Europe Festivals

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Festivals in Europe

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24 Hours of Le Mans

24 Hours of Le Mans

Known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest and most prestigious motor sport endurance ...
Europe France Le Mans Motor Sports Events Sporting Events June
5 Days Off

5 Days Off

Inspired by Belgium's 10 Days Off, Amsterdam's 5 Days Off Festival is the first multi-day indoor dance event in the Netherlands. 5 Days Off attracts ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals March
A Taste of Donegal

A Taste of Donegal

Treat your tastebuds at the annual, A Taste of Donegal Food Festival. For three days each August, foodies from near and far descend upon Donegal ...
Europe Ireland Donegal Food Festivals Community Festivals August
Aarhus Festival

Aarhus Festival

Since 1965, the Aarhus Festival has been presenting its own special blend of art and culture to locals and visitors alike. For ten days over ...
Europe Denmark Aarhus Performing Arts Festivals Art Festivals August
Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Annually each July, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival showcases a wealth of home-grown and international talent from across the arts disciplines — from ...
Europe Scotland Aberdeen Performing Arts Festivals Classical Music and Opera Festivals July
Affordable Art Fair Brussels

Affordable Art Fair Brussels

The concept is simple, the name says it all really. The Brussels Affordable Art Fair is about making contemporary art available to the masses. Thousands ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Art Festivals Photography Festivals February
Africa Oye

Africa Oye

Liverpool's Africa Oye has become the UK's largest free celebration of African music and culture. What started out in 1992 as a series of small ...
Europe England Liverpool African Music and Dance Festivals Multicultural Festivals World Music Festivals June
Air Guitar World Championships

Air Guitar World Championships

No guitar, never mind, take matters into your own hands — literally — at the Air Guitar World Championships. For four days each August rockers ...
Europe Finland Oulu Bizarre Festivals August
All Tomorrow's Parties Iceland

All Tomorrow's Parties Iceland

Described as the ultimate mix tape, All Tomorrow's Parties Iceland is a boutique festival, renowned for its award winning sound and acclaimed organisation. Held at ...
Europe Iceland Reykjavik Rock Festivals July
Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

For five days and nights in October, Amsterdam is the undisputed capital of dance as 360,000 devotees of electronica descend upon the Dutch capital. The ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

It's little wonder that Europe's most progressive city hosts one of the world's most eagerly anticipated pride celebrations. For nine days each summer, Amsterdam Gay ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Pride Festivals Street Parades July
Amsterdam Halloween Parade and Party

Amsterdam Halloween Parade and Party

Freaks take over the streets during Amsterdam's annual Halloween Parade and Party. Come All Hallows' Eve or Day of the Dead, a disfigured band of ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Halloween Street Parades October
Amsterdam King's Day

Amsterdam King's Day

Amsterdam's streets, squares and canals come to life in a sea of orange — the colour of the Dutch Royal family — each 27 ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam National Festivals Street Parties April
Amsterdam Museum Night

Amsterdam Museum Night

Free on the evening of the first Saturday of November? Then get cultural at the Amsterdam Museum Night! Pick up a ticket to gain entry ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Museum Nights Cultural Festivals Family Festivals November
Amsterdam Open Air Weekender

Amsterdam Open Air Weekender

Pack your tent and make your way to Amsterdam this June for one of EDMs biggies; the Amsterdam Open Air Weekender. Revellers can expect two ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals June
Ankara International Film Festival

Ankara International Film Festival

Since its establishment in 1988, the Ankara International Film Festival's objective has been to invest in the future generations of Turkish cinema and to promote ...
Europe Turkey Ankara Film Festivals Short Film Festivals April
Antwerp Summer Festival

Antwerp Summer Festival

For two and a half months kicking off in in mid-June, all of Antwerp becomes a playground. Entertainment ranges from music and dance to circus ...
Europe Belgium Antwerp Summer Festivals Performing Arts Festivals June
April Fair

April Fair

What began in 1847 as a regional cattle market and later became a popular revolt against foreign culture and habit, has now grown into southern ...
Europe Spain Seville Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals April
Arran Mountain Festival

Arran Mountain Festival

The majestic Isle of Arran is the largest island in Scotland's Firth of Clyde and a huge draw for hillwalkers, mountaineers and nature-lovers. For four ...
Europe Scotland Isle of Arran Mountaineering Festivals May
Art Basel

Art Basel

Since 1970 the Swiss city of Basel has staged one of the world's premier Modern and contemporary art shows, Art Basel. What can the visitor ...
Europe Switzerland Basel Art Festivals June
Art Goes Kapakka

Art Goes Kapakka

Part of the Helsinki Festival, Art Goes Kapakka takes performance art to the bars, restaurants and cafes of the capital. For ten days and nights ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Performing Arts Festivals Art Festivals August
Art Market Budapest

Art Market Budapest

For four days each October, Budapest becomes the artistic capital of Eastern Europe during Art Market Budapest. Over 100 exhibitors display the work of some ...
Europe Hungary Budapest Art Festivals October
Art on Ice Festival

Art on Ice Festival

Combine the music from some of popular and contemporary music's largest names (augmented by a full orchestra) with the agility, strength and grace of Olympic ...
Europe Switzerland Zurich Winter Festivals February
Art Paris Art Fair

Art Paris Art Fair

Join more than 50,000 artists, art patrons and devotees for four days each March, as they descend upon the city of light for the annual ...
Europe France Paris Art Festivals Photography Festivals March
Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Many of Athen's most spectacular theatres provide the backdrop for one of Europe's most anticipated annual cultural events, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Each year ...
Europe Greece Athens Cultural Festivals Performing Arts Festivals June
Avignon Festival

Avignon Festival

During the peak summer month of July, the entire city of Avignon turns into one giant vibrant theatre during the annual Festival d'Avignon. Founded in ...
Europe France Avignon Performing Arts Festivals Fringe Festivals July
Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho)

Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho)

Ever harboured a secret desire to jump a baby? Then fear not, for you are not alone. In the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia ...
Europe Spain Burgos Bizarre Festivals Religious Events June
Balaton Sound

Balaton Sound

Co-created by the organisers of Hungary's monster Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound packs the pedigree to compete comfortably for the crown of Europe's biggest summer dance ...
Europe Hungary Zamardi Electronic Dance Music Festivals July
Barcelona Guitar Festival

Barcelona Guitar Festival

Finger picker or strummer? Doesn't matter at the Barcelona Guitar Festival where masters of the stringed art descend en masse to fill Barca's venues with ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Guitar Festivals February
Barcelona Marathon

Barcelona Marathon

Breathtaking Barca provides the backdrop for the annual Barcelona Marathon or Marathon Catalunya. Runners begin their 42.195 kilometre odyssey below Montjuic Park from where they ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Barthelmarkt

Barthelmarkt

Don the dirndl or pop on the leather shorts and make your way to Manching near Ingolstadt for four days of beer-based fun. Though first ...
Europe Germany Manching Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals August
Bastille Day (Paris)

Bastille Day (Paris)

France's national day, Bastille day, celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, and with it the start of the French Revolution. Formal celebrations ...
Europe France Paris National Festivals Street Parties Fireworks Festivals July
Batalla Naval de Vallecas

Batalla Naval de Vallecas

Round up your friends, an eye-patch, a peg-leg and a parrott and head to Madrid's Vallecas district come July for the Batalla Naval de Vallecas ...
Europe Spain Madrid Bizarre Festivals July
Bath Literature Festival

Bath Literature Festival

Lovers of literature convene in the spectacular spa city of Bath for ten days come March for the annual Bath Literature Festival. Thousands of visitors ...
Europe England Bath Literature Festivals Book Fairs February
Beach Street Festival

Beach Street Festival

Lesbos' Beach Street Festival is an annual electronic dance music festival with a street art twist. For three days each August, the Greek isle plays ...
Europe Greece Mytilene Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Belfast Children's Festival

Belfast Children's Festival

The Belfast Children's Festival has been entertaining Northern Ireland's youngsters since 1998. With a mission to bring artistic brilliance and adventure to children today and ...
Europe Northern Ireland Belfast Childrens Festivals March
Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

The Belgian Beer Weekend sets up camp in one of Europe's most iconic locations — Brussels' magnificent Grand Place — for three days each September ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Beer Festivals September
Belgrade Beer Fest

Belgrade Beer Fest

Beer lovers rejoice! Each and every August, aficionados of the amber liquid descend upon the Serbian capital for their annual monster of a beer gathering, ...
Europe Serbia Belgrade Beer Festivals August
Benicassim Festival

Benicassim Festival

When the sun gets high in the summer July sky, bolt to Benicassim for one of Europe's biggest rock and indie music festivals, Festival Internacional ...
Europe Spain Valencia Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals July
Bergenfest

Bergenfest

From rock to pop, blues to folk, electronica to hip hop, whatever your taste in tunes, Bergenfest is more than likely to deliver. For five ...
Europe Norway Bergen Rock Festivals World Music Festivals June
Berlin Carnival of Cultures

Berlin Carnival of Cultures

In Germany it's known as the fifth season, it's a time to shake off the winter blues, don some elaborate threads and take to the ...
Europe Germany Berlin Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parties May
Berlin Christmas Markets

Berlin Christmas Markets

Berlin lights up in the lead up to Christmas as sixty Christmas markets set up shop to usher in the festive season. From early November ...
Europe Germany Berlin Christmas Markets Christmas December
Berlin Design Week

Berlin Design Week

Anyone who's planted their foot on the accelerator of a finely-tuned Porsche or clicked the shutter button on a Leica camera, know that our German ...
Europe Germany Berlin Design Festivals May
Berlin Festival

Berlin Festival

This is Templehof Tower, you have clearance to party. Join Berlin's beautiful people at the runways and hangars of the iconic, Flughafen Tempelhof for the ...
Europe Germany Berlin Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals September
Berlin Light Festival

Berlin Light Festival

For ten days during October, as the autumn months make way for another dark European winter, a vivid change comes over the landmarks, monuments, buildings ...
Europe Germany Berlin Light Festivals Art Festivals October
Berlinale

Berlinale

With in excess of 500,000 admissions to its 400 films, Berlinale is the largest publicly attended film festival in the world. Films on the Berlinale ...
Europe Germany Berlin Film Festivals February
BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival (the UK's largest public film event) rolls into the capital's cinemas each October, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and ...
Europe England London Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals October
Big Festival

Big Festival

Biarritz' Big Festival brings an eclectic mix of local and international headliners to its French resort beaches on the Bay of Biscay, for five days ...
Europe France Biarritz Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals July
Bilbao Live

Bilbao Live

Each July, more than one hundred thousand revellers make the trek to Bilbao in the Basque Country for a three day alternative and heavy rock ...
Europe Spain Bilbao Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals July
Birdfair

Birdfair

Ornithologists flock to Birdfair each August for three days of all things avian. Described as the ornithologist's Glastonbury, Birdfair covers the whole spectrum of the ...
Europe England Egleton Birdwatching Festivals August
Bled Festival

Bled Festival

Dedicated to chamber music, but in more recent years featuring a crossover to jazz and other genres, the Festival Bled brings some of the country's ...
Europe Slovenia Bled Classical Music and Opera Festivals June
Boardmasters

Boardmasters

For five long Cornish summer days in August, Boardmasters brings the very best of coastal entertainment to Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay in Newquay. Try ...
Europe England Newquay Summer Festivals August
Bologna Festival

Bologna Festival

Bologna has long held the reputation as a centre for cultural excellence. In 2000 it was declared the the European Capital of Culture. In 2006 ...
Europe Italy Bologna Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Boom Festival

Boom Festival

Since 1997 near Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, on the shores of an enchanting lake, near the Spanish border, BOOM Festival has been doing its thing for the ...
Europe Portugal Idanha-a-Nova Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Bordeaux Wine Festival

