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

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2020

May 2 - May 17
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Cannes Film Festival 2020, France

May 12 - May 23
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès Cannes,Alpes-MaritimesFrance + Google Map
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Bury St Edmunds Festival 2020, Suffolk

May 14 - May 24
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Chelsea Fringe 2020, London, UK

May 16 - May 24
Chelsea, Chelsea
London,United Kingdom
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Chelsea Flower Show 2020, London, UK

May 19 - May 23
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
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White Nights Festival 2020 Saint Petersburg, Russia

May 22 - July 21
All over town Saint Petersburg,Russian Federation
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Malton Food Festival 2020, Yorkshire, UK

May 23 - May 25
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Malton Food Festival

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June 2020

Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2020

June 20 - June 21
Stonehenge Wiltshire,SP4 7DEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Stonehenge Summer Solstice

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July 2020

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2020, Essex, UK

July 11
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
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UK Pride, 2020, Newcastle, UK

July 17 - July 19
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne,TynesideUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
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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
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August 2020

Tallinn Music Week 2020, Estonia

August 26 - August 28
Multiple Venues
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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

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 29 - August 30
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Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

August 30 - August 31
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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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Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2020, UK

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