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Dispatches’ Advance Notice Event Guide for Europe: Mid-November 2017 Edition

Whether you’re playing Bayonetta 2, watching Die Hard, or rocking around the Tannenbaum with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, put all of that on pause and check out the many Christmas markets and festivals we’ve got on tap for this edition of our Advance Notice Event Guide for Europe!

We’ve got all of this and more from now through the new year to come from all over the continent.

Let’s go!

• MID-NOVEMBER THROUGH EARLY DECEMBER 2017

Amsterdam – Turn on the Lights: This is an annual Christmas tradition at the de Bijenkorf department store in the middle of Amsterdam. This year, Turn on the Lights is Thursday night, 16 November. Each year, thousands of people pack into Dam Square before all the lights are turned on the store’s giant 19th century facade.

The evening traditionally starts 19:00 with a show. For 2017, the 10th year, the show will be “The Magic of Love,” a story of how love conquers all. And when we say “show,” these are always elaborate and spectacular. (See the vid above.)

The climax of the performance is the illumination of hundreds of thousands lights and a fireworks display. And this being the Netherlands, the lights are energy-efficient LEDs.

This is a free event, and the store stays open till 22:00 for late shopping.

Eat your heart out, expats in Germany.

Amsterdam – Amsterdam Light Festival: Start your Christmas season right with the sixth annual Amsterdam Light Festival 30 November 2017 through 21 January 2018.

The canals and city streets in the heart of Amsterdam will come to life with more than 40 light sculptures from Dutch and international artists — including a light object by Chinese artist and activist Ai WeiWei — all evoking this year’s theme, “Existential.”

Whether on foot or on a canal cruise, you’ll definitely see the Netherlands’ most famous city in different light as the sun sets on 2017.

Barcelona – AutoRetro Barcelona: If you love vintage cars and motorcycles, then you can’t go wrong by visiting Barcelona’s Fira de Barcelona 16 through 19 November 2017 for the 34th edition of AutoRetro Barcelona.

What’s in store this year?

Aside from the many classics on display (and, in quite a few cases, for sale), there will be a tribute to Catalonian motorcycle legend Ramón Torras, whose racing career and life was cut short at the age of 21 in Comarruga, Spain. There will also be a display for vehicles which have just turned 25 (expect a lot of 1992 models), as well as a 60th anniversary celebration of the SEAT 600; check the full programme (en español) for more.

Tickets to AutoRetro Barcelona are €20 for Thursday, €15 for Friday through Sunday; the Thursday ticket can only be purchased at the Fira de Barcelona box office.

Basel – Christmas in Basel: Celebrate Christmas in Switzerland at the biggest Christmas market in the entire country when Christmas in Basel comes to town 23 November through 23 December 2017 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

More than 180 artisans and traders will have their wares for sale in their rustic wooden chalets along the Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz during the market. And if you’re not in the mood to shop until you drop, there’s also a Nativity trail in the Old Town of Basel, ice-skating, a Christmas tram, Christmas concerts, and a fairy tale forest to experience.

Berlin – Christmas Garden Berlin: Inspired by the annual Christmas garden in London’s Kew Garden, Berlin’s Botanical Garden Berlin will host its second annual Christmas Garden Berlin from next Thursday through 7 January 2018.

Thirty light installations dot the 2-kilometre circular route, creating a magical Christmas wonderland for all to enjoy. A cozy fireplace with concessions and an ice skating rink with skate rental only add to the festive atmosphere.

Tickets to Christmas Garden Berlin are €17 for adults 15 and up, €19 Friday through Sunday and on public holidays. Children between 6 and 14 can enter for €14.50, €16.50 during the weekend and holidays.

Brussels – Plaisirs d’Hiver 2017: For five weeks near the end of the year, Brussels’ City Centre becomes a Christmas wonderland during the city’s annual Plaisirs d’Hiver.

A large Christmas tree at the Grand Place is the centerpiece of the setting, which also includes an ice-skating rink, Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds, light installations, and even an exhibition on the history of Pompeii through its demise in 79 AD. And of course, shopping for days.

The festivities begin 24 November with a parade at the Grand Place at 18:00, and continues until New Year’s 2017/2018. The website is in French and Dutch (the latter under the name Winter Pret), so Google Translate will be your best bet.

Cologne – Karneval Kickoff: The main Karneval (which is the run up to Easter) events don’t start in earnest until next February, ending at the stroke of midnight on Shroud Tuesday – often referred to as Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). But the official start of Karneval in Cologne is Saturday at 11:11, to be precise.

