In many ways, Europe is the hub of culture & festive celebrations in the Western World. For wanderers and world explorers, Europe is a dream place to go. Its diverse culture, language, and rich history is the reason why it is on the bucket list of every traveler.
Cities like Paris, Venice, and Prague have been the center of music, art, dance, and theatre for a very long time. There’s no doubt in the fact that the festivals in Europe are the largest in the world.
Festivals in Europe has its festive celebrations in its unique way. The focus remains solely on the festive celebrations, from folk art to metal music and from modern art to natural beauty. Whether it’s food, music, nature, or art, Europe has something for everyone.
List of 11 Festivals in Europe:
In the coming years, the festive celebrations seem promising. Although the existing festivals, without a doubt, will blow your minds.
- La Tamborrada Festival: This festival is among the famous and the noisiest festival of Spain that begins on 20th January. A great number of men, women, and kids come out on the streets and play drums throughout the day. A festive celebration is bound to be remembered.
- Carnival Of Venice: The carnival begins with all its glory from the 16th of February till the 5th of March. It features elaborated masks. Even though it has old roots but it makes an effort to rejuvenate the culture of this big city. Every year, approximately 3 million people are witnessing this 20-day carnival. The festive celebrations include a water parade, a grand ball, and a popular competition of the best mask design.
- St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day is a spring festival celebrated in Ireland on the 17th of March. It is a celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. On this day, everyone wears green color, the color of the shamrock. It includes parades and marches.
- Cannes Film Festival: It is the world’s largest premier film festival. This festival witnesses the broadcasting of the most excellent movies of the year. It takes place at Palais des Festival et des Congres from 14th to 25th May. Moreover, every year the festival honors the best film with Palm d’Or. Owing to its grace, it is one of the best festivals in Europe.
- Rock Im Park Festival: Rock Im Park festival is one of the most popular rock festivals that take place in Nuremberg from 7th to 9th June. Named rock stars like David Bowie, Eddie Van Halen, Gun n Roses, and others have had their performances. Every year, this festival sees more than 150,000 people from all over the world.
- Glastonbury Festival: It is a special festival that takes place in Somerset, England from 26th June till 30th June. It plays a major part in British culture. Famous and popular art performers take part in this festival. Almost 2 million people attend this festival. Beyoncé, Coldplay, and other popular pop stars have performed at the festival. Glastonbury festival, without a doubt, is the most popular music festival in Europe.
- San Fermin: It is a traditional festival that begins from the 7th of July till the 14th of July in Pamplona, Spain. Over the week, almost a million people take part in the various festivities. Such as the San Fermin procession, the Struendo, and the closing somber ceremony of Pobre De Mi. Moreover, the festival is famous for the running of the bulls, held at 8 am.
- La Tomatina Festival: This festival is the biggest food festival that takes place in Buñol on the 28th of August. It is a tomato fight. People from all over the world take part in this tomato-smashing festival.
- Creamfields: It is a dance music festival beginning from 27th to 30th August in Daresbury, England. It lasts for four days giving camping opportunities to the visitors.
- Oktoberfest: It is one of the top beer festivals in Europe that takes place in Munich, Germany on 22nd September. This festival is the celebration of the folk culture of Bavaria. Restaurateurs and riflemen hold parades in their traditional costumes.
- Amsterdam Light Festival: At this festival, the whole city lights up celebrating from the 28th of November till the 19th of January. National and international light artists display their work throughout the city center. Out of many submissions by designers and architects, only 30 artworks win consideration. This festival, without a shed of doubt, is the most awaited festival in Europe.
Other festivals in Europe that are celebrated over the year
Apart from the above-mentioned festivals, there is a list that goes on.
- Up Helly Aa – 28 Jan- Scotland
- The Carnival Of Ivrea – 3rd week of February- Italy
- Maslenitsa – 4 to 10 March- Eastern Europe
- Carnava – 3-5 Mar 2020- Netherland
- Soundwave Festival – 20 April- Croatian Coastline
- Pizzafest – 29 May to 7 June- Naples
- Klapa Music Festival – 29 June to 21 July
- Colors Of Ostrava – 15 to 18 July
- Dead Good Fun – 29 July- Galicia
- Lavender Mob – 3 to 7 August- France
- Sziget Festival – 5 to 12 August- Budapest
- Mad For Folk – 9 to 11 August- Italy
- Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival – 10 to 18 August- Yorkshire
- Dimensions Festival – 13 to 18 August- Croatia
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 3 to 27 August
- Water Jousting – 23 to 28 August- Venice
- Reading & Leeds Festival – 28 to 30 August
- Noble Grapes – 15 September
- Flamenco Fair – 20 to 24 September- Spain
- Bratislava Music Festival – 25 September to 1 October
If you get a chance to visit Europe, don’t miss out on these festivals. These festive celebrations will give you great memories that you’ll cherish forever.