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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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January 2021

Gran Festa de la Calçotada, Valls 2021

January 31
Valls Valls,Catalonia41°17′18″N 1°15′7″ESpain
Free
calçots in the Gran festa de la Calçotada

Catalonia is a region renowned for its gastronomy, each January the Gran festa de la Calçotada sees the streets and squares of the town of Valls filled with calçots (a type of…

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February 2021

Venice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) 2021

February 6 - February 16
Venice Venice,Italy + Google Map
Venice Carnival carnivals 2019

Juxtapose one of the most beautiful cities in the world alongside one of the most colourful and exciting carnivals globally and it has to be a winning formula. Masked costumed…

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Vinterjazz Festival Denmark 2021

February 8 - February 28
Denmark Denmark
Vinterjazz

Vinterjazz is a national festival which takes place every February across the whole of Denmark. Now in its nineteenth year, it will feature hundreds of concerts...

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Santa Cruz Carnival de Tenerife 2021

February 10 - February 21
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz,TenerifeSpain + Google Map
carnivals around the world santa cruz carnival 2019

They sure know how to throw a fiesta in Spain, and the annual Santa Cruz Carnival (Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife) is a shining example of a 12-day pumping…

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Cologne Carnival (Fastelovend), 2021

February 11 - February 16
Cologne Cologne,Germany + Google Map
Cologne Carnival

The Cologne Carnival, Fastelovend or 'Fasteleer' in the local dialect is one of the biggest street carnivals in Europe. Starting on 20 February 2020, the 'Crazy Days' continue until 26…

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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2020

February 13 - February 28
Office de tourisme de la ville de Menton, 8 avenue boyer - Palais de l'Europe
Menton,06500France
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Fete du citron carnivals 2019

Situated on the Côte d’Azur in the Alpes Maritimes, the town of Menton could be forgiven for just becoming a playground for the rich, like neighbouring St Tropez and Monaco.…

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Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival) 2021

February 13 - February 27
Nice
Nice Carnival carnivals 2019

Set on the glamorous Cote d’Azure, the Nice Carnival (Carnaval de Nice) is one of the largest and most famous carnivals in the world. Many of the world’s top film…

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Valentine’s Day 2021 Around the World

February 14
Various
Valentine's Day

It’s that time of the year again that love birds look forward to, many singles dread, and some brave souls try to ignore. The least that could be said about…

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March 2021

Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2021

March 1 - March 7
Bristol Bristol,United Kingdom + Google Map
Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2021, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its…

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Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2020

March 1 - March 5
Berlinale Palast, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
Berlin,10785Germany
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Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, takes place every year in February and is one of the most important and most visited film festivals on the…

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St David’s Day 2021, Wales, UK

March 1
Wales United Kingdom
St David’s Day

We’ve all heard of St Patrick’s Day, but how many of you know of St David’s Day? The much neglected patron saint of the principality of Wales is celebrated on…

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April 2021

Zythos Bierfestival 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

April 24 - April 25
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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A Taste of Donegal 2021, Ireland

April 30 - May 2
The Pier, Quay Street
Donegal,DonegalIreland
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A Taste of Donegal

Billed as the biggest food festival in North West Ireland, A Taste of Donegal will feature more than 130 food exhibitors from across Ireland and the UK, as well as…

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Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30 - May 3
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
festivals in the uk Jack of the Green Hastings

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

Tallinn Music Week 2021, Estonia

May 6 - May 9
Multiple Venues
€65 – €175
Argo Vals Band Photographer Aron Urb

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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Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2021

May 7 - May 9
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 - May 16
Whitby Whitby,United Kingdom + Google Map
Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

The North Yorkshire town of Whitby is famed for its fabulous fish and chips, that and a nautical traditional that includes Captain Cook. So, why not combine the two together…

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Alresford Watercress Festival 2021, UK

May 23
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
Alresford Watercress Festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 23 May, the 2021 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31
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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June 2021

White Nights Festival 2021 Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 26 - August 27
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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