Those wild and crazy Germans do it right, with about 70,000 people turning out in costume for concerts, food and beer.

At 11:11, the Street Carnival is officially opened at the Alter Markt by the three principal Carnival figures: the Prince, the Peasant and the Virgin. Explaining Karneval is a long and complicated story … just get a crazy outfit and go with the flow!

We couldn’t find a dedicated website, but this has a some detailed info.

Copenhagen – Christmas in Tivoli: Start your Christmas off right from next Saturday through New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 inside Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens.

This year’s celebration includes: a train ride from Trainsbury Station; a honey cake workshop; a 16,000-light extravaganza with music from the Tivoli Youth Guard; a Christmas market; and 43 restaurants filled with a wide variety of food and drink to keep you warm.

Admission to Tivoli Gardens is DKK 120 (€17), DKK 50 (€7) for children between 3 and 7.

Eindhoven – GLOW: GLOW is a light and color festival held near the end of every autumn in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, which has a history of lighting innovation and electronic technology dating back to the 19th century.

Artists and designers from home and abroad present light art and design applications at GLOW by using new media technologies, such as computers, sensors, animations, and also the well-known projection techniques. The light art festival stretches from the city centre to Strijp-S, featuring at least 25 different displays to dazzle the eyes.

GLOW runs from this Saturday through next Saturday, concluding with the GLOW Run 6-kilometre fun run through the entire festival.

Europe – Global Spirit Tour: Right now, British legends Depeche Mode are rehearsing for the next leg of their Global Spirit Tour, in support of their new album, 2017’s Spirit.

Starting next Wednesday, the Basildon Boys will kick off the European leg of their tour at Dublin, Ireland’s 3Arena, then hop across the Channel to Frankfurt’s Festhalle 24 November; they’ll come to Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in early January. The months-long trek will wrap up 25 February 2018 at Moscow’s Olyimpski.

Want to see the trio in person? Click the link above to purchase your tickets now.

Frankfurt – Frankfurt Christmas Market: the Frankfurt Christmas Market from 27 November through 22 December 2017.

The market is one of the largest in all of Germany, taking place near the River Main on the Römerberg and St Paul’s Square; it’s also one of the oldest, originating in 1393. (Though of course, everything in Frankfurt was rebuilt after World War II.)

Every year, over 3 million explore more than 200 stalls at the market, filled with Christmas gifts and goodies galore. Concerts, Nativity scenes, a brass band playing Christmas carols and chorales, and more come together to bring holiday cheer to one and all.

Helsinki – Slush: The sun may have gone down early, but don’t let it go down on your startup dreams. Take them to Slush in Helsinki, Finland 30 November and 1 December.

Despite the ice and snow bound to be around when you land in the Finnish capital, more than 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries came to Slush in 2016 to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere (and not just the northern lights).

This year, 17,500 people are expected in Helsinki for Slush, demonstrating that Europe is bumping up against The Valley as the dominant tech center.

There will also be some heavy, heavy hitters giving speeches at the startup extravaganza, including: author, filmmaker, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (who will open Slush 2017); Mood Rowghani from the original Sand Hill Road VC Kliener Perkins; Trivago founder Rolf Schrömgens; Mark Pincus (Zynga); Illkka Paanenen (Supercell); Nicholas Brusson (BlaBlaCar); Monique Woodard from 500 Startups; and Kat Manalac from Y Combinator.

With that kind of star power, this ain’t gonna be cheap; tickets to Slush 2017 start at €395 for startups. Don’t delay, either: the Conference and Executive passes have already sold out.

London – Christmas at Kew: Celebrate the holiday season under the sparkle of over 1 million lights draped over heritage trees and buildings during Christmas at Kew at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew from 22 November 2017 to New Year’s Day 2018.

This year, the annual display has a new mile-long trail through the garden, where trees will sing to you while lights dance under the ethereal waters of the garden’s lake. Little ones can also see Santa and his elves hard at work, while the adults can warm up with some mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Tickets to see this magical wonderland range from free for those under four, to £60 (€68) for a family ticket.

Luxembourg City – Winterlights: The heart of Luxembourg City will be aglow with lively light installations during Winterlights 23 November 2017 through 2 January 2018.

The light art festival doubles as a Christmas market and open-air fun fair, filled with food, drink, parades, concerts, and so much more.

