Germany Frankfurt’s Dippemess, which began as a medieval market (a Maamess) for household articles and ceramic pots and bowls (Dippe) has evolved into the largest folk festival in the Rhein-Main area. Complete with market stalls, entertainment, food and drink, the latest high-tech rides, fireworks on opening and closing nights and a carnival atmosphere, it begins Friday and continues through May 8 on the Frankfurt fairgrounds on Ratsweg.

Opening hours are 2-11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 11 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, the hours are noon to midnight and on Easter Monday, noon to 11 p.m. Families can save money with half-price rides on Thursday’s Family Days.

Learn more at (in German under the Frühjahrs-Dippemess link) or in English at; click on Calendar and then Spring Dippemess.

NetherlandsIf film titles like “Time Traveler,” “Monsters,” “The Machete Maidens Unleashed” and “The Troll Hunter” sound like your idea of a great cinematic experience, then head to “Imagine,” Amsterdam’s 27th annual Fantastic Film Festival, which continues through April 23.

The event offers an international list of 53 films in the genres of fantasy, horror, science fiction and animation. Included on the schedule is the new “Hobo with a Shotgun,” starring Dutch actor Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner” and “The Hitcher”), who will also accept a Career Achievement Award at the affair. Most films are in the original English, with English subtitles for those who speak other languages.

Tickets for individual films costs 8.50 euros. “A Night of Horror,” a marathon of four films in one night for 27.50 euros, a symposium on Latin fantasy film and film competitions also are on the program. Find more details at

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