Europe Traveler's picks for the weekend of Aug. 18-29
By KAREN BRADBURY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 14, 2017
It's never too early to plan your weekend fun. Here are my picks for events on the weekend of Aug. 18-20.
Floridsdorfer Bruecke, Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria
Dates: Aug. 18-Sept. 5 (2 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m. midnight Sat.-Sun.)
Visitors can enjoy concerts by top acts, markets for both handicrafts and contemporary goods, dance, food and drink, drumming sessions and hands-on activities for children. The Sahara tent serves cool cocktails and provides shelter in the event of rain.
Admission: adult entry costs 12-20 euros depending on date and entry time; ages 12 and under enter free. Entry is free for all on Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 4-5.
Brocante de Temploux
Dates: Aug. 19-20 (from 7 a.m. both days)
Over a thousand exhibitors descend upon Temploux, a village near Namur, to sell a vast assortment of second-hand items along a circuit stretching over three miles. Saturday is a day for serious collectors looking for that missing piece, but on Sunday, anything goes. On both days, food stands serve up barbeque and other culinary treats. On Saturday evening, a festive spirit prevails, with orchestras and a fireworks display.
Letna Park, Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: Aug. 17-Sept. 3
Top acts from the Czech and international contemporary circus scene perform well over a hundred shows here. Many groups use the event to unveil their latest works. Shows geared toward children take place in the afternoons.
Admission: Each show is separately ticketed; prices for adult tickets begin at 290 Czech Koruna ($13.08).
Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival
Israel Plads and other venues, Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: Aug. 18-27
One of the biggest food festivals in Northern Europe allows Copenhagen the chance to demonstrate why the city is considered a foodie’s mecca. Guests can sample not only the tastes of Denmark and the Nordic region in general, but also fare turned out by some of the world’s most famous and ground-breaking chefs.
Admission: some events are free, but most entail an admission cost.
Marktplatz, Pforzheim, Germany (11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.)
Dates: Aug. 18-Sept. 3
Over 200 wines from Baden-Wuerttemberg and 180 regional dishes await sampling at this convivial wine festival. Concerts on stage satisfy a wide variety of musical tastes. On Aug. 26, Dirndl evening, guests are encouraged to attend in traditional costume.
Ferrara Buskers Festival- International Street Musicians Festival
Dates: Aug. 19-20 and 22-
More than 200 musicians from around the world perform a range of musical styles in venues around the old part of the city. This year’s guest region is New York.
Giochi Medievali Alto Adige (Medieval Games)
Arena, Schluderns/Sluderno, Italy
Dates: Aug. 18-20 (10 a.m.-midnight Aug. 18-19; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 20)
This Middle-Ages themed festival offers fun for all ages, including brave knights in battle, jesters, falconry demonstrations, fire shows, a marketplace and more. Over one thousand re-enactors from 12 countries take part in the parade scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 20.
Admission: entry costs 20 euros for adults; 14 euros for ages 7-15; 7 euros for ages 3-6 and is free for those ages 2 and under.
Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival
Noorderplantsoen, Groningen, Netherlands
Dates: Aug. 17-27
This cutting-edge international art festival attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors annually with a program including theater, dance, music, literature, the visual arts and more. Performances take place in tents and outdoor stages in a pretty park, as well as in the city’s bustling downtown area.
Admission: Tickets are required for the performances, and prices vary according to what’s on. Tickets can be purchased online or at kiosks around the city.