A glo­be­trot­ter’s guide to the world’s big events in 2019

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Mar­garet Back­en­heimer

A full cal­en­dar of 2019 cel­e­bra­tions, com­mem­o­ra­tions and fes­ti­vals of­fers some­thing for ev­ery glo­be­trot­ter.

Where in the world do you think you’re go­ing?

The com­ing year’s cel­e­bra­tions, com­mem­o­ra­tions and fes­ti­vals will en­ter­tain jour­ney­ers to ev­ery cor­ner of North Amer­ica, as well as to Asia, South Amer­ica and Europe.

Check out our an­nual cal­en­dar for some of the best pair­ings of place and event in 2019.


■ 16-24: Ber­lin — 100 Years Bauhaus: The Open­ing Fes­ti­val. Art move­ment jump­starts centennial with 100 artists at the throt­tle.

■ 19-27: Detroit — North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show. The fu­ture of mo­tor ve­hi­cles charges up in Mo­tor City.

■ 31 to Feb. 11: Sap­poro, Ja­pan — Sap­poro Snow Fes­ti­val. Mil­lions chill out at show­case of ice and snow sculp­ture, 70th edi­tion.


■ 15-24: In­dio, Calif. — Na­tional Date Fes­ti­val. Os­trich races are just one of 1,001 Ara­bian Nights-themed de­lights.

■ 16 to March 2: Nice, France — Carnival of Nice. French Riviera fore­cast: in­ter­mit­tent pa­rades and heavy show­ers of con­fetti.

■ 26: Grand Canyon, Ariz. — Grand Canyon Na­tional Park 100th Birth­day. Nat­u­ral Won­der hosts party with a view.


■ 1-9: Rio de Janeiro — Carnival. The ul­ti­mate street party be­guiles up­ward of 2 mil­lion rev­el­ers a day.

■ 2-10: Philadel­phia — Philadel­phia Flower Show. This year’s in­fu­sion of “Flower Power” knocks the edge off win­ter.

■ 16-24: Maas­tricht, Netherlands — Euro­pean Fine Art Fair. 260 deal­ers push mu­seum-qual­ity pieces into the mar­ket­place.


■ 13 to Sept. 2: Seat­tle — “Des­ti­na­tion Moon — The Apollo 11 Mis­sion.” Ex­hibit touches down with relics and dis­plays from first moon land­ing 50 years back.

■ 21-27: Hilo, Hawaii — Mer­rie Monarch Fes­ti­val. Big Is­land stages “world’s largest hula com­pe­ti­tion.”

■ 26-28: St. Al­bans, Vt. — Ver­mont Maple Fes­ti­val. The sweet events stick with you.


■ 4-11: Seville, Spain — April Fair of Seville. An­dalu­sian arts and an­tics pre­vail.

■ 24 to June 9: Charleston, S.C. — Spo­leto Fes­ti­val USA. Per­form­ers of opera, drama, theater and jazz be­daz­zle crowd of 80,000.

■ 24 to Oct. 13: Lon­don — “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Draw­ing.” Buck­ing­ham Palace presents 200 mas­ter­pieces on 500th an­niver­sary of the artist’s demise.


■ 1-2: Mon­terey, Calif. — Cas­tro­ville Ar­ti­choke Fes­ti­val. “Ar­ti­choke Cen­ter of the World” siz­zles with this­tles, Cal­i­for­nia’s state vegetable.

■ 7 to July 7: Nine cities in France — FIFA Women’s World Cup. “Largest women’s sport­ing event on Earth” fea­tures 23 soc­cer-crazed na­tions, plus cham­pion USA.

■ 26-30: New York — WorldPride NYC/ Stonewall 50. WorldPride makes first U.S. visit to mark 50th an­niver­sary of the Stonewall Upris­ing.


■ 4-7: New Or­leans — Essence Fes­ti­val. This “party with a pur­pose,” ad­dress­ing African-Amer­i­can is­sues and ex­pe­ri­ences, turns 25, with 500,000 on hand.

