Here is just a sampling of events on the docket in Europe as of March 25. Note that given the week's terror attack in Belgium, many venues may have canceled events or increased security. Please verify details with tourist authorities or event organizers before setting out.
Austria VIENNA: Osterklang, opera festival, Theater an der Wien, through March 27. SALZBURG: Salzburg Easter Festival, classical music and opera festival, through March 28. VIENNA: Traditional Viennese Easter market, Freyung, through March 28. VIENNA: Am Hof Handicraft Market, through March 28. VIENNA: Easter market at Schoenbrunn Castle, through March 29. VIENNA: Vienna Blues Spring, Reigen, through April 30. ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Easter Concert, Silvermond performs, March 28. ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: FIS Freestyle Ski Europa Cup, Slopestyle and Big Air competitions, March 28-31. NASSFELD: Full Metal Mountain, hard rock festival on the slopes, March 28-April 3. KREMS: Wachau Gourmet Festival, March 31-April 14. BREGENZ: Bregenz Spring International Dance Festival, performances April 1, 22, 29 and 30, May 7 and 28. MAYRHOFEN: Snowbombing, skiing, music and parties, April 4-9. ISCHGL: World Rookie Finals, snowboarding competition, April 6-10. GIGGIJOCH: Electric Mountain Festival, April 8-9. ST. ANTON IN ARLBERG: New Orleans Meets Snow, music fest, April 8-10. VIENNA: Blumenkorso, parade with horse drawn carriage and bands, Prater, April 9. VIENNA: Vienna City Marathon, April 10. OBERTAUERN: Fridge Festival, snowboard and freestyle competitions and electro/alternative music festival, April 15-16. ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: The White Thrill, 9 km ski race is first stage in Arlberg Eagle Alpine triathlon, April 16. LINZ: Crossing Europe, film festival, April 20-25. VIENNA: Wean hean, festival of typical Viennese music, April 21-May 13. ISCHGL: International Spring Snow Party, April 24. KREMS: Donaufestival, April 29-May 1 and May 5-7. VIENNA: Modepalast, designer pop-up store at Kuenstlerhaus Wien, April 29-May 1. ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Concert, Muse performs, April 30. VIENNA: Genussfestival, sampling culinary specialties, Stadtpark, May 6-8.
Belgium Please note that given the terror attacks in Belgium, many venues may have canceled events or increased security. Please call ahead.
BRUSSELS: Millenium, international documentary film festival, through March 27. HERVE: Cavalcade of Herve, parade of floats pulled by draft horses, starts 2 p.m., March 28. BRUSSELS: BIFFF, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BOZAR, March 29-April 10. BRUGGE: Ronde van Vlaanderen, cycle race kicks off from Markt Square, April 3. GROOT-BIJGAARDEN: Floralia Brussels, flower exhibition, Chateau de Grand Bigard, April 6-May 6. BRUSSELS: Balkan Trafik Festival, highlights Balkan and southeast European culture, April 14-17. LAEKEN: Greenhouses of the Royal Palace open, April 15-May 6. BRUSSELS: Lezarts Urbains, festival spotlights hip-hop, April 16. NAMUR: Folknam, Namur Day of Traditions and Folklore, April 16. ANTWERP: 10 Miles & Marathon, April 17. BRUSSELS: Off Course, Brussels Art Fair, features young and emerging contemporary art, The Dynastie, April 21-24. BRUSSELS: Art Brussels, contemporary art fair, Tour & Taxis, April 22-24. LEUVEN: Zythos Beer Festival, Brabanthal, April 23-24. BRUSSELS: Heritage Day, also throughout Flanders, April 24. BRUSSELS: Brussels Short Film Festival, April 27-May 8. BRUSSELS: Brussels Tango Festival, April 28-May 2. MEERHOUT: Groezrock, punk rock festival, April 29-30. ANTWERP: A Taste of Antwerp, culinary festival, May 5-8. BRUSSELS: Iris Days, free concerts, May 7-8.
Croatia POREC: Laguna Porec Half Marathon, March 26-27. DUBROVNIK: Aklapela, a cappella music performed, April 8-10. SPLIT: Croatia Boat Show, April 13-17. LABIN: 100 Miles of Istria Ultra Trail, April 15-17. DUBROVNIK: Festiwine, wine festival, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera, April 25-May 1. DUBROVNIK: Half marathon, also 5 km fun run, May 1.
