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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October 2022

BFI London Film Festival 2022

October 5 - October 16
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
BFI London Film Festival

The 66th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October,  with a plethora of films including world premieres. From 5 to 16…

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Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 2022

October 6 - October 9
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom
Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a major literary event in the south of England, that draws leading writers and thinkers from around the UK. This year, Dr Maggie…

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Onion Market 2022, Weimar Germany

October 7 - October 9
Weimar Weimar,Germany + Google Map
Free
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...

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Cheltenham Literature Festival, 2022

October 7 - October 16
cheltenham, 109-111 Bath Road
Cheltenham,GL53 7LSUnited Kingdom
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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...

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Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire, 2022

October 7 - October 23
Ilkley Ilkley,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Susie Dent by John Lawrence

Actors, writers, poets and even a few journos will descend upon the West Yorkshire Victorian spa town of Ilkley in October for the Ilkley Literature Festival. The county might be…

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The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2022

October 7 - October 10
Settle Settle,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2017 Shepherds Purse tasting

The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival held in October is a celebration of Yorkshire cheese and its recent revival. Events include: a 5.5 mile guided walk through the countryside, cheese tastings,…

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Berlin Festival of Lights 2022, Germany

October 7 - October 16
Berlin Berlin,Germany + Google Map
Free
Berlin Festival of Lights 2020

Each autumn the German capital becomes a city of illumination for the Berlin Festival of Lights. This year will see art works in locations spread all over the city. Many…

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Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2022

October 8 - October 16
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The 21st Isle of Wight Walking Festival will take place from 4 to 19 May. Walkers of all abilities can join in the two weeks. With more than half of the Isle of Wight designated as ...

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Wildscreen Festival, Bristol, UK, 2022

October 10 - October 14
Bristol Bristol,United Kingdom + Google Map
£81
wildscreen festival

Supported by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the Wildscreen Festival is the leading natural world storytelling event. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival, with the theme of:…

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Eurochocolate Festival 2022, Perugia, Italy

October 14 - October 23
Perugia Perugia,UmbriaItaly + Google Map
€8 – €10
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 ...

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Lincoln Sausage Festival 2022

October 15
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Castle
Lincoln,LincolnshireUnited Kingdom
£2
Lincoln Sausage Festival 2022

October is the month that the merry folk of Lincoln tuck into more than 30,000 bangers at the Lincoln Sausage Festival, held in the glorious setting of the medieval Lincoln…

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Marathon du Malton 2022, UK

October 23
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
£27.50
Marathon du Malton

Inspired by the Marathon du Medoc, the Marathon du Malton returns to the streets of Yorkshire’s foodie town on 23 October, 2022. “Britain’s Tastiest 10k”, the Marathon du Malton takes…

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Raindance Film Festival 2022, London

October 26 - November 5
Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London,SW1Y 4LRUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £195
Raindance 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”...

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November 2022

EFG London Jazz Festival, 2022

November 11 - November 20
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
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...

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2022

November 18, 2022 - January 2, 2023

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will open its doors for the festive season on 18 November, offering an array of yuletide delights for the whole family. Entry to Hyde Park Winter…

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February 2023

Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival) 2023

February 10, 2023 - February 26, 2023
Nice
Nice Carnival carnivals 2019

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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April 2023

Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2021

April 26, 2023
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

How about watching a sport that demonstrates strength and endurance as well as being, at the same time, a quintessentially English cultural icon? The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race...

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June 2023

Bruges Beer Festival 2023 Belgium

June 10, 2023 - June 11, 2023
BMCC at Beursplein, Beursplein
Brugges,Flanders8000Belgium
€20
Bruges Beer Festival

Since its first edition in 2007 the Bruges Beer Festival (“Brugs Bierfestival” in Flemish) has earned itself a reputation as one of Belgium’s best beer festivals, and that is saying something ...

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Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2023

June 26, 2023 - July 9, 2023
All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon
London,SW19 5AEUnited Kingdom
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Wimbledon Tennis championships

For many Londoners the advent of summer can only mean one thing – the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, or The Championships Wimbledon. The oldest tennis tournament in the world Wimbledon is…

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