And if your heart is always green, you’ll be happy to know “The City of Luxembourg puts a particular emphasis on the respect for the environment during the holiday season. The lighting that illuminates the city during the Christmas period is made entirely of light bulbs with low energy consumption. Power consumption will be reduced by 97 percent and the remaining 3 percent will be provided by “green’ electricity.”

For further green cred, food and drink will be served upon reusable materials.

Munich – Tollwood Winter Festival: For 10 years, the biannual Tollwood Festival has been bringing concerts, performances and exhibitions to the center of Munich, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. The music and arts festival occurs in the summer and winter, the latter occurring from 23 November through 31 December.

This year, the festival topics focus on mobility and a sustainable culture of mobility. The Tollwood theme is “Culture for all”; as a consequence, about 70 percent of all events at each Tollwood Festival has free admission, including entrance into the festival grounds.

This year, one of the big attractions is Cirque Èloize from Montreal; tickets can be purchased here. Their show iD is about the fight against the anonymity of megacities, according to the Tollwood website. The show is a mashup of West Side Story, hip hop, ballet, breakdancing, and poetry.

There are a ton of other events, many of which are in German only; check the calendar here.

Paris – Salon du Cheval de Paris: Love the ponies? Then you need to mark 25 November through 3 December on your calendar, then head over to the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre for the 2017 edition of Salon du Cheval de Paris.

At the largest equestrian event in all of France, more than 150,000 visitors will see 450 exhibitors and about 2,300 horses over the course of the nine-day event.

The festival kicks off with the Nuit de Cheval, “an artful blend of equestrian show and high-level sporting achievement,” and is one of three key events along with the World Arabian Horse Championship and the Paris Longines Masters.

Weekday tickets to Salon du Cheval de Paris range from €8 for those between 6 and 12, to €14 for full admission; weekend admission ranges between €8 and €18, €48 for a family pass.

Prague – Transmission Festival: On Saturday, 25 November 2017, the new edition of Transmission festival is coming.

It is going to be the 12th edition and will take place again in one of the most modern multi-functional venues in Europe, the O2 Arena in Prague, where the magical dance music will be combined with a spectacular visual show.

Transmission’s sets itself apart from other dance festivals “its exclusive theme related story line which guides the visitors on a journey through out the whole night and by it’s spectacular laser and light show and huge Funktion One sound system.” Artists on the 2017 bill – which are each introduced with “special tailor made ‘show movies’ and visuals’ by Dutch VJ team Vision Impossible – include: Aly & Fila; Coming Soon!!!; Driftmoon; Ferry Corstein; Markus Schulz; Purple Haze; Simon Paterson; Super8 & Tab; Thomas Coastline; and the aforementioned Vision Impossible.

Tickets to Transmission Festival are €59.50 for access via the main entrance to the main floor, €179.50 for fast-lane access to the luxury area with bar. Don’t sleep on this, though, as the second-tier VIP ticket has already sold out.

Oslo – Nobel Peace Prize Concert: Held annually on 11 December to celebrate the year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway’s Telnor Arena brings the best in jazz, pop, blues, rock, classical and more to the stage.

In the past, the concert has seen the likes of Ofra Haza, Joan Osbourne, Phil Collins, Willie Nelson, and Sting take the stage, with hosts like Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Helen Mirren, and Anthony Hopkins keeping things going. This year’s lineup includes Alan Walker, Sigrid, Zara Larsson, and headliner John Legend; the host will be named soon.

Tickets to the 24th edition of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert range from NOK 150 to NOK 1245 (€16 – €132).

Stockholm – The Old Town Christmas Market: Since 1837, The Old Town Christmas Market in Stockholm has brought the holiday cheer to many a Swede, and there will be more of the same when the market returns to the Old Town of Stockholm 19 November through 23 December 2017.

Once there, check out more than 40 stalls filled with Swedish goods, Christmas treats, mulled wine, various sausages, and more. The artisans manning the stalls “are all entrepreneurs and are selected to give the you a wide range of traditional Swedish products, with a focus on handicraft and unique items such as elk meath, smoked reindeer i.e.”

Vienna – Vienna Red Cross Ball: Vienna is known for its classical music, its art, and its ball season. From November through April, over 450 balls happen through out the City of Dreams, reaching its peak in January and February.

