Festivals and events, April 2018
AustriaVIENNA: Vienna Blues Spring, blues concerts throughout city, through April 30. NASSFELD: Full Metal Mountain, heavy metal band concerts, April 2-8. GIGGIJOCH: Electric Mountain Festival, April 5-6. VIENNA: Styrian Village, customs and traditions of Styria showcased, Town Hall, April 5-8. WACHAU: Gourmet Festival, April 5-19. ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: New Orleans meets Snow, slopeside jazz concerts, April 6-8. POYSDORF: Weintour Weinviertel, open doors at wineries throughout Weinviertel wine region, April 7-8. MAYRHOFEN: Snowbombing, music fest on the slopes, April 9-14. ZELL AM SEE: Rookie Finals, snowboarding competition, April 10-15. SOELDEN: The Nines, snowboarding competition, Tiefenbach Glacier, April 14. VIENNA: Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe, Stadthalle, April 14-15; also Innsbruck April 21-22; Salzburg April 28-29. ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: The White Thrill, 9 km ski race is first stage in Arlberg Eagle Alpine triathlon, April 21. ISCHGL: Spring Snow Party, Bastille performs, April 21. VIENNA: wean hean, festival of typical Viennese music, April 21-May 21. VIENNA: Vienna City Marathon, April 22. ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Concert, closing concert performed by Helene Fischer, April 24. LINZ: Crossing Europe, film festival, April 25-30. VIENNA: Art Austria, Gartenpalais Liechtenstein, April 26-29. KREMS: Donaufestival, April 27-May 6. LINZ: Urfahranermarkt, traditional fun fair, April 28-May 6. PUCH: Apple Blossom Fest, April 29.
BelgiumANTWERP: Tattoo Convention, Hangar 29 Wagnaatie, through April 1. CINEY: Flea market and antiques fair, Expo, through April 2. ANTWERP: Tour of Flanders, cycle race between Antwerp and Oudenaarde, April 1. HERVE: Cavalcade of Herve, parade of floats pulled by draft horses, starts 2 p.m., April 2. BRUSSELS: BIFFF, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BOZAR, April 3-15. GROOT-BIJGAARDEN: Floralia Brussels –floral exhibition, Chateau de Grand Bigard, April 6-May 6. BRUSSELS: Hopla! Festival of circus arts, free shows, April 9-15. BRUSSELS: Balkan Trafik Festival, highlights Balkan and southeast European culture, April 19-22. BRUSSELS: Art Brussels, contemporary art fair, Tour & Taxis, April 19-22. GENT: Hunting Belgium, hunting expo, Flanders Expo, April 20-22. BRUSSELS: Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition, April 20-May 11. LAEKEN: Greenhouses of the Royal Palace open, April 20-May 11. NAMUR: Folknam, Namur Day of Traditions and Folklore, April 21. SPA: ING Ardenne Roads, rally of pre-1969 sports cars, April 21-22. ANTWERP: 10 Miles & Marathon, April 22. BRUSSELS: Brussels Short Film Festival, Flagey, April 25-May 6. BRUSSELS: Les Nuits Botanique, concerts and after parties, Botanique, April 25-May 6. BRUSSELS: Brussels Tango Festival, April 26-May 1. ITTERBEEK: Night of the Great Thirst, highlights Gueze and Kriek beers, April 27. LEUVEN: Zythos Beer Festival, Brabanthal, April 28-29. CINEY: Bourse Militaria, flea market for military memorabilia, April 29.
CroatiaDUBROVNIK: Aklapela, choral groups known as klapas perform, April 6-8. LABIN: 100 Miles of Istria Ultra Trail, April 6-8. SPLIT: Croatia Boat Show, April 11-15. DUBROVNIK: Festiwine, wine festival, Sunset Beach Lapad Bay, April 16-22. OSIJEK: Tour of Croatia, distance cycling race, April 17-22. KOPRIVNICA: Fishermen to their town, freshwater fish celebration, April 24-25. DUBROVNIK: Half marathon, other runs of various distances, April 29.
