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Dispatches’ Weekly Weekend Event Guide: 3 August through 6 August 2017

Welcome to the first weekend of August 2017, when nearly all of Europe is on holiday! This means some shops might not be open, and some meetings may need to wait a while.

But you won’t need to wait for our weekly weekend event guide, which is now significantly shorter, as we’ve moved all of the upcoming events to their own guide (which you must check out if you want to be ahead of the game for the next few months).

This weekend, you can celebrate Pride in Amsterdam, Beer in Berlin, Horses in London and Metal at Wacken.

Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Pride Amsterdam: From the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage comes one of the largest gay pride celebrations in the world, Pride Amsterdam!

From the now through 6 August this year more than 350,000 will gather in Amsterdam to celebrate “a vibrant rainbow of events in gay and straight venues alike, with dance parties, film screenings, sporting events, debates, exhibitions and much more,” capped off by the famous Canal Parade this Saturday.

More than 170 events will take place during Pride Amsterdam; the full program can be had here.

No matter who you are or who you love, Pride Amsterdam welcomes all.

Barcelona – Mas i Mas Festival: Barcelona is on holiday, and it’s celebrating as it only knows how: with the long-running Mas i Mas Festival, celebrating its 15th edition in 2017.

From now through 3 September (i.e., right now), enjoy more than 160 concerts around the heart of Barcelona from jazz, flamenco, techno, hip-hop, classical, gospel, and rock artists such as: DMX Krew; Svreca + Angel Molina; The Voodoo Children Collective; Karime Amaya; and Morgan.

Ticketing and programme information for Mas i Mas can be found here.

Barcelona – Cinema Lliure a la Platja: Ever wanted to catch a movie on the beach? You can during the 2017 edition of Cinema Lliure a la Platja at Barcelona City Centre.

Between now and 24 August, a hand-picked selection of seven independent films will be shown on the big screen, the last of which will be chosen by the public. Live music and a short chosen by the FILMETS Barcelona Film Festival round out each weekend’s programme.

And the best part? It’s free to attend.

Berlin – Berlin German-American Folk Festival: Though relations between the German and U.S. governments are a hot mess due to the latter government’s president actually holding office, there are still some things both Germans and Americans can enjoy… like the German-American Folk Festival!

If you miss all things #AMERICA, this festival is for you. Held at the Marienpark in Berlin-Mariendorf, the German-American Folk Festival is all about that red, white and blue. Hamburgers, hot dogs, roller coasters, country music, muscle cars… all that’s missing is a screaming eagle and a bank of arcade consoles featuring the most American video game ever to come out of Japan, Metal Wolf Chaos!

Admission is free, but the fair booths only accept euros, not dollars. The all-American Berlin German-American Folk Festival continues through next Sunday.

Berlin – International Berlin Beer Festival: If you want the beer without the #AMERICA, though, then check out the 21st annual International Berlin Beer Festival this Friday through Sunday along Karl-Marx-Allee between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor.

This year’s theme is “Beers from North Rhine Westfalia”; thus, expect to enjoy beers from Ernst Barre, Barre Brew, and Erzquell Brewery Bielstein among the 2,440 brews available at the Longest Beer Garden of the World (344 breweries from 87 countries, and over 800,000 guests to drink their wares). Live music and food complete the package.

And the best part? Admission is free.

Brussels – Foire du Midi: Missing your county and state fairs? No worries! The de facto capital of the European Union has what you need with its annual Foire du Midi fun fair.

Through 20 August, the 137th edition of Foire du Midi will have lots of rides, food, an open-air market… over 120 attractions in all.

And the admission? It’s free. You can also print some coupons to use at the fair for a few discounts and freebies.

Brussels – Brussels Summer Festival: If you want more music, though, then you’re in time to check out the annual Brussels Summer Festival!

Kicking off Sunday and continuing through 15 August, the Place des Palais and surrounding areas will be filled with the sounds of: Nouvelle Vague; Goldfrapp; Pet Shop Boys; The Jesus and Mary Chain; Delta; Part-Time Friends; and many more.

Tickets to BSF are €62 for a 10-day pass, €15 – €80 for a one-day pass, depending on what day/experience you want.

