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BEERFEST ASIA: June 13 to 16, Singapore

If you are of legal drinking age, then Beerfest Asia is an event not to miss. The festival returns to tempt both beer and beverage enthusiasts with its diverse selection of beers.

It features more than 300 types of beer from all over the world, live stage performances, a comedy club, beer auctions and tasting workshops. Visit www.BeerfestAsia.com for more updates on beers, beverages, food and entertainment.

SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN MUSIK FESTIVAL

July 6 to August 25, Hamburg, Germany

The motto of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival is "Bewegend baltisch", which is dedicated to the Baltic states Estonia, Lativa and Lithuania. A total of 118 concerts in 66 venues near and north of Hamburg are planned for music fans. Included are renowned conductors like Mariss Jansons, Kristjan Jarvi and Andris Nelsons as well as orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica and soloists like Gidon Kremer. Visit http://www.SHMF.de

STONEHENGE 2013

June 20 to 21, Wiltshire, England

English Heritage will again provide "Managed Open Access" for around 20,000 people to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. The solar event, when the sun is directly above the northern hemisphere, indicates that hemisphere's midsummer. This is a free, one night only event to celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. There are a number of conditions, detailed in a leaflet given on arrival, that attendees are expected to conform to, to protect both the access for the solstice, as well as the stones themselves. Visitors are also asked to travel to Stonehenge using public transport. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

VATTERNRUNDAN

June 14 to 15, Motala, Sweden

Vätternrundan is the largest recreational bicycle ride in the world. Cyclists love the size and length of it. Around 20,000 cyclists make their way to the Swedish town of Motala every summer for the mammoth 300km cycle ride around beautiful Lake Vattern. The core event is accompanied by shorter alternatives: Halvvattern 150 km and Tjejvattern 100 km, for women only. The ride is non-competitive, so there’s no pressure if you’re lagging behind to enjoy the scenic ride.

GENGHIS KHAN FESTIVAL

July 5 to 7, Xiwuqi, Mongolia

The first Genghis Khan MTB Adventure took place in 2007, with the Grassland Marathon having its inaugural edition one year later in 2008. Since then, the unique Inner Mongolian grassland event in Xiwuqi has quickly established itself as a popular annual tradition for bikers, runners and alternative culture lovers. A significant and successful re-design of the competition last year led to record participant numbers and higher media coverage, particularly for the Grassland Marathon. The Genghis Khan Festival will take place with the running competition traditionally in the morning of the second day.

REGATTA OF ST RANIERI

17 June, Pisa, Italy

Venice may be famous for its gondolas, but across the country, Pisa stages this 1500m dash up the River Arno, a tradition dating to the 1290s. Every year, on the 17th June the historical city of Pisa celebrates its patron saint, San Ranieri, with a regatta in the evening. This regatta is made up of the city’s four historic districts, racing each other on the river Arno. The four narrow rowboats, differently coloured to represent the city's four districts, each contain a steersman, a climber, and eight oarsmen struggling against the current.


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