Czech RepublicPRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair, Exhibition Grounds, through April 15. PRAGUE: Days of European Film, Kino Lucerna, April 5-12. PRAGUE: Prague Spring Swing Festival, swing dance festival, Palas Lucerna, April 6-8. PRAGUE: Mladi Ladi Jazz, international contemporary jazz festival, April 6-30. PRAGUE: Sportisimo Half Marathon, April 7. VELKE BILOVICE: From Cellar to Cellar, tasting of the wines of south Moravia, April 7. PRAGUE: Autoshow Praha, Expo Holesovice, April 12-15. OLOMOUC: Tvaruzky Cheese Festival, April 21-22. PRAGUE: Paleni Carodejnic (Witches Night) Parade, Lesser Town Square, April 30.
DenmarkAARHUS: Royal Metal Fest, music festival, Vester Alle, April 6. COPENHAGEN: Queen’s birthday celebrations, Royal family greets public from balcony of Amalienborg Palace, April 16. COPENHAGEN: 49 Timer, festival in Norrebro section of city, April 27-29. COPENHAGEN: Sakura Festival, celebrates blossoming of cherry trees, Langelinie Park, April 28-29. RIBE: Viking Market, Ribe Viking Center, April 30-May 6.
EnglandBIRMINGHAM: Antiques for Everyone, NEC, April 5-8. LONDON: London Games Festival, celebrates video and interactive games, Victoria House, April 5-15. LONDON: The London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, April 12-15. CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Literary Festival, April 13-15. LONDON: The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, April 17-22. BURY ST EDMUNDS: East Anglian Beer Festival, Apex, April 18-21. LONDON: Creative Craft Show, ExCel, April 19-21. LONDON: Sony World Photo Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, April 20-May 5. LONDON: Feast of Saint George, Trafalgar Square, April 21. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Shakespeare's Celebrations, April 21. LONDON: Virgin Money London Marathon, April 22. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Stratford Literary Festival, April 22-29. HARROGATE: Spring Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, April 26-29. LONDON: Vaisakhi, traditional Sikh festival, City Hall, Trafalgar Square, April 28.
EstoniaTALLINN: Tallinn Music Week, 250 artists perform in various venues, April 4-8. TALLINN: International Festival Jazzkaar, biggest jazz festival in Baltic region, April 20-29.
FinlandHELSINKI: Season Film Festival, April 5-8. TAMPERE: Hevoset, horse fair, Exhibition and Sports Centre, April 7-8. TAMPERE: Tampere Biennale, showcase of modern Finnish music, April 11-15. HELSINKI: Helsinki Beer Festival, Cable Factory, April 13-14. HELSINKI: Helsinki Coffee Festival, Cable Factory, April 20-22. ESPOO: April Jazz Espoo, Tapiola, April 25-29. HELSINKI: Helsinki10, 10 km run, April 28. HELSINKI: Vappu- May Day celebrations, April 30-May 1.
FranceARLES: Feria de Paques, street party opens bullfighting season, through April 2. L'ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE: International art fair and flea market, through April 2. CHATELAILLON-PLAGE: Kite and Wind Festival, through April 2. PARIS: Banlieuesbleues Festival, jazz performances in Seine-St.-Denis, through April 13. LE MANS: Europa Jazz, jazz festival, through May 6. PARIS: Foire du Trone, fun fair, Bois de Vincennes, through May 27. PARIS: Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Tuileries, April 4-8. PARIS: Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, April 5-8. MANDELIEU: Salon des Vins et des Vignerons independants, Centre Expo Congres, April 6-8. METZ: Salon des Vins et de la Gastronomie, Parc des Expositions, April 6-8. PARIS: Paris Marathon, April 8. NYON: Visions du Reel, international film festival, April 13-21. PARIS: Color Run, 5 km run with throwing of colored powders, April 15. TIGNES: Live in Tignes by Francofolies, free slopeside concerts and parties, April 17-19. METZ: Les Puces de Metz, flea and antiques market, Metz Expo, April 21. MAGNY-COURS: 24 Heures Motos, motorcycle races, April 21-22. ANTIBES: Antibes Art Fair, Esplanade du Pre des Pecheurs, April 21-May 8. PARIS: Tour Auto Optic 2000, classic autos depart on rally to Biarritz from Grand Palais, April 23. BOURGES: Printemps Bourges, concerts, April 24-29. PARIS: Grand Marche D’art Contemporain, contemporary art market, Esplanade du Chateau de Vincennes, April 27-May 1. PARIS: The Paris Fair, retail sales event, Porte de Versailles, April 27-May 8. NIMES: The Great Roman Games, April 28-30. ORLEANS: Joan of Arc Festival, April 29-May 8.
