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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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September 2019

Turner Prize 2019 at the Turner Contemporary

September 28, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Margate, Rendezvous
Margate,CT9 1HGUnited Kingdom
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Turner Prize at the Turner Contemporary Margate

The prize and the gallery that were both named for artist J M W Turner will be brought together in 2019, when the Turner Contemporary Gallery...

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November 2019

Vienna Christmas Market 2019

November 14 - December 26
Vienna Vienna,Austria + Google Map
Vienna Christmas Market

It’s the season to be merry, but one Christmas Market stands out from the crowd – well it is the original one after all. Not that the Vienna Christmas Market…

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Winchester Christmas Market 2019

November 21 - December 22
Winchester Cathedral Winchester,United Kingdom + Google Map
Winchester Christmas Market

A highlight of the festive season, Winchester Christmas Market opens on 17 November. Since 2006 the market has been recognised as one of the leading Christmas Festivals...

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Salzburg Christmas Market 2019

November 21 - December 26
Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, Altstadt Salzburg
Salzburg,5020Austria
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Salzburg Christmas Market

If you are planning to take a trip to a Christmas market this year, you could do far worse than travelling to Austria’s world-heritage city Salzburg, home of Mozart. Alongside…

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Stockholm Christmas Market 2019, Sweden

November 23 - December 23
Stortorget, Gamla Stan
Stockholm,Sweden
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Stockholm Christmas Market Gamla Stan

Few cities embrace the festive spirit as wholeheartedly as the Swedish capital. The Stockholm Christmas Market is not just a solitary affair but a series of gatherings that appear across…

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Dresden Christmas Market 2019: Striezelmarkt

November 27 - December 24
Altmarkt Dresden,Germany

This year, once more the Dresden Christmas Market, or Striezelmarkt, will take over the Saxon Baroque city for the 585th time. Originating in 1434, Striezelmarkt is one of the oldest…

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Amsterdam Light Festival 2019

November 28, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Amsterdam Amsterdam,Netherlands + Google Map
Amsterdam Light Festival

The streets and canals of Amsterdam will once more become illuminated with the seventh Amsterdam Light Festival this winter...

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Brno Christmas Market 2019, Czech Republic

November 29, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Brno Christmas Market

Just like Christmas is not just about the Vienna Chritstmas Market, the Czech Republic is not all about Prague, especially at Christmas time. The Brno Christmas Market takes place in…

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Brussels Christmas Market 2019-2020

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Different squares and streets including the Grand Place Brussels,Belgium
Brussels Christmas Market 2018

The Brussels Christmas Market is no doubt one of the best in Europe for food and atmosphere. Winter Wonders – as the market is dubbed – runs over two kilometres…

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December 2019

Padstow Christmas Market & Festival 2019

December 5 - December 8
Padstow Padstow,CornwallUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Padstow Christmas Market & Festival

Foodies should head to the Cornish coastal town of Padstow this December for the 12th Padstow Christmas Market & Festival. Master chefs Rick Stein (they don't call is Pad-stein for…

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Antwerp Christmas Market 2019, Belgium

December 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Antwerp historical city centre, Groenplaats
Antwerpen,Belgium
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Antwerp Christmas Market, Belgium

The medieval city of Antwerp makes for a stunning background to its famous Christmas market. Expanded now into several of the city’s prime historical locations...

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Beverley Festival of Christmas 2019

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
Beverley Beverley,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Beverley Christmas Festival

The hugely popular Beverley Festival of Christmas, in East Yorkshire, has grown from a small market to one of the largest festive celebrations...

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Hanukkah 2019 Festival of Lights

December 22 - December 30
Israel and other countries
Hanukkah Festival of Lights Israel

Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular and beautiful Jewish festivals around the world. Taking place annually towards the year-end, participants…

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February 2020

Bruges Beer Festival 2020 Belgium

February 1, 2020 - February 2, 2020
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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Valentine’s Day 2020 around the world

February 14, 2020
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 2020

Carnaval de Binche (Carnival of Binche) 2020, Belgium

March 23, 2020 - March 25, 2020
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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April 2020

Zythos Bierfestival 2020 in Leuven, Belgium

April 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020
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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July 2020

WOMAD 2020 : the World’s Music Festival

July 23, 2020 - July 26, 2020
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
WOMAD

Robert Spellman gives the run down on this year’s WOMAD music festival, which is staying true to its global roots. Every summer in late July musicians, poets, actors, artists, thinkers…

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