Bordeaux Wine Festival

The bank of Bordeaux' Garonne River and her Esplanade des Quinconces provide the stunning setting for one of Europe's most celebrated wine festivals, the Bordeaux ...
Europe France Bordeaux Wine Festivals Food Festivals June
Bournemouth 7s Festival

Bournemouth 7s Festival

Balls of all shapes and sizes fly at the annual Bournemouth 7s Festival. Since kicking off in 2008, the Bournemouth 7s has quickly established itself ...
Europe England Bournemouth Sporting Events Rock Festivals May
Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Air Festival

Award winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival has been thrilling spectators since 1998. Take in modern and historical aircraft from both the Royal ...
Europe England Bournemouth Air Shows Family Festivals August
Brasov International Film Festival and Market

Brasov International Film Festival and Market

The Brasov International Film Festival and Market is a fest with a conscience and a cause; to promote the rights of women and children ...
Europe Romania Brasov Film Festivals September
Bratislava International Film Festival

Bratislava International Film Festival

Sidestepping the sterile cinema multiplexes in favour of the old stone theatres of the historic city centre, the Bratislava International Film Festival maintains an intimate ...
Europe Slovakia Bratislava Film Festivals November
Bremen Maritime Festival

Bremen Maritime Festival

Get nautical with the sea-loving folk of Bremen at their annual Maritime Festival. Join 60,000 revellers as they head to the harbour and maritime mile ...
Europe Germany Bremen Nautical Events Rock Festivals August
Brighton Science Festival

Brighton Science Festival

For three and a half weeks during the darkest days of winter, the Brighton Science Festival does its very best to lift the gloomy mood. ...
Europe England Brighton Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals February
Bristol Cycling Festival

Bristol Cycling Festival

Featuring nearly 50 events over nine days, the Bristol Cycle Festival is celebration of cycling, organised by volunteers and enthusiasts from the local community. The ...
Europe England Bristol Cycling Tours and Events Family Festivals June
Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections

For nine days each May, the city of Bristol comes together to celebrate its diverse food culture and community with a unique, citywide food festival. ...
Europe England Bristol Food Festivals May
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

From dawn to dusk, for four nights each August, it's all about the International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol. Early risers can grab a coffee and ...
Europe England Bristol Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals August
Brno International Music Festival

Brno International Music Festival

Since 1966, the Brno International Music Festival has been enchanting Moravian audiences with a mix of symphonic and chamber music concerts, instrumental and vocal recitals ...
Europe Czech Republic Brno Classical Music and Opera Festivals Year Round
Bruges Ice Sculpture Festival

Bruges Ice Sculpture Festival

Rug up and explore the wonderful world of snow and ice at Bruges annual Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival. Each year from the end of ...
Europe Belgium Bruges Winter Festivals Christmas November
Brussels Beach (Bruxelles les Bains)

Brussels Beach (Bruxelles les Bains)

A beach in Brussels? If you can't take the city to the sea why not take the sea to the city, well, the sand at ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Summer Festivals July
Brussels Jazz Marathon

Brussels Jazz Marathon

The Brussels Jazz Marathon takes place in every corner of the beguiling Belgian capital over three days in May. It's the perfect opportunity for the ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Jazz Festivals May
Brussels Nuit Blanche

Brussels Nuit Blanche

Fancy pulling an all-nighter in Brussels? Then Nuit Blanche may be right up your alley. From 7pm through to 7am on a Saturday night in ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals October
Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival

Widely recognised as Belgium's premier summer cultural event, the Brussels Summer Festival mixes an eclectic music programme, with museum exhibitions, street theatre and more. Set ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals August
Budapest Christmas Fair

Budapest Christmas Fair

Vörösmarty Square will again be festive season central in Budapest with a packed Christmas programme, guaranteed to delight the whole family. More than 100 carefully ...
Europe Hungary Budapest Christmas Markets Christmas December
Budapest Formula 1 Grand Prix

Budapest Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Formula 1 carnival again makes its way to Budapest's Hungaroring for round 11 of the F1 season. The circuit made F1 history back in ...
Europe Hungary Budapest Formula One Events Sporting Events Motor Sports Events July
Burn's Night

Burn's Night

January 25 is the (assumed) birthday of Caledonia's bard, Robert Burns. Burns, Scotland's most revered poet penned for the people many poetic treats including Tam ...
Europe Scotland Traditional Festivals Historical Festivals January
Burning of the Clocks

Burning of the Clocks

Each year on the 21st December — the shortest day of the year — residents of Brighton and Hove make their way through the city ...
Europe England Brighton Community Festivals Street Parades December
Calcio Storico

Calcio Storico

Steeped in almost 500 years of tradition and described loosely as a mix between football and rugby — with a good dose of bare-knuckle boxing ...
Europe Italy Florence Sporting Events Bizarre Festivals June
Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival

For five decades the Cambridge Folk Festival has been charming the fine citizens of Cambridgeshire with an eclectic three and half day programme of music ...
Europe England Cambridge Folk and Folk Music Festivals Family Festivals July
Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

Sucker for science? Join 30,000 inquisitive visitors for the annual Cambridge Science Festival — a two week fact-filled celebration of science at the acclaimed education ...
Europe England Cambridge Science and Technology Festivals March
Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Debuting in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably the most prestigious film festival in the world. Year on year it attracts the cream of ...
Europe France Cannes Film Festivals May
Cannstatter Volksfest

Cannstatter Volksfest

You gotta hand it to our German cousins, they sure know how to host a beer festival! Though if you ask a local, the Cannstatter ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Beer Festivals Fairs September
Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

The Canterbury Festival — Kent's largest and longest running arts festival — has a colourful history that dates all the way back to 1920. For ...
Europe England Canterbury Performing Arts Festivals World Music Festivals October
Chamonix Adventure Festival

Chamonix Adventure Festival

The Chamonix Adventure Festival brings together adventurers, explorers, athletes and enthusiasts from near and far to share tales and showcase their talents through film, photography, ...
Europe France Chamonix Film Festivals Photography Festivals July
Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

For five five days each and every May since it first broke ground in 1913, the 11 acre gardens of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea ...
Europe England London Flower Shows Family Festivals May
Chestertons Polo in the Park

Chestertons Polo in the Park

Ever fancied brushing shoulders and sipping champers with the polo set but wondered just how you'd wangle that invitation? Never fear my proletariat friend for ...
Europe England London Sporting Events June
Chios Rocket War

Chios Rocket War

Churches have always been considered to be safe havens — a place where you could escape the madness outside. But come Easter in Vrontados on ...
Europe Greece Vrontados, Chios Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals April
Christmas Beer Festival

Christmas Beer Festival

It's Christmas and according to local sources, 'tis the season to be jolly. If you happen to find yourself in Essen in Belgium you can ...
Europe Belgium Essen Christmas Beer Festivals December
Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day

Paying tribute to trailblazers of the LGBT cause, Berlin's Christopher Street Day is named (and held in memory of) the first substantial uprising of homosexuals ...
Europe Germany Berlin Pride Festivals Street Parades July
Cinque Mulini

Cinque Mulini

Each January, some 20 kilometres northwest of Milan in the Lombardy Region of Italy, the commune of San Vittore Olona plays host to one of ...
Europe Italy Milan Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs January
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

Join jazz junkies from over Ireland and beyond as they descend upon the bars, clubs and restaurants of Derry for the annual, City of Derry ...
Europe Northern Ireland Derry Jazz Festivals April
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

If munching mollusks tempts your palate and you don't mind tipping back a pint of the black, then the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival may be just ...
Europe Ireland Clarinbridge Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

Get into the German spirit by downing a stein of some local Kölsch beer at a rowdy beer hall, before hitting the streets of the ...
Europe Germany Cologne Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parades February
Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul — the leading international art fair in Turkey — brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in the country's ...
Europe Turkey Istanbul Art Festivals November
Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Cheese rolling's origins are hazy to say the least. A common presumption is that the masochistic frolic began as a pagan festival hundreds of years ...
Europe England Coopers Hill Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals May
Copenhagen Blues Festival

Copenhagen Blues Festival

For five down and dirty days each September, the Danish capital discovers its deep south side, during the annual Copenhagen Blues Festival. Now well into ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Blues Festivals September
Copenhagen Chocolate Festival

Copenhagen Chocolate Festival

Chocoholics converge on the Danish capital for two days in February for the annual Copenhagen Chocolate Festival. The sweet-toothed amongst us can expect samples galore ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Chocolate Festivals Food Festivals February
Copenhagen Culture Night

Copenhagen Culture Night

For one evening each October, Copenhagen goes cultural, opening up more than 500 institutions — museums, libraries, educational establishments, theatres, music venues and churches ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Cultural Festivals Family Festivals October
Copenhagen Photo Festival

Copenhagen Photo Festival

The Copenhagen Photo Festival is a 10-day celebration of photographic art scattered across venues in the Danish capital from galleries and museums to urban spaces, ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Photography Festivals Art Festivals June
Copenhagen Pride

Copenhagen Pride

The travelling rainbow flag flies proudly above captivating Copenhagen for four days each August. Copenhagen Pride activities are centered on City Hall Square — renamed ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Pride Festivals Street Parades August
Corfu Beer Festival

Corfu Beer Festival

A slice of Bavaria comes to Corfu for five fun-filled days each October during the annual Corfu Beer Festival. Visitors to the village of Arillas ...
Europe Greece Corfu Beer Festivals October
Cork Cycling Festival

Cork Cycling Festival

Psyched for cycling? There's a little something for everyone who loves their transport two-wheeled and peddle-powered at the annual Cork Cycling Festival. Over a weekend ...
Europe Ireland Cork Cycling Tours and Events July
Coupe Icare

Coupe Icare

This is your captain speaking: strap yourself in for the thrills, colour and excitement of St. Hilaire du Touvet's, Coupe Icare — a four day ...
Europe France Saint Hilaire Du Touvet Ballooning Festivals Air Shows September
Cowes Week

Cowes Week

When the fickle British weather's on song and the breeze is light but consistent, there ain't no place like Cowes on the Isle of Wight ...
Europe England Isle of Wight Nautical Events Sporting Events August
Cows' Ball

Cows' Ball

The humble dairy cow takes centre stage in the Slovenian city of Bohinj on the third Sunday of September each year, in one of Europe's ...
Europe Slovenia Ljubljana Folk and Folk Music Festivals Cultural Festivals September
Creamfields

Creamfields

Looking to shake ya groove thing this August bank holiday long weekend? Gather a gaggle of friends, pack your tent and make your way to ...
Europe England Daresbury Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Crufts

Crufts

For four days each March Birmingham goes barking mad during Crufts, a UK canine institution and the biggest dog show in the world. Up to ...
Europe England Birmingham March
Crystal Palace Overground Festival

Crystal Palace Overground Festival

The Crystal Palace Overground Festival is a free, family-friendly, four-day festival taking place in the Upper Norwood Triangle and Westow Park. The festival features wonderful ...
Europe England London Family Festivals June
Cyprus International Film Festival

Cyprus International Film Festival

Film lovers gather in the leafy Cypriot capital Nicosia each October to enjoy the wide-ranging offerings at the annual Cyprus International Film Festival. The CYIFF ...
Europe Cyprus Nicosia Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Cyprus Marathon

Cyprus Marathon

Competitors in the annual Cyprus Marathon depart from Petra tou Romiou, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite. If you're ever going to push yourself through 42 ...
Europe Cyprus Paphos Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Czech Beer Festival

Czech Beer Festival

Pining for a Pilsner? The Czech Republic and Prague in particular has long been a beer aficionado's Mecca. Per capita, our Czech cousins drink more ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Beer Festivals May
Dance Week Festival

Dance Week Festival

Founded in 1982, Zagreb's Dance Week Festival is Croatia's primary international festival of contemporary dance, movement theatre and mime. For 14 days the festival offers ...
Europe Croatia Zagreb Dance Festivals Performing Arts Festivals May
Dijon International Gastronomy Fair

