Across the pond May 2: Cheung Chau Bun Festival, Hong Kong, 800-282-4582; discoverhongkong.com/usa/events/festival-cheung-chau-bun.html. Brave lads scale bamboo towers to snatch sweet treats.
May 8-14: Klingenthal International Accordion Competition, Klingenthal, Germany, 212-661-7200; accordion-competition.de/en. Competitors try to push all the right buttons in Germany's squeeze-box capital.
May 9-10: National Windmill Day, Netherlands, nationwide, 212-370-7360. Breeze through some old sources of new energy.
May 10: Cat Parade, Ypres, Belgium, 212-758-8130; www.ieper.be, click on Cat Parade. Feline floats and figures fill Grote Market Square.
May 13-24: Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France, 514-288-1904; festival-cannes.com/en.html. A thousand films seek top billing on the French Riviera.
May 20-June 3: Bergen International Festival, Bergen, Norway, 212-885-9700; fib.no. Fjord fest features "Bluebeard's Castle" and "Threepenny Opera."
May 21-24: Grand Prix de Monaco, Monte Carlo, 800-753-9696; yourmonaco.com, click on Monaco Grand Prix. Seventy-seven laps on narrow streets leave no margin for error.
May 29-June 1: Carnival of Cultures, Berlin, 818-385-0631; karneval-berlin.de, click on English. Immigrant traditions draw a million visitors to the Kreuzberg district.
Domestic bliss May 1-3: Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Fla., 850-433-6512; celebratepensacola.com, click on Title Events. Matters come to a boil.
May 1-3: Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering, Bridgeport, W.Va., 800-368-4324; scots-westvirginia.org. All-plaid activities, from Highland dancing to kilted golf tourney.
May 9: Houston Art Car Parade, 713-926-6368; orangeshow.org/artcar.html. Two hundred and fifty wheeled wonders fill the canvas of Allen Parkway.
May 14-17: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee, Angels Camp, Calif., 209-736-2561; frogtown.org. Amphibian antics in Mother Lode country.
May 17: Bay to Breakers Race, San Francisco, 415-359-2800; ingbaytobreakers.com. Foot-racers go for the gold at Golden Gate Park.
May 19-23: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, 504-529-WINE; nowfe.com. Celebrity chefs add their recipes to the Big Easy's big feast.
May 21-25: Abbey Road on the River, Louisville, 216-378-1980; abbeyroadontheriver.com. Beatles tribute celebrates 40th anniversary of "Abbey Road."
May 21-25: North Iowa Band Festival, Mason City, 800-423-5724; nibandfest.com. It's a toot in the original "River City USA."
May 22-25: Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, 206-684-7300; nwfolklife.org. Performers give a nod to centennial of Seattle's first world's fair, 1909.
May 22-June 7: Spoleto Festival USA , Charleston, S.C., 843-579-3100; spoletousa.org. Springtime fling covers it all, from Mozart to punk cabaret operetta.
May 23-24: Vermont Open Studio Weekend , statewide, 802-223-3380; vermontcrafts.com. Go behind the scenes with 285 artists.
May 23-25 and Sept. 5-7: Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair, New Paltz, N.Y., 845-679-8087; quailhollow.com. Handcrafted musical instruments set the tone.
May 25-July 1: Lobsterpalooza, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 902-565-9096; lobsterpalooza.ca. Crustaceans are a sensation.
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