At Travelzoo, we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of travel knowhow at our fingertips, from over 250 Deal Experts in 28 locations across the globe. Each week, we combine that knowledge to bring you our top weekend tips for some of our favourite cities -- and what’s more, most of the events are free (or, as you’d expect, represent terrific value).
From this weekend, the International Jazz Festival returns to Barcelona. The festival takes place in venues all over town and, depending on your budget, you should be able to find something on the line-up to quench your thirst for live jazz music -- venues vary from the impressive Palau de la Música to small bars like Jamboree or Harlem Jazz Club. And if you need a place to stay during the festival, don’t miss this deal for a 4-star hotel escape near some of Barcelona's main attractions for £55 (69€) per night.
The annual Didsbury Beer Festival is back celebrating its fifth birthday this year, from 1-3 November. Take a bus, train or taxi from Manchester city centre and head to the leafy suburb of Didsbury. The 3-day event will take place at St Catherine's Social Club, where you’ll find yourself in the company of some 5000 guests sampling over 100 real ales, 50 ciders and a selection of organic lagers.
There will also be plenty of knee-slapping opportunities from live bands over the weekend to keep you entertained as you tuck into a selection of freshly cooked food. All proceeds go to local charities, making the weekend’s antics a certified guilt-free affair. Daily entry costs vary from £3-£5.
First Fridays comes to LA this weekend -- a regular tradition that sees the scent of fried food and music fill the air as the streets pack with people. Many neighbourhoods participate, including Venice Beach and Long Beach (and rather handily, we’ve found this £123/US$199 2-night getaway to Hotel Maya -- a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Long Beach, including a dining credit and bike rentals).
A must for watersports fans, the hanseboot Hamburg International Boat Show finishes on Sunday. There are over 650 exhibitors, showcasing everything from paddleboats and luxury yachts to equipment for diving and surfing. The show is at the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, close to four main stations and, if you fancy heading for the waters, the North Sea and the Baltic are nearby.
The Natural History Museum opens its 1,000 square metre outdoor ice rink this Friday, which means Christmas season is upon us in the capital. This year’s rink has a Christmas tree in the centre, a smaller rink for children and a rinkside fairground carousel. After all that outdoor activity, treat yourself to a 5-course gourmet meal for two at the 5-star Royal Horseguards hotel by the Thames for £79.
Deal Experts Sandra García (Barcelona), Ryan Haase (New York), Luke Doyle (Manchester), Blaire Constantinou (LA) and Gesa Rathke (Hamburg) contributed to this post.