Five unmissable European events this autumn

As summer fades and autumn turns the leaves to brown, you would be forgiven for thinking that the rest of Europe would be heading for hibernation. But you’d be mistaken! We’ve rounded up some of the continent’s top events and festivals to look forward to this September and October. As you have a look through the events you’ll agree that one thing is certain – there’s plenty more to look forward to in 2018!

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
The world famous Munich Oktoberfest beer festival is happening this year from the 22nd of September. It’s time to put on your lederhosen as you join festival-goers from all around the world in Munich to celebrate Bavarian culture and beer from the original six Munich breweries. It’s been going since 1810 and has grown into the world’s largest Volksfest (a combination of beer festival and travelling funfair) with over 7 million litres of beer – over 12 million pints – being served over the 16 days.

Ticket Price: Beer tents are free to enter, beers cost around £10 a litre and a full meal will set you back 12 pounds.
Dates: 22 September – 7 October 2018

Regata Storica, Venice, Italy
One of Venice’s most important events happens on the first Sunday of September every year: the Regata Storica. It is an event of two parts: first, the historical boat parade made up of colourful 16th century-style boats manned by a crew of traditionally dressed oarsmen, followed by a series of rowing races. The celebrations aren’t limited to the water, with festivities spread throughout the city starting in the day and continuing well into the night.

Ticket Price: Free (there are options to pay for reserved seating).
Dates: 2 September 2018

Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Budapest, Hungary
With over 150 events offering design, literature, music and dance; the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival is one of the highlights of the European contemporary arts calendar. It’s a must-visit for the music concerts (ranging from jazz to classical and crossover), the theatre productions, and the fine-art and design exhibitions.

Ticket Price: Various
Dates: 5 – 21 October 2018

Festival of Lights, Berlin, Germany
One of the largest and most famous light festivals in the world, the Festival of Lights in Berlin is not to be missed. Hosted in the centre of Berlin, the city’s world-famous sights and monuments are transformed. Featuring international artists, you can experience the wonder of light projections, 3D video light displays, and light installations that attract over 650,000 visitors every year.

Ticket Price: Free
Dates: 5 – 14 October 2018

Eurochocolate Festival, Perugia, Italy
Perugia is one of the top cities in Tuscany, Italy, and comes alive from mid-October as the city plays host to the Eurochocolate Festival. The festival celebrates its 25th birthday this year and promises to be better than ever. For ten days the city is nearly unrecognisable as it hosts almost 1 million visitors, the streets smell of chocolate, and every imaginable variety is on display and available for sampling.

Ticket Price: Free
Dates: 19 – 28 October 2018

So whether you’re looking for a new cultural experience, to sample food and drink from a different country, or to immerse yourself in bygone times, there’s a festival for you this autumn.

We’ve showcased our top 5 for September and October, but there is so much more on offer! Many of the festivals that we’ve shown you here are free to enter, but note that most have additional side events that are paid for separately and should be booked in advance. We’re sure you’ll have a great time!

Inspiring European Summer Festivals for 2018

If you’re planning a European holiday this summer, there are lots of exciting events you could visit. Let’s take a closer look, so you can get some great ideas and inspiration for your trip!

France
Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris, France on 14th July, when the city is alive with festivals, fun and frolics. Festivities include spectacular fireworks over the Eiffel Tower and a free music concert. Most events are free, and you can spend a little if you want to sit in a private yacht to watch the festivities.

Also in France and stretching from 15th June until 8th July, the Festival de Marseille is a riot of dance, theatre, music and art. The festival attracts thousands of visitors to Marseille, and it costs around £45 to be a part of a small bike tour.

Italy
Food lovers will enjoy the Stragusto Food Festival held in Trapani, a pretty Sicilian town, from 23rd to 26th July. The stalls offer delicious street food from around the Mediterranean including Greek, Moroccan and Serbian cuisine among many others.

Czech Republic
If you’re looking for something different, the Road Junky Festival of Creativity is held every year from 22nd June to 2nd July in the Czech Republic. Campers can enjoy creative workshops all day long including dance, shiatsu, fire-making, music and singing. It’s a great chance to learn or teach something. Other activities include story-telling, bush-crafts, juggling and baking cakes. Tickets are around £200 which includes food.

Finland
The Seurasaari Midsummer Bonfires is held in Helsinki on 22nd and 23rd June. The festival takes place on Seurasaari Island in an open-air museum and includes several outdoor and indoor events, including folk heritage, folk dances and music. Tickets are around £20 on the day and children under 12 can enter for free.

Romania
The Electric Castle Festival in Romania takes place between 18th and 22nd July when the entire Transylvanian Banffy Castle is lit up in honour of the annual music festival. Enjoy a variety of rock, indie, electronic and reggae music with tickets starting at £148.

Austria
Love combining art and fun? Consider visiting Austria between 8th and 14th July to watch top artists of the world go head-to-head for body painting. The surreal World Bodypainting Festival is followed by a massive after-party with more than 50 DJs. Ticket prices start at under £20 per day.

As you can see, there are numerous music, food, dance, art and theatre festivals taking place across Europe, offering plenty to choose from. Some are mainstream, and some seem downright odd, but whatever you’re into, Europe has something great to offer you this summer!