GermanyMAINZ-KASTEL: Mittelalterliches Osterspektakel, Middle Ages market, Reduit, through April 2. MUNICH: Markt der Sinne, market features art and home décor, Praterinsel, through April 2. WUERZBURG: Flamenco Festival, Mainfranken Theater, through April 2. BAYREUTH: Bayreuth Easter Festival, through April 7. BAYREUTH: Fruehlingfest, traditional spring fun fair, through April 8. BREMEN: Osterwiese, fun fair, Burgerweide, through April 8. ERFURT: Thuringian Bach Weeks, celebrates music of Johann Sebastian Bach, through April 15. FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair, Ratsweg fairgrounds, through April 15. NUREMBERG: Fruehlingsfest, traditional spring fun fair, Dutzendteich, through April 15. SPEYER: Fruehjahrsmesse, traditional spring fun fair, Festplatz, through April 15. AACHEN: Oecher Bend, traditional spring fun fair, through April 16. HEIDELBERG: Heidelberger Fruehling, international music festival, dates through April 21. HAMBURG: Hamburger Dom, traditional spring fun fair, through April 22. BAUTZEN: Easter riding procession, Sorbian Easter custom, April 1. AUGSBURG: Augsburger Plaerrer, traditional spring fun fair, April 1-15. TRAUNSTEIN: Georgi-Ritt, traditional Easter Monday horseback pilgrimage, April 2. STUTTGART: Spring Fair, fair for gardens, hobbies and free time activities, Messe, April 5-8. WUERZBURG: Wine press hall festival, indoor wine fest, Weingut Buergerspital, April 6-7. STUTTGART: Tattooshow Stuttgart, Kulturhaus Arena Stuttgart-Wangen, April 6-8. WIESBADEN: Fruehlingsfest, carnival rides at Elsaesser Platz, April 6-9. MANNHEIM: Time Warp, techno event, Maimarktgelaende, April 7. SPEYER: Wein am Dom, presentation of wines of the Pfalz, April 7-8. BERLIN: Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon, April 8. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: Freiburg Marathon, April 8. OPPENHEIM: Schlemmerwanderung, culinary vineyard hike, April 8. FRANKFURT: Musikmesse, music trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing, April 11-14. HAMBURG: Documentary Film Week, April 11-15. WUERZBURG: Landesgartenschau, April 12-Oct. 7. STUTTGART: Fotomarathon, April 14. WIESBADEN: Kurze Nacht, late openings at city’s museums and galleries, April 14. BONN: Deutsche Post Marathon, April 15. FRANKFURT: Cider World, Palmengarten, April 15. WIESBADEN: goEast, East European film festival, April 18-24. STUTTGART: CineLatino, Latin American film festival, also in Freiburg, Rottenburg and Tuebingen, April 18-25. COLOGNE: Art Cologne, art fair for modern and contemporary art, Messe, April 19-22. ASCHAFFENBURG: Hamburger Fischmarkt, April 19-29. WUERZBURG: Residenzlauf, 10 km road race, April 20. FRANKFURT: International Tattoo Convention, Hall 5, Messe, April 20-22. FLONHEIM: Trullo in Flammen, wine tasting in the vineyards, April 21. HEIDELBERG: Heidelberger Stueckemarkt, contemporary German and international drama, April 20-29. STUTTGART: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Liederhalle, April 20; also Ulm April 21; Karlsruhe April 22; Frankfurt