Dijon International Gastronomy Fair

Dijon has long been considered a French centre for gastronomic excellence — a point that is flaunted to full effect during the annual Dijon International ...
Europe France Dijon Food Festivals Wine Festivals November
Dine in Dublin

Dine in Dublin

For a week this February, Dine in Dublin will again be dishing up the finest in Irish and international cuisine, along with a feast of ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Food Festivals February
DMC World DJ Championships

DMC World DJ Championships

Since 1985 the world's freshest DJs have gone head to head, stylus to stylus spinning and scratching their vinyl at the DMC World DJ Championships ...
Europe England London Rap and Hip Hop Festivals October
DOK Leipzig

DOK Leipzig

Starting out life in 1955, as the All-German Leipzig Festival of Cultural and Documentary Films, Dok Leipzig (today's snappier title) was the first independent film ...
Europe Germany Leipzig Film Festivals October
Donauinselfest

Donauinselfest

Vienna's Donauinselfest looks at the word massive and laughs at it. It's a hearty chuckle. Colossal gets a sneer and huge doesn't even warrant a ...
Europe Austria Vienna Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals June
Dour Festival

Dour Festival

They year, 1989; five up-and-coming French-speaking bands play to 2,000 attendees from the one stage at the inaugural, Dour Festival. Today the four day event ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Indie Rock Festivals July
Download Festival

Download Festival

For serious hard rock and metal fans the name Donington Park is synonymous with Download. Over three days each June, the Leicestershire venue becomes heavy ...
Europe England Castle Donington Heavy Metal Festivals Punk Festivals Rock Festivals June
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

For three days each Spring, Dublin celebrates it's seaside locale and it's love of seafood during the annual Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. Prawns, yabbies, scampi ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Food Festivals March
Dublin Fringe Festival

Dublin Fringe Festival

For 16 days each September, the Dublin Fringe Festival transforms the capital into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe, featuring an ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Fringe Festivals September
Dublin International Film Festival

Dublin International Film Festival

Established in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival. The festival takes place in the Irish capital ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Film Festivals February
Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon

On the Bank Holiday Monday, during the relatively cool autumnal month of October, runners take to the the historic Georgian streets of Dublin for the ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs October
Dublin Oktoberfest

Dublin Oktoberfest

Dust off the lederhosen and put your drinking shoes on as downtown Dublin gets set to sample a slice of Bavaria for 18 days each ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Beer Festivals Multicultural Festivals September
Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

With many of the landmarks of its Renaissance-Baroque, UNESCO listed old town as a backdrop, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a hugely popular event that ...
Europe Croatia Dubrovnik Summer Festivals Classical Music and Opera Festivals July
Dundee Literary Festival

Dundee Literary Festival

Lover of literature? Find your reading specs and head on over to the the Dundee Literary Festival and Comics Conference. For five days in October, ...
Europe Scotland Dundee Literature Festivals Book Fairs October
Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

Downtown Dusseldorf turns on the festive cheer each year from mid-November, during the annual Dusseldorf Christmas Markets. Make your way to Marktplatz, Dusseldorf's Christmas market ...
Europe Germany Dusseldorf Christmas Markets Christmas December
Dusseldorf Festival

Dusseldorf Festival

The Dusseldorf Festival will once again be serving up its exciting blend of dance, theatre, classical and world music, circus and performance art this September. ...
Europe Germany Dusseldorf Performing Arts Festivals September
Eden Sessions

Eden Sessions

Take a phenomenal venue in a stunning setting with acoustics to die for, and hand it over to a bunch of world-class musicians (and the ...
Europe England Bodelva Rock Festivals Comedy Festivals Varies
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Join the masses for 25 days this August as the streets and venues of Edinburgh come alive with unbridled creativity. Every year thousands of performers ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh Fringe Festivals Performing Arts Festivals Comedy Festivals August
Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh's International Festival presents a diverse and rich mix of classical, dance, drama and opera productions performed in some of the city's most loved and ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh Classical Music and Opera Festivals August
Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh's annual Science Festival was the world's first celebration of science and technology, and still one of Europe's largest. Each year hundreds of the best ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals April
Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

As Scottish as Sean Connery hoeing into a haggis or Robert the Bruce sipping a wee dram, it's Edinburgh's famous Military Tattoo, held annually each ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh Celtic Festivals Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals August
Elefest

Elefest

Elefest is a celebration of one of the best known but most misunderstood parts of London — Elephant and Castle. Elefest's programme celebrates the past, ...
Europe England London Community Festivals October
Elevate Festival

Elevate Festival

Looking for something a little more mentally challenging than your everyday festival offering? Up your expectations at Graz' annual Elevate Festival for Contemporary Music, Art ...
Europe Austria Graz Performing Arts Festivals October
Estonia Song and Dance Celebration (Laulupidu)

Estonia Song and Dance Celebration (Laulupidu)

If you like your Baltic folk music, large, loud and part of a crowd (and I do mean a crowd) then it don't get much ...
Europe Estonia Tallinn Traditional Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals July
European Medieval Festival

European Medieval Festival

For two days each August, step out of Horsens city centre and into the former state prison — FÆNGSLET — and be transformed back in ...
Europe Denmark Aarhus Medieval Fairs Historical Festivals August
Eurosonic Noorderslag

Eurosonic Noorderslag

An immensely popular event on the European music industry calendar, Eurosonic Noorderslag presents showcases by more than 350 acts alongside a conference programme featuring 150 ...
Europe Netherlands Groningen Indie Rock Festivals New Media Festivals January
EXIT Magic Adventure

EXIT Magic Adventure

What began as a student movement fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkan region has grown into one of the world's largest ...
Europe Serbia Novi Sad Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals July
Fantasporto

Fantasporto

Porto's Fantasporto is a world renowned international film festival dedicated to the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror — there's usually a smattering of ...
Europe Portugal Porto Film Festivals February
Festa al Cel

Festa al Cel

Take up your vantage on Badalona's beaches (about 30 north of Barcelona) and prepare for Festa al Cel, the oldest and largest airshow in Spain. ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Air Shows Family Festivals September
Festa Major de Gracia

Festa Major de Gracia

Barcelona's Gracia district has a bit of a bohemian reputation. Things hang a little looser in Gracia. It has vibrant squares, a bustling bar and ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Street Parties Traditional Festivals August
Festes de la Merce

Festes de la Merce

During Festes de la Merce, the Catalan capital says goodbye to summer with a bang; literally. For four days nearing the shank of September, Barcelona ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Street Parties Traditional Festivals September
Festival d'Aix en Provence

Festival d'Aix en Provence

The post-war years in France were marked by an artistic renaissance that led to the creation of the Festival de Cannes in 1946, soon followed ...
Europe France Provence Classical Music and Opera Festivals July
Festival de Marseille

Festival de Marseille

The Festival de Marseille is a multi-disciplinary artistic event celebrating major contemporary creations, new disciplines and dialogue between artists and the public. Since 1996, dance ...
Europe France Marseille Dance Festivals Performing Arts Festivals June
Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes

Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes

Every three years since 1961 the town of Charleville-Mezieres in the Ardennes Region of France has played host to the Festival Mondial des Theatres de ...
Europe France Charleville-Mezieres Puppet Festivals Performing Arts Festivals September
Festival Morgana

Festival Morgana

The art of puppetry is alive and kicking in the Sicilian capital, Palermo — no strings attached. For two and a half weeks each November ...
Europe Italy Palermo Puppet Festivals November
Festival of 3 Continents

Festival of 3 Continents

The Festival of the Three Continents is a film festival held annually each November in Nantes, France. Founded by the Jalladeau brothers, since 1979 the ...
Europe France Nantes Film Festivals November
Festival of Near Death Experiences

Festival of Near Death Experiences

Survived a near death experience in the past 12 months? Congratulations, you've earned the right to participate in one of Spain's more bizarre religious pilgrimages; ...
Europe Spain Las Nieves Religious Events Bizarre Festivals July
Festival of the Artichoke

Festival of the Artichoke

The aphrodisiacal artichoke takes centre stage at the Romanesco Artichoke Festival held for three days each April in the Tyrrhenian Seaside town of Ladispoli. Since ...
Europe Italy Rome Food Festivals April
Festival of the Virgin of Carmen

Festival of the Virgin of Carmen

Join the heaving throngs of devotees at the Festival of the Virgin of Carmen (the Patron Saint of Fisherman), held annually all over Spain and ...
Europe Spain Tenerife Religious Events Traditional Festivals July
Fete de Ganesh

Fete de Ganesh

Paris' 18th arrondissement takes on a touch of Mumbai for a day each August during the annual Hindu, Fête de Ganesh. Following a ceremony at ...
Europe France Paris Religious Events Street Parades August
Fetes de Bayonne

Fetes de Bayonne

More than a million revellers descend upon the Basque city of Bayonne for five days each August for the eagerly awaited, Fêtes de Bayonne. With ...
Europe France Bayonne Traditional Festivals Street Parades August
Fiesta de San Isidro

Fiesta de San Isidro

If Madrilenos needed a reason to fiesta away the majority of May, their very own patron saint — San Isdiro — grants them just that ...
Europe Spain Madrid Cultural Festivals Community Festivals May
Filmfest St. Anton

Filmfest St. Anton

Has there ever been a more appropriate setting for a mountain and adventure film festival than St. Anton am Arlberg? The picture-postcard, Austrian Alps village ...
Europe Austria St. Anton Film Festivals August
Fira de Santa Llucia

Fira de Santa Llucia

Get into the Christmas spirit, Catalonian style with Barcelona's annual, Fira de Santa Llucia. With a traceable history dating back to 1786, today's Fira still ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Christmas Markets Christmas December
Fish and Flavours Festival

Fish and Flavours Festival

Pescetarians rejoice! Over 11 days each April the Portugal Pavilion in Lisbon's Nations' Park hosts Lisbon Fish and Flavours (Peixe em Lisboa). A seafood gourmet ...
Europe Portugal Lisbon Food Festivals Wine Festivals April
Floralille

Floralille

During the Spring months from mid February through to the end of May, the residents of France's fourth city are encouraged to develop a green ...
Europe France Lille Flower Shows February
Flow Festival

Flow Festival

For five days each and every August join the beautiful people at Helsinki's world-class, Flow Festival. Set at the site of a disused former power ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals August
Football in the River Championships

Football in the River Championships

The Windrush River is the water in the English village of Bourton-on-the-Water and for one day a year, it's also the venue for one of ...
Europe England Bourton-on-the-Water Bizarre Festivals Sporting Events August
Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

Set on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the centre of Dublin City, Forbidden Fruit is a relative noob on the ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals June
FotoGrafia

FotoGrafia

Fotografia, Rome's annual photography festival is back again this September with a wide range of exhibitions being staged at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma ...
Europe Italy Rome Photography Festivals September
Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival

Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival

In Frankfurt, apple wine is the local tipple of choice. Each August the city celebrates its love of the fermented fruit with the annual Apple ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Wine Festivals August
Frankfurt Autumn Dippemess

Frankfurt Autumn Dippemess

Frankfurt's autumn Dippemess (there's also a Spring Dippemess in April) is the largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main region, with roots dating back to the ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Fairs Family Festivals September
Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt's history with the published word is well documented. Just down the road in Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press way back in ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Book Fairs October
Frankfurt Christmas Markets

Frankfurt Christmas Markets

Join more than three million annual visitors as they take in the history and splendour of Frankfurt's age old Christmas market — believed to have ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Christmas Christmas Markets December
Fusion Festival

Fusion Festival

Birmingham's Cofton Park turns up the heat for two nights each August as a plethora of pop purveyors take to the stage top perform their ...
Europe England Birmingham Popular Music Festivals August
Galtres Parklands Festival

Galtres Parklands Festival

On the edge of the spectacular North York Moors National Park, Duncombe Park plays host to the Galtres Parklands Festival over three days each August. ...
Europe England York Beer Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals August
Galway International Oyster Festival

