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Autumn’s here, but the event calendar hasn’t cooled off! This festival and special events calendar brims with volksfests, walks through golden vineyards, museum nights, art shows and much more. As always, verify details with tourist authorities or event organizers before setting out. These events were planned as of Sept. 30, 2016.

Austria VIENNA: Vienna Food Festival, Marx Halle, through Oct. 2. VIENNA: Wiesn-Fest, Prater Kaiserwiese, through Oct. 9. GRAZ: Steirischerherbst, avant-garde theatre, screenings and parties, through Oct. 16. LINZ: Bruckner Fest, through Oct. 29. COUNTRYWIDE: Long Night of Musuems, Oct. 1. VIENNA: Wiener Weinwandertag, hiking through vineyards outside city, Oct. 1-2. SOELL: Tour de Tirol, 3 day, 75 km running event at the Wilder Kaiser, Oct. 7-9. SALZBURG: Culture Days, performances and concerts, Oct. 7-23. GRAZ: Graz Marathon, Oct. 9. SALZBURG: Bride Gown Ball, Hotel Schloss Moenchstein, Oct. 15. SALZBURG: Jazz & The City, free concerts in the city center, Oct. 19-23. VIENNA: Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival, Oct. 20-Nov. 2.

Belgium MOUSCRON: Hurlus Festival, historical celebrations, through Oct. 2. BRUSSELS: Nuit Blanche, late night museum openings, Oct. 1. ANTWERP: Modeste Beer Festival, Brewery de Koninck, Oct. 1-2. BRUSSELS: Belfius Brussels Marathon and Half Marathon, Oct. 2. GENT: Film Fest Gent, Oct. 11-21. BRUSSELS: Brussels Horse Days, equestrian demos and products, Tour & Taxis, Oct. 14-16. HASSELT: Genever Fest, celebrates gin-like drink, Oct. 15-16. MARBEHAN: Brassigaume, festival of small breweries, Oct. 15-16. BRUSSELS: Accessible Art Fair, Musee Juif de Belgique, Oct. 22-25. BRUSSELS: Halloween Festival, Museum of Fantastic Art, Oct. 29-Nov. 6. LIEGE: Hoppy Days, beer festival, Palais de Congres, Oct. 28-30.

Croatia UMAG: Istria Granfondo, cycling marathon, through Oct. 2. VELEBIT: MTB Marathon, Oct. 1. ZAGREB: Zagreb Restaurant Week, Oct. 7-16. ZAGREB: Zagreb Marathon, Oct. 9. KRK: Krk Island Trail, Oct. 15. DUBROVNIK: Good Food Festival, Oct. 20-23.

Czech Republic VALTICE: World Grape Harvest Championship, through Oct. 1. PILSEN: Pilsner Fest, celebrates Gambrinius and Pilsner Urquell, Oct. 1. PRAGUE: Prague Crossroads Festival, theater festival marks 80th anniversary of Vaclav Havel’s birth, Narodny Divadlo, Oct. 4-9. PRAGUE: Prague Writer’s Festival, this year’s theme is Crime and Punishment, Oct. 7-11. PRAGUE: Signal Festival, festival of illuminations, Oct. 13-16. PRAGUE: Prague Coffee Festival, Kafkuv Dom, Oct. 22-23. JIHLAVA: International Documentary Film Festival, Oct. 25-30.

Denmark COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen’s Oktoberfest, Amager Strandpark, through Oct. 1. COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Blues Festival, through Oct. 2. ODENSE: H.C. Andersen Marathon, Oct. 2. COPENHAGEN: Ermitage Run, 13.3 km run through Dyrehaven, Oct. 9. COPENHAGEN: Culture Night, late night openings around city, Oct. 14. COPENHAGEN: Halloween in Tivoli Park, Oct. 14-Nov. 6. AARHUS: Aarhus International Guitar Festival, Oct. 15-22. COPENHAGEN: CPH PIX, film festival, Oct. 27-Nov. 9.

