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Arezzo, Italy Septem­ber 3

GIOSTRA DEL SARACINO The joust is held twice a year in Arezzo’s 7PHaaH .YHUKL ;OL ÄYZ[ VUL [HRLZ WSHJL in June. Not just par­tic­i­pants, but most of the city is dressed in medieval cos­tumes to recre­ate the per­sona of medieval times. For the com­pe­ti­tion, eight knights from four quar­ters (or di­vi­sions of the city) gal­lop on horse­backs hold­ing a wooden lance aimed at the Bur­ratto (op­po­nent) and his shield. Each hit on the shield gains points. The win­ning quar­ter takes back the cov­eted golden lance. giostradel­sara­ci­noarezzo.it

Venice, Italy Septem­ber 3

REGATA STORICA

This fes­ti­val res­onates with the vi­brancy of a car­ni­val. It is the main event of the an­nual “Voga Alla Veneta” row­ing cal­en­dar. The event is di­vided into four main races ac­cord­ing to age and craft, and has swarms of peo­ple cheer­ing rac­ers on Vene­tian wa­ters. Gon­doliers in pe­riod cos­tumes nav­i­gate 16th cen­tury-style boats car­ry­ing the Doge, the Doge’s wife and high­est rank­ing Vene­tian VɉJPHSZ \W [OL .YHUK *HUHS 6UL VM [OL ILZ[ known and not-to-be-missed events is the “Cam­pi­oni Su Gon­dolini” where gon­do­las YHJL KV^U [OL .YHUK *HUHS [V [OL ÄUPZOPUN line, in front of the Ca’ Foscari palace. re­gatas­tor­i­cavenezia.it

Bu­dapest, Hun­gary Septem­ber 7-10 BU­DAPEST WINE FEST

Just like wine that gets bet­ter with years, Bu­dapest Wine Fest that has been run­ning for 26 years, out­per­forms it­self each year. It is a cel­e­bra­tion of note­wor­thy and award­win­ning Hun­gar­ian wines (and Ital­ian wines this year). Apart from the fermented grape juice, there is a gas­tro-prom­e­nade with qual­ity street food to pair with the wines. There are also con­certs, cul­tural pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties for the fam­ily in the vicin­ity. Vis­i­tors can learn about the his­tory of lo­cal wines,

meet the pro­duc­ers, and of course, taste the wines. Some of the other pop­u­lar fes­ti­val at­trac­tions are the pa­rade and wine auc­tion. bu­da­castle­bu­dapest.com/bu­dapest­wine-fes­ti­val

Mu­nich, Ger­many Septem­ber 16 - Oc­to­ber 4

OK­TO­BER­FEST

As the world’s largest “Volks­fest”, which cov­ers a wide ar­ray of beers and a trav­el­ling fun­fair; the Ok­to­ber­fest runs for a pe­riod of about 18 days cap­tur­ing a crowd of around six mil­lion peo­ple from var­i­ous parts of the world. The fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated in free spirit with amuse­ment rides, side stalls and games MVY [OL JYV^KZ 0[ Z`TIVSPZLZ [OL YL\UPÄJH[PVU of Ger­mans, which is the rea­son it con­cludes around Oc­to­ber 3, cel­e­brated as the Ger­man Unity Day. While beer tents are the main high­lights, with a serv­ing of adren­a­line on its roller coast­ers, one shouldn’t miss the scrump­tious tra­di­tional grub avail­able at the fair. Some of the pop­u­lar dishes in­clude the likes of Hendi (roast chicken), Sch­weine­braten (roast pork) and Sch­wein­shaxe (grilled ham hock). ok­to­ber­fest.de/en

Barcelona, Spain Septem­ber 18-24

LE FESTE DE LA MERCE

This an­nual fes­ti­val of Barcelona is be­lieved to be one of the largest and most colour­ful in the city that lasts for a joy­ous pe­riod of a week. Some of the many events cel­e­brated around the city in­clude Castellers or hu­man tow­ers wherein par­tic­i­pants stand on top of each other to form the high­est hu­man-tower; when [OL ZRPLZ HYL ISHJR ÄYL IYLH[OPUN KYHNVUZ march down the street with much pomp, KHaaSPUN VUSVVRLYZ ^P[O ÄYL^VYRZ" NPNHU[LZ PZ ^OLU NPHU[ ÄN\YLZ VM RPUNZ HUK X\LLUZ KHUJL on the city streets to the tunes of drums and Å\[LZ barcelona.de/en/barcelona-lamerce

Gal­way, Ire­land Septem­ber 22-24

GAL­WAY OYS­TER FES­TI­VAL

If you are ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence the ul­ti­mate gourmet ex­trav­a­ganza cel­e­brat­ing seafood, it is time to head to “the world’s long­est run­ning Oys­ter Fes­ti­val”. The Gal­way Oys­ter Fes­ti­val is a 63-year-old Ir­ish tra­di­tion that runs over three days. It opens with a night party that goes on un­til late. The next day, com­peti­tors pa­rade to the venue for World Oys­ter Open­ing Cham­pi­onships. This is fol­lowed by an Oys­ter and Prosecco re­cep­tion, Mardi Gras-style pa­rade and a dance party. The fes­ti­val ends with mu­si­cal per­for­mances, cook­ing demos and plenty more en­ter­tain­ment for the fam­ily. gal­way­oys­ter­fes­ti­val.com

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