European Festivals and Fun for Every Month of the Year

JANUARY

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First, we’re heading to Kiruna, Sweden to celebrate winter at the Snowfestival. Taking place at the latter end of the month, this event offers everything from snow-sculptures to painting exhibitions to children’s playgrounds made entirely out of snow.

FEBRUARY

Venetian Carnival

Elaborately decorated masks are synonymous with the Venetian Carnival. During this festival well-dressed revelers make their way through the streets to parties that go long into the night. During the day you’ll find plenty of locals dressed up, a scene perfect for taking pictures, as well as stalls selling food, drink and souvenirs.

MARCH

St. Patrick's Day parade

St Patrick’s Day in Dublin has turned into quite the festival with lots of green beer and plenty of blarney and craic. Here you’ll find the city streets filled with people and the pubs bursting at the seams with merrymakers. There’s a parade on St Patrick’s Day itself (March 17) as well as plenty of other events scattered throughout the city.

APRIL

Snowbombing

Snowbombing is a week-long festival filled with DJs and bands with an equal opportunity to ski or relax in one of the hotel spas. Located in a beautiful alpine setting in Austria, attendees can also enjoy igloos, enchanted forests and plenty of other activities.

MAY

Street dancing, fireworks, and musical performances are all part of the one of the biggest holidays in Madrid, the San Isidro Festival. The festivities are in celebration of San Isidro, Madrid’s patron saint, and are located all around the city.

JUNE

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Glastonbury Festival is probably one of the most iconic festivals in Europe. In addition to being a five-day music festival, you’ll also find plenty of comedy, theatre, circus and cabaret shows amongst others. Nowadays, the event is a big hit with celebrities from across the globe and tickets sell out in less than 24 hours. Every fifth year the festival doesn’t usually take place, to allow to land, locals and organizers a break.

JULY

Roskilde Fesrtival

The Roskilde Festival, the largest music festival in Northern Europe, takes place is Denmark each year. It covers an array of music types allowing for a diverse crowd. Primarily aimed at Scandinavian youthsm it is quickly becoming popular with the rest of Europe, especially the UK.

AUGUST

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held in the town of Bunol, Spain. It used to be a free for all, but now tickets must be bought and there are a few rules to follow. That said, thousands of people make their way to this town to throw one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in the streets.

SEPTEMBER

Lollapalooza

Germany is the first European city to join the ranks of Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Argentina as well as the original US Lollapalooza. As with the rest of the Lollapaloozas, Berlin will also be about bringing music, food, art and social responsibility together, to merge multiple cultures and lifestyles into something magical.

OCTOBER

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This festival starts in September and finishes in October and is known around the world for its celebration of beer — it is of course the Munich Oktoberfest. Here you’ll find plenty to drink, with tents filled with tables of revelers all enjoying some of Germany’s finest beers. There’s also plenty of other entertainment going on outside the tents, including fairground rides and food stalls.

NOVEMBER

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With so many holiday markets going on Germany is practically one big Christmas celebration. Some of the best are located in the cities of Esslingen, which has a medieval theme, Wurzburg, which has a high probability of snow, and Rothenburg, which is akin to a medieval Disneyland.

DECEMBER

Hogmanay

Though technically celebrating the new year, Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and its celebrations are legendary. There’s plenty of food and drink as well as torch lit processions, fireworks, concerts and fire dancing.

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