Festivals & events
April 17, 2014
It’s spring and events are heating up in Europe. Here are some events on the docket as of April 18, 2014.
AUSTRIA VIENNA: Osterklang, opera festival, Theater an der Wien, through April 20.
INNSBRUCK: Easter market, through April 21.
VIENNA: Easter markets, Schönbrunn Palace and Freyung, through April 21.
SALZBURG: Easter Festival, highlights classical music, through April 21.
ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: The White Thrill, 9-km. ski race is first stage in Arlberg Eagle Alpine triathlon, April 19.
STEYR: Schubert Festival, April 24-27.
SÖLDEN: Harley & Snow, April 25-27.
KREMS: Donau Festival, avant-garde pop festival, April 25-26 and April 30-May 3.
POYSDORF: Weintour Weinviertel, open doors at wineries throughout Weinviertel wine region, April 26-27.
ZELL AM ZILLER: Gauder Fest, traditional spring festival, May 1-4.
ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Concert, Robbie Williams performs, May 3.
VIENNA: Genuss Festival, culinary treats in Stadtpark, May 9-11.
BELGIUM BRUSSELS: Bifff-Brussels International Festival of Fantasy, Thriller and Science Fiction Film, Palais des Beaux Arts, through April 20.
CINEY: Flea market and antiques fair, through April 21.
BRUSSELS: Historical Expo-It’s Our History, examines WWI, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, through April 26.
LAEKEN: Royal Greenhouses open, through May 9.
NAMUR: Folknam, Namur Day of Traditions and Folklore, April 19-20.
JEMAPPES: Cavalcade and Giants Procession, April 20-22.
HERVE: Cavalcade of Herve, parade of floats pulled by draft horses, starts 2 p.m., April 21.
LIBRAMONT: Hunting expo, Ferme de Mehaignoul, April 19-21.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Short Film Festival, April 23-May 5.
BRUSSELS: Art Brussels, affordable contemporary art fair, April 25-27.
SPA: ING Ardenne Roads, rally of pre-1969 sports cars, April 26-27.
CINEY: Bourse Militaria, flea market for military memorabilia, April 27.
BRUSSELS: BOZAR Night, electronic music festival and art exhibits, April 30.
LIÈGE: Liège Jazz Festival, May 8-10.
BRUSSELS: Zinneke Parade, May 10.
BRUSSELS: Iris Fest, May 10-11.
CROATIA ZAGREB: St. Mark’s Festival, music festival, April 25-May 5.
POZEGA: Croatian One-Minute Film Festival, May 28-31.
CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE: St. Matthew’s Fair, Exhibition Grounds, through April 30.
BRNO: Easter Festival of Spiritual Music, through April 27.
PRAGUE: Easter markets, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, through April 27.
OLOMOUC: Flora, horticultural exhibition, April 24-27.
PRAGUE: Festival of Moravian and Czech rosé wines, Prague castle, May 1.
PILSEN: Celebration of end of WWII and liberation of Pilsen by the United States Army, May 2-6.
PRAGUE: Czech Beer Festival, Expo Center Prague Holesovice, May 15-31.
DENMARK COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Games 2014, computer gaming event, Oksnehallen, through April 20.
COPENHAGEN: Offspring Festival, 40 bands across five stages, Tivoli, April 25-26.
RIBE: Viking Market, Ribe VikingeCenter, April 28-May 4.
AARHUS: SPOT Festival, celebrates Danish and Nordic music, May 2-3.
COPENHAGEN: Eurovision Song Contest, May 10.
COPENHAGEN: Nykredit Copenhagen Marathon, May 18.
ENGLAND LONDON: Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House, free entry to family-friendly events and magic, Shakespeare’s Globe, April 21.
BURY ST. EDMUNDS: East Anglian Beer Festival, April 23-26.
LONDON: Sundance Film Festival, O2, April 25-27.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations, April 26-27.
LONDON: RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 20-24.
FRANCE PARIS: Foire du Trône, fun fair, Pelouse de Reuilly, through June 9.
ARLES: Feria de Pâques, street party marks opening of bullfighting season, through April 21.
CANNES: Shopping Festival, fashion event, through April 21.
METZ: Les Puces de Metz, flea and antiques market, Metz Expo, April 26.
MAGNY-COURS: Bol D’Or, motorcycle race, April 26-27.
PARIS: Paris Fair, Paris Expo Port de Versailles, April 30-May 11.
PARIS: Contemporary art market, Place de la Bastille, May 1-5.
COUNTRYWIDE: European Opera Days, May 10-11.
GERMANY HAMBURG: Dom, fun fair, through April 21.
NUREMBERG: Easter Market, through April 21.
MAINZ-KASTEL: Middle Ages Easter Festival, Reduit, through April 21.
BAYREUTH: Frühlingsfest, through April 27.
FRANKFURT: Dippemess, fun fair at Ratsweg fairgrounds, through May 4.
AACHEN: Öcher Bend, spring fair at the Bendplatz, through May 5.
NUREMBERG: Frühlingsfest, through May 11.
WIESBADEN: Flea market, Biebrich castle grounds, April 19 and May 17.
TRAUNSTEIN: Sword Dance, traditional dance to chase away winter, April 21.
