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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 2020

In The Round 2020, Roundhouse London

January 23 - February 1
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road
London,NW1 8EHUnited Kingdom
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JORGE DREXLER credit SILVIAPOCH

In recent years, the Roundhouse has done a little mid-winter shapeshifting. The great Victorian hemisphere in Camden Town, now one of London’s most cherished rock venues...

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Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2020

January 28
Lerwick Lerwick,Shetland IslandsUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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If you want to see a horde of Vikings parading through the streets, before burning a galley boat and then making merry for 12 hours, Up Helly Aa is the festival for you...

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February 2020

Bruges Beer Festival 2020 Belgium

February 1 - February 2
Brugs Bierfestival, 't Zand
Brugge,8000Belgium
Free
Bruges Beer Festival Belgium

Since its first edition in 2007 the Bruges Beer Festival (“Brugs Bierfestival” in Flemish) has earned itself a reputation as one of Belgium’s best beer festivals, and that is saying something ...

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Transgrancanaria 2020, Gran Canaria

February 4 - February 8
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain + Google Map
TransGranCanaria

Fitness fanatics should head to the Canary Islands this February for Transgrancanaria. Held on Gran Canaria since October 2003, the race that will test your levels of endurance. Staged from 4 to 8…

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Vinterjazz Festival Denmark 2020

February 6 - February 29
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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Venice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) 2020

February 8 - February 25
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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Valentine’s Day 2020 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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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2020

February 15 - March 3
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) 2020

February 15 - February 29
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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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2020, Spain

February 18 - February 26
Sitges Sitges,CatalunyaSpain + Google Map
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The Sitges Carnival (Carnaval Sitges) sees the Spanish coastal town brought to life with carnival fever as parties and parades take over the streets in the run-up to Lent. While…

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CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival 2020

February 19 - February 22
Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road Pride Park
Derby,DE24 8JEUnited Kingdom
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Derby Winter Ale Festival

February is the perfect time to visit the city of Derby, regardless of the state of the local football team Derby County’s fortunes. The 16th CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival…

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Santa Cruz Carnival de Tenerife 2020

February 19 - March 1
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz,TenerifeSpain + Google Map
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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), 2020

February 20 - February 26
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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Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2020

February 20 - March 1
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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Battle of the Oranges, 2020, Ivrea, Italy

February 23 - February 25
Ivrea Ivrea,PiedmontItaly + Google Map
Battle of the Oranges carnivals 2019

Referred to as the biggest food fight in Europe, the Battle of the Oranges takes over the town of Ivrea on the three days preceding Lent, from the Sunday to…

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Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2019

February 25 @ 11:55 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Olney Olney,BuckinghamshireUnited Kingdom

While people around the UK are celebrating the approach of Lent by tossing pancakes in the warmth of their own kitchen, the gentlefolk of one Buckinghamshire town take to the…

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March 2020

Carnaval de Binche (Carnival of Binche) 2020, Belgium

March 23 - March 25
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
Carnaval de Binche

Eerie, identical wax masks, colossal ostrich plume hats, confetti in churches and orange throwing: the medieval Carnaval de Binche (or Carnival of Binche) is like no other in the world.…

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Tallinn Music Week 2020, Estonia

March 25 - March 28
Multiple Venues
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 in March it is…

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Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2020

March 29
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

How about watching a sport that demonstrates strength and endurance as well as being, at the same time, a quintessentially English cultural icon? The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race is in…

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April 2020

Zythos Bierfestival 2020 in Leuven, Belgium

April 25 - April 26
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 25 and…

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