Mark the cal­en­dar

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - AUCTIONS - By Mar­garet Back­en­heimer

In the com­ing year, many an­nual cel­e­bra­tions are stag­ing spe­cial golden an­niver­sary edi­tions. Check out th­ese — and more — on our cal­en­dar of top events worth trav­el­ing to in 2020.


■ 17-19: Mi­ami Beach, Florida — Art Deco Week­end. Ocean Drive over­flows with awe­some ar­chi­tec­ture and events.

■ 20-26: Greens­boro, North Carolina — U.S. Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships. A fan fest is ic­ing on the cake at Amer­ica’s top skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

■ 31-Feb. 9: Saranac Lake, New York — Saranac Lake Win­ter Car­ni­val. From Arc­tic Golf to Snowflake Vol­ley­ball, let th­ese win­ter games be­gin.


■ 1-8: Gal­way, Ire­land — Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture Open­ing Event. Gal­way’s year of spe­cial events get crack­ing, with Rijeka, Croa­tia, shar­ing the reins.

■ 8: San Fran­cisco — Chi­nese New Year Pa­rade. A 288-foot Golden Dragon stomps the streets as the Year of the Rat scur­ries in. ■ 25: New Orleans — Mardi Gras. The Cres­cent City sounds its fi­nal toot on Fat Tues­day.


■ 20-April 12: Wash­ing­ton — Na­tional Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val. |

D.C. blooms with a big pa­rade and Ja­panese street fes­ti­val.

■ 21-May 10: Lisse, Nether­lands — Keuken­hof. Some 7 mil­lion tulips, daf­fodils and other bulbs flash their color with the ar­rival of spring.


■ 22: World­wide — Earth Day 2020. “Cli­mate Ac­tion” is the all-en­com­pass­ing theme on the golden an­niver­sary of this very green ob­ser­vance.

■ 23-25: Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico — Gath­er­ing of Nations. “North Amer­ica’s Big­gest Pow­wow” cel­e­brates Na­tive Amer­i­can her­itage with dance, mu­sic and crafts.

■ 24: Ply­mouth, Mas­sachusetts — Ply­mouth 400 Com­mem­o­ra­tion Open­ing Cer­e­mony. Fes­tiv­i­ties mark ar­rival of Pil­grims four cen­turies ago.


■ 9-16: The Hague — In­vic­tus Games. Wounded war­riors com­pete in 10 sports, from archery to wheel­chair rugby.

■ 12, 14, 16: Rot­ter­dam, Nether­lands — Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test. Per­form­ers from over 40 coun­tries sing for the bling at 65th vo­cal blowout.

■ 16-Oct. 4: Ober­am­mer­gau, Ger­many — Ober­am­mer­gau 2020. Pas­sion play per­formed en­tirely by lo­cals runs but once ev­ery 10 years.


■ 12-July 12: 12 cities across Europe — Euro 2020. Brexit or no Brexit, this soc­cer tour­na­ment with mas­sive world­wide au­di­ences opens in Rome and closes in Lon­don.

■ 24-28: Pil­ton, Eng­land — Glas­ton­bury 50. Arts fes­ti­val in the Vale of Avalon cel­e­brates golden an­niver­sary, with Diana Ross on stage.

■ 27-28: San Fran­cisco — San Fran­cisco Pride Pa­rade & Cel­e­bra­tion. Golden an­niver­sary edi­tion hails the “Gen­er­a­tions of Hope.”


■ 4: Bris­tol, Rhode Is­land — Bris­tol Fourth of July Cel­e­bra­tion. Na­tion’s old­est July Fourth event sounds the trum­pets in “Amer­ica’s most pa­tri­otic town.”

■ 17-Aug. 4: Cook­town, Aus­tralia — Cook­town Expo 2020. Cel­e­bra­tion of the ar­rival of iconic ex­plorer James Cook 250 years ago in­cludes a rock mu­sic fes­ti­val.

■ 24-Aug. 9: Tokyo — Games of the XXXII Olympiad. Sum­mer Olympics adds new twists with medals in base­ball/soft­ball, karate, sport climb­ing, surf­ing and skate­board­ing.


■ 7-16: Stur­gis, South Dakota — Stur­gis Rally. The 80th mo­tor­cy­cle romp fea­tures a scenic

Black Hills run from Dead­wood to Custer State Park.

■ 14-Sept. 6: Utrecht, Nether­lands, to Madrid — Vuelta a Es­pana. Top ath­letes tackle the 75th run­ning of one of the three Grand Tours of world cy­cling.

■ 30-Sept. 7: Black Rock Desert, Ne­vada — Burn­ing Man. The tran­si­tory art com­mu­nity pon­ders the mul­ti­verse and more.


■ 19-Oct. 4: Mu­nich, Ger­many — Ok­to­ber­fest. Tents are pitched and beer bar­rels tapped for “the largest folk fes­ti­val in the world.” ■ 22-27: Haven, Wis­con­sin — Ry­der Cup. Amer­i­can and Euro­pean golf teams clash at Whistling Straits.


■ 9-12: Au­gusta, Ban­gor and statewide, Maine — Maine State­hood Bi­cen­ten­nial Grand Fi­nale Week­end. The 200th birth­day bash com­mem­o­rates “the Maine thing.”

■ 17: Fayettevil­le, West Vir­ginia — Bridge Day. Three hun­dred BASE jumpers take the plunge from the 876-foot New River Gorge Bridge.


■ 6-15: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii — Kona Cof­fee Cul­tural Fes­ti­val. The 50th an­nual bash on Hawaii’s big­gest is­land has its perks, in­clud­ing seed-to-cup farm tours.

■ 15: Toronto — Toronto Santa Claus Pa­rade. One of the world’s old­est and jol­liest hol­i­day pro­ces­sions is decked out with Celebrity Clowns.

■ 28-Dec. 6: Guadala­jara, Mex­ico — Guadala­jara In­ter­na­tional Book Fair. 2,280 pub­lish­ers from 47 coun­tries make this Latin Amer­ica’s largest page-turner.


■ 4-6: Galve­ston, Texas — Dick­ens on the Strand. The Vic­to­rian rein­car­na­tion prom­ises a dick­ens of a time with pa­rades, cos­tumes and bed races.

■ 7: Mi­lan, Italy — Open­ing Night of La Scala. See the famed 1778 opera house raises the cur­tain.

■ 12: San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia — Beethoven Birth­day Bash 2020. The party hon­ors “the great­est orches­tral com­poser of all time” on his 250th.

■ 14: Chile and Ar­gentina — To­tal So­lar Eclipse. Moon blocks sun across a 56-mile-wide band of Earth in this astro­nom­i­cal show­stop­per.

Dates are sub­ject to change. Check in ad­vance to con­firm de­tails. Mar­garet Back­en­heimer is a free­lance writer.


Visi­tors check out some vintage cars dur­ing Art Deco Week­end in Mi­ami Beach, Florida. The free fes­ti­val fea­tures more than 85 events over three days, Jan. 17-19.

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