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Welcome to the first weekend of autumn in Europe … and a transition from summer to fall events and festivals.

There’s lots to celebrate and enjoy during the end of my birthday weekend, including: John Legend in Amsterdam; Oktoberfests all over Germany; and fashion in London.

Let’s go!

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Amsterdam – Darkness and Light: As his last name suggests, John Legend is fast-becoming a legend in R&B, soul and pop music. This Friday, he’ll begin his trek around Continental Europe during the European leg of his Darkness and Light tour, having wrapped up his United Kingdom dates on Wednesday.

In support of his current album, 2016’s Darkness and Light, Legend will bring down the house at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome before moving on to Luxembourg and beyond, wrapping up the European leg 14 October in Lisbon, Portugal.

Want to go? Tickets to see John Legend range between €59.90 and €75.90.

And if you can’t make it to Amsterdam, check the rest of his tour schedule here.

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Barcelona – Barcelona Startup Week: Looking to join the burgeoning startup scene in Barcelona? Then don’t sleep on the last days of Barcelona Startup Week — today and Friday — held at Barcelona City Centre. Networking opportunities and conferences, plus over 90 guest speakers, all will be on the schedule to cover everything from women in the startup scene and how to successfully pitch your startup, to finding financing opportunities and using technology to propel your startup to the top.

Every session on the schedule is free, though there is limited seating for each one; register here, then select the events you want to attend.

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Barcelona: La Mercè: The Festes de la Mercè are the festivals in honor of Barcelona’s city patron. This is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, with as many as 500 happenings throughout the entire week according to this German website about Barcelona. The main events take place on 24 September. But there’s stuff going on the entire week before and after the day of La Mercè.

In addition to the traditional celebrations, there are lots of concerts, fireworks, food trucks, cultural events and modern, very international experiences. This is, after all, Barcelona we’re talking about.

To get an idea of what’s going at La Mercè, check the full schedule here.

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Berlin – Berlin Oktoberfest: Can’t make it to Munich? Why not head over to Berlin for its own take on the biggest fun festival in the world this Friday through 15 October?

Aside from the usual trappings of Oktoberfest (rides, tents, beer and food for days, lots of singing), there will also be live music every Sunday at 18:00. Every Wednesday is Family Day, where rides are half-off their usual prices.

And the best part? Admission is free every day (though admission to the Festzelt, not the Volksfest, is €5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and the 2nd and 3rd of October).

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Brussels – BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival: Looking for some electronic art in the de jure capital of Belgium and de facto capital of the European Union? Then you need to head over to BOZAR starting today for the sixth annual BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival.

The multi-day festival — set to end 30 September 2017 — “presents the broadest possible view of the electronic arts, at the cutting edge of art and technology.”

Music performances on this year’s bill include headliner Jóhann Jóhannsson (Oscar-nominated composer whose latest work is the score for Blade Runner 2049); the Belgian premiere of American composer William Basinki’s tribute to David Bowie; and Japanese “queen of avant-garde” Phew, who will be debuting her first album in 20 years.

Several exhibitions during BEAF, covering themes of science and technology, cyber theatre, and digital video art, are also on the program.

All exhibitions and performances at BEAF are free to attend. A handful of events are ticketed, though, ranging from €10-€25 for a single-event ticket, to €45-€70 for weekend and full festival passes. All can be purchased through the link above.

Copenhagen – City Link: Coming to Copenhagen today through Sunday is City Link, “an international festival that challenges the way we build, live and think about cities today through workshops, talks, performances and celebrations.”

Copenhagen is only the fourth host of City Link, Hamburg, Edinburgh and Istanbul coming before the Danish capital, respectively. The festival began as “a co-creation project between creatives in Copenhagen and Hamburg,” and aims to develop “new creative connections and innovative partnerships” through networking and cultural sharing.

Most of what goes on at City Link is free to attend. For everything else, check the programme here for ticket information and purchasing.

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Frankfurt – Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung: Otherwise known as the Frankfurt Motor Show, Frankfurt, Germany’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (International Automobile Exhibition auf Deutsch) is the world’s largest auto show, attracting nearly 1 million every other year to see the latest and greatest from the world’s automakers.

IAA is so large, it had to be split into showing off what you and I could drive every odd-numbered year (like this one), and what fleet operators and other industry types would order for us to drive every even-numbered year (like last year).

The 67th IAA’s main theme is electrification, from regular and exotic electric and hybrid cars, to the services and infrastructure supporting them. There’s also a model car collectors fair; a classic car show to see everything which came before; and, of course, European and world debuts of the latest and greatest, including:

  • The debuts of Citroën’s C3 Aircross, Kia’s Stonic, Mercedes-Benz’s X-Class, and Mercedes-AMG’s Project One
  • Introductions to the redesigned Audi A7, Bentley Continental GT, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Polo
  • Concept reveals from Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, MINI, Kia, Borgward, and Chery

Tickets to the 67th IAA — happening now through Sunday — range from free admission for little ones under seven, to €47 at the door for a two-day industry pass.

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Hamburg – Reeperbahn Festival: An hour’s flight away from the aforementioned Frankfurt Motor Show is be the largest club festival in all of Germany, the Reeperbahn Festival, happening now through Saturday.