April 23-24; Mannheim April 24; Aachen April 26; Tuebingen April 28; Munich April 29; Nuremberg April 30. MUNICH: Fruehlingfest, fun fest and beer celebration at Theresienwiese, April 20-May 6. MUNICH: Flea market, Theresienwiese, April 21. MUNICH: Night of the Jumps, motorcross show, Olympiahalle, April 21. BAD SAECKINGEN: Middle Ages Spectaculum, Schlosspark, April 21-22. OPPENHEIM: Middle Ages Spectaculum, Landskrone Castle ruins, April 21-22. WOLFSTEIN: Culinary walk, April 21-22. STUTTGART: Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Porsche Arena, April 21-29. STUTTGART: Fruehlingsfest, fun fest and beer celebration, Cannstatter Wasen, April 21-May 13. WIESBADEN: Flea market, Biebrich Castle grounds, April 21; also May 19; June 16; July 21; Aug. 18 and 25; Sept. 15 and Oct. 10. HEIDELBERG: SAS Half Marathon, April 22. LAHR: Tulip festival, Stadtpark, April 22. GRONAU: Jazzfest Gronau, April 22-May 5. BAMBERG: Beer Day, April 23. BONN: Jazzfest Bonn, April 26-May 12. TORGAU: Elbetag, April 27-29. KALLSTADT: Fest of 100 wines, wine tasting event, April 27-May 1. MAINZ: Mainz Wine Days, wine tasting along the Rhine riverbanks, April 27-May 1. MUNICH: Long Night of Music, musical events in over 100 venues throughout city, April 28. KIRCHHEIM: Weinwanderung, vineyard hike, April 28-29. BAYREUTH: Flea market, Volksfestplatz, April 28-29. ELTVILLE: Spring Festival, wine tasting on the Rhine riverbanks, April 28-May 1. GERNSBACH: Middle Ages festival, Murginsel, April 28-May 1. TRIER: Dampfspektakel, steam trains underway between Trier, Koblenz and Saarbruecken, April 28-May 1. MUNICH: BMW Open, pro tennis, April 28-May 6. MUNICH: Maidult, traditional fun fair, April 28-May 6. DUESSELDORF: Metrogroup Marathon, April 29. HAMBURG: Haspa Marathon, April 29. LAMPERTHEIM: Spargelwanderung, culinary asparagus hike, April 29. ZELL: Zeller Schwarze Katz Festival, wine fest on the steep banks of the Mosel, April 29.
HungaryBUDAPEST: Budapest Spring Festival, orchestral, chamber, folk and world music concerts, dance, theater, and more, through April 22. BUDAPEST: Friss Hus Short Film Festival, Toldi Cinema, April 3-8. BUDAPEST: Titanic International Film Festival, April 4-13. BUDAPEST: VinCE Budapest Wine Show, Varkert Bazar, April 5-7. BUDAPEST: Half Marathon, April 14-15.
IrelandDUBLIN: Comic Con, Convention Centre, through April 1. DUBLIN: Dublinia Viking Fest, Wood Quay, through April 2. GALWAY: Galway Food Festival, through April 2. WATERFORD: International Viking Festival and Roadshow, through April 2. CORK: Funderland, traveling fun fair, Creamfields, Tramore Park, through April 8. DONEGAL: International Pan Celtic Festival, music and street entertainment, April 3-8. DUBLIN: Gin Experience Dublin, The Printworks, Dublin Castle, April 6-7. DUBLIN: Great Ireland Run, 10 km run in Phoenix Park, April 15. CORK: Cork International Choral Festival, April 18-22. DUNGARVAN: West Waterford Festival of Food, April 20-22. DUBLIN: Sumo Run, 5 km run in inflatable sumo suit benefits cancer charity, Marley Park, April 22.
