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Germany“Future Comes as Standard” is the motto for this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, one of the world’s major trade fairs for the auto industry.

Up to 900 exhibitors are expected in the city’s fairgrounds, presenting their companies’ latest developments in categories such as two-, three- and four-wheeled cars; trailers, parts and accessories; diagnostics, repair and maintenance; and tuning solutions.

Hundreds of new car models and product premieres are the highlight of the fair. Visitors can participate in test drives, an outdoor Go Kart track, model-car collectors fair and parking competitions. The fair is open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 25.

Tickets cost 15 euros on weekends and 13 euros on weekdays, with an “after work” price of 8 euros starting at 3 p.m. Children age 6 and younger enter free.

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France“Indépen’danse” is the theme of this year’s Paris technoparade, a motto that emphasizes that the event’s dancing has become so integral to the multicultural electronic music event that it’s inseparable from the music.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, trucks with loudspeakers and amplifiers will assemble at the Place de la République, and at 1 p.m. they will roll through the city center, their traveling DJs playing house, trance, techno and drum ’n’ bass.

See (in French and English).

EnglandExplore the world of London architecture Saturday and Sunday when the capital opens the doors of more than 700 buildings during the annual Open House London (

The event focuses on the theme “Good Design” with activities that include boat, cycling and walking tours; expert talks by architects and other experts; and exhibitions.

There is no charge, but some events require reservations. Guides with information on addresses, opening days and hours, reservation requirements and transportation will be at selected sites. The website offers a downloadable PDF of the program for 3.50 pounds (about $5.60)


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