Categories

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.

Loading Events
Find Events

March 2020

Andy Warhol Art at Tate Modern, London

March 12 - November 15
Tate Modern, Bankside
London,SE1 9TGUnited Kingdom
+ Google Map
Andy Warhol Art

London’s first retrospective of Andy Warhol art in almost 20 years has re-opened at the Tate Modern with special measures in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak...

Find out more »

Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

March 28 - November 25
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Nick-Knight-Saturday-20th-May-2017-Hand-coated-pigment-print-©-Nick-Knight-Courtesy-of-the-Artist-and-Albion-Barn

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...

Find out more »

September 2020

Festival Verdi 2020, Parma and Busseto, Italy

September 11 - October 10
Parco Ducale, Palazzo Ducale
Parma,Italy
+ Google Map
Festival Verdi 2020

To mark its 20th anniversary the Festival Verdi 2020 is taking to the streets of Parma and Busseto in Emilia Romagna, Italy. The festival celebrates the music of Giuseppe Verdi,…

Find out more »

Derby Festé Reimagined as Derby Well

September 26 - September 27
derby derby,derbyshireUnited Kingdom
Derby Well Derbe Feste

The streets of Derby will resound with dance, music, comedy and contemporary circus this September, as Derby Festé hits the ground running for a thirteenth successive year...

Find out more »

October 2020

Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2020

October 2 - October 5
Sagres Sagres,Portugal

Following last year’s success that brought hundreds of wildlife and nature lovers together, the 11th Sagres Birdwatching Festival is set to return on 2 – 5 October. A hotspot for…

Find out more »

Cheltenham Literature Festival, 2020

October 2 - October 11
cheltenham, 109-111 Bath Road
Cheltenham,GL53 7LSUnited Kingdom
+ Google Map
Cheltenham Literature Festival

Could there be a more appropriate setting for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival than the historic Regency spa town of Cheltenham...

Find out more »

BFI London Film Festival 2020

October 7 - October 18
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
BFI London Film Festival

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic the 64th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October, in what organisers claim will be the most…

Find out more »

Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 2020

October 9 - October 11
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom
Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Now running for eight years the Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a major literary event in the south of England. Over four days, in excess of 60 writers will…

Find out more »

Onion Market 2020, Weimar Germany

October 9 - October 11
Weimar Weimar,Germany + Google Map
Onion Market, Weimar, Germany

Dubbed the Teutonic Glastonbury by the Telegraph, the Weimar Onion Market, takes place each October in the architecturally stunning medieval city in Thuringia, Germany...

Find out more »

Eurochocolate Festival 2020, Perugia, Italy

October 16 - October 25
Perugia Perugia,UmbriaItaly + Google Map
Eurochocolate Festival

Chocoholics should head for the wonderful city of Perugia in Umbria, Italy this October. Each year the medieval city hosts the International Chocolate Festival, the Eurochocolate Festival. This year will…

Find out more »

Raindance Film Festival 2020, London

October 28 - November 7
Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London,SW1Y 4LRUnited Kingdom
+ Google Map
£10 – £195
Raindance Film Festival

The largest independent UK film festival, The Raindance Film Festival returns to London for its 27th edition in September. Describing itself as the “champion of the underdog”...

Find out more »

November 2020

EFG London Jazz Festival, 2020

November 13 - November 22
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
EFG London Jazz Festival

A highlight in UK capital’s music calendar, the EFG London Jazz Festival is held each November. This year’s festival pays homage to the Windrush Generation...

Find out more »

April 2021

Zythos Bierfestival 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2021
Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1
Leuven,Vlaams-Brabant3001Belgium
+ Google Map
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 24 and…

Find out more »

A Taste of Donegal 2021, Ireland

April 30, 2021 - May 2, 2021
The Pier, Quay Street
Donegal,DonegalIreland
+ Google Map
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…

Find out more »

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
festivals in the uk Jack of the Green Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival takes place in the Sussex coastal town of Hastings – 1066 and all that – traditionally over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. A…

Find out more »

May 2021

Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2021

May 7, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Zurich, Wasserwerkstrasse 93
Zurich,8037Switzerland
+ Google Map
Zurich Tanzt

Zurich will be the home to a city-wide festival of dance in May. Held from 7 to 9 May, Zurich Tanzt assembles some of the finest contemporary dancers in the…

Find out more »

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, 2021

May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021
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…

Find out more »

Alresford Watercress Festival 2021, UK

May 23, 2021
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Alresford Watercress Festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 23 May, the 2021 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

Find out more »

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31, 2021
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…

Find out more »

June 2021

White Nights Festival 2021 Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 26, 2021 - August 27, 2021
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....

Find out more »
+ Export Events