ItalyMONTEPULCIANO: ArtEArti, handicrafts exhibition, fortress, through April 2. FLORENCE: Explosion of the Cart, Easter celebrations in front of cathedral, April 1. MODENA: Play, game festival, Modena Fairgrounds, April 6-8. FERMIGNANO: Palio della Rana, race of teams pushing frogs in wheelbarrows, April 8. MILAN: Milan Marathon, April 8. ROME: Rome Marathon, April 8. MILAN: Fiori e Sapori, floral arrangements on the Naviglio Grande, April 8. FLORENCE: Bicifi, Florence Bike festival, Fortezza da Basso, April 13-15. MILAN: Miart, contemporary art fair, Fieramilanocity, April 13-15. TURIN: Torino Comics, cosplay games fair, Lingotto Fiere, April 13-15. VENICE: Su e zo per i Ponti, run over the canals of Venice to benefit charity, April 15. MILAN: Milan Fashion Week, April 17-22. EMPOLI: Ludicomix Bricks and Kids, fair celebrates all kinds of games. April 21-22. SAN QUIRICO: Orcia Wine Festival, April 21-25. ANGHIARI: Mostra Mercato Dell'artigianato, artisanal craft fair, April 21-May 1. FLORENCE: International Handicrafts Trade Fair, Da Basso Fortress, April 21-May 1. GORIZIA: Ecomarathon Colliobrda, 46, 24, or 9 km trails through Italy and Slovenia, begins in Cormons, April 22. MAROSTICA: Granfondo, cycle race, April 22. PADOVA: St. Anthony Marathon, April 22. ROME: Natale di Roma, city celebrates its birthday with a historical parade departing from Circo Massimo, April 22. NARNI: Corsa all'Anello, medieval jousting competition and historical pageants, April 24-May 13. VENICE: Feast of St. Marco, city celebrates its patron saint, April 25. BARDOLINO: International Fiat Parade, April 29.
LuxembourgCITY: Emaischen, sale of small ceramic bird whistles, Palace of the Grand Dukes, April 2. NOSPELT: Emaischen, sale of small ceramic bird whistles, April 2. CITY: International Dog Expo, Luxexpo The Box, April 7-8. CITY: DKV-Urban Trail, 13, 18, 27 and 34 km trail runs through city’s scenery, April 22. CITY: International Kizomba Festival, festival celebrates Angolan dance genre, April 27-30. CITY: Duck Race, race of rubber ducks floating downriver, April 28.
MaltaGOZO: Gaulitana Festival of Music, Norma highlighted, April 1-29. MELLIEHA: Xterra Malta, triathlon, April 15.
MonacoMONTE-CARLO: Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival, through April 8 and April 26-29. MONTE-CARLO: Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, pro tennis tournament, April 16-23. MONTE-CARLO: Top Marques, luxury auto show, Grimaldi Forum, April 19-22. MONTE-CARLO: Art Monte-Carlo, art salon, Grimaldi Forum, April 28-29.
NetherlandsAMSTERDAM: DGTL Festival, showcases underground electronic dance music, NDSM Docklands, through April 1. AMSTERDAM: Unfair Amsterdam, art fair and exposition, Westergasfabriek, through April 2. THE HAGUE: Rewire Festival, international contemporary and experimental music highlighted, April 6-8. COUNTRYWIDE: “Get into the Greenhouse,” greenhouses open to visitors, April 7-8. ROTTERDAM: Marathon Rotterdam, April 7-8. COUNTRYWIDE: National Museum Week, reduced prices at 400 museums, April 9-15. AMSTERDAM: Sounds of the Underground Festival, alternative and independent music festival, Occii and other venues, April 10-15. AMSTERDAM: Imagine Film Festival, Eye, April 11-21. AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo Exhibition, Nieuwe Kerk, April 14-July 22. ROTTERDAM: Motel Mozaique, festival for music, art and performance, April 19-21. HAARLEM: Flower Parade, parade departs Noordwijk at 9:30 a.m. April 21; floats on display in Haarlem April 22. AMSTERDAM: Meibock festival, celebrates spring beers, Posthornkeerk, April 22. UTRECHT: Elfia, fantasy fair, Castle de Haar, April 21-22. THE HAGUE: Life I Live Festival, open-air musical acts throughout city, April 26. UTRECHT: Vrijmarkt, city becomes giant flea market, April 26-April 27. COUNTRYWIDE: King’s Day, April 27.
NorwayOSLO: Inferno Metal Festival, Rockefeller, through April 1. KARASJOK AND KAUTOKEINO: Easter Festival, Sami culture and reindeer race, through April 2. OSLO: Norwegian Military Tattoo, Spektrum, April 20-22. KRISTIANSUND: Nordic Light, International Festival of Photography, April 25-29. BERGEN: City Marathon, April 28.
