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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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July 2021

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2021, Essex, UK

July 10, 2021
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 2021: the World’s Music Festival

July 22, 2021 - July 25, 2021
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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UK Pride, 2021, Newcastle, UK

July 23, 2021 - July 25, 2021
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. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 2021

July 27, 2021 - August 1, 2021
Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street
Ventnor,Isle of WightUnited Kingdom
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Ventnor Fringe

The Isle of Wight's award winning arts festival, Ventnor Fringe will be from 27 July to 1 August, 2021. This year's Fringe will feature perfiormances outdoor cinema and improv events.…

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Rotterdam Carnival, Rotterdam Unlimited 2021

July 27, 2021 - July 31, 2021
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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Cowes Week 2021, Isle of Wight

July 31, 2021 - August 7, 2021
cowes, isle of wight cowes,isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Cowes week, the largest regatta of its type in the world, c. Paul Wyeth

Since 1826, Lendy Cowes Week has been an essential entry in the English summer calendar, alongside Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta. Of its type, the largest sailing...

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August 2021

Fringe by the Sea 2021, Scotland

August 6, 2021 - August 15, 2021
North Berwick East LothianUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Fringe by the Sea

Forget the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick in August for ten days of music, literature, film,…

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Brussels Summer Festival 2021, Belgium

August 18, 2021 - August 22, 2021
3 locations in the Brussels city centre Brussels,Belgium + Google Map
€35 – €75
Brussels Summer Festival Belgium

The Brussels Summer Festival in August has grown to one of Europe’s not-to-be-missed music festivals. The five-day event will turn the royal quarter of Brussels...

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Pukkelpop 2021 Music Festival in Belgium

August 19, 2021 - August 22, 2021
Pukkelpop, Kempische Steenweg
Kiewit,3500Belgium
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Pukkelpop Festival Belgium

From roaring rock, pumping house and blazing metal to low-fi singer-songwriters, indie and pure pop, young and old will love the Pukkelpop music festival in August featuring one of the…

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Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2021

August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021
Fighting Cocks, Bathingbourne Lane
Newchurch,Isle of WightPO36OLUUnited Kingdom
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£12.50 – £20
Festivals in UK Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (2)

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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Whitby Folk Week 2021, Yorkshire

August 21, 2021 - August 27, 2021
Whitby Whitby,United Kingdom + Google Map
Whitby Folk Week

Wish you could dance, sing or play an instrument, but don't know where to start? Whitby Folk Week this August may be just what you're looking for. There are more…

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Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2021

August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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€5 – €15
BXL Beer Fest, Brussels, Belgium

At the Brussels beer festival “BXL Beer Fest”, over 60 independent brewers from a dozen countries show off their artisanal beers. With strictly no room for industrial products at the…

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2021, UK

August 28, 2021 - August 31, 2021
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 28, 2021 - August 29, 2021
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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Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

August 29, 2021 - August 30, 2021
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival © Rob Holding

Bury St Edmunds’ food festival is returning to the medieval Suffolk market town in August. Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival 2021 will be held over the August…

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September 2021

Lindisfarne Festival, 2021, Northumberland, UK

September 2, 2021 - September 5, 2021
Beal Farm Northumberlandtd15 2pbUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£66.22 – £110.84
Lindisfarne Festival

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Meatopia 2021, London

September 3, 2021 - September 5, 2021
Tobacco Dock, Junction of Wapping Lane and Pennington Street,
London,E1United Kingdom
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Meatopia

Meat lovers should head to London’s Tobacco Dock from 30 August to 1 September for Meatopia, the celebration of sustainable, quality meat, alternatively take the trip...

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Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2021, UK

September 4, 2021 - September 5, 2021
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest

The Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest promises to be the hottest event of the summer. The manor house built for the Baron de Rothschild in the 1870s to entertain guests and…

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2021, UK

September 6, 2021
Abbots Bromley Abbots Bromley,StaffordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

One of the longest surviving medieval rituals in England, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance has been performed in a village in Staffordshire since 1226. The 2020 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance…

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The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival

September 11, 2021 - September 12, 2021
Settle Settle,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2017 Shepherds Purse tasting

Now into its third year, the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival held in September is a celebration of Yorkshire cheese and its recent revival. This year two artisan cheese producers will…

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