Jan. - March

April - June

July - Sept.

Oct. - Dec.


During: Jazz Jamboree ‘98. Warsaw. International artists perform at Europe’s longest-running jazz festival.

During: International Bodrum Cup. (Turkey). Yacht regatta with traditional gulets and modern craft.

1-4: Spanish Riding School. Innsbruck (Austria). The famous Lipizzaner horses perform on tour.

1-Dec. 31: Carl Larsson Exhibit. Stockholm. The 19th century artist (1853-1919) is famous for his charming domestic interior scenes.

4-10: Baltic Herring Market. Helsinki. A 200-year old tradition-fishermen sell the catch from their boats.

5-17: Dublin Theatre Festival.

15-Nov. 1: Wexford Opera Festival. (Ireland). Annual international event.


During: 39th International Film Festival. Thessaloniki (Greece). Spotlighting independent features, shorts and documentaries.

5: Guy Fawkes Night. (Throughout Britain). He tried to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605; now his effigy is burned and fireworks celebrate his end.

7-11: St. Martin’s Fair. Golegã (Portugal). Horse show, handicrafts and wine tastings.

8-15: 10th International Choir Festival. Valletta.

19: National Day. (Throughout Monaco). The flag flies everywhere on the name day of HSH Prince Rainier III.

29: 3rd Aphrodite Half Marathon. Pafos (Cyprus). An international A.I.M.S. event.

29-Dec. 24: Christmas Market. Luxembourg City. Holiday shopping and seasonal cheer in the Place d’Armes.

Late-Dec. 22: Christmas in Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen. Holiday market and rides for children.

Late-end Dec: Christmas Markets. (Throughout Germany). Holiday gifts, decorations, food and music.


During: St. Nicholas Festival. Celebrated in his birthplace, Demre (Turkey), where he presided as bishop in the 4th century; in Bari (Italy), where his remains lie; and in Northern Europe, where he is the patron saint of children.

During: Festival of Mevlana. Konya (Turkey). Whirling Dervishes, dancing to traditional music, honor their 13th-century founder. 3: Christmas Créche Competition. Kraków (Poland). Handcrafted entries from all over the country.

24: Franciscan Créche. Grecio (Italy). The créche was St. Francis’s innovation in 1223.

31; Jan 1: Imperial Ball; New Year’s Concert. Vienna. Elegant New Year’s Eve Ball at the Imperial Palace; Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony in concert on New Year’s Day.