Czech Republic PILSEN: Eiga-Sai, Festival of Japanese film and culture, through March 27. BRNO: Easter Festival of Spiritual Music, through April 3. PRAGUE: Easter market, Wenceslas Square, through April 3. PRAGUE: Sportisimo Half Marathon, April 2. VELKE BILOVICE: From Cellar to Cellar, tasting regional south Moravian wines, April 2. PRAGUE: Days of European Film, Kino Lucerna, April 9-16. PRAGUE: Prague Spring Swing Festival, swing dance festival, Palas Lucerna, April 15-17. PRAGUE: I’Mozart Prague Music Festival, April 17-24. KARLOVY VARY: Food Festival, May 7.
Denmark COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Games, computer gaming event, Oeksnehallen, through March 26. COPENHAGEN: Tivoli opens for summer season, April 6. AARHUS: Royal Metal Fest, music festival, Voxhall and Atlas, April 8-9. COPENHAGEN: Queen’s birthday celebrations, Royal family greets public from balcony of Amalienborg Palace, April 16. AARHUS: Spot Festival, festival supports upcoming Danish and Nordic film makers and bands, April 28-May 1. RIBE: Viking Market, Ribe VikingeCenter, May 2-8.
England LONDON: The Boat Race, Oxford vs. Cambridge’s annual boat race, March 27. BERWICK: Berwick Walking Festival, April 2-5. OXFORD: Oxford Literary Festival, April 2-10. BRIGHTON: Foodies Festival, Brighton Hove Lawns, April 3-May 2. LONDON: Circusfest, festival of international contemporary circus, Roundhouse, April 4-24. CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Literary Festival, April 5-14. BIRMINGHAM: Antiques for Everyone, NEC, April 7-10. LONDON: The London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, April 7-10. HARROGATE: BBC Good Food Festival, April 8-10. HURST GREEN: Great British Food Festival, Stonyhurst College, April 8-10. LONDON: Vaisakhi, traditional Sikh festival, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, April 9. LONDON: The London Book Fair, Olympia, April 12-14. LONDON: Loco London, Comedy Film Festival, BFI Southbank and other venues, April 14-24. HARROGATE: Spring Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, April 21-24. EXETER: Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, April 22-24. LONDON: Sony World Photo Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, April 22-May 8. LONDON: Feast of Saint George, Trafalgar Square, April 23. LONDON: Virgin Money London Marathon, April 24. BRIGHTON: Foodies Festival, Hove Lawns, April 30-May 2. LONDON: Canalway Cavalcade, canal boats gather in Little Venice area along the Grand Union Canal, April 30-May 2. WOODSTOCK: Jousting Tournament, Blenheim Palace, April 30-May 2. CAMBRIDGE: Eat Cambridge, food festival, May 7-22. LONDON: Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, May 8.
Finland HELSINKI: Season, film festival of upcoming cinematic highlights and Finnish shorts, Bio Rex and Maxim, March 31-April 3.
France PARIS: Cinema du Reel, international festival of documentary films, through March 27. ARLES: Feria de Paques, street party opens bullfighting season, through March 28. PARIS: Banlieuesbleues Festival, jazz performances in Seine-St.-Denis, through April 15. PARIS: Foire du Trone, fun fair, Bois de Vincennes, through May 23. PARIS: Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, March 31-April 3. PARIS: Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Tuileries, March 31-April 3. BORDEAUX: wine fair of independent vintners, April 1-2. METZ: Les Puces de Metz, flea and antiques market, Metz Expo, April 2 and 16. PARIS: Paris Marathon, April 3. PARIS: Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, April 4. METZ: Salon des Vins et de la Gastronomie, food and wine fair, Parc des Expositions, April 8-10. PARIS: ECU–The European Independent Film Festival, April 8-10. TIGNES: Live in Tignes by Francofolies, free concerts and parties, April 11-13. PARIS: Color Run, 5 km run with throwing of colored powders, April 17. ARLES: Feria de Paques, street party opens bullfighting season, April 25-28. PARIS: The Paris Fair, Porte de Versailles, April 29-May 8. PARIS: Great Contemporary Art Fair at Bastille, April 29-May 2. LYON: Nuits Sonores, festival of indie and electronic music, May 4-8. COUNTRYWIDE: European Opera Days, May 6-8. METZ: May Fair, amusement rides on Expo grounds, May 7-29.
