Jan. - March

April - June

July - Sept.

Oct. - Dec.


Early: International Puppet Festival. Hydra (Greece). On the Saronic Gulf island.

During: International Festival of Classical Theater. Almagro (Spain).Outdoor performances throughout the Manchegan village.

During: International Film Festival. Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic).

During: Summer Festival of Barcelona Grec ‘98. (Spain). Music, dance and theater performances.

During: Oiled Wrestling Matches. Edirne (Turkey). A traditional sport, 600 years old.

Through Aug.: International Open-air Theater and Music Festival. Wiltz (Luxembourg).

Through Aug.: Musical Evenings in St. Donat. Zadar (Croatia). Performances in the cathedral and open air spectacles.

Through Aug.: Summer Music Festivals. Ravenna (Italy). Including opera and ballet in the remains of the 1457 Fortress of Brancaleone and organ music in the Basilica of San Vitale.

Through Aug.: Epidaurus Festival. (Greece). Ancient tragedy and comedy in the 3rd-century B.C. amphitheater.

Through Aug.: Jazz in the Old Town. Warsaw. World-class artists, mellow sounds.

Through Aug.: Split Summer. (Croatia). Theater, opera, ballet and concerts.

1-14: Flamenco Guitar Festival. Córdoba (Spain). Performances by top musicians, dancers and cante jondo singers.

1-Aug. 31: Music at the Palace. Stockholm. Repertoire extends from the Renaissance to today.

2-5: Murphy’s Open. Co. Wicklow (Ireland). Championship golf at Druid’s Glen.

2-19: 32nd Montreaux Jazz Festival. (Switzerland). Held in Miles Davis Hall.

3-12: 20th Copenhagen Jazz Festival. More than 400 performances, indoors and out.

3-5, 9-12, 17-18: Open-Air Opera. Avenches (Switzerland). Turandot and The Barber of Seville performed in Roman amphitheater.

3-19: Opera and Operetta Festival. Kraków (Poland). Works by Donizetti, Mozart, Strauss, Bizet, Puccini and others.

3-31: Music and Opera Festival. Aix-en-Provence (France). Works by Mozart, Percell, Britten, Monteverdi and Bartók.

10-12: North Sea Jazz Festival. The Hague (Holland). From Dixieland to Salsa to Big Bands-and everything in between.

10-Aug. 25: Dubrovnik Summer Festival. (Croatia). Drama, traditional and classical music, dance and opera.

11: Hälsinge Hambo. Hälsingland (Sweden). Join in this festive and colorful long-line dance.

12-19: Haminia Tattoo. (Finland). International millitary music festival.

12-26: Galway Arts Festival. (Ireland). Theater, concerts and art exhibits, as well as street entertainers and traditional Irish songs and dance.

13-18: Molde International Jazz Festival. (Norway). More than 400 artists perform.

14: Bastille Day. (Throughout France). In Paris, a parade on the Champs Élysées and fireworks at sundown.

Mid-: Umbria Jazz. Perugia (Italy). Two-week festival in towns throughout the region features notable musicians.

15-Aug. 31: Okarina. Bled (Slovenia). Colorful folk festival at a tranquil mountain lake resort.

16-19: British Open. Merseyside. At the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

16-Aug. 20: Bregenz Festival. (Austria). Music in the beautiful Vorarlberg.

21, 25, Aug. 4 & 11: 33rd International Festival of Fireworks. Monte Carlo.

20: Feast of the Redeemer. Venice. Procession of gondolas and other craft commemorate the end of the 1575 epidemic.

22-30. International Festival of Highland Folklore. Zakopane (Poland). Music, dance and traditional costumes.

24-Aug. 31. Salzburg Festival. (Austria). A salute to performing arts, including concerts, opera and theater.

25-Aug. 28: Richard Wagner Festival. Bayreuth (Germany). Annual event for opera fans.

26-Aug. 13: 47th Pablo Casals Festival. Prades (France). Featuring the world’s finest chamber ensembles in more than 20 concerts.

31-Aug. 3: Volvo Scandinavian Masters. Barsebäck (Sweden). Golf tournament in the Skĺne countryside.


During: Formula One Grand Prix. Francor-Champs (Belgium). Yearly competition.

During: Revival of Aphrodite Rituals. Pafos (Cyprus). Traditional celebration includes a parade, feasts, songs and dances near where the goddess is said to have risen from the sea.