Galway International Oyster Festival

Join in excess of 20,000 oyster aficionados at Galway's International Oyster and Seafood Festival. Local oysters are on high alert as festival-goers down tons of ...
Europe Ireland Galway Food Festivals Family Festivals September
Galway Races Summer Festival

Galway Races Summer Festival

The smell of turf, the photo finish, the fashion, it can only mean one thing in Galway; it's summer festival time at the races. For ...
Europe Ireland Galway Horse Racing Events Sporting Events July
Geneva International Film Festival

Geneva International Film Festival

For eight days in November the silver screen shares the limelight with its smaller cousin, the television, during the annual Geneva International Film Festival. In ...
Europe Switzerland Geneva Film Festivals November
Genoa Festival of Science

Genoa Festival of Science

Since 2003, the Italian port city of Genoa has been attracting inquiring minds to discuss, debate and ponder all things scientific at their annual Festival ...
Europe Italy Genova Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals October
Gent Jazz Festival

Gent Jazz Festival

Lovers of jazz congregate in the beautiful Flemish city of Gent each July for a series of concerts and events featuring a range of local ...
Europe Belgium Gent Jazz Festivals July
George Enescu Festival

George Enescu Festival

The George Enescu Festival, held in honor of the acclaimed Romanian composer of the same name, is the largest classical music festival held in Romania ...
Europe Romania Bucharest Classical Music and Opera Festivals September
Giornate FAI

Giornate FAI

Over a weekend each spring, the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italy's cultural heritage body) politely encourages institutional and private owners of historic properties to open their ...
Europe Italy Cultural Festivals Historical Festivals March
Glasgow International

Glasgow International

For 18 days in April, Glasgow International showcases the best of local and international art for a wide array of audiences in various venues and ...
Europe Scotland Glasgow Art Festivals April
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts — or simply Glasto to its friends — is a multi-headed behemoth of an event, a legendary hippie gathering ...
Europe England Pilton Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals Performing Arts Festivals June
Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival is dedicated to the theme of Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations. Over eight days in July the GAYIFF ...
Europe Armenia Yerevan Film Festivals July
Gothenburg International Film Festival

Gothenburg International Film Festival

Held annually over 10 days in late January and early February and attracting an audience in excess of 200,000 visitors annually, the Göteborg International Film ...
Europe Sweden Gothenburg Film Festivals January
Grand National

Grand National

Arguably the most anticipated horse race in the world, Aintree's Grand National attracts racing fans and merrymakers from near and far. The card on the ...
Europe England Liverpool Horse Racing Events Sporting Events April
Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival

Styled as the biggest pub in the world, the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) will once again welcome more than 55,000 beer lovers through her ...
Europe England London Beer Festivals August
Great Christmas Pudding Race

Great Christmas Pudding Race

Take a chilly London December day, 120 contestants donned in fancy dress, give them a pudding and send them through an obstacle course and what ...
Europe England London Christmas Charity Events December
Great Cornish Food Festival

Great Cornish Food Festival

Now firmly established as one of the UK's favourite gastronomic events, the Great Cornish Food Festival is a celebration of the region's buzzing food and ...
Europe England Truro Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Great Gorilla Run

Great Gorilla Run

London's gone ape! Join a bunch of banana-munching, furry fun-runners as they lope their way through Ol' London Town in the annual Great Gorilla Run. ...
Europe England London Charity Events Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs September
Greenfield Festival

Greenfield Festival

Like your rock heavy with more than a tinge of metal? Well pack your tent my head banging friend and head for the hills — ...
Europe Switzerland Interlaken Heavy Metal Festivals Punk Festivals Rock Festivals June
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Join nigh on 100,000 visitors at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, the capital's leading festival of free outdoor performing arts, an annual nine-day celebration ...
Europe England London Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals June
Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night

The Brits love a liberal lashing of irony, and it's with that in mind that every 5th of November they go to great lengths to ...
Europe England London Historical Festivals Traditional Festivals November
Hamburg Christmas Markets

Hamburg Christmas Markets

Hanseatic Hamburg turns on the Christmas charm each and every December with a wide range of Christmas markets and a packed festive programme. The most ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Christmas Markets Christmas December
Hamburger Dom

Hamburger Dom

The Hamburger Dom is the largest public festival held in Northern Germany with a history that can be loosely traced back to 1329. If you ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Fairs Family Festivals Varies
Hay Festival

Hay Festival

Set amidst the staggering beauty of the Brecon Beacons with it's myriad antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, Hay-on-Wye has been attracting literary lovers since Byron was ...
Europe Wales Hay-on-Wye Literature Festivals May
Heidelberg Spring

Heidelberg Spring

Since its first outing in 1997, Heidelberg Spring has established itself as one of Germany's most exciting and innovative classical music festivals, offering top-class performances ...
Europe Germany Heidelberg Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Heineken Jazzaldia

Heineken Jazzaldia

Lover of jazz, seeker of the sun? Get the best of both worlds at Spain's oldest jazz festival, the Heineken Jazzaldia — San Sebastián Jazz ...
Europe Spain San Sebastian Jazz Festivals July
Helsinki Book Fair

Helsinki Book Fair

Lovers of literature rejoice. Each October as autumn descends on the Finnish capital, the country's premier literary event — the Helsinki Book Fair — opens ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Book Fairs October
Helsinki Christmas Markets

Helsinki Christmas Markets

By December, the north's dark canvass of winter has descended upon Helsinki. The distant sun pokes it head above the horizon at about 10am, hangs ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Christmas Markets Christmas December
Helsinki City Marathon

Helsinki City Marathon

Join the lycra-clad throng as they take to the roads of Helsinki for the annual Helsinki City Marathon. Almost half the course follows the city's ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs August
Helsinki Coffee Festival

Helsinki Coffee Festival

Master baristas and thousands of connoisseurs of the sacred bean head for Europe's capital of cool for three days each April, for the annual Helsinki ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Coffee Festivals April
Helsinki Design Week

Helsinki Design Week

Even prior to receiving its World Design Capital status in 2012, Helsinki has long enjoyed a reputation as an international centre for design. And for ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Design Festivals September
Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (DocPoint)

Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (DocPoint)

The Helsinki Documentary Film Festival — Docpoint to its friends — is one of the largest documentary film festivals in Scandinavia, offering both a national ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Documentary Film Festivals Film Festivals January
Helsinki International Film Festival

Helsinki International Film Festival

The aim of Finland's biggest film festival is to promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films. The festival also ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Film Festivals Short Film Festivals September
Hogmanay

Hogmanay

The Scots have always been a highly hospitable bunch proud of their tradition. And for the brave, what better way to see it in action ...
Europe Scotland Edinburgh New Year Events Traditional Festivals December
Holland Dance Festival

Holland Dance Festival

For three weeks in January and February, the Holland Dance Festival provides a stage not only for big, internationally famed dance companies, but for smaller ...
Europe Netherlands The Hague Dance Festivals January
Hurricane Festival

Hurricane Festival

With a history as turbulent as its name, Hurricane first graced the stage as Es rockt in der Heide in 1973. In 1977 as the ...
Europe Germany Bremen Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals June
Hyde Park Winter Wonterland

Hyde Park Winter Wonterland

Despite whether you've been bad or good, from late November through early January, Santa and his pint-sized helpers serve up lashings of Christmas fun at ...
Europe England London Christmas Christmas Markets December
Ibiza Closing Parties

Ibiza Closing Parties

Ibiza's legendary closing parties are the last chance for lovers of all things dance to catch their favorite DJs performing on the White Isle before ...
Europe Spain Ibiza Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Iceland Airwaves

Iceland Airwaves

For those who have never endured the frigid cold and encompassing dark of a Nordic winter, let the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival entice you to ...
Europe Iceland Reykjavik Indie Rock Festivals Cultural Festivals November
Ikari

Ikari

Before the Balkans War lay to ruin the mighty Stari Most that magnificently spanned the Neretvan River, Mostar played host to Ikari — the world's ...
Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar Traditional Festivals Sporting Events July
Imagine Film Festival

Imagine Film Festival

It's been near enough to three decades since the first 'Weekend of Terror', laid the foundations for the current Imagine Film Festival. In those early ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Horror Festivals Film Festivals Short Film Festivals April
Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

Innsbruck has long been a centre for early music with a history dating back to the Renaissance era. During the month of August the city's ...
Europe Austria Innsbruck Classical Music and Opera Festivals August
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

For twelve days each November the Netherlands capital becomes the focus of the documentary film-making world, during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Documentary Film Festivals Film Festivals November
International Film Festival Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Renowned for its unique atmosphere and loyal following, the International Film Festival Rotterdam does things a little differently to its contemporaries. Rather than red carpet ...
Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Film Festivals January
International Garden Festival

International Garden Festival

The classic turreted Loire Chateau has commanded a majestic point on the great Loire river since it was rebuilt by the Amboise family in the ...
Europe France Chaumont-sur-Loire Flower Shows April
International Rome Film Festival

International Rome Film Festival

Although a relative youngster, the International Rome Film Festival already competes with the European film festival heavyweights; in no small part due to the huge ...
Europe Italy Rome Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle of Wight Festival has a distant history as infamous and colourful as any music festival still doing the rounds. Originally held for the ...
Europe England Isle of Wight Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals June
Istanbul Coffee Festival

Istanbul Coffee Festival

With Istanbul's cultural chops and exotic setting it's fitting they pull off a monster coffee festival. Each September, tens of thousands of coffee lovers and ...
Europe Turkey Istanbul Coffee Festivals September
Istanbul International Dance Festival

Istanbul International Dance Festival

With a packed programme featuring concerts, dancing bootcamps and workshops and a plethora of parties where dancing is more mandatory than optional, the Istanbul International ...
Europe Turkey Istanbul Dance Festivals April
Jazz Fest Vienna

Jazz Fest Vienna

Vienna's reputation as a centre for musical excellence is certainly enhanced by its annual jazz festival. Since 1991, Jazz Fest Vienna has been attracting some ...
Europe Austria Vienna Jazz Festivals June
Jazz on the Third

Jazz on the Third

For those in the know, Frankfurt is the epicentre of Germany's jazz scene. On the third of October annually they back up that rep' with ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Jazz Festivals October
Jerez Grape Harvest Festival

Jerez Grape Harvest Festival

Sip sherry at old tavernas and experience the passion of flamenco during this 500 year old celebration of Jerez's world-famous tipple. The Jerez Grape Harvest ...
Europe Spain Jerez de la Frontera Wine Festivals Traditional Festivals September
Jesterval

Jesterval

The laughs start in early June and they don't stop for nine days at the north east's premier comedy festival, Jesterval. With a line-up designed ...
Europe England Newcastle Upon Tyne Comedy Festivals June
Kaunas Jazz

Kaunas Jazz

Emerging as the dust settled on Lithuania's post-soviet era, the early years for Kanaus Jazz were in a word; tough. Since then, the festival has ...
Europe Lithuania Kaunas Jazz Festivals April
Khamoro World Roma Festival

Khamoro World Roma Festival

For a week each May the Czech Capital comes to life as infectious Gypsy jazz, classical and traditional Romany music take over many of Prague's ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Cultural Festivals Multicultural Festivals May
Kiev International Film Festival (Molodist)

Kiev International Film Festival (Molodist)

For over 40 years, Molodist — Kiev's International Film Festival — has been doing it's cinematic thing across the Ukrainian capital. For nine days each ...
Europe Ukraine Kiev Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Killkenny Roots Festival

Killkenny Roots Festival

Since 1998, The Kilkenny Roots Festival has attracted some of the finest names in Americana — from country through folk, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and cajun. ...
Europe Ireland Kilkenny Folk and Folk Music Festivals World Music Festivals May
Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival

Every summer since 1640 the city of Edirne plays host to an age old Turkish tradition — Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling. Barefoot and stripped to the ...
Europe Turkey Edirne Sporting Events Traditional Festivals June
Kotor Festival of Children's Theatre

