JANUARY 11-13: Liverpool, England -- Cultural Capital Opening Weekend. Starring Ringo Starr, with a little help from his friends. 17-27: Park City, Utah -- Sundance Film Festival. The pick of indie flicks. 20-27: St. Paul, Minn. -- U.S. Figure Skating Championships. America's sharpest blades battle on the ice. 24-27: Quesnel to Wells, British Columbia -- Gold Rush Trail Dog Sled Mail Run. Trailblazer for B.C.'s 150th anniversary. 25-Feb. 5: New Orleans -- Mardi Gras. America's ultimate street party.
FEBRUARY 1-10: Saranac Lake, N.Y. -- Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. "Hooray for Hollywood" in snow and ice. 2-24: San Francisco -- Chinese New Year Festival & Parade. Blocklong golden dragon clears the way for the Year of the Rat. 7-10: Plaster Rock, New Brunswick -- World Pond Hockey Championships. Four-on-four teams face off on 20 rinks. 17: Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Daytona 500. The 50th running marks start of NASCAR season. 21-23: Cable to Hayward, Wis. -- American Birkebeiner race. Traditional togs set the style at 35th annual ski marathon.
MARCH 14-30: Budapest, Hungary -- Budapest Spring Festival. Puccini takes center stage. 20-April 5: Savannah, Ga. -- Savannah Music Festival. A full spectrum of sounds, from country to classical. 25-May 17: Greensboro. N.C. -- Greensboro Bicentennial Celebration. Town toasts its past and future. 29-April 13: Washington -- National Cherry Blossom Festival. Our nation's capital is in the pink. 30-April 5: Hilo, Hawaii -- Merrie Monarch Festival. Topped off by "World's Largest Hula Competition."
APRIL 5-13: Grand Forks, S.D. -- World Men's Curling Championship. Twelve teams with brooms romance the stone. 12: Oslo, Norway -- Opening of New Opera House. King Harald heralds Norway's answer to Sydney, Australia. 19-27: Virginia, statewide -- Historic Garden Week in Virginia. It's the 75th anniversary of "America's Largest Open House." 25-27: Nebraska City, Neb. -- Arbor Day Celebration. Parade and tours in the town where Trees "R" Us. 25-Sept. 28: Belgium, nationwide -- The Art of Folon. Cover artist Jean Michel Folon is the focus of widespread exhibits.
MAY 11-18: St. Paul. Minn., and statewide -- Minnesota Statehood Week. The 32nd state turns 150. 13: Echternach, Luxembourg -- St. Willibrord 1,350th Birthday. Medieval hopping procession honors local saint. 23-26: Somerville, N.J. -- Tour of Somerville. Bicyclists get in gear for four days of racing. 24-25: Decatur, Ala. -- Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic. Sixty-five pilots on the rise. 31-June 22: Amsterdam, the Netherlands -- Holland Festival. Chinese opera and French drama mark keynote 60th anniversary.
JUNE 7-29: Austria and Switzerland, eight cities -- UEFA Euro 2008. European soccer's sweet 16 take the road to Vienna, Austria. 12-22: Owensboro, Ky. -- International Mystery Writers' Festival. Unveils U.S. premiere of Chimneys, Agatha Christie's lost play. 13-21: Bartlesville, Okla. -- OK Mozart International Festival. Mozart and more, indoors and out. 14-Sept. 14: Zaragoza (Saragossa), Spain -- 2008 World Expo. World's fair zeroes in on "Water and Sustainable Development." 28-July 6: Kutztown, Pa. -- Kutztown Festival. A potpourri of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art and crafts.
JULY 3-6: Quebec City, Quebec -- Happy Birthday Quebec City! Its 400th anniversary celebration features opera for 100,000. 11-13: Butte, Mont. -- National Folk Festival. The 70th annual get-together focuses on western traditions. 12-13: Rockland, Maine -- North Atlantic Blues Festival. Chick Rodgers, Lurrie Bell shake up Penobscot Bay. 16-19: Fairbanks, Alaska -- World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. Miss Weio presides over knuckle hop, blanket toss. 25-Aug. 3: Stockholm, Sweden -- Europride. Sweden stages a rainbow of events for annual gay event.
AUGUST 8-10: Britt, Iowa -- National Hobo Convention. Hobo King Tuck and Hobo Queen Son Shine pass along the crown. 8-24: Beijing -- Summer Olympics. About 12,000 athletes converge on China's no-longer-forbidden city. 20-30: Shelbyville, Tenn. -- Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The 70th edition of world championships for state's native breed. 29-Sept. 1: Denver -- A Taste of Colorado. Labor Day extravaganza rocks the Mile High City. 30-Sept. 1: Seattle -- Bumbershoot. Music and arts festival spreads out under the Space Needle.
SEPTEMBER 4-7: Bismarck, N.D. -- United Tribes International Powwow. Showcase of Native American culture. 4-7: Stone Mountain, Ga. -- Yellow Daisy Festival. Near Atlanta, 40th annual craft show blooms with 500 artists and artisans. 5-8: Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Canadian Country Music Week and Awards. The hottest and newest sounds roll in from the prairie. 10-14: Reno, Nevada -- National Championship Air Races. Vintage and sport aircraft go wing to wing. 26-28: Springfield, Ill. -- International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. Road warriors of yesteryear meet and mingle.
OCTOBER 2-12: Kelowna area, British Columbia -- Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Harvest celebration at western Canada's premier vineyards. 4-5: Sedona, Ariz. -- Sedona Arts Festival. Visual, culinary and performing arts work their magic. 10-18: Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario -- Oktoberfest. Canada's "Great Bavarian Festival" turns 40. 15-18: Circleville, Ohio -- Circleville Pumpkin Show. Tons of pumpkins and "the world's largest pumpkin pie," 14 feet across. 18: Fayetteville, W.Va. -- New River Gorge Bridge Day. Five hundred BASE jumpers take a flying leap.
NOVEMBER 12-Dec. 20: Stavanger, Norway -- Norwegian Wood. Innovative wooden architecture on display. 21-23: Milwaukee -- Holiday Folk Fair International. Art and traditions from 65 cultures. 22-Jan. 6: Natchitoches, La. -- Festival of Lights. The 72 tableaux light the way along Cane River Lake. 28-30: Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa -- Julefest. Danish to-do christens new Viking house. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, 12-14: Mount Vernon, Va. -- Mount Vernon by Candlelight. "Martha Washington" hosts 18th-century Christmas.
DECEMBER 5-7, 12-14, 19-21: San Antonio -- Fiesta de las Luminarias. Illuminated River Walk embraces the season. 6-7: Maysville, Ky. -- Frontier Christmas. Village museums stage old-fashioned Christmas. 13: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Winterfest Boat Parade. Decorated yachts festoon the Intracoastal Waterway. 25: Washington Crossing, Pa. -- Washington Crossing the Delaware. 55th annual re-enactment recalls Revolutionary Christmas 1776. 31: Berlin -- New Year's Eve Party at the Brandenburg Gate. Street gala and fireworks open the doors to 2009.
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