Europe Traveler's event picks for Jan. 20-21

By KAREN BRADBURY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 16, 2017

Impuls Festival

Various venues, Passau, Germany

Dates: Jan. 19-20

Thirteen clubs, cafes and a church will host about 35 concerts in which the musical styles range from pop to folk and indie to hip-hop. A single ticket gives access to all concerts on the given day, although when a venue reaches its maximum capacity, visitors will no longer be allowed entry. 

Tickets: A ticket valid for both days costs 34 euros when ordered online, and a single day ticket costs 21 euros. Tickets will also be sold on-site, subject to availability.

Website: www.impuls-passau.de


Motor Bike Expo

Verona Fiere, Viale del Lavoro, 8, 37135 Verona, Italy

Dates: Jan. 18-21 (9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily)

Billed by its organizers as the world’s most important and prestigious event for custom motorcycles, the show attracted over 160,000 visitors last year. Some of the world’s biggest brands exhibit across seven large halls, where the models run from special to sport, off-road to touring. A second-hand area is dedicated to the sale of used motorcycles by both dealerships and private sellers. Stunt and other shows take place daily.

Tickets: Adult day tickets cost 18 euros; tickets for ages 6-10 go for 15 euros; ages five and under enter free.

Website: www.motorbikeexpo.it/en/


National Tulip Day

Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date: Jan. 20 (1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Each year on National Tulip Day, Amsterdam’s Dam Square is transformed into a huge temporary garden bursting with around 200,000 tulips. Thousands of visitors come by to pick up one of the bulbs to take home free of charge. 

Admission: Free

Website: www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do/whats-on/festivals/overview-cultural-festivals/national-tulip-day


Burns Night

Throughout Scotland and beyond

Date: On or about Jan. 25

Haggis, whisky and poetry are the three main ingredients needed to mark the birthday of Robert (Rabbie) Burns,  considered Scotland’s national poet. In a tradition dating back two centuries, traditional Burns suppers are organized by literary societies, proud Scots, pubs and others on or around Jan. 25 each year. The star of the night is the haggis, a savory pudding of sheep’s offal served on a silver platter, ideally brought to the assembled company by the chef, a bagpipe player, and the person to render the address “To a Haggis.” Much toasting and recitals of Burns poetry typically follows.

Admission: Varies with the venue

Website: for general info, see http://www.visitscotland.com/about/famous-scots/robert-burns/burns-night; for venues hosting Burns suppers in Germany, see http://www.discover-gb.de/britische-lebensart-in-deutschland/veranstaltungen/burns-supper.aspx



Madrid, Spain

Dates: Jan. 23-Feb. 7

About 450 establishments and institutions will take part in the ninth edition of Madrid’s biggest foodie event. In addition to tastings at the city’s bars and restaurants, look for events at food markets, to include seafood tastings at Los Mostenses Market and a set menu consisting of flowers and organic ingredients at the Barcelo Market. Film screenings, wine tastings and special exhibitions at museums round out the program.

Admission: Prices are set by participating establishments.

Website: www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/gastrofestival-madrid?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F



Plaza de la Constitution and citywide, San Sebastian, Spain

Date: Jan. 20

San Sebastian celebrates its patron saint's day with the sounds of drums throughout the day and night. Over one hundred drumming companies, in costume and accompanied by brass bands, flag-bearers and water-carriers, bring the streets to life with their beats and dances.

Admission: Free

Website: www.sansebastianturismo.com/en/blog/culture/461-san-sebastian-day-the-tamborrada-drum-parade


Museum Night

Basel, Switzerland

Date: Jan. 19 (6 p.m.-2 a.m. following day)

With over 200 program points spread over 36 museums and cultural institutions, a visitor is bound to find something to his or her taste, from quiet moments of contemplation, to attending a lively concert.

Admission: Tickets cost 22.50 euros for adults; entry is free for those under the age of 26.

Website: https://museumsnacht.ch/en


Vogel Gryff

Basel, Switzerland

Date: Jan. 20 (from 10:30 a.m. until late evening)

An ancient rite played out upon the Rhine River signals the approach of the carnival season. Three characters central to the festivities- the Wild Man, Lion, and Griffin- ride downstream on boats , stopping often to perform dances. The figures represent three carnival societies based in Basel’s Kleinbasel district. Festivities in that part of town, to include a parade and folk dancing, follow throughout the day.

Admission: Free

Website: For general info, see www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/vogel-gryff-in-basel-bs.html; for the program of events, see http://www.vogel-gryff.ch/web/vogelgryff2018#wassienichtverpassensollten


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