England ST. ALBANS: St. Albans Beer & Cider Festival, Alban Arena, through Oct. 1. LONDON: Summer opening of The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, through Oct. 2. YORK: York Food Festival, through Oct. 2. MANCHESTER: Manchester Food & Drink Festival, through Oct. 10. BLACKPOOL: Blackpool Illuminations, 6 mile stretch lit up with a million bulbs, through Nov. 6. LONDON: NFL on Regent Street and Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Oct. 1-2. LONDON: London Restaurant Festival, Oct. 1-31. NOTTINGHAM: Goose Fair, Oct. 5-9. LONDON: BFI London Film Festival, Oct. 5-16. LONDON: London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, Oct. 5-16. LONDON: Frieze London, contemporary art show, Regent’s Park, Oct. 6-9. MANCHESTER: Indy Man Beer Con, beers from independent breweries, Victoria Baths, Oct. 6-9. LONDON: The Cake & Bake Show, ExCel, Oct. 7-9. CAMBRIDGE: CAMRA Cambridge Oktoberfest, University Social Club, Mill Lane, Oct. 14-15. LONDON: The Chocolate Show, Olympia National, Oct. 14-16. LONDON: Africa on the Square, Trafalgar Square, Oct. 15. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Mop Fair, Oct. 11-12; Runaway Mop, Oct. 20-22. LONDON: London Bierfest, Oktoberfest-inspired event at Old Billingsgate Market, Oct. 20-21. LONDON: RumFest, ILEC Conference Centre, ExCel, Oct. 22-23. LONDON: Eukanuba Discover Dogs, dog expo and fair, Oct. 22-23. LONDON: MCM Comic Con, ExCel, Oct. 28-30. LONDON: Tesco Wine Fair, Olympia, Oct. 29-30. LONDON: Winter Arts and Antiques Fair, Olympia, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

Estonia TALLINN: Autumn Jazz, concert series, through Oct. 10.

Finland HELSINKI: Baltic Herring Market, Market Square, Oct. 2-8. HELSINKI: Carnival of Light, Linnanmaki Amusement Park, Oct. 8-22. HELSINKI: Helsinki International Porsche Horse Show, Oct. 20-23. HELSINKI: Helsinki Sauna Day, private saunas open doors, Oct. 29.

France DINARD: Dinard British Film Festival, through Oct. 2. LA ROCHELLE: Grand Pavois, International In-Water Boat Show, through Oct. 3. PARIS: Paris Fashion Week, through Oct. 5. STRASBOURG: Musica, contemporary music festival, through Oct. 8. METZ: International Fair, home, health and beauty items, through Oct. 10. PARIS: Nuit Blanche, cultural events throughout the night, Oct. 1-2. PARIS: Paris Motor Show, Port de Versailles, Oct. 1-16. PARIS: Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival, Oct. 5-9. NANCY: Jazz Pulsations, Oct. 5-15. STRASBOURG: Salons Mer & Vigne, gastronomy fair, Wacken- Hall Rhenus, Oct. 7-10. NICE: Art 3F, International Contemporary Art Fair, Acropolis- Palais des Expositions, Oct. 14-16. PARIS: FIAC Contemporary Art Fair, Grand Palace and Hors les Murs, Oct. 20-23. PARIS: Autumn Fair, Paris Expo Porte De Versailles, Oct. 21-30. METZ: Marche aux Puces, flea market, Oct. 22. PARIS: Pitchfork Music Festival, Grande Halle de la Villette, Oct. 27-29. PARIS: Salon du Chocolat, Porte de Versailles, Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

Germany HEIDELBERG: children’s theater festival, Neckarwiese, through Oct. 1. FULDA: Fulda 2 Day March, through Oct. 2. SCHWAEBISCH HALL: autumn celebration and wine village, through Oct. 2. AMBERG: Michaeli-Dult, volksfest, through Oct. 3. MUNICH: Oktoberfest, through Oct. 3. FRANKFURT: World Press Photo Exhibition, Main Train Station, through Oct. 5. HANNOVER: Oktoberfest Hannover, biggest outside Munich, through Oct. 9. STUTTGART: Cannstatter Volksfest, through Oct. 9. NEUSTADT: Deutsches Weinlesefest, wine fest, through Oct. 10; parade Oct. 9. FRANKENTHAL: Honky Tonk Fest, concerts throughout town, Oct. 1. MERZIG: Viezfest, celebration of apple wine, Oct. 1. TUEBINGEN: rubber duck race, Oct. 1. FRANKFURT: Craft, festival of beer and street food, Goethe University Campus West End, Oct. 1-2. LANDSTUHL: Culinary Beer Walk and Brewers Market, Oct. 1-2. DUESSELDORF: Eat+Lifestyle, culinary expo, Areal Boehler, Oct. 1-3. FUERTH: Michaelis-Kirchweih, traditional festival, Oct. 1-12. OPPENHEIM: Schlemmerwanderung, hiking and culinary treats in the vineyards, Oct. 2. DEIDESHEIM: Jazzwanderung, hiking and jazz performances in the vineyards, Oct. 3. SCHOENAU: return of the cattle by raft over the Konigssee, Oct. 3. MAINZ: Mainzer Oktoberfest, Messepark, Oct. 6-16. WEIMAR: Zweibelmarkt, volkfest, Oct. 7-9. BERLIN: Festival of Lights, Oct. 7-16. LEIPZIG: Festival of Lights, celebrates fall of the Iron Curtain, Oct. 9. MUNICH: Munich Marathon, Oct. 9. WIESBADEN: European Youth Circus, young performers compete and present their talents, Oct. 13-16. BREMEN: Bremer Freimarkt, volksfest, Oct. 14-30. HACHENBURG: Monkey Jump Festival, late night concerts in bars across town, Oct. 15. STUTTGART: Stuttgart Night, late night cultural program throughout town, Oct. 15. NUREMBERG: pottery market, Oct. 15-16. MAYEN: Lukasmarkt, volkfest, Oct. 15-23. BURG FRANKENSTEIN: Halloween Party, adult events, Oct. 21-22, 28-29 and 31; Nov. 4-5; family days Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6. MAYEN: witches and magicians festival and market, Oct. 29. BURG SATZVEY: Halloween party, Oct. 29 and 31. DUESSELDORF and STUTTGART: New Fall Festival, festival of electronic and indie music, Oct. 27-30. MANNHEIM: Halloween party, Luisenpark, Oct. 31.