Celebrating its 11th edition in 2017, the Reeperbahn Festival attracts more than 32,000 people to over 600 events hosted by 70 venues all along the Reeperbahn, a street in the city’s St. Pauli district known for its nightlife. Fine art, cinema, lots of live music covering nearly every genre, literature, if you’re into art at all, this is the festival for you.

If you’re also into creating art, though, the Reeperbahn Festival is also a multi-day conference for creatives to gather and exchange ideas through workshops, forums, sessions, and networking opportunities; peep the conference programme here.

If you’re attending the shows and exhibitions at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival, tickets are €75 to €95 for various multi-day passes covering most of the festival, €30 to €50 for a single-day ticket, depending on which day you attend.

If you’re there for the conferences, though, tickets to that side of the festival are €266 at the door.

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Ibiza – Ibiza Closing Parties: If you’re an expat living in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Stockholm, it’s hard to believe it’s still summer somewhere. That somewhere until the middle of October is Ibiza, where the Closing Party season has already started and goes until mid-October, if not later.

There are so many we don’t have room to list them individually. But you can see a handy list here on MyIbiza.

Ibiza …. where the party never stops.

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London – London Design Festival: As designers from the fashion world leave London for Paris and Milan, designers from all genres continue to gather in Brexitland’s “design capital of the world” for the 15th annual London Design Festival, happening now through Sunday.

Since the first LDF in 2003, the design festival has featured the best from architects, artists, designers and retailers from London and the world over. From various installations around the city, to workshops, forums, and award ceremonies, there are simply hundreds of things to see, do and experience at LDF.

Most events and exhibitions are free to attend. For everything else — and to see what’s on the schedule — have a look at the program here.

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London – London Fashion Week Festival: While the biannual London Fashion Week is only open to industry and media, you and yours can attend the London Fashion Week Festival at The Store Studios along The Strand after the Spring/Summer 2018 circus heads across the Channel to Paris and Milan.

The festival, held today through Sunday, will have catwalks full of fashion trends for this autumn and winter, which you’ll then be able to purchase from over 150 designers and brands. And of course, you’ll be able to attend talks with some of the world’s best designers and brands.

Ticket packages for the London Fashion Week Festival range from £20 to £60 (€22 – €65). Those who want a more VIP experience can opt for one of two LUXE ticket packages, which range from £145 to £200 (€157 – €217).

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Munich – Oktoberfest: Only the largest beer and fun festival in the world, but we know what you’re thinking (aside from how many beers and sausages and dances you can stand in a sitting): shouldn’t Oktoberfest be in Oktober?

It once was. The first was held 12 October 1810 “in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen,” then moved up to September over the years to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Are you ready to fill your belly full of beer, sausages, and fun? Then head over to Munich between now and 3 October for the 184th edition of Oktoberfest. Admission is free, beers hover around €11 per Mass (1 litre). And if you like watch the festivities from your laptop (while working on your German), Munich Television’s got your back with a live stream during the entire festival, which can be watched later, as well.

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Paris – Techno Parade and Dream Nation Festival: Do you love your wubs and bass drops? Then celebrate all things electro with the 2017 edition of the Techno Parade Saturday.

The parade – whose route you can follow on your Galaxy S8 or iPhone X – starts at noon from Quai François Mitterand, then winds its way over six kilometers to the Place de la Nation. Expect to see lots of electro fans dance behind the floats throughout the parade (if the Technoviking appears, though, don’t film him, please).

Afterwards, you can dance until the sun rises at the Docks de Paris during the Dream Nation Festival. This year’s lineup includes: Andy C; Kill The Noise; Electric Rescue; Ace Ventura; Juno Reactor; Darktek; and more.

Tickets to the festival are around €35, while the parade is free to attend.

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Rome – Longines Global Champions Tour: If you’re a fan of show jumping and always wanted to see the best of the best, then Round 14 of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour will be your final chance in Europe to see the best show jumpers from around the world before the season concludes in Doha.

The Eternal City’s Stadio del Marmi will serve as the setting for the penultimate chapter of the 2017 season come next Thursday through Sunday. And if you want to experience this majestic equestrian magic, all you need to do is show up, as admission is free, first-come, first-served.

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Stuttgart – Cannstatter Volkfest: Is Munich’s Oktoberfest too much Oktoberfest for you? Then head up to Stuttgart for Cannstatter Volkfest near the end of this month!

Cannstatter Volksfest is a smaller version of the famed Oktoberfest, which means less people, and thus, less time in the queue for beer and brats. The fun festival takes place from Friday to 8 October, and features carnival rides, parades, beer tents, and German and regional food, just like your favorite state fair back home.

And best of all: admission is free.

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Vienna – The Sisters of Mercy: Yours truly always thought she would need a passport to see one of her favorite bands since high/secondary school, British rock legends The Sisters of Mercy. Luckily, I was at the right place (Seattle) at the right time (late March 2006) to catch Von and his merry band of mercenaries bring down the house.

If I could, I so would see them again tonight at Vienna’s Gasometer – Bank Austria Halle (or wait until the 27th, when they visit Amsterdam).

The Sisters tour annually despite not having put out a new album in 27 years (the last all-new work being 1990’s Vision Thing), but it doesn’t stop them from having fun. Tickets are €37. The floorshow starts at 20:00.

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