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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 2020

Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival) 2020

February 15 - February 29
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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Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2020, Spain

February 18 - February 26
Sitges Sitges,CatalunyaSpain + Google Map
sitges carnival carnivals 2019

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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CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival 2020

February 19 - February 22
Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road Pride Park
Derby,DE24 8JEUnited Kingdom
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£3 – £6
Derby Winter Ale Festival

February is the perfect time to visit the city of Derby, regardless of the state of the local football team Derby County’s fortunes. The 16th CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival…

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Santa Cruz Carnival de Tenerife 2020

February 19 - March 1
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz,TenerifeSpain + Google Map
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They sure know how to throw a fiesta in Spain, and the annual Santa Cruz Carnival (Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife) is a shining example of a 12-day pumping…

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Cologne Carnival (Fastelovend), 2020

February 20 - February 26
Cologne Cologne,Germany + Google Map
Cologne Carnival

The Cologne Carnival, Fastelovend or 'Fasteleer' in the local dialect is one of the biggest street carnivals in Europe. Starting on 20 February 2020, the 'Crazy Days' continue until 26…

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Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2020

February 20 - March 1
Berlinale Palast, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
Berlin,10785Germany
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Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, takes place every year in February and is one of the most important and most visited film festivals on the…

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Carnaval de Binche 2020, Belgium

February 23 - February 25
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, 2020, Ivrea, Italy

February 23 - February 25
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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Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2019

February 25
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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March 2020

St David’s Day 2020, Wales, UK

March 1
Wales United Kingdom
St David’s Day

We’ve all heard of St Patrick’s Day, but how many of you know of St David’s Day? The much neglected patron saint of the principality of Wales is celebrated on…

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RAW WINE Fair at Covent Garden, London

March 8 - March 9
The Store X, 180 The Strand
London,WC2R 1EAUnited Kingdom
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RAW Wine Fair

With the issue of sustainability very much to the fore of the food and drink industry, London’s RAW WINE fair is the place to learn all about wines that are good for the environment...

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St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 17
St Patrick’s Festival Box Office, 12 Essex St E, Temple Bar
Dublin,D02 EH42Ireland
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St Patricks Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is the day that all the Irish diaspora around the world celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. Expect plenty of green…

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Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2020

March 29
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

THE OXFORD CAMBRIDGE BOAT RACE 2020 IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC. DATES FOR THE 2021 EVENT HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNUNCED. How about watching a sport that…

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May 2020

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2020

May 2 - May 17
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Photo of 2017 Walk The Wight Credit Jason Swain

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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Cannes Film Festival 2020, France

May 12 - May 23
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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Bury St Edmunds Festival 2020, Suffolk

May 14 - May 24
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
Bones Apart Bury St Edmunds Festival

Tony Christie, Dead Bones and Jenni Murray will appear at the 35th Bury St Edmunds Festival from 14 to 24 May, 2020. Currently (22 March) the Bury St Edmunds Festival…

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Chelsea Fringe 2020, London, UK

May 16 - May 24
Chelsea, Chelsea
London,United Kingdom
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Chelsea Fringe Festival

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter 16 to 24 May in your diaries for a diverse and stunningly beautiful festival, the Chelsea Fringe. If you love…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2020, London, UK

May 19 - May 23
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
Chelsea Flower Show

The environment and sustainability are the focus for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show as this famous Royal Horticultural Society event shows that it moves with the times. UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO…

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Malton Food Festival 2020, Yorkshire, UK

May 23 - May 25
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 May 23 to 25, 2020. Celebrating its twelfth anniversary the Malton Food Festival 2020 (or…

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June 2020

Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2020

June 20 - June 21
Stonehenge Wiltshire,SP4 7DEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
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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