VOF Included in Chicago Tribune’s 2012 Calendar of Events

Big events for 2012

 

From Olympics to Champagne cork shoot-off

 

 

  • The All Wales Coast Path passes through Pembrokshire
The All Wales Coast Path passes through Pembrokshire  (Graham Bell/Getty Images)

 

December 13, 2011|By Margaret Backenheimer, Special to Tribune Newspapers
Want to partake of something special during your travelsin 2012? Check out our annual calendar, which is loaded with red-letter events, from the “relaunching” of the Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to the return of the Olympics to London.January

6: Santa Fe, N.M. — Grand Centennial Ball. New Mexico turns 100 with a black-tie bash.

 

 

13-22: Innsbruck, Austria — Winter Youth Olympic Games. A thousand teenagers skate, ski and snowboard for gold.

15: Maribor, Slovenia — “Black Masks” premiere. Opera launches Maribor’s year as the European Capital of Culture.

February

2-11: Ajo, Ariz. — Ajo Arts Alive! Arizona Centennial Celebration. Arizona turns 100.

4-21: New Orleans — Mardi Gras. Long-running street party winds up on Fat Tuesday.

5: Indianapolis — Super Bowl XLVI. Madonna teams up with Cirque du Soleil at halftime.

5-12: Portsmouth, England — Celebrations at the Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum. Great expectations surround the great novelist’s 200th birthday.

11-19: Sydney — Australian Open of Surfing. World’s top surfers are all aboard at Manly Beach.

March

1-4: Philipsburg, St. Maarten — St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Partygoers, performers and sailors drop anchor.

20-April 27: Washington — National Cherry Blossom Festival. Parade and kite contest highlight “100th Anniversary of the Gift of Trees.”

24-25: Vermont, statewide — Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. Sugarhouses transform sap into sweet syrup.

31: Belfast, Northern Ireland — Launch of Titanic Belfast. New shipyard museum recounts Titanic story 100 years later.

April

5-Oct. 7: Venlo, Netherlands — Floriade 2012. World Horticultural Expo flowers just once a decade.

6-8: Kapalua, Maui — Celebration of the Arts. 20th annual gathering showcases Maui’s arts, crafts and traditions.

26-29: Vidalia, Ga. — Vidalia Onion Festival. Onion run and eating contest make for tearful times.

28-30: Baton Rouge, La. — Louisiana Bicentennial Celebrations. State capital hosts mini-Mardi Gras.

29: Big Sur to Carmel, Calif. — Big Sur International Marathon. Ultimate beachcombers’ race attracts 12,000 runners.

May

5: Wales — Opening of the Wales Coast Path. Walkers walk the walk for 870 magnificent miles.

13: Ieper, Belgium — Cats Parade. Feline floats and characters prance and pounce through town square.

16-Sept. 16: Vienna — “Klimt: The Wien Museum Collection.” 400 drawings give a glint of Gustav Klimt’s genius on his 150th birthday.

26-27: San Francisco — Golden Gate Festival. Memorial Day weekend celebrations toast 75th anniversary of iconic bridge.

June

2-5: London — Diamond Jubilee. Thousand-boat pageant on the Thames commemorates Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign.

18-23: Weiser, Idaho — National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival. 60th rendition of the “largest fiddling event in the world.”

22-July 1: Eugene, Ore. — U.S. Olympic trials for track and field. The final hurdle for London-bound runners and jumpers.

 

28-July 1: Dauphin, Manitoba — Dauphin’s Countryfest. “Canada’s longest-running country music festival.”

30-July 22: Liege, Belgium, to Paris — Tour de France. 99th edition of epic bike battle.

July

4-14: Cincinnati — World Choir Games. 20,000 singers compete in the Olympics of choral music.

9-15: St. John’s, Newfoundland — Sound Symposium. Crest-of-the-wave music includes the “Harbour Symphony” written for the horns of ships.

25-29: Wrangell, Alaska — Bearfest. Festival for bruins’ fans.

27-Aug. 12: London — Games of the XXX Olympiad. More than 10,000 athletes compete for medals.

28-29: Thunder Bay, Ontario — Battle for Fort William. Muskets muster for a War of 1812 commemoration.

28-Aug. 4: Trondheim, Norway — St. Olav Festival. Historical market turns 50.

August

1-5: Quebec City — SAQ New France Festival. Events inside the old city walls.

2-27: York, England — York Mystery Plays. Medieval drama cycle takes to the stage every four years.

3-5: Berlin — Berlin International Beer Festival. 300 breweries share a milelong bar.

16-26: Edmonton, Alberta — Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Uncensored performers cavort in the Old Strathcona district.

23-Sept. 3: Syracuse, N.Y. — The Great New York State Fair. 200 acres of agrarian amusements.

24-25: Horsens, Denmark — European Medieval Festival. The round table reconvenes in Jutland.

September

6-9: Brussels — Brusselicious Festival. 100 marquees serve up a gourmet weekend.

7-9: Pafos, Cyprus — Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus. Verdi’s “Othello” is the main attraction.

11-16: Fredericton, New Brunswick — Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. A cornucopia of talent fills downtown stages.

13-16: Grapevine, Texas — GrapeFest. A Champagne cork shoot-off is part of the biggest sip in the Southwest.

27-Oct. 28: Charleston, S.C. — Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. Southern charm, inside and out.

October

5-13: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia — Celtic Colours International Festival. Fiddles, pipes and voices echo across the island.

6-14: Albuquerque, N.M. — Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Mass ascensions mark “the largest hot-air balloon gathering in the world.”

12-14: Jasper, Alberta — Dark Sky Festival. Wilderness astronomy in the Rockies.

14: Washington — “This Land Is Your Land” Gala Concert Tribute. Woody Guthrie gets the nod at 100th birthday commemoration.

November

3-4: Miami Beach — Sleepless Night Miami Beach, during which 150 performers pull an all-nighter.

9-10: Marysville, Wash. — Taste of Tulalip. Best of the West’s wine and food in one plush place.

14-18: Oamaru, New Zealand — Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations. Penny Farthing Bicycle Races set the tone for townwide merriment.

16-20: Plymouth, Mass. — America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration. Holiday history comes alive among Pilgrims and patriots.

December

1-2: near Fayetteville, Ark. — 150th Anniversary Battle of Prairie Grove Re-enactment. Blue and Gray days return.

12: Vienna — Opening of the Chamber of Art and Wonders at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Dates are subject to change. Always check in advance to confirm dates and details.

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