Frankfurt – Mainfest: Now through 7 August, Mainfest, which dates back to Medieval times, offers something for everyone from wine to rides to fireworks … the perfect family event. This is kind of Frankfurt’s equivalent of the American state fair if American state fairs included fisherman jousts on the Main River.

The big fireworks display is Monday at 10 p.m., and entree is free.

Opening hours
Friday/Saturday from noon to 1:00 am
Sunday/Monday from noon to midnight

Greece – Athens & Epidaurus Festival: A theatrical event with drama, dance and music staged at ancient theaters including the 2,000-year-old outdoor Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the base of Acropolis Hill and the theatre of Delphi.

The Athens & Epidaurus Festival continues through 19 August. Ticketing and program information can be found here.

London – BBC Proms: The third weekend of The 2017 BBC Proms is upon us! If you haven’t been, 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.

Tickets for the 123rd edition of The Proms range from £6 for those who don’t mind queuing a few hours before the performance starts, to £100 for a seat with 11 of your friends in one of the Grand Tier Boxes at Royal Albert Hall.

The Proms continue this weekend with Proms 26 through 29, featuring: the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonic Bremen performing Mozart and Braums; a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie; the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; and Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina.

London – London Craft Beer Festival: If you prefer beer over classical music, though, then pop on over to Shoreditch Electric Light Station this Friday through Sunday for the fifth annual London Craft Beer Festival.

Over 45 of the world’s craft breweries will have hundreds of their finest on tap, while four DJs fill your ears with sweet music, and lots of chefs and restaurants fill your belly with “big flavoured food.”

A weekend pass to the London Craft Beer Festival is £150 (€168). Day tickets are £42.50 (€48); though Saturday tickets are sold-out online, there may be a few at the door.

London – Longines Global Champions Tour: The Longines Global Champions tour brings some of the world’s top equestrians to London this weekend for the first time. Competition will run from Friday night through Sunday at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland have world-class equestrian communities. The new London event on the Longines Global Champions Tour calendar will be the 12th event on the 15-event circuit, coming at a key stage in the 2017 season.

World No. 1 Kent Farrington (USA) will be there.

The star-studded line-up from the current world’s Top 10 will include Lorenzo de Luca (Italy), Kevin Staut (France), Daniel Deusser (Germany), Christian Ahlmann (Germany), Eric Lamaze (Canada), home hero Scott Brash (UK), Maikel van der Vleuten (Netherlands) and Simon Delestre (France), according to the website.

Top British Riders include Brash, William Funnell, Jessica Mendoza and Laura Renwick.

You can get tickets here. For a series that hauls million-dollar horses around the globe, tickets are reasonable, but the tour sells out quickly.

Paris – Paris Plages: If you can’t spend your French holiday in Saint-Tropez, then why not head down to Parc des Rives de Seine instead for some summer fun at the 2017 Paris Plages?

Though the sand won’t be around this year, the park will be open 24/7 through 3 September, and visitors can take a dip in La Villette basin for the first time since Plages began. There will also be 352 deckchairs and 52 palm trees, and all sorts of activities to enjoy.

And the best part? Admission is free.

Paris – Les soldes d’été 2017 (The Sales of Summer 2017 en français): This is the final weekend of the summer 2017 edition of Les soldes, so don’t sleep on these deals!

Twice a year — once in January through February, and again from June through August — every shop in the City of Lights will be offering their wares for as much as 70 percent off.

The summer Les soldes concludes on this coming Tuesday, after which all of France goes on holiday, and you’ll have to wait until after the new year to snag those deals in Paris!

Until then, watch out for the tour companies herding their Chinese customers through the high street at the expense of not instructing their groups about respecting French customs.

Šibenik – Otok Obonjan: During the last decade, Croatia has become quite the party destination. We all know about Dubrovnić and its crowds. But there’s an alternative. From now through 3 September, the tiny Croatian island of Otok Obonjan, located off the coast of Šibenik, is the setting for a private-island summer party, limited to 500 people at a time.

This wellness/fun festival has an eclectic six-week program that includes music at a stone amphitheater overlooking the Adriatic Sea, workshops and great food.