BAMBERG: Beer Day, April 23.
WIESBADEN: Frühlingsfest, Elsässer Platz, April 25-28.
LAMPERTHEIM: Spargelwanderung, hiking through asparagus-growing areas with stands for trying local delicacies, April 27.
MAINZ: Mainz Wine Days, along Rhine banks by Kaisertor, May 1-4.
NUREMBERG: Blue Night, open museums and cultural institutions, May 3.
SCHWETZINGEN: Asparagus Saturday, May 3.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Medieval Spectacle, Gartenschau, May 3-4.
FRANKFURT: Long Night of Museums, May 10.
NUREMBERG: Nürnberg Spielt, special play day for kids, May 11.
DRESDEN: International Dixieland Festival, May 11-18.
BAMBERG: Frühjahrsplärrer, spring fun fair, May 16-June 1.
BERLIN: Long Night of Museums, May 17.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Lautrer Kerwe, fun fair on Messeplatz, May 23-June 2.
BERLIN: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Institute for Contemporary Art, May 29-Aug. 3.
IRELAND GALWAY: Food Festival, through April 21.
CORK: Funderland, traveling theme park, Marquee, through April 27.
CARLOW: International Pan Celtic Festival, offers music, dance, parades and street entertainment, April 22-27.
CORK: Cork International Choral Festival, April 30-May 4.
ITALY FLORENCE: Explosion of the Cart, traditional Easter celebrations in front of Duomo, April 20.
FERMIGNANO: Palio della Rana, race of frogs being pushed in wheelbarrows, April 24-27.
FLORENCE: The International Handicrafts Trades Fair, Da Basso Fortress, April 24-May 1.
VENICE: Feast of St. Marco, city celebrates its patron saint, April 25.
FLORENCE: Spring plant and flower show, Giardino dell’Orticoltura, April 25-May 1.
PADOVA: St. Anthony Marathon, April 27.
FLORENCE: White Night, exhibits, performances, concerts and more, April 30.
JESOLO: Harlem Globetrotters Italian Tour, April 30.
TRIESTE: Bavisela, Europe’s Marathon, May 4.
SOAVE: Medieval White Wine Festival, May 15-18.
LUXEMBOURG CITY: Emaischen, sale of clay bird whistles, Fishmarket, April 21.
CITY: Duck Race, competition of rubber ducks floating downriver, April 26.
CITY: BLC Car Boot Sale, Glacis Car Park in Limpertsberg, May 3.
COUNTRYWIDE: Invitation to the Museums, free entry to state museums, May 17-18.
MONACO MONTE CARLO: Top Marques, luxury car show, The Grimaldi Forum, through April 20.
NETHERLANDS UTRECHT: Elfia, Elf Fantasy Fair, with costume parades and mock battles, through April 21.
NOORDOOSTPOLDER: Tulip Festival, through May 4.
LISSE: Keukenhof Gardens open, through May 18.
AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo, display of award-winning images from previous year, Old Church, through June 15.
THE HAGUE: King’s Night and Life I Live open-air music festival, April 25.
COUNTRYWIDE: King’s Day, April 26.
NOORDWIJK: Flower parade, route runs past Keukenhof gardens and finishes in Haarlem, May 3.
AMSTERDAM: Food Film Festival, Westergasfabriek, May 9-11.
NORWAY KARASJOK AND KAUTOKEINO: The Easter Festival, Sami culture and reindeer race, through April 20.
KRISTIANSUND: Nordic Light, International Festival of Photography, May 6-10.
PORTUGAL BRAGA: Holy Week celebrations, through April 20.
LISBON: Indie Lisboa, International Independent Film Festival, April 24-May 4.
MONSANTO: Festivity of the Crosses, May 1-5.
FUNCHAL: Flower Festival, May 1-7.
LISBON: Music Days in Belem, classical music concerts, May 2-4.
ESTORIL: Estoril Jazz, May 3-11.
LISBON: Rock in Rio Lisboa, Bela Vista Park, May 23-June 1.
SCOTLAND EDINBURGH: International Science Festival, through April 20.
EDINBURGH: Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, April 27.
EDINBURGH: Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, April 30.
SHETLAND ISLANDS: Shetland Folk Festival, venues throughout the islands, May 1-4.
SPAIN COUNTRYWIDE: Easter Week celebrations, through April 20.
MADRID: Festimad, alternative rock festival, April 23-May 10.
MURCIA: Burial of the Sardine, April 26.
CÓRDOBA: Battle of the Flowers, May 1.
SWEDEN ARE: Red Bull Home Run, free-for-all ski or snowboard races, April 20.
STOCKHOLM: Walpurgis Celebration at Skansen, April 30.
GOETEBORG: Half Marathon, May 17.
SWITZERLAND MORGES: Tulip Festival, through May 11.
LUCERNE: Tulip Show, Ebikon, through May 18.
LUCERNE: Retro Festival, Kim Wilde, Smokie and Level 42 on stage, May 15-17.
LAUSANNE: Inferno, metal music fest, June 27-28.
WALES LLANBERIS: Slate Man Triathlon, May 18.
HAY-ON-WYE: Hay Festival, May 22-June 1.