Kotor Festival of Children's Theatre

To kick off their annual Festival of Children's Theatre, the Mayor of Kotor hands over the keys to the city to a Children's representative. For ...
Europe Montenegro Kotor Childrens Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
Krakow Film Festival

Krakow Film Festival

For a week each May, the Krakow Film Festival celebrates all things celluloid. Hundreds of distinguished guests and thousands of visitors pack the city's cinemas ...
Europe Poland Krakow Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals May
Kulmbach Beer Week

Kulmbach Beer Week

For a little over a week every July another Bavarian town celebrates it's love of the amber fizz. The Kulmbach Beer Week on the edge ...
Europe Germany Kulmbach Beer Festivals July
La Grande Braderie de Lille

La Grande Braderie de Lille

Join the French throng and bag a bargain at the annual La Grande Braderie de Lille, one of Europe's most grandiose flea markets. In an ...
Europe France Lille Fairs Street Parties September
La Tomatina

La Tomatina

On the last Wednesday of August each year thousands of revellers converge on the small Spanish town of Buñol to pick a fight. What began ...
Europe Spain Valencia Bizarre Festivals August
Las Fallas

Las Fallas

Spain puts its hand up repeatedly when you're compiling a list of the world's largest and most exciting festivals — there's La Tomatina, San Fermin, ...
Europe Spain Valencia Street Parades Traditional Festivals March
Latvia Beer Fest

Latvia Beer Fest

Latvians love a cold beer and they're well known for their hospitality and brewing traditions — both of which are on display in abundance at ...
Europe Latvia Riga Beer Festivals May
Le Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier

Le Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier

Le Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier may be a mouthful to utter, but it's an event not to be missed. The festival offers up an ...
Europe France Montpellier Classical Music and Opera Festivals Jazz Festivals July
Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival

Featuring the biggest names in rock, year in and year out, the Leeds Festival — part of the Reading and Leeds Festivals that share a ...
Europe England Leeds Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Liechtenstein National Day

Liechtenstein National Day

For the 35,000 residents of the Principality of Liechtenstein, August 15th marks a local national holiday, or staatsfeiertag in the local lingo. The official ceremonies ...
Europe Liechtenstein Vaduz National Festivals Family Festivals August
Limerick Literary Festival

Limerick Literary Festival

The Limerick Literary Weekend brings together readers and contemporary writers in a relaxed environment to discuss ideas, styles and topics that relate to the work ...
Europe Ireland Limerick Literature Festivals Book Fairs February
Linz International Street Art Festival (Pflasterspektakel)

Linz International Street Art Festival (Pflasterspektakel)

Having begun life as a simple meeting point for street artists more than a quarter of a century ago, the Linz Pflasterspektakel has today grown ...
Europe Austria Linz Performing Arts Festivals July
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Toss Tinder to the curb, get your lonely heart to Lisdoonvarna this September and prepare to come ...
Europe Ireland Lisdoonvarna Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals September
Live Music Festival

Live Music Festival

From hip-hop and r 'n' b, to pop, rock and everything in between, Krakow's Live Music Festival has been serving up an eclectic combo of ...
Europe Poland Krakow Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is an annual celebration of the city's plethora of fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as some of ...
Europe England Liverpool Food Festivals Family Festivals April
Ljubljana Jazz Festival

Ljubljana Jazz Festival

Since Brubeck was a boy – well, 1960 at least – the Ljubljana Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the world's biggest names in ...
Europe Slovenia Ljubljana Jazz Festivals July
Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running

Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running

Pack your trainers and head for the Highlands. The Loch Ness Marathon winds its way through some wonderful scenery, taking participants along the south-eastern shores ...
Europe Scotland Inverness Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs Sporting Events September
Lodz Design Festival

Lodz Design Festival

The Lodz Design Festival has grown from a local event featuring a handful of exhibitions to Poland's major design event in a little over half ...
Europe Poland Lodz Design Festivals Art Festivals October
London Art Fair

London Art Fair

Modern art aficionados rejoice! For five days in January, the London Art Fair presents over 100 rigorously selected galleries featuring works by the great names ...
Europe England London Art Festivals January
London Coffee Festival

London Coffee Festival

Crazy for caffeine? Have we got the fest for you. Run in conjunction with London Coffee Week, the London Coffee Festival celebrates London's bustling and ...
Europe England London Coffee Festivals April
London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival

The annual London Craft Beer Festival prides itself on being all about the diversity in flavour of beer. Connoisseurs can expect big IPAs, rich stouts, ...
Europe England London Craft Beer Festivals Beer Festivals August
London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Designophiles from the UK and beyond descend upon the capital for eight days in September for the annual London Design Festival. Conceived by Sir John ...
Europe England London Design Festivals Art Festivals September
London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

Can't decide between beer and cider? It doesn't matter at the annual London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival. Held over three days each March in ...
Europe England London Beer Festivals March
London Festival of Architecture

London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture is a month-long city-wide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice featuring debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walks, cycle rides, ...
Europe England London Design Festivals June
London Jazz Festival

London Jazz Festival

London's annual celebration of jazz continues to grow and grow, enabled by a strong network of relationships with artists, venues, producers and sponsors. The London ...
Europe England London Jazz Festivals November
London Marathon

London Marathon

As one of the six World Marathon Majors, the London Marathon has been attracting a world-class field of distance athletes for over three decades. On ...
Europe England London Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs April
Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

The Lovebox Festival is the brainchild of London-based electronic music duo, Groove Armada. The event kicked off in 2003 to celebrate the anniversary of the ...
Europe England London Electronic Dance Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals July
Lovin' Ibiza

Lovin' Ibiza

Devotees of dance flock to the electronica capital of the universe Ibiza, for three days of thumping beats each May. A mix of the island's ...
Europe Spain Ibiza Electronic Dance Music Festivals April
Low Festival

Low Festival

More than 60,000 revellers descend upon the Spanish resort town of Benidorm for three days of partying under the Mediterranean sun during the annual Low ...
Europe Spain Benidorm Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals July
Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Festival

For a week each November, Lucerne — that storybook Swiss city on the lake — attracts pianists from far and wide for the annual Lucerne ...
Europe Switzerland Lucerne Classical Music and Opera Festivals November
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival is Poland's largest festival of classical music. The Festival attracts world-class virtuosos, choirs, and orchestras along with Poland's most ...
Europe Poland Warsaw Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Lungo Il Tevere

Lungo Il Tevere

The banks of the Tiber (Tevere in Italian) around Isola Tiberina spring to life from mid June through early September during the annual Lungo Il ...
Europe Italy Rome Community Festivals Art Festivals June
Lux Helsinki

Lux Helsinki

It's all about the light. And if you've ever visited Helsinki in the midst of a northern winter, you'll understand. For five days come January ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Light Festivals Family Festivals January
Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair

Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair

More than 30 antiquarian booksellers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany gather in Maastricht for three days in March for the annual Antiquarian Book ...
Europe Netherlands Maastricht Book Fairs Collectors Festivals March
Madrid Fusion

Madrid Fusion

Over three days in late January or early February, Madrid becomes the centre of the gastronomic universe as more than 400 internationally renowned chefs from ...
Europe Spain Madrid Food Festivals February
MAfestival Bruges

MAfestival Bruges

Founded in 1963, MAfestival Bruges is today one of the world's most renowned early music events. Besides a ten-day calendar marked by performances from some ...
Europe Belgium Bruges Classical Music and Opera Festivals August
Maldon Mud Race

Maldon Mud Race

Since 2001 the folk of Maldon in Essex have kept a dirty little secret. Come April each year they dress to the nines, gather in ...
Europe England Maldon Bizarre Festivals Charity Events April
Malta Festival (Poznań)

Malta Festival (Poznań)

The always eagerly-awaited, Malta Festival has filled Poznan's streets, squares, courtyards and the shores of Lake Malta, with a wonderfully varied programme of theatre, music, ...
Europe Poland Poznan Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals June
Manchester Day Parade

Manchester Day Parade

Conceived with the ambition of celebrating the creativity and diversity synonymous with Manchester, today the Manchester Day Parade attracts more than 50,000 proud Mancunians to ...
Europe England Manchester Street Parades Community Festivals June
Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

Renowned for it's cutting edge content and originality, every second year the Manchester International Festival puts on a performing arts extravaganza, bringing world-class art, dance, ...
Europe England Manchester Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival

Play, create and experiment with your scientific side at the annual Manchester Science Festival. The ten day event brings together a unique blend of art, ...
Europe England Manchester Science and Technology Festivals October
Maschsee Lake Festival

Maschsee Lake Festival

The Maschsee Lake Festival attracts millions to the shores of Hannover's Maschsee Lake for a grandiose lineup of concerts and performances each summer. Boat cruises, ...
Europe Germany Hannover Summer Festivals Family Festivals August
Merano Wine Festival

Merano Wine Festival

Held in the palatial rooms of the Kurhaus, the Merano Wine Festival has been dubbed the world's most exclusive wine-event — a celebration and a ...
Europe Italy Venice Wine Festivals Food Festivals November
Minsk International Film Festival (Listapad)

Minsk International Film Festival (Listapad)

Held annually since 1994, the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad is one of the most highly anticipates film festivals in Eastern and Central Europe. The ...
Europe Belarus Minsk Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals November
Moira Canal Festival

Moira Canal Festival

Bone up on your local Derbyshire history and help out a wonderful cause whilst you enjoy a programme packed with family friendly events, at the ...
Europe England Moira Community Festivals Family Festivals May
Moldova National Wine Day

Moldova National Wine Day

The history of Moldovan winemaking is as rich as the soil of the country's Pucari Region. Those lucky enough to be in Chisinau over the ...
Europe Moldova Chisinau Wine Festivals Traditional Festivals October
Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Over four days each May, the Formula 1 circus moves to Monaco, Europe's millionaires playground and the sports premier locale. Monaco's tight winding street circuit ...
Europe Monaco Monte Carlo Formula One Events Sporting Events Motor Sports Events May
Montreux Jazz Festival

Montreux Jazz Festival

Second in size only to Montreal's monster jazz offering, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been entertaining jazz aficionados and music lovers in general with the ...
Europe Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festivals July
Moscow International Film Festival

Moscow International Film Festival

With a history dating back to 1935, the Moscow International Film Festival is among the oldest film festivals still being held today. The festival has ...
Europe Russia Moscow Film Festivals Short Film Festivals June
Motel Mozaique

Motel Mozaique

Rotterdam's annual Motel Mozaique Festival offers up a unique mix of pop music, dance, theatre and visual arts for two days each April. But it's ...
Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Popular Music Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals April
Mull Music Festival

Mull Music Festival

The Isle of Mull welcomes one and all for a long-weekend of music, dance and frivolity each April for the Mull Music Festival. At the ...
Europe Scotland Isle of Mull Folk and Folk Music Festivals Celtic Festivals Community Festivals April
National Winter Ales Festival

National Winter Ales Festival

As well as hosting the Champion Winter Beer of Britain Competition, the National Winter Ales Festival offers beer lovers from across the UK the chance ...
Europe England Derby Beer Festivals February
Newcastle Upon Tyne Vegan Festival

Newcastle Upon Tyne Vegan Festival

Join the growing numbers of Brits who insist their food comes free from animal products, at the annual Newcastle upon Tyne Vegan Festival. The festival ...
Europe England Newcastle Upon Tyne Food Festivals July
Nordic Film Days Lubeck

Nordic Film Days Lubeck

The Nordic Film Festival Lubeck lights up the dark early days of the Northern European winter with a selection of feature films, documentaries and short ...
Europe Germany Lubeck Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals November
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Norfolk and Norwich Festival

With roots dating back to 1772, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is one of the oldest city festivals in England. For the great majority of ...
Europe England Norwich Classical Music and Opera Festivals Performing Arts Festivals May
North Hop Aviemore