Hungary BUDAPEST: SPAR Budapest Marathon, Oct. 9. BUDAPEST: Art Market, Millenaris, Oct. 13-16. BUDAPEST: Pig Slaughter and Sausage Festival, Vasuttorteneti Park, Oct. 21-23. BUDAPEST: World Press Photo Exhibition, Museum of Ethnography, through Oct. 23.

Ireland CORK: Cork Folk Festival, through Oct. 2. DINGLE: Dingle Peninsula Wine and Food Festival, through Oct. 2. DUBLIN: Oktoberfest, George’s Dock, IFSC Docklands, through Oct. 2. DUBLIN: Fingal Film Festival, platform for emerging independent film makers, Pavilions Centre, Swords, through Oct. 2. LISDOONVARNA: Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, through Oct. 9. DUBLIN: Dublin Theatre Festival, through Oct. 16. DUBLIN: Open House Dublin, landmarks open to visitors, Oct. 14-16. DUBLIN: Lingo Festival, celebrates the spoken word, Oct. 21-23. DUBLIN: Bram Stoker Festival, Oct. 28-31.

Italy MILAN: Hobby Show Milano, market for hobbies and crafts, Fiera MilanoCity, through Oct. 2. ROME: Romics, comics and cosplay fair, Fiera Roma, through Oct. 2. BARDOLINO: Grape and Wine Festival, through Oct. 3. ROME: Biennale Internationale di Antiquariato de Roma, antiques fair, Palazzo Venezia, through Oct. 3. PINEROLO: La Maschera di Ferro, historical fest celebrates legend of the Man in the Iron Mask, Oct. 1-2. PORDENONE: Silent Film Festival, Oct. 1-8. PARMA: Mercante in Fiera, antiques fair, Fiere de Parma, Oct. 1-9. ALBA: Palio degli Asini, donkey race, Oct. 2. VENICE: Biennale Musica, International Festival of Contemporary Music, Oct. 7-16. TRIESTE: Barcolana, regatta, Oct. 8-9. ALBA: White truffle festival, Saturdays and Sundays only, Oct. 8-Nov. 27. ROME: Rome Film Fest, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Oct. 13-23. VERONA: ArtVerona, contemporary art fair, Veronafiere, Oct. 14-17. PERUGIA: Eurochocolate, Oct. 14-23. VENICE: Venice Marathon, Oct. 23. MONTALCINO: Festival of the Thrush, historical festival, Oct. 29-30. TURIN: Movement Music Festival, electronic music festival, Lingotto Fairgrounds, Oct. 31.

Latvia RIGA: Riga Restaurant Week, meals in restaurants at reduced prices, Oct. 10-16.

Luxembourg CITY: Cineast, Festival of East and Central European Film, Oct. 6-23. CITY: Night of Museums, Oct. 8. BELVAL: Red Rock Challenge, mountain biking, trail running, and Nordic walking competitions, Oct. 8-9. VIANDEN: Nut Market, Oct. 9. CITY: Home and Living Expo, Luxexpo, Oct. 15-23. GREVENMACHER: Distillery Day, open doors at distilleries along the Mosel River, Oct. 23.