■ 19-21: Bal­ti­more — Artscape. Free fes­ti­val is all art: per­formed, pho­tographed, sounded, sculpted and seen.

■ 26 to Aug. 11: Lima, Peru — Pan Amer­i­can Games. Ath­letes of the Amer­i­cas com­pete in 39 sports, in­clud­ing BMX cy­cling and Basque pelota.


■ 8-18: Chengdu, China — World Po­lice and Fire Games. Olympics for fire­fight­ers and po­lice cov­ers archery, angling, darts and dragon boat races.

■ 9-11: Ab­bots­ford, Bri­tish Columbia — Ab­bots­ford In­ter­na­tional Air­show. Feats of flight are per­formed by Thun­der­birds, Snow­birds and CF-18 Hor­nets.

■ 17-18: Santa Fe, N.M. —Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket. Ten thou­sand shop­pers buy authen­tic South­west trea­sures from 1,000 artists on the Plaza.


■ 6-10; 13-16: Bad Durkheim, Ger­many — Wurst­markt. Six-cen­tury-old fes­ti­val is to wine what Ok­to­ber­fest is to beer.

■ 16-22: Bard­stown, Ky. — Ken­tucky Bour­bon Fes­ti­val. 50,000 vis­i­tors take a sip, then watch the bour­bon bar­rel-rolling races.

■ 20 to Nov. 2: Twelve cities in Ja­pan — Rugby World Cup. “World’s third-largest sport­ing event” scrim­mages from Tokyo to the sa­mu­rai town of Kanazawa.


■ 5-13: Al­bu­querque, N.M. — Al­bu­querque In­ter­na­tional Bal­loon Fi­esta. Mass as­cen­sions and the Spe­cial Shape Rodeo add up to “the world’s largest hot-air bal­loon gath­er­ing.”

■ 17-20: Plov­div, Bul­garia — Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture, “100% Plov­div.” Stage play con­tin­ues Plov­div’s reign as the coCul­tural Cap­i­tal of Europe with Mat­era, Italy.

■ 26-28: Gal­way, Ire­land — Gal­way Aboo Hal­loween Fes­ti­val. Ire­land’s most haunt­ing event ma­te­ri­al­izes on the me­dieval streets of Gal­way.


■ 2: Ter­lin­gua, Texas — Ter­lin­gua In­ter­na­tional Chili Cham­pi­onship. Grand­daddy of all chili con­tests fires up in Big Bend coun­try.

■ 16-24: Lucerne, Switzer­land — Lucerne Pi­ano Fes­ti­val. Nine days of key­board wiz­ardry zip from clas­si­cal to jazz.

■ 16 to Dec. 31: Copenhagen — Christ­mas in Tivoli. Hol­i­day sea­son cul­mi­nates in pa­rades, fire­works and rides at Den­mark’s land­mark amuse­ment park.

■ 28 to Dec. 31: Coos Bay, Ore. — Hol­i­day Lights at Shore Acres. Lighted sculp­tures of whales and puffins il­lu­mi­nate sea­side gar­dens.


■ 1-12: Puerto Val­larta, Mex­ico — Our Lady of Guadalupe Cel­e­bra­tion. Aztec and Chris­tian mo­tifs mesh as thou­sands pa­rade through the streets nightly.

■ 4: New York — Rock­e­feller Cen­ter Christ­mas Tree Light­ing. It’s be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas in Mid­town Man­hat­tan.

■ 26-31: Syd­ney — Syd­ney to Ho­bart Yacht Race. Di­a­mond edi­tion at­tracts scores of yachts, mainly sloops, to the dev­il­ish Tas­ma­nian Sea.

Dates are sub­ject to change.

Mar­garet Back­en­heimer is a free­lance writer.


The Al­bu­querque In­ter­na­tional Bal­loon Fi­esta is the largest bal­loon event in the world.

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