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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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August 2021

Whitby Folk Week 2021, Yorkshire

August 21 - August 27
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. This year's festival…

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Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2021

August 21 - August 22
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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Malton Food Festival 2021, Yorkshire, UK

August 28 - August 30
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 August 28 to 30, 2021. The Malton Food Festival 2021 (or Malton Food Lovers Festival…

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Great Northern Food & Drink Festival 2021

August 28 - August 30
Scampston Hall Malton,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£6 – £30
Great Northern Food & Drink Festival

The Great Northern Food & Drink Festival, a new foodie delight, will come to North Yorkshire in August, over the Bank Holiday weekend. Organisers say that the festival will celebrate…

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Southampton Pride 2021, UK

August 28
Guildhall Square Southampton,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
southampton pride

More than 17,000 people are expected to travel to the South coast for Southampton Pride on 28 August 2021. The event will include a Pride Village and Market Hall inside…

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Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

August 29 - August 30
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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

Venice International Film Festival 2021

September 1 - September 11
Lido, Lido di Venezia
Venice,Italy
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Venice International Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival, officially called Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, is the world’s oldest film festival. Every year you can indulge here in the best...

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Las Fallas de València 2021, Spain

September 1 - September 5
Plaza del Ayuntamiento Valencia,Spain + Google Map
Free
Fallas de Valencia

This September will see Las Fallas de València return to the third Spanish city having been postponed from March. Las Fallas de València 2020 was postponed due to Covid. The…

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Lindisfarne Festival, 2021, Northumberland, UK

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

Ocean Colour Scene, Goldie, Pete Doherty and the Puta Madres, and Lidisfarne are amongst the acts performing at the Lindisfarne Festival 2019 held at Beal Farm...

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Meatopia Festival 2021, London

September 3 - September 5
Tobacco Dock, Junction of Wapping Lane and Pennington Street,
London,E1United Kingdom
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£21.20 – £89.04
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 3 - September 5
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
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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Berlin Festival of Lights 2020, Germany

September 3 - September 12
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 70 locations spread all over the city.…

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2021, UK

September 6
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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Ludlow Food Festival 2020, Shropshire, UK

September 10 - September 12
Ludlow Castle, Castle Square
Ludlow,ShropshireSY8 1AYUnited Kingdom
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£12
The 2017 Ludlow Food Festival seen from the great tower.

Now a veteran of the UK food festival circuit, the first Ludlow Food Festival was held in 1995 when members of the local Chamber of Trade and Commerce decided a…

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Taste East Devon Food and Drink Festival 2021

September 11 - September 19
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Taste East Devon

This September will see East Devon become a foodie’s delight as the field to fork Taste East Devon Food and Drink Festival takes over the countryside. The festival will feature…

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Walking East Yorkshire Festival 2021

September 11 - September 19
Walking East Yorkshire Festival, Room JF76, County Hall,
Beverley,YorkshireHU17 9BAUnited Kingdom
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Free
Walking East Yorkshire Festival

Celebrate the Great Outdoors with the annual Walking East Yorkshire Festival held from 11 to 19 September, 2021. The walking festival highlights the Yorkshire Wolds landscape...

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Henley Festival 2021, Henley-on-Thames, UK

September 15 - September 19
Henley Bridge Henley-on-Thames,OxfordshireRG9 2LYUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Henley Festival

Rustle out your DJ as the UK’s most glamorous festival, the Henley Festival returns to the banks of the River Thames in September 2021. Expect Michelin star chefs, lots of…

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Isle of Wight Festival 2021, UK

September 16 - September 19
Seaclose Park Newport,isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£70 – £185
Isle of Wight Festival

One of the most popular and colourful festivals in the summer music scene, the Isle of Wight Festival returns to the rolling isle off the South Coast of England this…

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Abergavenny Food Festival 2021, Wales

September 18 - September 19
Abergavenny Abergavenny,NP7 5DGUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Abergavenny Food Festival

This September will see the 22nd edition of the Abergavenny Food Festival. Created in 1999 by a couple of local farmers the Festival has grown from just 3,000 visitors to…

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Southampton International Boat Show

September 19
Mayflower Park Southampton,Hampshire + Google Map
£26.50
Southampton International Boat Show

Britain’s largest boating returns to the shores of the Solent in Europe’s largest purpose built marina this September with the 52nd Southampton International Boat Show 2021... 

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