The first ball in the 2017-18 season is the Vienna Red Cross Ball at Vienna City Hall 17 November. The ball benefits a different charity every year; this year’s beneficiary is Holidays in Vienna, which provides summer and therapy camps to children with special needs.

The year’s host country is Italy, “which will be highlighted by a unique cultural program and rich cuisine.” The ball’s theme is “Baroque Venice,” and in keeping with both the theme and the ball in general, it will be a masked ball (for the women, anyway; men simply need to wear their best tux or gala uniform).

A ticket to the Vienna Red Cross Ball is €60. Doors open at 20:00, the ball runs from 21:15 to 04:00.

Zurich – Silvesterlauf: If you’re in Zurich, Switzerland 10 December 2017, you might want to check out the Silvesterlauf.

The marathon began in 1977, taking inspiration from Brazil’s Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre, a road race held 10 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Unlike the São Silvestre, though, the Silvesterlauf is held under the stars of a chilly winter night, more than 20,000 runners charging from the Limmatquai to the Kapplergasse through the heart of Zurich.

If you wish to run in the Silvesterlauf, online registration is available through 3 December; the schedule of fees (in CHF) is here.

Those who wish to watch will learn when and where on the 10th they’ll need to be in the coming weeks.

• MID-DECEMBER THROUGH NEW YEAR’S 2017/2018

Amsterdam – Valhalla Electronic Music Parade: Need some wubs in your life? Looking for a way to enter Valhalla without fighting a horde of fierce warriors? Want to start your Christmas a bit early?

Then head over to Amsterdam’s RAI Amsterdam 23 December for the 2017 edition of Valhalla Electronic Music Parade.

Take a journey through the “Circus of Myths” the night before Christmas Eve with a lineup of 37 headlined by: Fritz Kalkbrenner; Hot Since 82; Kölsch; Paco Osuna; Speedy J; and Yellow Claw.

Want to see your friends and loved ones in Valhalla? Tickets to the EDM carnival are €57.25, e-lockers are €7.50 and €9.50, depending on size.

Berlin – Berlin New Year’s Eve Party. Okay, Berlin has thousands of NYE parties at every club, bar and pils stubbe.

But, the city also has a huge official New Year’s Eve Party that’s free and features big-name artists, both live bands and DJs.

Last year, they included Jermaine Jackson and Fun Factory. And of course, 2018 will be ushered in with a giant fireworks show.

Did we mention this is free?

There is one catch: As you can imagine, this is pretty popular and Politzie shut off the area once it gets to capacity.

Berlin New Year’s Eve Party is literally in the middle of the city on a two-kilometer long stretch of Straße des 17. Juni between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column.

The “official” party doesn’t start till 19:00, but the area is open during the day and you can stroll down the Straße des 17. Juni and watch rehearsals.

Brussels – Be Film Festival: If you want to see the best in Belgian cinema, the 13th edition of the Be Film Festival is for you.

Taking place at Palais des Beaux-Arts and La Cinémathèque Royale in Brussels from 19 through 24 December, the annual film festival “offers a cinematographic and festive meeting in the company of some of the leading lights of Belgian cinema.”

A number of the films on the programme have already been seen at some of the biggest film festivals in Europe, including Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, so you can see them again or catch them for the first time.

A pass to the Be Film Festival is €20 through 12 December, €28 from 13 December onward; tickets to the opening ceremony and individual screenings will be available soon.

Deventer – Dickens Festijn: Expats in the Netherlands know about this. For the rest of you, the Netherlands has this obsession at Christmas time with the author of A Christmas Carol

We went to a festival in Thorn last year and guess what … there was an entire village of people dressed up as characters from the Christmas classic greeting visitors. Cool!

You can experience the Dutch Dickens 16 and 17 December in Deventer, which is about 60 miles east of Amsterdam. This is about more than A Christmas Carol. This festival encompasses the whole charming town of Deventer. About 900 characters from Dickens’ novels come to life including from Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers, his first novel.

This is a huge deal, with a Dickens Museum and big celebrations in several locations including a theater. And about 125,000 visitors show up each year for a bit of the Christmas spirit. And if this doesn’t do it for you, nothing will!

One tiny detail: You can expect to wait about an hour in line to get into the village at the height of the festival. It’s that popular.

There are dinner and hotel packages if you want to make it a weekend.

Eindhoven – Sushi Festival Eindhoven: Bayonetta once said it wasn’t Christmas without caviar. Would my favorite Umbra Witch consider sushi as a Christmas delicacy, as well?

