Summer Festival Watch: Europe

It’s officially summer in Europe! Don your party gear and head over to the continent May to August for some of the liveliest festivities you’ll ever see.



May 19–23:   Chelsea Flower Show, London
May 21–24:  Monaco Grand Prix
May 24:  Vogalonga Regatta, Venice
May 22–25:  Carnival of Cultures, Berlin
May 22–25:  Meistertrunk Show, Rothenburg (historic play and market, medieval costumes, Biergarten parties)
May 29-31. Oslo Middelalderfestival.


June 1–30:  Annual Flower Display, Florence (carpet of flowers on main square)
June 4–6:  Nos Primavera Sound, Porto (indie music festival)
June 11-13. Norwegian Wood. Rock festival.
June 16:  Bloomsday, Dublin (James Joyce festival)
June 18–21:  Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova (Burning Man-like arts festival)
June 19–July 10:  Granada International Festival of Music and Dance
June 23:  Sankthansaften (St. John’s Eve; midsummer festival)
June 24:  Festival of St. John the Baptist (bonfires and fireworks)
June 29–July 12:  Wimbledon Tennis Championship, London
Late June–late August:  Summer on the Chain Bridge, Budapest (food stalls and performers)


July:  Jousting matches and medieval festivities, Carcassonne
July 6–14:  Running of the Bulls (Fiesta de San Fermín), Pamplona
July 7–12:  Nice Jazz Festival, France
July 10–August 25:  Dubrovnik Summer Festival
July 13–26:  Galway Arts Festival, Ireland
July 15–19:  International Folklore Festival, Zagreb (costumes, songs, dances from all over Croatia)
July 25:  Feast Day of St. James, Santiago de Compostela
July–August:  Ancient Olympia International Festival (music, dance, and theater at the site of the ancient Olympics)

August:  Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland (music, dance, shows)
August 1–3:  International Beer Festival, Berlin
August 10–12:  Puck Fair, Killorglin, County Kerry (“Ireland’s Oldest Fair” and drink-fest)
August 10–17:  Sziget Festival, Budapest (rock and pop music)
August 16–23:  Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Odense
August 28–September 6:  Aarhus Festival, Denmark (music, dance, theater)
August 30–31:  Notting Hill Carnival, London (costumes, Caribbean music)


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