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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December 2022

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental 2022 Opening

December 8, 2022 - April 10, 2023
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January 2023

Tenerife Carnival 2023, Santa Cruz

January 17 - February 26
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They sure know how to throw a fiesta in Spain, and the annual Tenerife Carnival (Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife) is a shining example of a pumping party. As…

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February 2023

Vinterjazz Festival Denmark 2023

February 2 - February 26
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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) 2023

February 4 - February 21
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Venice Carnival

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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Viareggio Carnival 2023 (Carnevale di Viareggio) Italy

February 4 - February 25
Viali a Mare promenade, Percorso Sfilata
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€15 – €40
Viareggio Carnival

Along with the Venice Carnival, the Viareggio Carnival or Carnevale di Viareggio is one of the largest carnivals in Italy. Held in the Tuscan...

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Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival) 2023

February 10 - February 26
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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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Fête du Citron Menton (Lemon Festival) 2023

February 11 - February 26
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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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Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2023

February 14 - February 19
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Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2021, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its…

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Valentine’s Day 2023 Around the World

February 14
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Battle of the Oranges, 2023, Ivrea, Italy

February 16 - February 21
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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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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2023, Spain

February 16 - February 22
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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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Cologne Carnival (Fastelovend), 2023

February 16 - February 22
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The Cologne Carnival, Fastelovend or 'Fasteleer' in the local dialect is one of the biggest street carnivals in Europe. The Carnival will be from 16 to 22 February, 2023. Officially, the…

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Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2023

February 16 - February 26
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Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, takes place every year and is one of the most important and most visited film festivals on the planet with…

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Carnaval de Binche 2023, Belgium

February 19 - February 21
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Basel Carnival (Fasnacht), Switzerland, 2023

February 27 - March 1
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Basel Carnival

The Basel Carnival is part of the city’s cultural identity. For three days the city goes wild. The largest carnival in Switzerland, it was added to the UNESCO...

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March 2023

St David’s Day 2023, Wales, UK

March 1
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Day of the Balearic Islands, Spain, 2023

March 1
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The Day of the Balearic Islands is a public holiday celebrated across Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It commemorates the Statute of Autonomy, signed on 1 March 1983, which declared…

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Las Fallas de València 2023, Spain

March 4 - March 19
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Fallas de Valencia

Late February will see Las Fallas de València return to the third Spanish city in a traditional ceremony that marks the beginning of spring. What is Las Fallas de València?…

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St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 17
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Dublin,D02 EH42Ireland
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St Patricks Day Parade

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Olney Pancake Race, Bucks, UK, 2023

March 21
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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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