You might after attending Sushi Festival Eindhoven in Eindhoven, Netherlands 23 and 24 December. Sushi stands, workshops, chefs, and more await your senses a mere 48 hours before Sinterklaas and/or the Krampus come to visit your house!

Tickets to Sushi Festival Eindhoven range from €10.50 to €26.50, depending on how much you love your sushi.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm – RaveOnSnow Festival: The RaveOnSnow Festival bills itself as the “ultimate mountain-top party,” occurring near Salzburg, Austria in Saalbach-Hinterglemm from 14 through 17 December.

The music is non-stop EDM from around 50 acts, headlined by DJs Sven Väth, Ben Klok, Boris Brejcha, and Extrawelt.

To get to the snow-covered rave in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, you must first fly into Salburg, then board a train or flag a taxi; or head over to Munich to hitch a ride on RaveOnSnow party bus.

Weekend tickets to RaveOnSnow start at €85, while the weekend and Thursday will set you back an additional €10; single-day tickets are also available.

Vienna – Hofburg Silvesterball: Ring in the New Year in your most fabulous ball attire at the Hofburg Silvesterball 31 December, held at Hofburg Vienna (Imperial Palace).

What to expect during the Silvesterball? “Top-class performers from Vienna’s opera houses, big-name bands and orchestras, as well as catchy rhythms from waltz to jazz to dj sounds,” as well as “a fantastic midnight show and a firework display above the old town.”

Tickets to ring in the new year at the Hofburg Silvesterball range from €165 for access to all ballrooms and a glass of sparkling wine during the welcome portion of the ball, to €720 for a seat reservation in the Festhaal with a four-course meal w/ red or white wine and mineral water, and a glass of champagne for when the clock strikes 2018.

The festivities start at 18:30, and continues until 4:00 the following year.

• 2018

Budapest – Sziget Festival: In 1993, a small music festival was established in Budapest, Hungary on the island of Óbudai-sziget, meant to be a low-cost affair for local students.

Twenty-five years later, Sziget Festival has grown to be one of the biggest music festivals in Eastern Europe, if not the entire continent; it has won the Best Major European Festival category twice during the European Festival Awards in 2011 and 2014.

More than half a million guests – spread out over several days– attend the multi-day festival annually, all coming from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and, of course, Hungary to see the likes of Prince, Iron Maiden, R.E.M., Fatboy Slim, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and so many more major artists rock the stages.

Not much is happening so far for the 2018 edition of Sziget, though you can sign up for their newsletter to learn who will be announced over the next few months. In the meantime, be sure to mark off 8 through 15 August 2018 on your calendar so you don’t miss out on one of Europe’s biggest festivals.

Europe – Us + Theme: Pink Floyd alum Roger Waters will bring his Us + Them tour to Europe in early April 2018 with two dates at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, wrapping up months later 31 August 2018 at Moscow’s Olyimpski; he’ll stop for a three-night stand at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome 18 – 19 and 22 June 2018.

What to expect? Songs from Pink Floyd’s best albums, including Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and The Wall, plus a few new songs from Waters’ newest work, Is This the Life We Really Want?, released June 2017.

Tickets can be purchased via the link above.

Geneva – Geneva International Motor Show: Once the annual auto show season passes through Detroit and Chicago, the circus leaps across the Atlantic to Geneva, Switzerland for the annual Geneva International Motor Show, scheduled for 8 through 18 March 2018.

Geneva hold the distinction as being the only auto show recognized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles to occur annually in Europe (Frankfurt rotates between production and commercial vehicles year by year, and Paris is held every two years), and is one of the top five auto shows in the world. And in an ode to Swiss neutrality, Geneva is considered a level playing field for the world’s automakers, as Switzerland doesn’t have an auto industry of its own.

Tickets to Geneva are CHF 16 (€14) CHF 9 (€8) for those between 6 and 16. Online sales are scheduled for early December, just in time to be a Christmas gift for the motorhead in your life.

Gdynia – Open’er Festival: Eastern Europe needs more attention in these guides, so here’s another rock festival in the region for your consideration: the Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland from 4 through 7 July 2018.

Originally known as Open Air Festival (and held in Warsaw from 2002 through 2005), tonnes of big names have graced the stages of Open’er over the years, including: Lorde; Radiohead; LCD Soundsystem; Drake; Pearl Jam; Rihanna; Prince; and Muse.