Malta VALLETTA: Notte Bianca, arts and culture festival, Oct. 1. VALLETTA: National Triathlon Championships/Sprint Triathlon, Oct. 2. VALLETTA: Malta Classic, antique vehicles tour island, Oct. 6-9. VITTORIOSA: Birgufest, candlelight and historical festival, Oct. 8-9. GOZO: Fjakkolata, festival of lights, Oct. 9. VALLETTA: Malta Tattoo Expo, Intercontinental Hotel, Oct. 9-11. VALLETTA: Malta Military Tattoo, MFCC, Oct. 15-16. VALLETTA: Malta Doom Metal Festival, heavy metal concerts, Chateau Buskett, Oct. 21-22. VALLETTA: Rolex Middle Sea Race, yachting race, Oct. 22-29.

Monaco PORT HERCULES: Monaco Yacht Show, through Oct. 1. PORT DE MONACO: Fun fair, Oct. 21-Nov. 19. CITY: Art Monaco 2016, Contemporary Art Fair, Espace Fontvieille, Oct. 28-30.

Netherlands ROTTERDAM: The Netherlands Military Tattoo, Ahoy, through Oct. 2. LEIDEN: Leiden’s Ontzet, street festival, Oct. 2-3. AMSTERDAM: Afrovibes Festival, Compagnietheater, Oct. 5-8. ROTTERDAM: Camera Japan, festival of Japanese culture, Kriterion, Oct. 5-9. AMSTERDAM: Afrovibes, presents up and coming African artists, Oct. 5-15. AMSTERDAM: Camera Japan, festival of Japanese culture, Kriterion, Oct. 14-16. AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Marathon, Oct. 16. AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Dance Event, celebrates electronic dance music, Melkweg, Oct. 19-23. AMSERDAM: Cello Biennale, Musikgebouw aan t’IJ, Oct. 20-29. AMSTERDAM: AMF Amsterdam, electronic dance festival, Amsterdam Arena, Oct. 22-23. EINDHOVEN: Dutch Design Week, Oct. 22-30. AMSTERDAM: Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Eye Film Institute, Oct. 25-30. AMSTERDAM: Affordable Art Fair, Kromhouthal, Oct. 27-30. AMSTERDAM: 24H Noord, cultural events in northern part of city, Oct. 29.

Norway TRONDHEIM: Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, through Oct. 2. OSLO: Films from the South, film festival highlights films Africa, Latin America and Asia, Oct. 6-16. LILLEHAMMER: DolaJazz, jazz festival, Oct. 13-16.

Poland KATOWICE: Rawa Blues, world’s biggest indoor blues festival, Spodek, through Oct. 1. WROCLAW: Jadwizansky Festival, medieval fest, Oct. 2. SOPOT: Sopot Jazz Festival, Oct. 13-15. LODZ: Lodz Design Festival, Oct. 13-23. KRAKOW: Conrad Festival, literature fest, Oct. 24-30.

Portugal BRAGA: International Photography Festival, through Nov. 5. LISBON: Rock’ n’ Roll Marathon, Oct. 2. FATIMA: Pilgrimages to Fatima, Oct. 12-13. ANGRA DO HEROISMO: Angra Jazz, international jazz festival, Oct. 13-15. PORTO: International Puppet Festival, Oct. 13-23. PENICHE: Rip Curl Pro Portugal, surfing competition, Oct. 18-29. LISBON: Doclisboa, documentary film festival, Oct. 20-30.

San Marino SAN MARINO: Investiture Ceremony of the Captains Regent, starts 9:45 a.m., Oct. 1. SAN MARINO: Rallylegend, rally car race, Oct. 6-9. SAN MARINO: Choco-Note, handmade chocolate festival, Oct. 21-23.

Scotland CALLANDER: Callander Jazz and Blues Festival, through Oct. 2. TROON: Ayrshire Real Ale Festival, Concert Hall, Oct. 6-8. LERWICK: Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival, Oct. 6-10. ULLAPOOL: Guitar Festival, Oct. 7-9. COWAL: Walking and Outdoor Festival, Oct. 7-16. EDINBURGH: Tesco Wine Fair, EICC, Oct. 8-9. OBAN: Royal National Mod, Gaelic language and culture festival, Oct. 14-22. PAISLEY: The Spree, festival of comedy and music, Oct. 14-22. TIREE: Tiree Wave Classic, windsurfing competition, Oct. 15-22. ABERDEEN: Sound, festival of innovative new music, Oct. 20-Nov. 6. EDINBURGH: Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Scottish Storytelling Center, Oct. 21-31. ORKNEY: Orkney Storytelling Festival, Oct. 22-25. DUNDEE: Discovery Film Festival, international film festival for young audiences, Oct. 22-Nov. 6. GLASGOW: Sonica, sonic arts festival, Oct. 26-Nov. 5. EDINBURGH: Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Oct. 26-Nov. 6. DORNOCH: Dornoch Whisky Festival, Oct. 28-30. EDINBURGH: Samhuinn Fire Festival, Oct. 31.

