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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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May 2021

Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

May 19 - October 31
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Free
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Phantoms of Surrealism, Whitechapel Gallery

May 19 - December 12
Whitechapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street
London,Select a State or Province:E1 7QXUnited Kingdom
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Free
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From May the Whitechapel Gallery in London will present a new archive exhibition, Phantoms of Surrealism that collates artworks, photographic scrapbooks and correspondence...

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Venice Biennale 2021 (La Biennale di Venezia)

May 22 - November 21
Venice Venice,Italy
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Beaufort 21 Triennial, Belgium

May 27 - November 7
zeebrugge zeebrugge,Belgium + Google Map
Free
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October 2021

Raindance Film Festival 2021, London

October 27 - November 6
Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London,SW1Y 4LRUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £195
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November 2021

Light Festival Ghent, Belgium

November 10 - November 14
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EFG London Jazz Festival, 2021

November 12 - November 21
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
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Tenby Blues Festival 2021, Wales

November 12 - November 14
Tenby Tenby,PembrokeshireUnited Kingdom
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Lumiere Light Festival Durham

November 18 - November 21
Durham Durham,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
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January 2022

Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2022

January 25, 2022
Lerwick Lerwick,Shetland IslandsUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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February 2022

Bruges Beer Festival 2022 Belgium

February 5, 2022 - February 6, 2022
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Brugge,8000Belgium
Free
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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2022, Spain

February 22, 2022 - March 2, 2022
Sitges Sitges,CatalunyaSpain + Google Map
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Carnaval de Binche 2022, Belgium

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
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Battle of the Oranges, 2022, Ivrea, Italy

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
Ivrea Ivrea,PiedmontItaly + Google Map
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March 2022

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2022

March 1, 2022
Olney Olney,BuckinghamshireUnited Kingdom

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April 2022

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 29, 2022 - May 2, 2022
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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May 2022

Alresford Watercress Festival 2022, UK

May 15, 2022
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
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July 2022

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2022, Essex, UK

July 9, 2022
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
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WOMAD 2022: the World’s Music Festival

July 28, 2022 - July 31, 2022
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
£185 – £240
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August 2022

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2022

August 20, 2022 - August 21, 2022
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Newchurch,Isle of WightPO36OLUUnited Kingdom
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£12.50 – £20
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