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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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February 2022

Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2022, Spain

February 22, 2022 - March 2, 2022
Sitges Sitges,CatalunyaSpain + Google Map
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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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Carnaval de Binche 2022, Belgium

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
Carnaval de Binche

Eerie, identical wax masks, colossal ostrich plume hats, confetti in churches and orange throwing: the medieval Carnaval de Binche (or Carnival of Binche) is like no other in the world.…

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Battle of the Oranges, 2022, Ivrea, Italy

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
Ivrea Ivrea,PiedmontItaly + Google Map
Italy Festivals Battle of the Oranges carnivals 2019

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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March 2022

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2022

March 1, 2022
Olney Olney,BuckinghamshireUnited Kingdom

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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April 2022

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 29, 2022 - May 2, 2022
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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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…

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May 2022

Alresford Watercress Festival 2022, UK

May 15, 2022
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
Alresford Watercress Festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 15 May, the 2022 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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July 2022

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2022, Essex, UK

July 9, 2022
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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WOMAD 2022: the World’s Music Festival

July 28, 2022 - July 31, 2022
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
£185 – £240
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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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August 2022

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2022

August 20, 2022 - August 21, 2022
Fighting Cocks, Bathingbourne Lane
Newchurch,Isle of WightPO36OLUUnited Kingdom
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£12.50 – £20
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Newchurch, in the centre of the picturesque Isle of Wight, nestling amidst sloping hills, is the perfect location for a festival. It is here that every year in August the…

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2022, UK

August 27, 2022 - August 29, 2022
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

Traditionally the iconic Notting Hill Carnival is held over the August bank holiday weekend. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family day, and the main parade…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 27, 2022 - August 28, 2022
Llanwrtyd Wells Llanwrtyd Wells,PowysUnited Kingdom + Google Map
World Bog Snokelling Championship

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is part of a two-day World Bog Series taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The World Bog Snorkelling Championship…

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December 2022

Padstow Christmas Market & Festival 2022

December 1, 2022 - December 4, 2022
Padstow Padstow,CornwallUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Padstow Christmas Market & Festival

Unfortunately the 2021 Padstow Christmas Market & Festival which was due to be held from 2 to 5 December has been cancelled. The provisional dates for 2022 festival are 1…

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