North Hop Aviemore

Quality craft beer may be the Highlands best kept secret. Having long lived in the shadow of that other drink the Highlands is famed for, ...
Europe Scotland Aviemore Beer Festivals Craft Beer Festivals Food Festivals November
North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

Since its inaugural edition in 1976 when the Nederlands Congresgebouw in The Hague welcomed jazz royalty in the shape of Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Count ...
Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Jazz Festivals July
Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

For a little over 360 days a year the trendy West London suburb of Notting Hill is a tranquil leafy locale ruled by the latte ...
Europe England London Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parades Street Parties August
Oerol Festival

Oerol Festival

Since its inception in 1982, the Oerol Festival has grown to become a ground-breaking performing arts phenomenon. For ten days each June, the Waden Sea ...
Europe Netherlands Terschelling Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals June
Ohrid Summer Festival

Ohrid Summer Festival

Picturesque Ohrid — the Jerusalem of the Balkans — plays host to one of Europe's most anticipated classical music events, the Ohrid Summer Festival. Each ...
Europe Macedonia Ohrid Classical Music and Opera Festivals July
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the world's largest and most celebrated beer festival. Never been? Close your eyes and picture part Disneyland, part Bud Brewery. Oktoberfest is to the ...
Europe Germany Munich Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals September
One Design Week

One Design Week

Since 2009, Sofia Design Week has served as a platform to stimulates and support the development of design professionals in Bulgaria. It features a professional ...
Europe Bulgaria Sofia Design Festivals June
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Over ten days each March the One World Film Festival brings a selection of more than 100 documentaries and features focussing on human rights issues ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Documentary Film Festivals Film Festivals March
Open'er Festival

Open'er Festival

Voted the Best Major Festival by the European Festival Awards awards not once but twice (2009 and 2010), Gdansk's Open'er Festival is big league. For ...
Europe Poland Gdansk Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals July
Opera Square Festival

Opera Square Festival

Frankfurt's magnificent Opera House provides the stunning backdrop for the annual Opera Square Festival, a celebration of the culinary delights of the region. A diverse ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Food Festivals Classical Music and Opera Festivals Jazz Festivals June
Orkney Folk Festival

Orkney Folk Festival

Fancy the fiddle? Beguiled by the banjo? You'll want to be in Stromness (the Orkney's second largest town) come May for the annual Orkney Folk ...
Europe Scotland Orkney Islands Folk and Folk Music Festivals Community Festivals May
Oslo Jazz Festival

Oslo Jazz Festival

For more than 25 years, the Oslo Jazz Festival has been plying the good people of Oslo with sweet jazz across a wide range of ...
Europe Norway Oslo Jazz Festivals Blues Festivals August
Outlook Festival

Outlook Festival

Outlook Festival is a celebration of soundsystem culture, an exploration of the musical genealogy that connects Jamaican roots music to its modern day counterparts through ...
Europe Croatia Pula Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Paleo Festival de Nyon

Paleo Festival de Nyon

The Paleo Festival de Nyon, simply Paleo to her friends, is an annual six-day rock festival held in Nyon, Switzerland, almost equidistance between Lausanne and ...
Europe Switzerland Nyon Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals July
Palio of Siena

Palio of Siena

Amidst a flurry of medieval pageantry in the ancient Piazza del Campo, Siena's historic, Il Palio is a horse race with a difference and an ...
Europe Italy Florence Horse Racing Events Traditional Festivals Sporting Events July
Paris Air Show

Paris Air Show

Established way back in 1909 — a mere six years after Orville and Wilbur Wright briefly took to the skies over Kitty Hawk — the ...
Europe France Paris Air Shows Family Festivals June
Paris Autumn Festival

Paris Autumn Festival

The Festival d' Automne à Paris — Paris Autumn Festival — has been doing its part adding to the cultural landscape of the city of ...
Europe France Paris Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals September
Paris Beaches (Paris Plages)

Paris Beaches (Paris Plages)

There's no doubting that Paris is one of the world's most loved and iconic tourist destinations. The attractions are almost endless — there's the Louvre, ...
Europe France Paris Summer Festivals July
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

If you've a passion for fashion and a penchant to party, then Paris' biannual celebration of haute couture is the place to see and be ...
Europe France Paris Fashion Festivals July
Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

Can you tell your camshaft from your catalytic converter? If all things vehicular get your motor running, then the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile) ...
Europe France Paris Motor Shows October
Paris Photo

Paris Photo

Year on year Paris Photo adds to its reputation as one of the world's premier fine art photography fairs. The magnificent glass-roofed, Grand Palais, the ...
Europe France Paris Photography Festivals Art Festivals November
Paris Techno Parade

Paris Techno Parade

If being part of an immense sweaty throng moving to a single electronic beat is your thing, head to the City of Lights this September ...
Europe France Paris Electronic Dance Music Festivals Street Parades September
Passion for Food Festival

Passion for Food Festival

Foodies rejoice! For three days each February a handpicked range of quality producers flair their fare at Gothenburg's annual Passion for Food Festival. The festival ...
Europe Sweden Stockholm Food Festivals Wine Festivals February
Pink Night

Pink Night

That ain't sunburn! Join revellers on Italy's Adriatic Coast for Pink Night (La Notte Rosa) the summer's most anticipated celebration. From the Lidos of Comacchio ...
Europe Italy Rimini Summer Festivals July
Pinkpop

Pinkpop

Join lovers of pop and rock for a three-day smorgasbord of world-class musical entertainment at Pinkpop — the oldest and longest running annual festival dedicated ...
Europe Netherlands Landgraaf Popular Music Festivals Rock Festivals June
Pisa Book Festival

Pisa Book Festival

Literary buffs gather in Pisa for three days each November to celebrate the written word at the annual Pisa Book Festival. A packed programme focussing ...
Europe Italy Pisa Book Fairs November
Pizzafest

Pizzafest

Pizza lovers congregate in Naples for ten days each September to dine en-masse on Naples' signature dish. The most famous pizzeries from Italy and abroad ...
Europe Italy Naples Food Festivals September
Plai Festival

Plai Festival

The Plai Festival is a unique celebration of multiculturalism set in the historic Banat Village Museum (Muzeul Satului Bănăţean) — an outdoors ethnographic museum not ...
Europe Romania Timisoara World Music Festivals Multicultural Festivals September
Porvoo Jazz Festival

Porvoo Jazz Festival

If you find yourself at a loose end in Helsinki come mid-September, make your way east young man and take in some sublime sounds at ...
Europe Finland Porvoo Jazz Festivals September
Prague Christmas Markets

Prague Christmas Markets

Magnificent Prague has been spellbinding tourists for centuries. A visit when the snow is falling and the Christmas markets are in full swing adds yet ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Christmas Markets Christmas December
Prague Folklore Days

Prague Folklore Days

Join a number of Europe's premier folk-dancing troops as they showcase their steps at Prague Folklore Days — the largest folk dancing event in Central ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Folk and Folk Music Festivals July
Prague Fringe Festival

Prague Fringe Festival

The Bohemian spirit is alive and well in its capital for nine days of late May and early June during the annual Prague Fringe Festival. ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Fringe Festivals Performing Arts Festivals May
Puck Fair

Puck Fair

For hundreds of years — since at least 1603 — every August 10th, through 12th, the city of Killorglin in Ireland's County Kerry plays host ...
Europe Ireland Killorglin Fairs Family Festivals August
Raw Power

Raw Power

If your taste in music falls a pole apart from the poppy mainstream, perhaps you're looking for some Raw Power? Some of the very best ...
Europe England London Heavy Metal Festivals August
Rebellion Festival

Rebellion Festival

Punk is alive and well — kicking and screaming in fact — at Blackpool's annual, Rebellion Festival. For four days on six stages, with over ...
Europe England Blackpool Punk Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Redhead Days Festival

Redhead Days Festival

Redheads rejoice! For a weekend each September the Dutch city of Breda celebrates the world of the crimson-topped at the annual Redhead Days Festival. More ...
Europe Netherlands Breda Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals September
Reeperbahn Festival

Reeperbahn Festival

Hamburg's most infamous strip, The Reeperbahn, plays host to Germany's largest club festival each September. The Reeperbahn Festival attracts more than 30,000 revellers to the ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Electronic Dance Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals September
Regata Storica

Regata Storica

Venice's history is inextricably linked to rowing. Her gondolas and gondoliers are as iconic as Pisa's tower or Rome's colosseum. Come the first Sunday of ...
Europe Italy Venice Sporting Events Traditional Festivals September
Return to the Ridings

Return to the Ridings

For centuries the Scottish border towns of Hawick, Jedburgh, Lauder and Selkirk have been keeping a watchful eye on their southern neighbours, the ever-so-meddlesome English. ...
Europe Scotland Hawick Historical Festivals Traditional Festivals May
Rewind South

Rewind South

Calling all children of the eighties. It's time to slip into that spandex, pop in those shoulder pads and tease up that hair (higher...no...higher). That's ...
Europe England Henley-on-Thames Popular Music Festivals August
Reykjavik International Film Festival

Reykjavik International Film Festival

For eleven days over late September the Reykjavik International Film Festival takes cultural centre stage in the Icelandic capital. Categories for the 100 films from ...
Europe Iceland Reykjavik Film Festivals September
Rhine in Flames

Rhine in Flames

Rhine in flames — almost an oxymoron! On five separate summer evenings along the fetching River Rhine in the vicinity of the historic city of ...
Europe Germany Bonn Family Festivals May
Rock-A-Field

Rock-A-Field

For three days in June, the world of rock and indie music turns its focus to Luxembourg for their annual, Rock-A-Field Festival. Local talent plays ...
Europe Luxembourg Luxembourg City Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals June
Rockwave Festival

Rockwave Festival

Now into its third decade, Rockwave is an Athens institution serving up the cream of Greek and international metal, rock, pop and indie since 1996. ...
Europe Greece Athens Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals June
Rome Marathon

Rome Marathon

If you're going to push your body to the extreme and endure 42.195 kilometres of tarmac-pounding hell, at least do it in Rome where world-class ...
Europe Italy Rome Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

One of the big six European music festivals, Roskilde's been doing its rock thing in late June and early July for tens of thousands of ...
Europe Denmark Roskilde Rock Festivals June
Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

Grab some friends, dress to the nines and head for Ascot Racecourse for the premier event on the British flat-racing calendar, Royal Ascot. Over a ...
Europe England Ascot Horse Racing Events Sporting Events June
Royal International Air Tattoo

Royal International Air Tattoo

That are few events that can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the Air Tattoo. For three days each July this aviation ...
Europe England Fairford Air Shows Family Festivals July
Ruisrock

Ruisrock

One of the oldest rock festivals in Europe, Ruisrock has been doing it's thing for upwards of 70,000 rock fans since 1970. In 1971 Canned ...
Europe Finland Turku Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals July
Runatolia

Runatolia

During Runatolia things kick off on the Friday night with a carb-loading, pasta party. Saturday sees a range of shorter distance runs with the Little ...
Europe Turkey Antalya Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs February
Running of the Nudes

Running of the Nudes

In July 2002 in a daring and valiant attempt to promote an alternative to the animal cruelty associated with the Running of the Bulls, 25 ...
Europe Spain Pamplona Nude Festivals Adults Only Festivals Charity Events July
Sŵn Festival

Sŵn Festival

Cardiff's Sŵn Festival is rapidly becoming a Welsh institution in a city renowned for its party scene. Over four days in October an eclectic mix ...
Europe Wales Cardiff Street Parties Rock Festivals October
SAIL Amsterdam

SAIL Amsterdam

Every five years since 1975 millions of annual visitors have lined the Oostelijke Handelskade for what has been dubbed, "the world's greatest nautical event." Join ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Nautical Events Family Festivals August
Saint Lucia's Day

Saint Lucia's Day

Annually on the 13th December, residents of Helsinki rug up and and take to the streets around the capital's Senate Square for a procession that ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Religious Events Street Parades December
Salzburg Festival