Germany BAYREUTH: Bayreuth Easter Festival, through April 3. FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair at Ratsweg fairgrounds, through April 10. HAMBURG: Hamburger Dom, traditional spring fun fair, through April 17. MAINZ-KASTEL: Historical Easter Market and Spectacle Reduit, March 26-28. NUREMBERG: Fruehlingsfest, traditional spring fun fair, Dutzendteich, March 26-April 10. AACHEN: Oecher Bend, traditional spring fun fair, March 26-April 11. REGENSBURG: Tattoo Oster Weekend, tattoo convention, Airport Obertraubling, March 27-28. AUGSBURG: Augsburgerplaerrer, traditional spring fun fair, March 27-April 10. WUERZBURG: Wine press hall festival, indoor wine fest, Weingut Buergerspital, April 1-2. STUTTGART: Tattooshow Stuttgart, Kulturhaus Arena Stuttgart-Wangen, April 1-3. WIESBADEN: Fruehlingsfest, carnival rides at Elsaesser Platz, April 1-4. MANNHEIM: Time Warp, Germany’s largest techno event, Maimarktgelaende, April 2. STUTTGART: Long Night of Museums, April 2. HOMBURG: Ceramics market, April 2-3. HEIDELBERG: Heidelberg Spring, international classical music festival, April 2-30. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: Freiburg Marathon, April 3. DUESSELDORF: Night of Museums, April 9. BOCKENHEIM: German Wine Road Marathon, includes full marathon, half marathon and duo marathon, April 10. BONN: Deutsche Post Marathon, April 10. OPPENHEIM: Schlemmerwanderung, culinary vineyard hike, April 10. BERLIN: Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon, April 13. COLOGNE: Art Cologne, art fair for modern and contemporary art, Messe, April 14-17. TRIER: Spring Wine Fair, Zurlauben Embankment, April 16-17. STUTTGART: Fruehlingsfest, volksfest, Cannstatter Wasen, April 16-May 8. STUTTGART: Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Porsche Arena, April 19-24. WIESBADEN: goEast, East European film festival, April 20-26. ASCHAFFENBURG: Hamburger Fischmarkt, April 21-May 1. FRANKFURT: International Tattoo Convention, Hall 5.0, Messe, April 22-24. BONN: Jazzfest Bonn, April 22-May 7. BAMBERG: Beer Day, April 23. FRANKFURT: Night of Museums, April 23. KAISERSLAUTERN: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Fruchthalle, April 23. OPPENHEIM: Middle Ages Spectaculum, April 23-24. ULM: Tattoo Convention, Messe, April 23-24. DUESSELDORF: Metrogroup Marathon, April 24. HEIDELBERG: SAS Half Marathon, April 24. LAHR: Tulip festival, April 24. WUERZBURG: Residenzlauf, 10 km road race, April 24. BAYREUTH: Maisel’s Weissbierfest, April 28-May 1. GRONAU: Jazzfest Gronau, April 29-May 8. MUNICH: Long Night of Music, musical events in over 100 venues throughout city, April 30. GERNSBACH: Middle Ages festival, Murginsel, April 30-May 1. HAMBURG: Harbor Fest, May 5-8. PFORZHEIM: Bierboerse, beer festival, downtown, May 5-8. BONN: Rhine in Flames, May 7. NUREMBERG: Blue Night, open museums and cultural institutions, May 7. MAINZ: Rose Monday parade, cancelled parade rescheduled, May 8.
Hungary BUDAPEST: Friss Hus International Short Film Festival, Toldi Cinema, March 30-April 3. BUDAPEST: Budapest Spring Festival, orchestral, chamber, folk and world music concerts, dance, theater, and more, April 8-24. BUDAPEST: Half Marathon, April 17.
Ireland DUBLIN: Dublin Walking Festival, Wicklow Hills and other scenic areas, through March 27. GALWAY: Galway Food Festival, through March 28. DUBLIN: Easter Rising Centenary Celebrations, Dublin Castle and other locations, March 26-27. DUBLIN: Anime Dublin, cosplay, gaming tournaments and more, O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, April 2. DUBLIN: Great Ireland Run, 10 km run in Phoenix Park, April 10. LIMERICK: Limerick Film Festival, April 14-16. KILALOE: Kincora Trad Weekend, April 14-17. DUNGARVAN: West Waterford Festival of Food, April 15-17. CARLINGFORD: National Leprechaun Hunt, Slieve Foy Mountain, April 17. CORK: Cork International Choral Festival, April 27-May 1 TULLYCROSS: Connemara Mussel Festival, April 29-May 1. KILKENNY: Kilkenny Roots Festival, April 29-May 2. BALLYDEHOB: Ballydehob Jazz Festival, April 30-May 1.
