Where to be in 2005
From: Knight Ridder (BY MARGARET BACKENHEIMER)
JANUARY 8-9: Cork, Ireland “Awakening,” the largest street party in Irish history, kicks off Cork’s reign as Cultural Capital. 28-Feb. 10: Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Animation Film Festival. From Felix the Cat to Woody Woodpecker. 28-Feb. 13: Bormio, Italy Bormio 2005 World Ski Cup.
FEBRUARY 6: Jacksonville, Fla. Super Bowl XXXIX. Paul McCartney takes the snap at halftime. 9: Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Night Parade. Wake-up call for Year of the Rooster. 17-27: Montreal Montreal High Lights Festival. Chicago chefs in the spotlight. 18-20: Charleston, S.C. Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Artists, outfitters and TV star Jeff Corwin.
MARCH 17: Kansas City, Mo. St. Patrick's Day Parade. Shamrocks and stout for 300,000 in the Show Me State. 25-Sept. 25: Aichi Prefecture, Japan 2005 World Exhibition. An eco-minded expo featuring model communities. 27-April 2: Hilo, Hawaii Merrie Monarch Festival. “World’s largest hula competition.” 31-April 3: Vail, Colo. Vail Film Festival.
APRIL 2-Dec. 6: Copenhagen and Odense, Denmark Hans Christian Andersen 2005. Author’s bicentennial filled with fairy-tale events. 17-24: Oklahoma City National Week of Hope. Ceremonies mark the 10th anniversary of tragic bombing. 18-29: Singapore World Gourmet Summit. 23-Aug. 31: Smaland area, Sweden Glaskonst. Art glassware exhibition.
MAY 12-15: Reno Reno River Festival. Kayakers take a chance on the Truckee River. 13-14: Owensboro, Ky. International Bar-B-Q Festival. Heated competition with 10 tonnes of mutton. 27-30: Fresno, Calif. California Country Music Festival. First-time fest hopes to stage world’s largest line dance.
JUNE 3-13: Oslo Oslo Festival. Norway turns 100 with opening of Nobel Peace Centre. 12-30: Lisbon Lisbon Festivities. Summer street parties with wine, sardines and fado.
JULY 17-25: Salt Lake City and statewide, Utah Days of ’47. Pioneer era all abuzz in Beehive State. 22-27: San Sebastian, Spain San Sebastian Jazz Festival. 22-31: Edmonton, Alta. World Masters Games. Twenty-seven sports for those who refuse to quit. 25-30: Chincoteague, Va. Pony Swim & Auction. 80th annual roundup by island’s “saltwater cowboys.”
AUGUST 6-14: Helsinki, Finland IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Two-hundred countries take to the track for “world's third-largest sports event.” 6-20: Regina, Sask. 2005 Canada Summer Games. Competitions underline Saskatchewan centenary. 26-28: Bangor, Me. American Folk Festival.
SEPTEMBER 2-4: Interlaken, Switzerland Unspunnen Festival. Yodeling and stone-tossing at its best, held every 13 years. 4-18: Bucharest, Romania George Enescu International Festival. Sixteen orchestras salute Romanian virtuoso. 23-25, Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Wellington, New Zealand World of Wearable Art Show. 30-Oct. 9: Albuquerque Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Up, up and away with 700 balloons.
OCTOBER 2-24: Warsaw International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. 13-16: Gulf Shores, Ala. National Shrimp Festival. 21-23: Portsmouth, England Trafalgar Weekend. 200th anniversary of Admiral Nelson’s finest hour, part of SeaBritain 2005. 30: Dresden, Germany Inauguration of the Frauenkirche. The Church of Our Lady rises from the ashes.
NOVEMBER 20: Paphos, Cyprus Cyprus Aphrodite Marathon. Seaside run in the birthplace of the goddess. 23-Dec. 31: Marshall, Texas Wonderland of Lights.
DECEMBER 2-Jan. 7: Winnipeg Winter Wonderland. A drive-through winter theme park. 10: Hamilton, Bermuda Christmas Boat Parade. 31: Anchorage area, Alaska New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display. Hearty skiers light up Mt. Alyeska with flares.
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