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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 6 October through 9 October 2016

Welcome to the first full weekend of October 2016! The nights are becoming longer, the air is slowly chilling, England and Wales (but likely NOT Scotland) are on their way to Brexiting … the leaves are turning colors, autumnal bliss is finally here.

Looking for a way to spend your weekend? Dispatches Europe has you covered with our weekly weekend event guide to all the coolest events and happenings all over Europe.

This weekend’s itinerary includes a huge art event in London, a unique film festival in Oslo and Berlin’s Festival of Lights. Let’s go!



Amsterdam – Black Amsterdam: From Friday through 13 November, the Amsterdam Museum will host its newest exhibition, Black Amsterdam. Curated by guest curator Imara Limon, the exhibit will present images, stories and items tied to “inspirational black people.” Black Amsterdam will also have a number of activities meant to answer the question, “What is black?”; the exhibit is also part of Black Achievement Month.

Tickets are available here, and range from free for little ones up to 4, to 12.50€ for adults.

Berlin – Berliner Oktoberfest: With the big Oktoberfest in Munich at rest for another year, it’s time to follow the river of beers to Berlin for Berliner oktoberfest-tentOktoberfest. Through 16 October, wear your finest dirndls and lederhosen while drinking as much beer and eating as much food as you can stand.

Berliner Oktoberfest doesn’t run straight through the week like its bigger sibling, opting to open its tents from Wednesday through Sunday. Admission to the festival is free, while the tents charge 5€ only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Berlin – Festival of Lights: This is one of the concepts that makes Berlin Europe’s coolest city. Since 2005, The technicians/artists have transformed the city’s best-known landmarks including the Brandenburg Gate into huge light shows. If you’re in or even near Berlin, you don’t want to miss this event, which starts Saturday, 7 Oct. and runs through 16 Oct.

From the website:

The city itself is transformed into a glowing stage and the landmarks, monuments, buildings, streets and squares become stars. National and international artists, designers and creative teams tell stories, convey messages and direct focus on the special and unique.

You can see the complete program here.

cowalfest-2016Cowal – CowalFest Argyl: Head past the Brexit into Cowal, Scotland for the annual CowalFest. From Friday through 16 October, go on over 60 walks through several areas of interest, led by “expert and knowledgeable walk leaders.”

Organized by Cowal Walking Festival Association, there will be walks for all skill and health levels, along with family-friendly entertainment, Scottish dancing and music, a photography contest, a beer and wine festival, and so much more over the next 10 days. Most walks can be booked for £6 per person; click here for more information.

Geneva – Soulitude Urban Expressions: Looking to add some soul to your European weekend? Head over to Geneva for the second installment of Soulitude Urban Expressions from now through Thursday.

Urban Expressions “will feature some of the most established and emerging artists in the urban genre, who will perform in unique and intimate settings and venues.” Artists on the bill include: Nik West, Kami Awori, Stretch and Bobbito, and Janette Beckman.

Tickets range from 165 CHF for a three-day, all-access pass, to 10 CHF for Janette Beckman’s show at the end of the festival; click here for more information.

London – London Restaurant Festival: What are you doing in London for the next month? If you’re looking to get lost among the city’s many restaurants, the London Restaurant Festival is your ticket to gastronomic happiness.

The festival is divided into festival-specific menus at over 250 restaurants, and restaurant experiences galore! Restaurant menus range from £10 to £60, while experiences (most of which are already sold out) vary in ticket price.

London-Frieze London:  This is a big deal in the art world. Frieze magazine started back in the 1972 with a small group of artists at a time when – believe it or not – the city had only a handful of contemporary art galleries. Now, the Frieze London Air Fair, which runs today through 9 October, features 175 of the world’s leading galleries. Visitors can browse and buy art from more than 1,000 leading artists, and experience the fair’s critically acclaimed Frieze Projects and Talks programs.

This is far from just walking through galleries, looking at paintings, photos and sculptures. Interactive displays including recreations of 1970s rooms are a thing for 2016, the 14th year of the fair. The Guardian website has a great post about the fair.

This is not a free event. Tickets start at about 27 pounds for children and students, and you can get them here.

ffs2016-profil-red-1080p-textOslo – Films from the South: Beginning today and running through 16 October, head up to Oslo for the annual Films from the South film festival. Born in 1991, the film festival presents the best in Asian, African and Latin American cinema; a total of 81 films from 35 nations distributed over 250 screenings will be on the program over the 10-day festival.

This year’s program includes August Winds, Don’t Call Me Son, Harmony, and Liberation Day. A full festival ticket will set you back 1,050 kr, while a single showing only costs 110 kr; more information here.

Paris – Mondial de l’Automobile: Want to see the latest and greatest from the auto industry? Head over to the annual Paris Auto Show (ou Mondial de l’Automobile, s’il vous plaît). Vehicles set to debut in Paris include the 2018 Mercedes E-Class, Audi Q5, Hyundai RN30 Concept, and the Lexus UX Concept.

An adult ticket goes for 16€, while an adult with two children (between 10 and 25) can be had for 34€. You can also view the live stream of the show here, if you can’t make it this weekend.

2839-jpgRome – GNAM!: It took a while, but we finally got Rome on the list. From now through Sunday, the GNAM! food festival will make its final stop of the year at Rome’s Viale Oceania.

The traveling Italian festival brings the best street food from the world over, including asado, moussaka, picanha, wurstel and pani ca meusa. Admission is free, but remember to bring your cash in case the vendor doesn’t take American Express.

Vienna – Vienna COMIX: Bronies, Whovians, FNDM, are you ready for another comicon? Head over to Vienna’s Marx Halle for annual Vienna COMIX gathering. Cosplay contests, a Nintendo Play Area, a trade fair, and a special tribute to Star Wars all await you this Saturday and Sunday. Special guests include Rainier F. Engel, Erik Kriek, Artists of ASH, and Yoann.

Vienna COMIX is one of the biggest comic fairs and conventions in Europe. Since its foundation in 1993, the COMIX has grown to a large-scale event with a projected attendance this year of up to 8,000 people.

Tickets are available here.

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