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 2022

Venice Biennale 2022 (La Biennale di Venezia)

April 23 - November 27
Venice Venice,Italy
€65
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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May 2022

Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2022

May 13 - May 29
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 13 to 29 May, Zurich Tanzt assembles some of the finest contemporary dancers in the…

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Cannes Film Festival 2022, France

May 17 - May 28
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès Cannes,Alpes-MaritimesFrance + Google Map
Cannes Film Festival

Probably the most famous – and certainly the most glitzy – film festivals in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, or Cannes Festival to give its official title, is held…

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Chelsea Fringe 2022, London, UK

May 21 - May 29
Chelsea, Chelsea
London,United Kingdom
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Free
CHELSEA FRINGE

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter 21 to 29 May in your diaries for a diverse and stunningly beautiful festival, the Chelsea Fringe. If you love…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2022, London, UK

May 24 - May 28
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
Chelsea Flower Show

The environment and sustainability was supposed to be the focus for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show as this famous Royal Horticultural Society event shows that it moves...

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 30
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. What started off as a…

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June 2022

Formentera Jazz Festival, 2022

June 2 - June 5
Formentera Balearic IslandsSpain + Google Map
Formentera Jazz Festival

Music lovers should head for the Formentera Jazz Festival this summer. The beautiful Balearic island will host emerging and established artists for four days in June. The programme features local,…

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Malton Food Festival 2022, Yorkshire, UK

June 3 - June 5
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Malton Food Festival

One of Yorkshire's premier local food festivals will occur in the town of Malton from 3 to 5 June, 2022. The Malton Food Festival 2022 (or Malton Food Lovers Festival…

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Tenerife Carnival 2022, Santa Cruz

June 3 - June 26
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz,TenerifeSpain + Google Map
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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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Herefordshire Walking Festival, 2022

June 18 - June 26
Herefordshire HerefordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£6.50
Herefordshire Walking Festival

The 20th Herefordshire Walking Festival will be held from 18 until 26 June. In total there will be 50 walks ranging from two to 25 miles covering a range of…

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Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2022

June 20 - June 21
Stonehenge Wiltshire,SP4 7DEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Where to Go in June Stonehenge Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is a time when the days really get long and the nights are short. There is no…

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Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2022

June 24 - June 26
Blenhem Palace, Woodstock
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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£19.50
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...

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July 2022

Llangollen Eisteddfod 2022, Wales

July 7 - July 10
Llangollen Pavilion Llangollen,WalesUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12
Llangollen Eisteddfod

The Llangollen Eisteddfod, or Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to give its full title, returns to Wales after a two-year pause in July. This year’s 75th international music festival will feature…

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Dunmow Flitch Trials 2022, Essex, UK

July 9
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
Dunmow Flitch of Bacon

Few of the many festivals in the UK are steeped in a history as long as the Dunmow Flitch Trials. Held every leap year, in Great Dunmow Essex, the trials…

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Leominster & Hereford Kite Festival, Berrington Hall

July 9 - July 10
Berrington Hall Leominster,HerefordshireHR6 0DWUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Hereford and Leominster Kite Festival

Berrington Hall will see the return of The Hereford and Leominster Kite Festival in July. Either bring your own kite, or watch hundreds of kites take to the air. The…

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Dour Festival 2019 in Belgium

July 13 - July 17
Dour Festival grounds, Plaine de la Machine à Feu
Dour,Belgium
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Dour Festival Belgium

Dour Festival is the biggest music event in the French speaking part of Belgium featuring eight stages and attracting a quarter of a million revellers. Held in July, this is…

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Lymington Seafood Festival 2022, New Forest

July 15 - July 17
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. The Lymington Seafood Festival must be one of the most picturesque food festivals around…

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UK Pride, 2022, Newcastle, UK

July 22 - July 24
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. This year marks the 50th anniversary…

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Rotterdam Carnival, Rotterdam Unlimited 2022

July 26 - July 30
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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WOMAD 2022: the World’s Music Festival

July 28 - July 31
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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