Salzburg Festival

Salzburg enjoys a long and celebrated history of music and drama — the city is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for ...
Europe Austria Salzburg Classical Music and Opera Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
San Fermin

San Fermin

The event draws party-goers from near and far and although Sanfermines entails so much more to the locals, it's the Encierro — the daily running ...
Europe Spain Pamplona Traditional Festivals Bizarre Festivals July
Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau)

Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau)

Join Santa Clauses from around the world as they battle out it out each November in the annual Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau) in Switzerland's, ...
Europe Switzerland Davos Bizarre Festivals Christmas November
Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo Film Festival

In 1995, towards the end of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, a group of film enthusiasts initiated the Sarajevo Film Festival with the aim of ...
Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Film Festivals Short Film Festivals August
Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta

Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta

Picturesque Liepzig is the venue for Europe's third largest balloon festival, the Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta. For four days at the shank of July each ...
Europe Germany Leipzig Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals July
Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival

Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival

For camel wrestling aficionados there's only one place to be come January; an ancient stadium at Ephesus, near the town of Selcuk, (which is near ...
Europe Turkey Izmir Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals January
Semana Santa

Semana Santa

Although Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations take place over the length and breadth of Spain, Seville's are arguably the country's most spectacular. For eight days, ...
Europe Spain Seville Religious Events Cultural Festivals March
Sheffield DocFest

Sheffield DocFest

Since its inception in 1994 — when it was no more than a handful of screenings, two masterclasses, and a party — Sheffield Doc/Fest has ...
Europe England Sheffield Film Festivals June
Signal Festival

Signal Festival

With nigh on half a million visitors hitting the streets of the Czech capital over four days each October, Prague's Signal Festival (festival of lights) ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Light Festivals Art Festivals Family Festivals October
Silves Medieval Fair

Silves Medieval Fair

Half an hour drive west from Faro is Silves — the capital of the Algarve during the Arab occupation. For ten days each August in ...
Europe Portugal Faro Medieval Fairs Historical Festivals August
Skopje Jazz Festival

Skopje Jazz Festival

Long established as one of Europe's premier jazz gatherings, the Skopje Jazz Festival continues to wow fans for five days every October. Since 1982 the ...
Europe Macedonia Skopje Jazz Festivals October
Skye Book Festival

Skye Book Festival

The annual Skye Book Fest brings together a variety of writers, including leading novelists, poets, historians and children's authors to the magical Isle of Skye ...
Europe Scotland Isle of Skye Book Fairs Community Festivals September
Snow Jazz Gastein

Snow Jazz Gastein

For ten days and nights come March, the lodges, bars and clubs of the Gastein Valley get their swing on during the annual Snow Jazz ...
Europe Austria Bad Gastein Jazz Festivals March
Sofia International Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival

Over 10 days each March, the Bulgarian capital hosts their annual celebration of all things celluloid at the Sofia International Film Festival. SIFF highlights Bulgarian ...
Europe Bulgaria Sofia Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals March
Sonar

Sonar

Sonar is Barcelona's internationally renowned three-day festival of advanced music and new media art. Its first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Electronic Dance Music Festivals June
Sonar Reykjavik

Sonar Reykjavik

Over three dark days in February, Sonar brings it's unique mix of avant-garde electronica to the Icelandic capital for Sonar Reykjavik. A much more intimate ...
Europe Iceland Reykjavik Electronic Dance Music Festivals February
South West Four

South West Four

Join dozens of the world's premier DJs, live acts, la crème de la crème of the underground and tens of thousands of dance devotees as ...
Europe England London Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

The banks of the River Spey are home to some of Scotland's top malt-whisky distilleries. After touring the stills, coat your throat with some of ...
Europe Scotland Inverness Whiskey Festivals May
Splendour Festival

Splendour Festival

The picturesque grounds of Wollaton Hall play host to Nottingham's Splendour Festival — a one day family friendly extravaganza of pop and rock spread over ...
Europe England Nottingham Popular Music Festivals Rock Festivals July
Split Film Festival

Split Film Festival

Fancy your film deviating from the mainstream? Split's annual film festival concentrates on cinematic offerings that are innovative, personal, experimental, radical and subversive. Anything but ...
Europe Croatia Split Film Festivals September
Split Summer Festival

Split Summer Festival

Utilising the spectacular Diocletian's Palace as its backdrop, the Split Summer Festival attracts big crowds from Europe and beyond for a programme that features open-air ...
Europe Croatia Split Summer Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
St. Andrews Highland Games

St. Andrews Highland Games

Pop on some plaid and head for St. Andrews for their annual Highland Games held annually on the last Sunday of July. Brimming with tradition, ...
Europe Scotland St. Andrews Sporting Events Traditional Festivals July
St. Patrick's Day (London)

St. Patrick's Day (London)

Everyone's Irish for a day at London's celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. Don your emerald green and head to London central to join the craic ...
Europe England London National Festivals Street Parades March
St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national holiday, St. Patrick's Day is a day when the Irish rightly stand proud. And ...
Europe Ireland Dublin National Festivals Street Parades March
St. Valentine's Day (Terni)

St. Valentine's Day (Terni)

Get all of loved up with the people of Terni, the birthplace and resting place of Roman Catholic martyr, Saint Valentine. Throughout the month of ...
Europe Italy Terni Religious Events February
Stars of the White Nights Festival

Stars of the White Nights Festival

Only those who've endured the claustrophobic darkness and the bitter cold of a far northern hemisphere winter, can truly appreciate the beauty and optimism that ...
Europe Russia Saint Petersburg Performing Arts Festivals Classical Music and Opera Festivals Fireworks Festivals May
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

It's no secret, Scandinavian design is held in the highest regard all over the world. One of the largest and most enduring sources of inspiration ...
Europe Sweden Stockholm Design Festivals Art Festivals February
Stockholm Pride

Stockholm Pride

Join more than half a million spectators and more than 50,000 participants as they pack the parade route for Stockholm Pride Parade — part of ...
Europe Sweden Stockholm Pride Festivals Street Parades July
Stramilano

Stramilano

Join the jogging throng of thousands as they take to the streets of Milan in late March or early April for the Stramilano. Three events ...
Europe Italy Milan Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival

Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival

Dedicated to broadly-defined fantastic cinema — fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, animation and the like — the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival has been drawing fantasy ...
Europe France Strasbourg Film Festivals September
Street Parade (Zurich)

Street Parade (Zurich)

Join the biggest names in techno, trance and house music each August as Europe's summer of dance heads to the streets of Zurich for the ...
Europe Switzerland Zurich Electronic Dance Music Festivals Street Parades August
Strom

Strom

If you worship at the alter of electronica, then Copenhagen's the only place to be come mid August. For seven days and seven nights, Strøm ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
STRP

STRP

For ten days in March the STRP biennial fuses art, technology, experimental pop culture and science and links them to a wide and diverse audience; ...
Europe Netherlands Eindhoven Art Festivals Design Festivals March
Stuttgart Christmas Markets

Stuttgart Christmas Markets

From late November right up until Christmas Eve, more than 250 traditional wooden stalls, decorated with fir branches and baubles, take over Stuttgart's inner city ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Christmas Markets Christmas December
Stuttgart Wine Festival

Stuttgart Wine Festival

According to questionable sources, there have been times in Stuttgart's history when the townsfolk have had more wine available for consumption than water. To help ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Wine Festivals August
Sueca Paella Festival

Sueca Paella Festival

Got a passion for paella? Join lovers of Valencia's most feted fare, at the Sueca Paella Festival held annually over ten days in September in ...
Europe Spain Valencia Food Festivals Cultural Festivals September
Summerjam

Summerjam

Join a mass of Rastafarians and like-minded souls as they share their love for the reggae at Cologne's annual, Summerjam. For three days in July ...
Europe Germany Cologne Reggae Festivals July
Sumol Summer Fest

Sumol Summer Fest

Take in the sun, the surf and that Reggae vibe at one of Europe's most charismatic summer celebrations. Featuring top Reggae acts from the continent ...
Europe Portugal Ericeira Reggae Festivals Summer Festivals June
SunSplash Festival

SunSplash Festival

Billed as Turkey's biggest little festival, SunSplash Antalya is a boutique music festival that combines style, travel and serious tunes for the electronica aficionado. The ...
Europe Turkey Bodrum Electronic Dance Music Festivals June
Swamp Soccer World Cup

Swamp Soccer World Cup

In Blairmore, Scotland, teams like the "Sporting Abeergut", "Real Mudrid", "Mudchesthair United", and the "Blackbum Rovers" get down and dirty at the annual Swamp Soccer ...
Europe Scotland Dunoon Bizarre Festivals Sporting Events June
Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival

Join nigh on half a million revellers as they descend on Beautiful Budapest for one of Europe's biggest summer parties. We're talking the Sziget Festival ...
Europe Hungary Budapest Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Tübingen Duck Race

Tübingen Duck Race

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ducks! Up to 7,000 ducks make a break for it each October in the annual Tubingen Duck Race. Not ducks ...
Europe Germany Tübingen Bizarre Festivals October
Takedown Festival

Takedown Festival

Lovers of post-hardcore unite! Get ready for volume and make your way to Southampton Uni for the annual Takedown Festival. More than a dozen bands ...
Europe England Southampton Heavy Metal Festivals Indie Rock Festivals March
Tallinn Christmas Markets

Tallinn Christmas Markets

Tallinn's UNESCO listed, medieval old town centre feels almost custom made for Christmas. With her narrow cobbled lanes and imposing spires, her inviting cafes and ...
Europe Estonia Tallinn Christmas Markets Christmas December
Tampere Jazz Happening

Tampere Jazz Happening

The Tampere Jazz Happening has been wowing lovers of jazz since Brubeck was a boy. Okay, maybe not quite, but well into its fourth ...
Europe Finland Tampere Jazz Festivals November
Taste Florence

Taste Florence

With the history, art and architecture of magnificent Florence as a backdrop, it's easy to take for granted Italy's greatest masterpiece, her cuisine. For three ...
Europe Italy Florence Food Festivals Wine Festivals March
Taste of London

Taste of London

For five days each June, London's Regent Park transforms into a gourmet's Eden. Taste of London is the ultimate alfresco feast with incredible restaurants, delicious ...
Europe England London Food Festivals June
Tauron Nowa Muzyka

Tauron Nowa Muzyka

Tauron Nowa Muzyka sets itself apart from many other festivals across the European summer music calendar by combining an avant-garde programme with a unique setting ...
Europe Poland Katowice Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Tblisi International Film Festival

Tblisi International Film Festival

Originally part of Tblisi's International Festival of the Arts, in 2002 the Tbilisi International Film Festival first emerged as a stand-alone festival. Today it features ...
Europe Georgia Tbilisi Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals December
Temple Bar TradFest

Temple Bar TradFest

Fancy the fiddle? Pining for the pipes? If you like your music with an Irish bent, there's only one place to be come January; the ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Traditional Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals January
Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife Carnival

More than a quarter of a million party-goers from all corners of the globe converge on Santa Cruz, capital of the Canary Islands, for their ...
Europe Spain Tenerife Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parades February
The Battle of the Wine

The Battle of the Wine

Like your wine? Fancy a food-fight? Why not mix your hobbies at Haro's infamous, la Batalla del Vino, where wine becomes the weapon of choice? ...
Europe Spain Haro Bizarre Festivals Wine Festivals June
The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival started life in 1995 in response to the burgeoning wealth of emerging Irish comic talent with no clear national outlet ...
Europe Ireland Kilkenny Comedy Festivals May
The Championships Wimbledon

The Championships Wimbledon

For two weeks each June and July, the sporting world turns its attention to the leafy London 'burb of Wimbledon for the Championships — the ...
Europe England London Sporting Events June
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

With its signature blend of award winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international star names, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is a hotbed of debate and ...
Europe England Cheltenham Literature Festivals Book Fairs October
Tirana International Film Festival