Italy SEISER ALM: Swing on Snow, folk music concerts, through March 27. FLORENCE: Explosion of the Cart, Easter celebration, March 27. BURGUSIO: Nine Knights, ski and snowboard competition, Watles Ski Arena, March 29-April 2. FERMIGNANO: Palio della Rana, race of frogs being pushed in wheelbarrows, April 1-3. MODENA: Play, game festival, Modena Fairgrounds, April 2-3. MILAN: Milan Marathon, April 3. TORRITA DI SIENA: European Blues Challenge, City Hall, April 8-9. MILAN: Miart, contemporary art fair, Fieramilanocity, April 8-10. MILAN: Flowers and Tastes on the Naviglio Grande, April 10. ROME: Rome Marathon, April 10. VENICE: Su e zo per i Ponti, orienteering event to benefit charity, April 10. ASSAGO: WWE Live Wrestlemania Revenge, Mediolanum Forum, April 13. FLORENCE: WWE Live Wrestlemania Revenge, Nelson Mandela Forum, April 14. BORGO A MOZZANO: Azalea exhibition, April 15-17. FLORENCE: Bicifi, Florence Bike festival, Parco delle Cascine, April 15-17. PERUGIA: Fantacity, creative events aimed at kids and teens, April 15-17. PADOVA: St. Anthony Marathon, April 17. FLORENCE: The International Handicrafts Trades Fair, Da Basso Fortress, April 23-May 1. VENICE: Feast of St. Marco, city celebrates its patron saint, April 25. ASSISI: Calendimaggio, Middle Ages Festival, May 5-7. TRIESTE: Bavisela, marathon, May 8.
Luxembourg CITY: Emaischen, Easter Monday festival, day for purchase of clay bird whistles, Palace of the Grand Dukes, March 28. CITY: Duck Race, competition of rubber ducks floating downriver, April 23. CITY: Spring Fair, leisure fair spotlights home, wine and gastronomy, Luxexpo, April 23-May 5.
Malta TA’ QALI: Lost and Found, music festival, March 31-April 3. MELLIEHA: Xterra Malta, triathlon, April 3. ST. PAULS BAY: Groove Fest, music and clubbing festival, April 29-May 1.
Netherlands THE HAGUE: Movies that Matter, highlights documentary films, Filmhuis Den Haag, through March 26. LISSE: Keukenkof Gardens open, through May 16. AMSTERDAM: DGTL Festival, showcases underground electronic dance music, NDSM Docklands, March 26-27. MAASTRICHT: Tattoo Expo, Mecc Maastricht Forum 100, March 27-28. ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH: Harlem Globetrotters, Maasport, March 29. AMSTERDAM: Harlem Globetrotters, Sporthallen Zuid, March 30. THE HAGUE: Rewire Festival, international contemporary music highlighted, April 1. COUNTRYWIDE: “Get into the Greenhouse,” greenhouses open to visitors, April 2-3. ROTTERDAM: Motel Mozaique, festival for music, art and performance, April 8-9. ROTTERDAM: NN Marathon Rotterdam, April 10. AMSTERDAM: Imagine Film Festival, Eye, April 14-24. COUNTRYWIDE: National Museum Week, reduced prices at 400 museums, April 16-24. AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo Exhibition, Nieuwe Kerk, April 16-July 10. AMSTERDAM: Sounds of the Underground Festival, alternative and independent music festival, in and around Vondelpark, April 20-24. GENT: Floralies, April 22-May 1. HAARLEM: Flower Parade, parade departs Noordwijk 9:30 a.m. April 23; floats on display in Haarlem April 24. UTRECHT: Elfia, fantasy fair, Castle de Haar, April 23-24. AMSTERDAM: Food Festival Amsterdam, around 70 food trucks at Europahal RAI, April 24-28. THE HAGUE: Life I Live Festival, open-air musical acts throughout city, April 26. UTRECHT: Vrijmarkt, city becomes giant flea market from 6 p.m. April 26 through 6 p.m. April 27. COUNTRYWIDE: King’s Day, April 27. HAARLEM: Bevrijdingspop, music festival commemorating freedom, May 5. LEEUWARDEN: flower market, Holland’s longest market, May 5. MAASTRICHT: El Dunya, multicultural festival, May 9. COUNTRYWIDE: National Mill Day, about 950 windmills open to visitors, May 9-10.
Norway OSLO: Inferno Metal Festival, through March 26. KRISTIANSUND: Nordic Light, International Festival of Photography, April 27-May 1. BERGEN: City Marathon, April 30.
Poland WARSAW: Half marathon, April 3. WARSAW: Warsaw Beer Festival, Municipal Stadium of Legia, April 7-9.
