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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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April 2021

Zythos Bierfestival 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

April 17 - April 18
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 traditionally in the last weekend in April.…

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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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May 2021

Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2021

May 7 - May 30
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 30 May, Zurich Tanzt assembles some of the finest contemporary dancers in the…

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Bruges Triennial (Triennale Brugge), Belgium 2021

May 8 - October 24
Bruges Bruges,Belgium + Google Map
Free
Bruges Triennial

The Bruges Triennial (Triennale Brugge) is a contemporary art and architecture event held every three years in the city of Bruges, Belgium. This summer will see the third version of…

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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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Chelsea Fringe 2021, London, UK

May 15 - May 23
Chelsea, Chelsea
London,United Kingdom
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Chelsea Fringe Festival

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter 16 to 24 May in your diaries for a diverse and stunningly beautiful festival, the Chelsea Fringe. If you love…

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Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

May 19, 2021 - January 16, 2022
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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Nick Knight has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen and John Galiano. The visionary photographer has directed videos for Tom Ford, Lady Gaga and Kanye West...

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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
Phantoms of Surrealism

From May the Whitechapel Gallery in London will present a new archive exhibition, Phantoms of Surrealism that collates artworks, photographic scrapbooks and correspondence from the London International Surrealist Exhibition that…

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Venice Biennale 2021 (La Biennale di Venezia)

May 22 - November 21
Venice Venice,Italy
Venice Biennale Italy

From May to November, the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia in its original Italian, and in English also called the Venice Biennial) is one of the world’s most prestigious…

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Beaufort 21 Triennial, Belgium

May 27 - November 7
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Free
Beaufort 21 Triennial, Belgium

Beaufort 21, the Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, returns to the Belgian coast in 2021. From May until November, a series of work by 21 artists will be…

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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

Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2021

June 9 - June 20
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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Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2021

June 25 - June 27
Blenhem Palace, Woodstock
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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£15 – £25
Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Held in June each year, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a wonderful horticultural show set in the surroundings of arguably England's finest stately home. The show is expected to…

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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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Paradise Kortrijk Triennial, Belgium

June 26 - October 24
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Paradise Kortrijk Triennial

Inspired by interpretations of the utopian dream of paradise, the Kortrijk Triennial will take place from 26 June to 24 October, 2021 in the Belgium city. Organisers of the Paradise…

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July 2021

Lymington Seafood Festival 2021, New Forest

July 16 - July 18
Bath Road Park Lymington,HampshireUnited Kingdom
Lymington Seafood Festival

One of the foody highlights of the South Coast, the Lymington Seafood Festival occurs each summer, and this year it is going ahead in line with the government's relaxation of…

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WOMAD 2021: the World’s Music Festival

July 22 - July 25
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
£185 – £240
Womad festival

Travel Begins at 40 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,…

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UK Pride, 2021, Newcastle, UK

July 23 - July 25
Exhibition Park and the Town Moor, Exhibition Park and the Town Moor
Newastle-upon-Tyne,United Kingdom
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Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Britian, in July 2021, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 2021

July 23 - August 1
Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street
Ventnor,Isle of WightUnited Kingdom
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Ventnor Fringe

The Isle of Wight's award winning arts festival, Ventnor Fringe will be from 23 July to 1 August, 2021. This year's Fringe will feature perfiormances outdoor cinema and improv events.…

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Rotterdam Carnival, Rotterdam Unlimited 2021

July 27 - July 31
Rotterdam Rotterdam,Netherlands + Google Map
Rotterdam Carnival

If you can't make the Rio Carnival and Notting Hill Carnival, head for the Rotterdam Carnival (Rotterdam Unlimited Carnival) this summer. From 23 to 27 July, the Netherlands...

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