There’s an underwater sculpture garden, an island cinema and a woodland well being centre. Imagine Cap-Ferrat at half the price.

It doesn’t look like there’s a hotel, but you can get a two-person luxury tent (with a pool) starting at the equivalent of £60 per person per night, including access to all the activities.

Stockholm – Stockholm Pride: Stockholm Pride has been the largest Pride Festival in Scandinavia since 1998. Like every other pride festival, Stockholm Pride has lots for all to check out, from family friendly workshops and performances, to a special area to explore your darkest desires in a safe manner.

And as always, there’s the parade through the heart of Stockholm, where some 600,000 will gather to watch the pageantry for over two hours.

Tickets for Stockholm Pride range from free for those under 15, to SEK 800 (around €83) for an adult.

The festivities continue through Sunday.

Vienna – Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz: If you’re visiting Vienna, head over to City Hall for the 2017 edition of Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz!

The summer-long film festival features concert and performance films covering classical, opera, dance, musicals, and pop music. A wide range of foods and beverages — like cheese spaetzles, New York flank steaks, tacos, cherry beer, iced coffee, and Arabic tea — will also be served.

This weekend’s film lineup includes: Waldbühne 2016: Smetana and Dvorak; Swan Lake Reloaded – Tchaikovsky meets Streetdance; Anne-Sophie Mutter – The Club Concert 2015; Die Fledermaus; and Quincy Jones – The 75th Birthday Celebration; the full program can be found here.

And the best part? Admission is free. The last day of Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz is 3 September 2017.

Verbier – Verbier Festival: Happen to be in Switzerland this weekend? Why not enjoy some classical music under the Swiss Alps at the Verbier Festival in Verbier!

Concluding this Sunday, enjoy over 80 concerts from the likes of: the Verbier Festival Orchestra; Pavel Haas Quartet; Kirill Gerstein; Pink Martini; and Lera Auerbach.

Ticket prices vary per performance, but you can purchase a weekend pass for CHF 250 (€227). The full program with ticket information can be found here.

Wacken – Wacken Open Air: Get ready to drink all the piped-in beer you can while banging your head and raising the horns at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, the hardest, heaviest music festival in all of Deutschland!

Taking place in the village of 2,000 between now and Sunday, Wacken Open Air is only about one thing: making everything metal, blacker than the blackest black, times infinity!

Only the finest in hard rock and metal will do at Wacken, and this year’s lineup is no exception: Accept; Alice Cooper; Europe; Henry Rollins; Marilyn Manson; Megadeth; Napalm Death; Prong; and Turbonegro are only a few of the 150 acts on the three-day bill.

Wacken has sold out every year since the 2007 edition, and this year was no different! If you want to get in the pit next year, check out our newest event guide for your first notice of the 29th edition so you don’t miss out.

West Sussex – Qatar Goodwood Festival: Thrice a year, the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England roars to life with two- and four-wheeled horsepower.

From now through Saturday, however, the estate welcomes the thunder of hooves at the Goodwood Racecourse for the 2017 edition of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Also known as “Glorious Goodwood,” the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the largest horse racing festivals in the world, beginning in 1802 when the 3rd Duke of Richmond wanted to entertain local army officers with a few ponies galloping around the track. Today, it is “the sporting and social highlight of the racing calendar with five thrilling days of world-class horseracing and elegant fashion,” and a “must-attend” event of the summer.

Tickets to the Qatar Goodwood Festival start at £23, and can go as high as £462 for seat in a shared Charlton Box.

Zambujeira do Mar – MEO Sudoeste Festival: The MEO Sudoeste Festival in the small fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal started Tuesday, and will conclude Friday night.

The biggest summer festival in Portugal, Sudoeste will have some of the biggest names in EDM, R&B and pop, including: The Chainsmokers; Lil Wayne; Jamiroquai; Two Door Cinema Club; and Dutch superstar DJ/producer Martin Gerrix.

No idea how they got rights to use Dua Lipa’s “Be the One” for their vid.

Tickets to Sudoeste are €48 for a single-day, €105 for a five-day pass. Packages are also available.

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