Portugal BRAGA: Holy Week celebrations, through March 27. OBIDOS: Holy Week celebrations, through March 27. OBIDOS: International Chocolate Festival, Fri.-Sun. only, March 31-April 25. FUNCHAL: Festa del Flor, flower festival, April 7-13. LISBON: Fish and Flavors, culinary festival highlights fish and seafood, April 7-17. LISBON: Indie Lisboa, International Independent Film Festival, April 20-May 1. FUNCHAL: Madeira Film Festival, April 25-May 1.
Scotland GLASGOW: International Comedy Festival, through March 27. EDINBURGH: Edinburgh International Science Festival, March 26-April 10. EDINBURGH: Old Town Street Food Festival, The Three Sisters Bar, March 27. BALLOCH: Springfest, The Scottish Food and Drink Festival, Loch Lomond, April 2-3. ST. ANDREWS: The St. Andrews Golf Week, April 10-16. PAISLEY: Paisley Real Ale Festival, April 20-23. EDINBURGH: Dead by Dawn, horror film festival, April 21-24. EDINBURGH: TradFest, music, song, dance, storytelling and tradition, Scottish Storytelling Centre, April 27-May 8. DUFFTOWN: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, events throughout Highlands, April 28-May 2. OBAN: Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival, April 29-May 1. EDINBURGH: Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, April 30. SPEY: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, events throughout Highlands, April 30-May 4.
Slovenia PORTOROZ: Internautica International Boat Show, May 4-8.
Spain COUNTRYWIDE: Semana Santa, Easter week celebrations, through March 26. MURCIA: Burial of the Sardine, March 29-April 2. BARCELONA: Barcelona-Sitges International Period Cars Rally, April 2-3. VALENCIA: International Festival of the Winds, features giant kites, Las Arenas, April 2-3. SEVILLE: April Fair, April 12-17. CORDOBA: Montilla-Moriles wine tasting festival, April 20-24. MADRID: Festimad, music and culture festival, April 20-May 8. ALCOY: Moors and Christians Festival, April 22-24. BARCELONA: St. Jordi Festival, books and flower stalls through town, April 23. MADRID: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, April 24. CORDOBA: May Crosses Festival, April 27-May 1. SA COMA: Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, April 27-May 1. TRUJILLO: National Cheese Festival, April 29-May 2. JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Horse Fair, equestrian shows, bullfights and fiestas, April 30-May 7. CORDOBA: Battle of the Flowers, May 1. CORDOBA: Courtyard Festival of Cordoba, May 2-15. IBIZA: Medieval fair, May 5-8. GIRONA: Temp de Flors, floral displays throughout city, May 7-15.
Sweden GOTHENBURG: Gothenburg Horse Show, through March 28. STOCKHOLM: Stockholm Love Affair, celebrates electronic music scene, Annexet, Globe, April 1-2. STOCKHOLM: Supermarket, Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Svarte Huset, April 21-24. STOCKHOLM: Market Art Fair, Malmtorgsgatan 8, April 22-24. STOCKHOLM: Culture Night, April 23. STOCKHOLM: Liquorice Festival, Globe Arena, April 23-24.
Switzerland GENEVA: Electron, festival of electronic music and culture, through March 27. MORGES: Tulip Festival, March 26-May 8. ZURICH: Expovina Primavera, spring wine festival, PULS 5, Geissereihalle, March 31-April 7. VERBIER: Freeride World Tour, April 2-10. ZERMATT: Zermatt Unplugged, this year’s artists include James Morrison, Juanes, Simple Minds, Lisa Stansfield and others, April 5-9. BASEL: Blues Festival Basel, Volkshaus, April 5-10. CRANS-MONTANA: Caprices Festival, ski and music fest, April 7-10. SAAS-FEE: Allalin Races, amateur ski races on glacier, April 8-9. ZURICH: Sechselaeuten, traditional spring festival with parade and burning of winter effigy, April 18. ZURICH: Zurich Marathon, April 24. LUCERNE: Honky Tonk Festival, live music at venues throughout town, April 29. STANS: Alpine Cheese Market, April 30. GRUYERE: Cheese Festival, May 1.
Wales CARDIFF: World Half Marathon Championships, March 26. DOLGELLAU: Rally North Wales, April 2. CARDIFF: RHS Flower Show, April 15-17. LUCERNE: Fumetto, International Comics Festival, April 16-24. MOLD: Real Ale Trail, ale festival by bus, April 23. LLANDUDNO: Victorian Extravaganza, April 30-May 2.