Tirana International Film Festival

The European film festival circuit turns its attention to Albania for a week each November for the annual Tirana International Film Festival. Created in 2003, ...
Europe Albania Tirana Film Festivals Short Film Festivals November
Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Belgium's behemoth of dance — Tomorrowland — thunders into the appropriately named city of Boom over a weekend each July. What can revellers expect? How about ...
Europe Belgium Boom Electronic Dance Music Festivals July
Total Fight Masters

Total Fight Masters

Every March as the European Spring comes a tap-tap-a-tapping, the world's best boarders and freestyle skiers gather in Grandvalira ski resort in Andorra to battle ...
Europe Andorra Andorra la Vella Skiing and Snowboarding Events Winter Sports Events March
Totally Thames

Totally Thames

The annual Mayor's Thames Festival is London's only river-focused multi-arts festival and the largest of its kind in the world. Spanning the month of September, ...
Europe England London Nautical Events Family Festivals September
Tour de France

Tour de France

No sporting event evokes the national interest like the Tour de France does in its homeland. Le Tour is a French institution, a massive event ...
Europe France Paris Cycling Tours and Events Sporting Events National Festivals July
Transmediale

Transmediale

Berlin's Transmediale at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, features a diverse programme of media art and digital culture. For five days each January, Transmediale ...
Europe Germany Berlin New Media Festivals Art Festivals January
Transylvania Calling

Transylvania Calling

If you enjoy your electronica with a psychedelic twist and you find yourself in Romania this August when the moon is full, make your way ...
Europe Romania Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Trieste Film Festival

Trieste Film Festival

Held annually during the third week of January in the picturesque Italian port city, The Trieste Film Festival has become the leading festival of Central ...
Europe Italy Trieste Film Festivals Short Film Festivals January
Truck Festival

Truck Festival

Well into its second decade, Oxfordshire's Truck is one of the most respected events on the UK festival circuit. Having welcomed some of the biggest ...
Europe England Oxford Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals July
Umbria Jazz Festival

Umbria Jazz Festival

Over ten days each July picture-postcard Perugia takes on the mantle of jazz central during the Umbria Jazz Festival. Recognised as one of one of ...
Europe Italy Perugia Jazz Festivals July
UnderhillFest

UnderhillFest

UnderhillFest is an international festival of feature-length documentary film which takes place annually each year in the Montenegro capital of Podgorica — literal translation, 'under ...
Europe Montenegro Podgorica Film Festivals May
United Islands of Prague

United Islands of Prague

Prague's Kampa, Střelecký and Slovanský Islands and the adjacent river banks of the Vltava play host to the annual, United Islands of Prague. For three ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Electronic Dance Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals World Music Festivals June
Unseen Photo Fair

Unseen Photo Fair

Amsterdam's Unseen is a four day international photography fair that provides new photographers a platform and an audience that is often difficult to find. It ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Photography Festivals Art Festivals September
Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Like your festivals wind-swept, scorched and dripping with tradition? Then Up Helly Aa may just be the fest for you. For 24 hours on the ...
Europe Scotland Shetland Islands Traditional Festivals Historical Festivals January
V Festival

V Festival

A staple of the UK summer music festival calendar, the V Festival has been held across two comely stately parks for one epic cross-country weekend ...
Europe England Chelmsford Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals August
V-Dub Island

V-Dub Island

The iconic vee-dub takes centre stage for five days each August at the Isle of Wight's, V-Dub Island. Volkswagen aficionados travel from all over the ...
Europe England Isle of Wight Motor Shows Collectors Festivals August
Valletta Baroque Festival

Valletta Baroque Festival

The Valletta International Baroque Festival is a delightful celebration of the baroque identity of Malta's capital. First held in 2013, the festival utilises some of ...
Europe Malta Valletta Classical Music and Opera Festivals January
Vappu (Helsinki)

Vappu (Helsinki)

The end of April marks a very special time on the Finnish calendar; the beginning of Spring. Ask just about any Finn you care to ...
Europe Finland Helsinki National Festivals Street Parties May
Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

The Queen of the Adriatic, plays host to its own very unique celebration of Carnival each February (Carnevale di Venzia) and has done on and ...
Europe Italy Venice Carnival and Mardi Gras February
Ventureland

Ventureland

Not far from Utrecht, which means not far from Amsterdam, idyllic Henschotermeer, with its glistening lake, birch forest and sandy beaches, has been a favourite ...
Europe Netherlands Henschotermeer Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Versailles Festival

Versailles Festival

The spectacular Palace of Versailles opens it's not insignificant doors to the public for five weeks each summer, for a series of classical concerts, shows ...
Europe France Versailles Classical Music and Opera Festivals June
Viareggio Carnival

Viareggio Carnival

Italy's Carnevale di Viareggio has been building on its rep as one of Europe's finest street parades since it's troubled beginnings as a higher tax ...
Europe Italy Viareggio Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parades February
Vienna Christmas Markets

Vienna Christmas Markets

During the festive season, when her squares are bathed in a symphony of light, it's a magical time to be visiting historical Vienna. Head for ...
Europe Austria Vienna Christmas Markets Christmas December
Vienna Jazz Festival

Vienna Jazz Festival

The Viennese musical staples of opera and classical music, take a back seat each June as jazz comes to the fore during the annual Vienna ...
Europe Austria Vienna Jazz Festivals June
Vienna Photo Book Festival

Vienna Photo Book Festival

Over a June weekend, the Anzenberger Gallery and OstLicht Galerie für Fotografie in Vienna celebrate the photo book. In a convivial atmosphere, the Vienna Photo ...
Europe Austria Vienna Photography Festivals Book Fairs June
Vilnius Jazz Festival

Vilnius Jazz Festival

Since 1988 the Vilnius Jazz Festival has presented festival-goers with a smooth selection of contemporary jazz featuring local talent and a little jazz genius from ...
Europe Lithuania Vilnius Jazz Festivals October
Vinitaly

Vinitaly

Dubbed the largest wine show in the world, Vinitaly is a hugely important international wine competition and exposition held annually in the famed Italian wine ...
Europe Italy Verona Wine Festivals April
Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air

The village of Wacken may be but a dot on the map of the Northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein but ask any metal-head from Reykjavik ...
Europe Germany Wacken Heavy Metal Festivals Punk Festivals Rock Festivals August
Waterford Harvest Festival

Waterford Harvest Festival

For a week each September, the fine folk of Waterford pull out all the stops at the annual Waterford Harvest Festival. There's open-air markets, restaurants, ...
Europe Ireland Waterford Harvest Festivals Food Festivals September
Waves Vienna

Waves Vienna

Waves Vienna takes its brand of international alternative, electronic, rock, and club acts to venues in the city's 2nd District for four days each October. ...
Europe Austria Vienna Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Whirling Dervishes Festival

Whirling Dervishes Festival

The 13th century Sufi poet, Celaleddin Rumi (Mevlâna) is widely considered one of the world's great mystic philosophers. His religious writings and poetry are highly ...
Europe Turkey Konya Traditional Festivals Religious Events December
Wife Carrying World Championships

Wife Carrying World Championships

Like so many of the world's more bizarre events, wife carrying has it's origins buried deep in the bosom of an age old local tradition ...
Europe Finland Sonkajärvi Bizarre Festivals July
Wilderness Festival

Wilderness Festival

Oxfordshire's Wilderness Festival is fast gaining a reputation as one of the finest boutique fests in the UK. Set in the postcard-perfect Cornbury Park — ...
Europe England Oxford Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Wine Town Firenze

Wine Town Firenze

Grab a friend, grab a glass and join the beautiful people of Florence this May, as they take to their city's picturesque piazzas and historic ...
Europe Italy Florence Wine Festivals July
Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders

Brussels bursts at the seams with Christmas cheer each year at their annual Winter Wonders festival. Along its two kilometre course, visitors are greeted by ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Christmas Markets Christmas December
Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

Wireless is the premier multi-day festival set in North London's Finsbury Park. Over three stages, Wireless delivers the biggest and best of today's dance, pop, ...
Europe England London Popular Music Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals July
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

Black Pudding throwing has been around for...well, I'm not entirely sure to be honest. What I do know: Contestants assemble at at the Royal Oak ...
Europe England Ramsbottom Bizarre Festivals September
World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

Acknowledged as having founded the modern bodypainting art movement, the annual World Bodypainting Festival has been stunning guests with human works of art since 1998. ...
Europe Austria Pörtschach am Wörthersee Bizarre Festivals Art Festivals Nude Festivals July
World Championship of Hen Racing

World Championship of Hen Racing

When you think of the fastest card-carrying members of the animal kingdom, the cheetah, the greyhound, the thoroughbred steed, even the ostrich may spring to ...
Europe England Bonsall Bizarre Festivals August
World Conker Championships

World Conker Championships

Bonkers for conkers? Why not try your hand at the World Conker Championships held at Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick. For the uninitiated, conkers is a ...
Europe England Peterborough Bizarre Festivals October
World Cup of Pastry

World Cup of Pastry

Pastry perfectionists gather each January in Lyon to fashion, sculpt and mould the most magnificent, mouth-watering desserts this side of the Dordogne in the annual ...
Europe France Lyon Food Festivals January
World Egg Throwing Championships

World Egg Throwing Championships

The Lincolnshire hamlet of Swaton is home to one of Britain's more eggcentric competitive gatherings; the annual World Egg Throwing Championships. Contestants scramble over distances ...
Europe England Swaton Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals June
World Festival of Animated Film Varna

World Festival of Animated Film Varna

From 1979 to 1989, the Bulgarian Black Sea resort city of Varna welcomed many of the biggest names in animation from behind the Iron Curtain ...
Europe Bulgaria Varna Animation Film Festivals Film Festivals September
World Nettle Eating Championships

World Nettle Eating Championships

Those wacky Brits are at it again and this one's really hard to swallow. With nothing more than a little of the amber nectar for ...
Europe England Lyme Regis Bizarre Festivals June
World Pizza Championships

World Pizza Championships

Part Italian snack, part theatre! Think boy band dance moves mixed with gymnastics floor routines and to that add a generous dose of fun and ...
Europe Italy Parma Food Festivals April
World Press Photo

World Press Photo

Since 1955 (well before you had that fancy schmancy digital camera) the World Press Photo competition has kicked off it's global tour in Amsterdam. See ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Photography Festivals April
World Testicle Cooking Championship

World Testicle Cooking Championship

Every summer in Serbia they turn nuts into nibbles at the annual World Testicle Cooking Championships. Cow, boar, lamb, stallion even kangaroo testicles get the ...
Europe Serbia Mutanj Bizarre Festivals Food Festivals August
World Village Festival

World Village Festival

Over a weekend each May the World Village Festival sets up camp in Helsinki's Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square. There's a number of stages featuring ...
Europe Finland Helsinki World Music Festivals Multicultural Festivals African Music and Dance Festivals May
World's Biggest Liar Competition

World's Biggest Liar Competition

If we're honest, we've all bent the truth at least once or twice. Just some of us do it with a little more panache than ...
Europe England Holmrook Bizarre Festivals November
Wrocław Industrial Festival

Wrocław Industrial Festival

Founded in 2001, the Wroclaw Industrial Festival remains one of the most important conventions for the industrial music scene — a style of experimental music ...
Europe Poland Wroclaw Punk Festivals Heavy Metal Festivals November
Zaragoza Film Festival

Zaragoza Film Festival

For nine days in November, film-lovers and film-industry bods make their way to Zaragoza for the annual Zaragoza Film Festival. The programme includes feature films, ...
Europe Spain Zaragoza Film Festivals Short Film Festivals November
Zigante Truffle Days

Zigante Truffle Days

For true foodies, there's nothing quite like the delicate taste of truffles. Coming to Croatia's Northern Cape is like entering paradise. While three black varieties ...
Europe Croatia Pula Food Festivals Cultural Festivals September

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