Taking a Spin Around the World

Oh, the places you can go to see a flapjack race, cowboy poets, softball on ice and more

January 04, 2009|By Margaret Backenheimer | Margaret Backenheimer,Special to The Baltimore Sun

JANUARY

20: Washington Inauguration Day. Hoopla for Barack Obama, with swearing-in at noon.

22 : St. Paul, Minn. St. Paul Winter Carnival. Everything's on ice, from fishing to softball. Through Feb. 1.

24-31 : Elko, Nev. National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. 25th annual roundup of silver-tongued ranch hands.

25 : Ayrshire, Scotland Homecoming Burns Supper. Poet Robert Burns' 250th birthday party launches return-to-Scotland year.

25 : Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations. Parades and fireworks unyoke the Year of the Ox. Through Feb. 1.

FEBRUARY

3 : Lubbock, Texas Not Fade Away: Remembering "The Day the Music Died." Hometown homage to Buddy Holly (died 1959).

5-11 : Sapporo, Japan Sapporo Snow Festival. Monumental sculptures tower over 60th edition.

7-13 : Boise, Idaho Special Olympics World Winter Games. Snow and ice confront athletes from 100 countries.

13 : Nice, France Carnival of Nice. "King of Masquerades" reigns over the French Riviera. Through March 1.

20-24 : Pensacola, Fla. Pensacola Mardi Gras. Finale finds the Krewe of Wrecks storming the beach.

24 : Liberal, Kan. International Pancake Day. Britain vs. America flapjack race always a tossup.

MARCH

13-17: Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick's Festival. Parks and pubs roll out the green carpet.

13-22: Oslo, Norway Oslo International Church Music Festival. Heavenly sounds as organists pull out all the stops. Maastricht, Netherlands European Fine Art Fair. Dutch treat for serious art and antiques shoppers.

20-22 : Denver Denver March Pow Wow. 98 tribes meet to dance, drum and keep traditions alive.

21-April 4: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival. An oasis of sound, sixth edition.

29-April 4: Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week. Concerts rock the house as music legends await enshrinement.

APRIL

3-5: Norman, Okla. Medieval Fair. "King Arthur" presides over round table of feasts and follies.

18-19: Cullman, Ala. Bloomin' Festival. St. Bernard Abbey gives its blessing to 140 artisans.

22-25: Tucson, Ariz. Tucson International Mariachi Conference. A swirl of classes and concerts, highlighted by the Mariachi Mass.

28-May 3: Seville, Spain April Fair. Andalusian arts and antics from dusk to dawn.

MAY

2-9: Holland, Mich. Tulip Time Festival. Six million bulbs in bloom for the 80th anniversary.

16-17: Jackson, Wyo. ElkFest. Antlers on the auction block benefit National Elk Refuge.

21-24: Monte Carlo, Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco. 77 laps on narrow streets leave no margin for error.

21-25: Louisville, Ky. Abbey Road on the River. Beatles' festival celebrates 40th anniversary of Abbey Road.

30: Washington Rededication of the Lincoln Memorial. Ceremony commemorates bicentennial of Abe's birth year.

JUNE

2: Brussels, Belgium Opening of the Magritte Museum. 200 works on view in what was once the home of artist Rene Magritte.

13-15: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, N.C. and Tenn. 75th Anniversary Weekend. Park programs salute Cherokee and Appalachian history.

18-20: Tabor, S.D. Czech Days. Check out the Beseda dancers and kolace-baking demonstration.

22-July 5: Wimbledon, England Lawn Tennis Championships. Roger Federer tries to regain the biggest title on grass.

23-28: Geneva, Ill. Midsommar Festival. 60th smorgasbord of all things Swedish.

JULY

2-14: Burlington, Vt. Celebrate Champlain Burlington International Waterfront Festival. Champagne celebration for explorer Samuel de Champlain's arrival 400 years ago.

8-12: Shediac, New Brunswick Shediac Lobster Festival. Bare-handed eating contests mark 60th anniversary of Acadian extravaganza.

16-20 : Halifax, Nova Scotia Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival. Tall ships tip their sails at 250th birthday of the naval port.

24-26: Sighisoara, Romania Festival of Medieval Arts. Troubadours tout the lore of medieval Transylvania.

25-Aug. 2 : Copenhagen, Denmark World Outgames. "Love of Freedom, Freedom to Love," second edition.

27-Aug. 2: Oshkosh, Wis. EAA AirVenture. 10,000 flying machines take over one tiny airport.

AUGUST

10-16: Chaska, Minn. PGA Championship. Wanamaker Trophy changes hands at one of golf's grand slams.

15: Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise. 40,000 custom and collector cars take U.S. 1 to Pontiac.

17-29: Calgary, Alberta GlobalFest. Canada, Mexico and Spain challenge champion China in the fireworks finals.

27-31: Vilnius, Lithuania Klezmer Festival. Virtuosos roam Vilnius during its Cultural Capital year.

28-30: Colebrook, Columbia and Pittsburg, N.H. Moose Festival. Moose mania, with calling contests and guided tours.

SEPTEMBER

4-7 : Ligonier, Ind. Ligonier Marshmallow Festival. Sticky-finger follies feature beauty pageant, bake-off and bed races.

5-7: Colorado Springs, Colo. Balloon Classic. Rocky Mountain high with mass ascensions at dawn.

10-13: Bismarck, N.D. United Tribes International Powwow. 40th annual gathering showcases champion drummers and dancers.

17-19: Shakopee, Minn. Junk Bonanza. Vintage Western collectibles fill "The Junk Corral."

OCTOBER

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