During: Çanakkale/Troy Festival. (Turkey). Folklore performances near Homer’s Troy and historic Mt. Ida.

Through Sept. Renaissance Festival. Rethymno, Crete (Greece). Music, dance, theater, cinema and visual arts in and around a stunning Middle Ages theater.

1-2: Peasant Wedding. Bohinj (Slovenia). Festival of traditional wedding customs, with performances, music, dancing and foods.

1-8: Royal National Eisteddfod. Bridgend (Wales). A celebration of Welsh music, arts, crafts and culture.

1-8: 5th Gay Games. Amsterdam. Sports competitions, as well as art exhibits, street parties, a canal parade and fireworks.

5-9: Kerry Gold Horse Show. Dublin. Competition and major social gathering.

7-15: Stockholm Water Festival. What better place for this event than a city built on 14 islands?

7-16: Turku Music Festival. (Finland). Early, classical and contemporary works.

7-29: Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (Scotland). Bagpipes wail and kilts whirl.

14-16: 13th Hungarian Grand Prix. Mogyoród. Formula One 77-lap race.

14-16: Fętes de Geneve. (Switzerland).

14-23: Oslo Chamber Music Festival. Annual international event.

14-29: International Music Festival. eský Krumlov (Czech Republic). Held in the medieval castle and châteaux.

15-Dec. 6: From Memling to Pourbus. Bruges (Belgium). An exhibit of Flemish art, ranging from the late Middle Ages to early modern, from Gothic to renaissance works.

16-Sept. 5: Edinburgh International Festival. (Scotland). Music, theater and more.

19-Sept. 13. Voices & Flowers. Amsterdam. Beautiful sounds and sights in more than 200 concerts and events.

21-27: Rose of Tralee International Festival. (Ireland). The “rose” is chosen from girls of Irish descent.

21-Sept. 6: Helsinki Festival. Annual celebration of performing and visual arts.

23-Sept. 6: Scheuberfouer. Luxembourg City. Traditional shepherds’ market which was founded in 1340 by John the Blind.

27-Sept. 3: Judaic Summer Festival. Budapest. Music, dance, food, film and fine art in and around the Dohány Street Synagogue.

27-Sept. 6: Ibsen Festival. Oslo. Performances of the Norwegian playwright’s works.

28-29: Medieval Festival. Horsens (Denmark). A Jutland town steps back in time with costumed inhabitants in a marketplace, street artists and a tournament of knights.

28-Sept. 6: Ĺrhus Festival. (Denmark). Performing arts in East Jutland.


During: Autumn in Vinkovci. (Croatia). Traditional costumes, music and dance from all over the country.

Through Oct.: William Tell Festival. Altdorf (Switzerland). An open-air play with 80 actors.

Through Oct.: Vara din Baroque Evenings. (Croatia). Top artists and ensembles perform.

1-13: Lemesos Wine Festival. (Cyprus). Food, music, dance and free wine in the Municipal Gardens.

3-6: World Kayak/Canoe Championship. Szeged (Hungary). Entrants from more than 50 countries compete in 26 races.

4-20: Golden Days in Copenhagen. A festival of performances and exhibits focusing on the period 1800-1850.

6: Historical Regatta. Venice. Gondola race with decorated boats and costumed participants.

6-12: RúRek Jazz Festival. Reykjavík.

6-12: Madeira Wine Festival. (Portugal). The grapes are harvested, and parades and folklore events celebrate the island’s eponymous drink. 14-Oct. 4: Oktoberfest. Munich (Germany). The world’s best-known beer festival, with sing-alongs and gemütlichkeit.

15-30: Chamber Music Festival. Plovdiv (Bulgaria). In the 18th- and 19th-century surroundings of the city’s Old Quarter.

18-Dec. 6: Dirk Bouts Exhibit. Leuven (Belgium). Includes the 15th-century Flemish primitive painter’s masterpiece, The Last Supper.

19-Oct. 4: 19th Biennial International Antiques Fair. Paris. This year featuring rare books and jewelry.

20-24. La Mercé. Barcelona (Spain). Giant figures with huge papier-mâché heads parade through streets and squares in honor of Our Lady of Mercy.

24-27: Galway Oyster Festival. (Ireland). Food, music and dance.

28-Jan. 4: Gustave Moreau. Paris. Retrospective exhibit of the l9th-century painter (1826-1898) at the Grand Palais.