Spain BARCELONA: Barcelona Tattoo Expo, Fira de Barcelona, through Oct. 2. TARRAGONA: Human Castle Building Competition, Oct. 1-2. BARCELONA: Ironman Barcelona, Oct. 2. O’GROVE: seafood festival, Oct. 6-16. CADIZ: Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario, Oct. 7. SITGES: Fantastic Film Festival, Oct. 7-16. ZARAGOZA: Pilar Fiestas, folk and religious celebration, Oct. 8-16. JAEN: San Lucas Fair, Oct. 8-18. BARCELONA: Barcelona Triathlon, Oct. 9. CASTELLDEFELS: Mediterranean Marathon, Oct. 12. BARCELONA: Salonnautico, boat show, Port Vell, Oct. 12-16. PALMA: Palma de Mallorca Marathon, Oct. 16. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: WOMEX, world music expo, Oct. 19-23. BILBAO: Bilbao Night Race, Oct. 22. VALLADOLID: International Cinema Week, Oct. 22-29. ELCHE: Misterio de Elche, religious theatre, Oct. 28-30. CONSEUGRA: Saffron Rose Fiesta, Oct. 28-30. MADRID: Madrid Gaming Experience, video gaming expo, IFEMA Madrid Exhibition Center, Oct. 28-Nov. 1. SAN SEBASTIAN: Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

Sweden STOCKHOLM: Stockhom Beer and Whiskey Festival, Augustendalstorget 6, through Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. STOCKHOLM: Stockholm Jazz Festival, Royal Garden, Oct. 7-16. STOCKHOLM: Winter Show, fair centers on winter activities, Oct. 22-23. UPPSALA: International Short Film Festival, Oct. 24-30.


NYON: Vine Festival, through Oct. 1. LUGANO: Autumn Festival, fair in pedestrian zone, through Oct. 2. ZURICH: Art International Zurich, contemporary art fair, through Oct. 2. ZURICH: Zurich Film Festival, through Oct. 2. ZURICH: Zuri Wiesn, Zurich’s Oktoberfest, Hauptbahnhof, through Oct. 8. MARTIGNY: Fair of Valais, includes Herens cow fights Oct. 2, through Oct. 9. LEUKERBAD: Swiss Country Music Weekend, folk music concerts, through Oct. 2. ASCONA: Chestnut festival, Oct. 1. ENGELBERG: Alpine Procession, cows descend from Alpine pastures and autumn market, Viktoriagaertli, Oct. 1. KERNS: Alpine cattle descent, Oct. 1. L’ETIVAZ: Cow parade, Oct. 1. MORGINS: Desalpe, Oct. 1. HUTTWIL: Swiss Cheese market, Oct. 1-2. LUCERNE: Lucerne Maas, volksfest, Oct. 1-16. MORGES: VideGrenier, antiques market, Oct. 2 and 30. PRAETTIGAU: Alp Spektakel, Oct. 6-9. ZURICH: Gourmesse, gourmet fair, Zurich Congress House, tickets required, Oct. 7-10. CHEYRES: Fete des vendages, wine fest, Oct. 7-9. ASCONA: Autumn festival, Oct. 8. THUN: Cheese Festival, Oct. 8. CHARMEY: folklore festival and hayload race, Oct. 8-9. ENGELBERG: Cattle show festival, Oct. 14. BERN: Weinmesse, wine fair, Oct. 14-23. LUCERNE: Cheese festival, Oct. 15. LENK: Lenk im Simmental Alpine Festival, Oct. 15-16. GRINDELWALD: Cattle show and parade through village, Oct. 18. ZURICH: Moevenpick Wine Fair, Oct. 22-23. BASEL: Autumn Fair, Oct. 29-Nov. 13.

Wales ABERYSTWYTH: The Eye International Photography Festival, Uni Arts Centre, through Oct. 2. NEATH: Neath Food and Drink Festival, through Oct. 2. NEWPORT: Newport Food Festival, Oct. 1. CARDIFF: Cardiff Half Marathon, Oct. 2. CALDICOT: Monmouthshire Food Festival, Caldicot Castle, Oct. 8-9. CARDIFF: Cardiff Contemporary Visual Arts Festival, Oct. 20-Nov. 19. SWN: Swn Festival, over 70 musical acts perform, Oct. 21-23. CONWY: Gwledd Conwy Feast, food festival, Oct. 22-23. CARDIFF: Book Festival, Oct. 28-30. CARDIFF: Made by Hand, contemporary craft fair, Oct. 28-30.

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