It’s a while yet before the 2018 lineup is announced, but you can get your early-bird tickets right now for PLN 379 – PLN 579 (€90 – €137), depending on how many days and/or whether or not you want to camp at the festival.

Hildesheim – M’era Luna: If you have plans to be in Hildesheim, Germany next August, why not join the wave of goths, headbangers, and rivetheads descending upon the Drispenstedt airfield (formerly occupied by the British Army) for one of the biggest dark music festivals in Europe, M’era Luna! The annual festival attracts between 20,000 and 25,000 fans every year, all coming out to see artists like: The Sisters of Mercy; Fields of the Nephilim; Killing Joke; Placebo; Skinny Puppy; and Ministry.

Pre-sale tickets to the 2018 edition of M’era Luna range from €15 for a camper badge, to €429 for a place among three other friends at the Gothic Garden Ganymed. There’s no lineup announced yet (you’ll find the lineup for the 2017 edition on the website), but it won’t be long before the first artists are made known. The 2018 edition of M’era Luna will occur 11 and 12 August 2018.

London – The BBC Proms: For eight weeks during the summer each year, London becomes the Mecca of Classical Music when The BBC Proms take over Royal Albert Hall.

If you’ve never been to The Proms before, the summer-long music festival has nothing to do with the proms of your high-school youth, but with the idea of holding classical music concerts — called promenade concerts — against the informal setting of London’s many pleasure gardens. The first Prom kicked off 10 August 1895 in the Queen’s Hall in Langham Place, helmed by impresario Robert Newman, and conducted by Sir Henry Wood, whose name would go on to become the official name of the festival: Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

Nothing has been announced thus far regarding the 124th edition of The Proms, but you can subscribe to the festival newsletter to learn when ticket sales begin. And you’ll definitely want to subscribe, if only so you’ll be ready to buy your tickets to…

London – Last Night of the Proms + Proms in the Park: This night is so special, it needed its own entry. Like it says on the tin, Last Night of the Proms is the big sendoff for The Proms, taking place under the roof of Royal Albert Hall on the second Saturday of September. Last Night is all about Britishness, especially during the second half of the evening, when British anthems such as Wood’s “Fantasia on British Sea Songs,” Elgar’s “Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1” (the song they played at your high school graduation, most likely), Arne’s “Rule, Britannia!,” Parry’s “Jerusalem,” and — of course — “God Save the Queen” are played before a merry audience of prommers.

All you need to do to get a place in line (seated or standing) in advance is to buy tickets to five concerts during The Proms. You can also wait until closer to the night itself — when the quota is no longer in play — but by then, you’re taking your chances on ticket returns, as Last Night is sold-out otherwise.

Should the latter be the case, then Proms in the Park will the joyous celebration of all things British to London’s Hyde Park, Wales’ Singleton Park, Scotland’s Glasgow Green, and Northern Ireland’s Castle Coole. Expect plenty of fireworks in the sky and on the stage wherever you are during Proms in the Park.

Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup: Assuming Trump and Kim Jong-un don’t start WWIII, soccer fans will gather en masse between 14 June and 15 July 2018 to 11 cities within European Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

This festival of football returns to Europe for the first time since 2006 and is the first time ever the World Cup has made an appearance in Eastern Europe. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete to hoist the FIFA World Cup Trophy among the 81,000 fans in attendance at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium at the end of the month-long show, as well as a chance to compete in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The second half of the first phase of ticket sales will occur between next Thursday and 28 November 2018; full ticket purchasing details can be found here.

West Sussex – Goodwood Members’ Meeting: Most of the year, the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England is quiet. Three times out of the year, though, the estate comes to life with the sound and fury of two- and four-wheeled horsepower.

One of those times is the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, occurring 17 and 18 March 2018 on the legendary Goodwood Circuit. The meeting was established by the Duke of Richmond, “which aims to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held at Goodwood throughout the 1950s and 1960s.”

A full programme of racing featuring everything from the earliest open-wheel cars and two-wheel Isle of Man TT terrors, to hardcore GT cars and Formula One screamers will be on deck, along with plenty of food, drink, festivities, and fun.

Tickets to the Members’ Meeting are £40 – £130 (€46 – €148) for a day ticket, £72 – £207 (€82 – €235) for a full weekend pass. Before you can buy any ticket, though, you will have to buy a GRRC Fellowship for £39 (€45); this is also the only way to gain full GRRC Membership when a spot opens up.

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