: Fruehlingsfest, volksfest, Cannstatter Wasen, April 16-May 8.
WIESBADEN: goEast, East European film festival, April 20-26.
ASCHAFFENBURG: Hamburger Fischmarkt, April 21-May 1.
FRANKFURT: International Tattoo Convention, Hall 5.0, Messe, April 22-24.
BAMBERG: Beer Day, April 23.
FRANKFURT: Night of Museums, April 23.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Fruchthalle, April 23.
ULM: Tattoo Convention, Messe, April 23-24.
HEIDELBERG: SAS Half Marathon, April 24.
LAHR: Tulip festival, April 24.
WUERZBURG: Residenzlauf, 10 km road race, April 24.
GERNSBACH: Middle Ages festival, Murginsel, April 30-May 1.
Hungary SIOFOK: Lake Balaton Supermarathon, 195 km run can be split up into various distances, March 17-20.
BUDAPEST: Budapest Spring Festival, orchestral, chamber, folk and world music concerts, dance, theater, and more, April 8-24.
BUDAPEST: Half Marathon, April 17.
Ireland DUBLIN: Silk Road Film Festival, Trinity College, Rathmines Omniplex and other venues, through March 14.
DUBLIN: Five Lamps Arts Festival, through March 16.
KILKENNY: Tradfest, traditional music, song and dance, March 16-20.
DINGLE: Dingle International Film Festival, March 17-20.
DUBLIN: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March 17-20.
HOWTH: Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, March 18-20.
GALWAY: Galway Food Festival, March 24-28.
DUBLIN: Dublin Walking Festival, Wicklow Hills and other scenic areas, March 25-27.
DUBLIN: Easter Rising Centenary Celebrations, Dublin Castle and other locations, March 26-27.
DUBLIN: Anime Dublin, cosplay, gaming tournaments and more, O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, April 2.
DUBLIN: Great Ireland Run, 10 km run in Phoenix Park, April 10.
DUNGARVAN: West Waterford Festival of Food, April 15-17.
CARLINGFORD: National Leprechaun Hunt, Slieve Foy Mountain, April 17.
TULLYCROSS: Connemara Mussel Festival, April 29-May 1.
KILKENNY: Kilkenny Roots Festival, April 29-May 2.
Italy MILAN: Cartoomics, expo of movies, comics, games, cosplay and fantasy, RHO Fairgrounds, through March 13.
ROME: Yo-Urban Dance Fest, Palacavicchi, March 12-13.
FLORENCE: Taste, food festival, Stazione Leopolda, March 12-14.
MILAN: Affordable Art Fair, Superstudio Piu, March 17-20.
MILAN: Milano Auto Classico, classic car show, Fiera Milano Rho, March 18-20.
COUNTRYWIDE: FAI Spring Days, 900 cultural monuments open to the public, March 19-20.
SEISER ALM: Swing on Snow, folk music concerts, March 20-27.
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.
FLORENCE: Explosion of the Cart, Easter celebration, March 27.
FERMIGNANO: Palio della Rana, race of frogs being pushed in wheelbarrows, April 1-3.
MILAN: Milan Marathon, April 3.
TORRITA DI SIENA: European Blues Challenge, City Hall, April 8-9.
MILAN: Flowers and Tastes on the Naviglio Grande, April 10.
ROME: Rome Marathon, April 10.
ASSAGO: WWE Live Wrestlemania Revenge, Mediolanum Forum, April 13.
FLORENCE: WWE Live Wrestlemania Revenge, Nelson Mandela Forum, April 14.
BORGO A MOZZANO: Azalea exhibition, April 15-17.
FLORENCE: Bicifi, Florence Bike festival, Parco delle Cascine, April 15-17.
Luxembourg CITY: Bric a Brac Fair, Hall 7, Luxexpo, March 12-13.
CITY: Emaischen, Easter Monday festival, day for purchase of clay bird whistles, Palace of the Grand Dukes, March 28.
CITY: Spring Fair, leisure fair spotlights home, wine and gastronomy, Luxexpo, April 23-May 5.
Malta MELLIEHA: Xterra Malta, triathlon, April 3.
Monaco MONTE CARLO: Monaco Run, 23 km, 10 km and walking event, March 13.
Netherlands MAASTRICHT: TEFAF Maastricht, art and antiques fair, Exhibition and Congress Center, through March 20.
AMSTERDAM: HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, March 16-20.
AMSTERDAM: Cinedans, Eye, March 16-20.
EINDHOVEN: Ice Horse, horse show of Icelandic ponies, IJssportcentrum, March 19.
MAASTRICHT: Jazz Maastricht Festival, Theater ann het Vrijthof, March 19.
ROTTERDAM: Tattoo Convention, Ahoy, March 19-20.
THE HAGUE: Movies that Matter, highlights documentary films, Filmhuis Den Haag, March 18-26.
LISSE: Keukenkof gardens open, March 24-May 16.
AMSTERDAM: DGTL Festival, showcases underground electronic dance music, NDSM Docklands, March 26-27.
MAASTRICHT: Tattoo Expo, Mecc Maastricht Forum 100, March 27-28.
THE HAGUE: Rewire Festival, international contemporary music highlighted, April 1.
COUNTRYWIDE: “Get into the Greenhouse,” greenhouses open to visitors, April 2-3.
ROTTERDAM: Motel Mozaique, festival for music, art and performance, April 8-9.
ROTTERDAM: NN Marathon Rotterdam, April 10.
AMSTERDAM: Imagine Film Festival, Eye, April 14-24.