PortugalBRAGA: Holy Week celebrations, through April 2. LISBON: Fish and Flavors, fish and seafood festival, April 5-15. LISBON: Motorclassico, classic auto salon, Feira, April 6-8. LISBON: Cascais Lisboa Classic, 20 km running event, April 15. FUNCHAL: Festa del Flor, April 19-May 6; parade April 22. LISBON: Music Days in Belem, classical music concerts, Belem Cultural Center, April 26-29. LISBON: Indie Lisboa, film festival, April 26-May 6. BARCELOS: Festival of the Crosses, traditional festivities of the Alto Minho region, April 30-May 6.
ScotlandEDINBURGH: Edinburgh International Science Festival, through April 15. EDINBURGH: Dead by Dawn, horror film festival, April 19-22. EDINBURGH: TradFest, music, song, dance, storytelling and tradition, Scottish Storytelling Centre, April 26-May 6. EDINBURGH: Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, April 30.
SlovakiaBRATISLAVA: Bratislava Marathon, April 8. BRATISLAVA: Autosalon, motor show, Incheba Expo, April 24-29.
SpainCOUNTRYWIDE: Semana Santa, Holy Week festivities, through April 1. HELLIN: Tamborada- Drum Festival, through April 1. CUENCA: Week of Religious Music, through April 8. MURCIA: Burial of the Sardine, grand parade April 7. VALENCIA: International Festival of the Winds, giant kites flown, Las Arenas, April 7-8. SEVILLE: April Fair, April 15-21. CORDOBA: Cata del Vino Montilla Moriles, tasting wines of the region, April 18-22. MADRID: Festimad, music and culture festival, April 18-May 6. MADRID: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, April 22. ALCOY: Moors and Christians Festival, April 22-24. BARCELONA: St. Jordi Festival, books and flower stalls through town, April 23. SA COMA: Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, April 25-30. TARRAGONA: Dixieland Jazz Festival, April 25-30. CORDOBA: May Crosses Festival, April 27-May 1. CORDOBA: Battle of the Flowers, April 28. TRUJILLO: National Cheese Festival, April 28-May 1.
SwedenGOTHENBURG: GBG Beer Week, beer festival, through April 7. GOTHENBURG: Beer and Whisky Show, Maessan, April 6-7. STOCKHOLM: Supermarket- Stockholm Independent Art Fair, April 12-15. STOCKHOLM: Liquorice Festival, Globe Arena, April 14-15. STOCKHOLM: Stockholm Film Festival Junior, features films geared to young audiences, April 16-21. STOCKHOLM: Culture Night, April 21. STOCKHOLM: Walpurgis, bonfires and celebrations, Skansen open air museum, April 30.
SwitzerlandMORGES: Tulip Festival, through May 6. ST. MORITZ: Music Summit, club music festival, April 5-8. ZERMATT: Zermatt Unplugged, this year’s artists include Norah Jones, Kodaline, Sarah Connor, The Kooks and others, April 10-14. BASEL: Blues Festival Basel, Volkshaus, April 10-15. CRANS-MONTANA: Caprices Festival, music festival, April 12-15. LUCERNE: Fumetto, International Comics Festival, April 14-22. ZURICH: Sechselaeuten, spring festival features burning of winter effigy, April 16. GENEVA: Electron, festival of electronic music and culture, April 19-21 and April 26-28. ZURICH: Zurich Marathon, April 22. SAMNAUN DORF: International Spring Snow Party, Bastille performs, April 22. GENEVA: International Book Fair, Palexpo, April 25-59. LUCERNE: Honky Tonk Festival, live music throughout town, April 27.
WalesCHEPSTOW: Walking Festival, April 4-8. LAUGHARNE: The Laugharne Weekend, festival of literature, music and sporting legends, April 6-8. CARDIFF: RHS Flower Show, April 13-15. PORTHCAWL: Jazz Festival, April 13-15. CARDIFF: Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival, April 21-29.