What's on worldwide

8 August

Koblenz, Germany

The Rhine in Flames festival will see 500,000 people lining the famous river to watch this amazing spectacle. Six towns - Koblenz, Lahnsten, Brey, Braubach, Rhens and Spay - will provide entertainment throughout the day before the highlight of the festivities starts in the evening - the firework display. These will light up the river valley between the famous Hamm vineyard in Boppard and the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, a distance of 17km. And more than 70 boats will make up the flotilla plying the river.

7-19 August

Budapest, Hungary

The annual "Budafest" is a summer celebration of ballet and opera in this great old city of the Habsburgs. There will be acts performed by home-grown Hungarian singers and dancers, as well as by performers from other countries.

2-9 August

Northern Ireland

The Sperrins Hill Walking festival will take place on the borders of Counties Londonderry and Tyrone. Hundreds of walkers of all levels will take invigorating walks through the forest parks and nature trails of the Sperrins. All rambles will be led by professional guides and the highlight will be the 14km Glenshane Forest walk which takes in the Ponderosa, which is the highest pub in Northern Ireland. There are also one-week walking packages available (tel: 01648 300050).

6-9 August

Omak, Washington, USA

A traditional American rodeo, known as the Omak Stampede, is taking place in this small town. The 350 or so participants are expected to attract the usual stampede of visitors. The event is followed by the so-called "World Famous Suicide Race", in which the riders charge up to the very top of a nearby hill, and then charge down the other side and proceed to swim across a river before returning to the rodeo arena. The rodeo and the race themselves have been annual events for the past 65 years. So popular has the show become across the States, it is now seen as the leader in the field. And in spite of its name, the safety record of the suicide race is said to be better than at conventional horse- racing events.

7-15 August

Stockholm, Sweden

This year's European City of Culture, Stockholm will host its Water Festival. There are diving competitions, dinghy races and concerts with, among others, Tom Jones and Bjork. Food and drink from all over the world are available and children will be kept entertained by sports, games and magic. Contact the Swedish Tourist Board for details about the festival and Stockholm itself (tel: 0171-724 5868).

Caroline Dickens

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

    £32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

    Guru Careers: Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Chef

    £27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...

    Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

    £40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Supervisor

    £24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

    'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

    In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
    VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

    How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

    Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
    They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

    Typefaces still matter in the digital age

    A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
    Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

    'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

    New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
    The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

    Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

    Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
    Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

    Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

    Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
    Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

    Crisp sales are in decline

    As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
    Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

    Ronald McDonald the muse

    A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
    13 best picnic blankets

    13 best picnic blankets

    Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
    Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

    Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

    Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
    Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

    Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

    Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'