COUNTRYWIDE: National Museum Week, reduced prices at 400 museums, April 16-24.
AMSTERDAM: Sounds of the Underground Festival, alternative and independent music festival, in and around Vondelpark, April 20-24.
GENT: Floralies, April 22-May 1.
HAARLEM: Flower Parade, parade departs Noordwijk at 9:30 a.m. April 23; floats on display in Haarlem April 24.
THE HAGUE: Life I Live Festival, open-air musical acts throughout city, April 26.
COUNTRYWIDE: King’s Day, April 27.
Norway OSLO: International Church Music Festival, through March 13.
OSLO: IBU Championsips Biathlon, Holmenkollen, through March 13.
TRONDHEIM: Kosmorama, International Film Festival, through March 13.
BERGEN: Borealis, festival for experimental music, through March 13.
VOSS: Vossa Jazz, jazz festival, March 18-20.
RENA: Birkenbeinerrennet, 54 km cross country ski race crossing two mountains, March 19.
OSLO: Inferno Metal Festival, March 23-26.
Portugal LISBON: Monstra Film Festival, features animated film, through March 13.
BRAGA: Holy Week celebrations, March 19-27.
LISBON: Lisbon Half Marathon, March 20.
OBIDOS: Holy Week celebrations, March 23-27.
BRAGA: Holy Week festivals, March 24-27.
FUNCHAL: Festa del Flor, flower festival, April 7-13.
LISBON: Fish and Flavors, culinary festival highlights fish and seafood, April 7-17.
LISBON: Indie Lisboa, International Independent Film Festival, April 20-May 1.
FUNCHAL: Madeira Film Festival, April 25-May 1.
GLASGOW: Aye Write Book Festival, Mitchell Library, through March 20.
GLASGOW: International Comedy Festival, through March 27.
ABERDEEN: Aberdeen Jazz Festival, March 16-20.
GLASGOW: Glasgow Short Film Festival, March 16-20.
EDINBURGH: Edinburgh International Science Festival, March 26-April 10.
EDINBURGH: Old Town Street Food Festival, The Three Sisters Bar, March 27.
ST. ANDREWS: The St. Andrews Golf Week, April 10-16.
DUFFTOWN: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, events throughout Highlands, April 28-May 2.
EDINBURGH: Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, April 30.
LJUBLJANA: Ljubljana International Documentary Film Festival, through March 17.
Spain BARCELONA: Zurich Barcelona Marathon, March 13.
VALENCIA: San Jose Fallas celebrations, March 15-19.
TARRAGONA: Dixieland Jazz Festival, March 16-20.
ELCHE: Palm Sunday Procession, March 20.
COUNTRYWIDE: Semana Santa, Easter week celebrations, March 20-26.
MULA: Night of the Drums, March 22.
BARCELONA: Barcelona-Sitges International Period Cars Rally, April 2-3.
VALENCIA: International Festival of the Winds, features giant kites, Las Arenas, April 2-3.
SEVILLE: April Fair, April 12-17.
MADRID: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, April 24.
TRUJILLO: National Cheese Festival, April 29-May 2.
MURCIA: Burial of the Sardine, March 29-April 2.
CORDOBA: Battle of the Flowers, May 1.
Sweden STOCKHOLM: Tempo Documentary Festival, through March 13.
GOTHENBURG: Metal Town, indoor hard rock festival, Tradgarn, March 12.
GOTHENBURG: Gothenburg Horse Show, March 24-28.
STOCKHOLM: Stockholm Love Affair, celebrates electronic music scene, Annexet, Globe, April 1-2.
STOCKHOLM: Liquorice Festival, Globe Arena, April 23-24.
STOCKHOLM: Culture Night, April 23.
Switzerland LAAX: European Freeski Open, open ski competition, through March 12.
GENEVA: International Motor Show, Palexpo, through March 13.
SAAS-FEE: Glacier Bike Downhill, March 12.
LUCERNE: Lucerne Festival at Easter, sacred and concert music, March 12-20.
ST. MORITZ: Engadin Ski Marathon and Half Marathon, March 13.
AROSA: Alpine Hot Air Balloon Week, March 13-18.
MORGINS: Rock the Pistes, music festival on the slopes of Portes du Soleil, March 13-19.
ST. MORITZ: Music Summit, club music festival, March 16-20.
BERN: Museum Night, March 18.
GENEVA: Electron, festival of electronic music and culture, March 24-27.
MORGES: Tulip Festival, March 26-May 8.
ZURICH: Expovina Primavera, spring wine festival, PULS 5, Geissereihalle, March 31-April 7.
VERBIER: Freeride World Tour, April 2-10.
ZERMATT: Zermatt Unplugged, this year’s artists include James Morrison, Juanes, Simple Minds, Lisa Stansfield and others, April 5-9.
BASEL: Blues Festival Basel, Volkshaus, April 5-10.
SAAS-FEE: Allalin Races, amateur ski races on glacier, April 8-9.
ZURICH: Zurich Marathon, April 24.
LUCERNE: Honky Tonk Festival, live music at venues throughout town, April 29.
Wales ABERYSTWYTH: Wales One World Film Festival, through March 17.
GWYNEDD: Sci-fi Weekender, sci-fi and fantasy festival, March 17-20.
CARDIFF: World Half Marathon Championships, March 26.
DOLGELLAU: Rally North Wales, April 2.
CARDIFF: RHS Flower Show, April 15-17.
LUCERNE: Fumetto, International Comics Festival, April 16-24.
MOLD: Real Ale Trail, ale festival by bus, April 23.