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Event Category: Festivals in Europe

Given the diversity of the continent, it will come as little surprise that there is a breadth and diversity amongst the festivals in Europe celebrated each year. Some of our European Festivals are world-renowned, but others featured in our pages, such as the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg and the Dour Festival in Belgium might need an introduction.

Music Festivals in Europe

Each summer, the whole continent seems to explode into a festival of music, with everyone taking to the outdoors to enjoy the music. One of the largest and most popular European music festivals is the Sziget Festival in Hungary, held each August. Other events include Tomorrowland Europe, Pukkelpop in Belgium and Zurich Tanzt, a celebration of music and dance. If you are a fan of jazz, then Jazz Brugge or Vinterjazz in Copenhagen could be just the ticket for you. Or, why not try the Tallinn Music Week in Estonia?

Beer, Wine and Food Festivals

If you wish to want to avoid the crowds at Oktoberfest then perhaps you should head to Belgium for either the Bruges Beer Festival or Zythos Bier Festival. Wine lovers looking for something a bit different could try the National Wine Day Moldova in the capital city of Chisinau, or for a food festival with a twist then how about the Onion Market in Weimar, in Germany, or Spain’s Gran Festa de la Calçotada, if spring onions are your thing.

Carnivals in Europe

While you might be forgiven for associating the carnival with South America, Europe has many a carnival that predates Rio. One of the oldest is the Venice Carnival, although the Nice Carnival and Cologne Carnival (Fastelovend) are also well worth a visit. Or if you like your carnival descending into a historical food fight then the Battle of Oranges in Italy is a must. Alternatively, try the typically Belgium quirky Carnaval de Binche.

Christmas Markets and Winter Festivals

In the build up to Christmas, most of Europe is a frenzy of Christmas Markets and Winter Festivals. Salzburg Christmas Market provides a typically Austrian take on the festive occasion, while Dresden Christmas Market and Vienna Christmas Market are equally steeped in tradition. Alternatively, if you are not in a festive mood then you can always visit the Amsterdam Lights and watch the capital of the Netherlands major winter festival turn the city on.

And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that the UK is part of Europe, as we have a separate page for Festivals in the UK.

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March 2020

Andy Warhol Art at Tate Modern, London

March 12 - September 6
Tate Modern, Bankside
London,SE1 9TGUnited Kingdom
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Andy Warhol Art

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Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

March 28 - November 25
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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May 2020

White Nights Festival 2020 Saint Petersburg, Russia

May 22 - July 21
All over town Saint Petersburg,Russian Federation
White Nights Saint Petersburg Russia

During the period of the White Nights Festival from June to July in Saint Petersburg, the sun never sets and the city never sleeps. Russia’s cultural capital....

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July 2020

UK Pride, 2020, Newcastle, UK

July 17 - July 19
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne,TynesideUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ comminity in Britian, in July 2020, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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WOMAD 2020 : the World’s Music Festival

July 23 - July 26
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
£185 – £240
Womad festival

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August 2020

Tallinn Music Week 2020, Estonia

August 26 - August 30
Multiple Venues
€65 – €175
Tallinn Music Festival

Tallinn with its stunning medieval centre, dating from 1248, and its thriving galleries, restaurants and bars is a must for the traveller. However for one week it is transformed into…

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2020, UK

August 29 - August 31
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 29 - August 30
Llanwrtyd Wells Llanwrtyd Wells,PowysUnited Kingdom + Google Map
World Bog Snokelling Championship

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is part of a two-day World Bog Series taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The World Bog Snorkelling Championship…

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Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

August 30 - August 31
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
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Bury St Edmunds’ food festival is returning to the medieval Suffolk market town in August. Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival 2020 will be held over the August…

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September 2020

Venice International Film Festival 2020

September 2 - September 12
Lido, Lido di Venezia
Venice,Italy
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Venice International Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival, officially called Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, is the world’s oldest film festival. Every year you can indulge here in the best...

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Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2020, UK

September 5 - September 6
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest

The Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest promises to be the hottest event of the summer. The manor house built for the Baron de Rothschild in the 1870s to entertain guests and…

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2020, UK

September 7
Abbots Bromley Abbots Bromley,StaffordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

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Alresford Watercress Festival 2020, UK

September 20
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Alresford Watercress Festival

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October 2020

BFI London Film Festival 2020

October 7 - October 18
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
BFI London Film Festival

The 64th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October. From 7 to 18 October, the leading UK film festival will present…

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April 2021

Zythos Bierfestival 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2021
Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1
Leuven,Vlaams-Brabant3001Belgium
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Zythos Bierfestival Belgium

The Belgian university town of Leuven turns into a mecca of beer when the country’s largest beer festival, the Zythos Bierfestival (ZBF), returns for its 17th edition on 24 and…

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Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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The Jack in the Green Festival takes place in the Sussex coastal town of Hastings – 1066 and all that – traditionally over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. A…

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May 2021

Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2021

May 7, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Zurich, Wasserwerkstrasse 93
Zurich,8037Switzerland
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Zurich Tanzt

Zurich will be the home to a city-wide festival of dance in May. Held from 7 to 9 May, Zurich Tanzt assembles some of the finest contemporary dancers in the…

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Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, 2021

May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021
Whitby Whitby,United Kingdom + Google Map
Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31, 2021
Cooper’s Hill Brockworth,GloucestershireGL3 4SBUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

Held in the village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire, the Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday each year. In 2020 it was scheduled…

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July 2021

Henley Festival 2021, Henley-on-Thames, UK

July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Henley Bridge Henley-on-Thames,OxfordshireRG9 2LYUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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