What's up in Europe for the weekend? Here's a selection of festivals and events beginning on or about Nov. 11, 2016.
Antica Fine Art FairLocation: Namur Expo, Avenue Sergent Vrithoff 2, 5000 Namur, Belgium
Date: Nov. 11-20
About 120 exhibitors display and sell their high quality art and antiques at this fair attracting visitors from across Europe and beyond. This year’s scenography was created by Belgian artist and costume designer Thierry Bosquet and works around the theme of “Le Grand Cru,” meaning visitors can anticipate a lot of wine-related objects, including art nouveau and art deco glasses. Clothing and accessories are also among the offerings.
Admission: 15 euros ($16.60) when ticket purchased online; 20 euros at the door.
Public Brewing SessionLocation: Cantillon Brewery/Brussels Museum of the Gueuze, rue Gheude 56, 1070 Brussels (Anderlecht), Belgium
Date: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12
The master brewer, using circa-1900 tools of the trade, demonstrates the production of two traditionally Belgian types of beer: Lambic and Gueuze. Guests will witness all steps of the brewing process, from filtration and hopping to barrel cleaning. Guided tours also feature on the program. Free coffee and croissants before 8:30 a.m. help reluctant risers start the day.
Admission: 8 euros includes tour and a drink of choice.
Weekend of Belgian BeersLocation: Culture Center, Kunstlaan 5, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium
Date: Nov. 11-13 (2 p.m.-midnight Nov. 11 and 12; 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 13)
Over 120 beers can be tasted here, from ambers to IPAs and triples to red fruits. Many of the beers poured here are almost unknown or appearing for the first time. Accompanying snacks are also available.
Christmas in Leicester SquareLocation: Leicester Square, London, England
Date: Nov. 11-Jan. 8
A new entry to London’s calendar of festive events, one of the city’s most iconic squares will be transformed into a winter wonderland offering wooden huts for gift shopping, warming winter drinks and sweet and savory treats. The “spiegeltent” offers theater group La Soiree's line-up of old standards and saucy new cabaret acts. Children can meet Santa in his grotto.
Admission: Free entry to the square itself; tickets required for the shows.
Middle Earth ConLocation: Hotel Hilton, Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Roissypole, BP 16 461 Rue de Rome, 95708 Roissy-en-France, France
Date: Nov. 12-13
Actors from Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit answer fans’ questions in Q&A panels, pose for photos taken by professional photographers and sign autographs on official merchandise (note additional fees are charged for most of these activities). Attendees can also engage in a Cosplay contest or take part in quizzes for prizes. Actors who have confirmed their presence include Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Adam Brown and Jed Brophy.
Admission: The Evenstar pass, good for entry to both days of the convention, costs 99 euros.
Jewish Culture Days in MunichLocation: Seidlvilla, Gasteig, Black Box, and other venues in Munich, Germany
Date: Nov. 13-22
Each year, the Society for the Promotion of Jewish Culture and Tradition organizes a series of events illustrating the vibrance of Jewish culture. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a program including concerts, film screenings, discussions and a book presentation. One event takes place each day.
Admission: Some events offer free entry; tickets to others can be purchased separately through links on the event website.
National Circus FestivalLocation: Tralee, Ireland
Date: Nov. 10-13
The festival is an eclectic combination of shows, workshops, street theater, installations and more. Just some acts include a troupe of aerial artists, a juggling DJ, an inventor of musical instruments and a marching band made up of clowns. The festival parade takes place at 3 p.m. Nov. 13.
Admission: a mixture of free and ticketed events; ticket prices begin at five euros.
Gotha International Antiques ExhibitionLocation: Hall 3, Parma Exhibition Center, Viale delle Esposizioni 393A, 43126 Parma, Italy
Date: Nov. 12-20
This biennial event presents masterpieces from around 60 European art galleries to an international public made up of a sizable number of collectors, investors and museum curators. Items on display include paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewels, and objets d’art.
Admission: 15 euros
Bric-a-Brac FairLocation: Hall 7, Luxexpo, 10 circuit de la Foire Internationale, L-1347 Luxembourg-Kirchberg
Date: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12-13
This fair attracts both casual shoppers and collectors, who come to browse through antiques and curios, furniture, old books and other “treasures.”
Admission: 4 euros
GLOW FestivalLocation: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Date: Nov. 12-19 (6:30 p.m. to midnight Nov 12, 18 and 19; 6:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 13-16)
Light installations, sculptures, projections and performances transform the city by night. The artworks can be experienced by means of two walking routes, either of which takes around two hours to complete. This festival makes a frequent appearance on many lists of the world’s best light festivals.
LE Guess WhoLocation: Utrecht, Netherlands
Date: Nov. 10-13
The picturesque city rings to the sounds of experimental, collaborative and other out-there music genres performed by legendary acts and rising talents. Venues range from churches to galleries to pop-up stages. The Mega Record and CD Fair, billed as the biggest record fair in the world, takes place at the Jaarbeurs Nov. 12-13. Le Mini Who, a free-entry showcase of underground bands in obscure corners of town, takes place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 on the Breedstraatbuurt and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 on the Ooster and Westerkade.
Admission: Four-day festival passes are 125 euros; day tickets are 40 euros when booked online.
Le Mini Who: www.leminiwho.nl/
SICAB International PRE Horse FairLocation: Convention Center, Avenida Alcalde Luis Urunuela, 1, Seville, Spain
Date: Nov. 15-20
The PRE (Pura Raza Espanola) or Andalusian horse, is the star of this equine trade show. The Spanish National Championship Final for PRE Stallions and Mares, along with the ANCCE Cup Finals in Show Jumping, Doma Vaquera, Dressage, Carriage Driving and Alta Escuela take place within its framework.
Admission: General entrance to the fairgrounds is 12 euros; tickets to the competitions begin at 12 euros.