Just because summer is over it doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Fill up your weekend diary with trips to these super exciting events throughout Europe this Autumn. From food festivals to traditional parades there really is something for everyone, there’s a diverse range of fun.
1. Bestival, Isle of Wight (September 10-13)
If you’ve suffered some serious FOMO this year as all your friends went to Glastonbury or Reading, remember that you can still get your British music festival fix. Make your way over to the Isle of Wight and catch Missy Elliott, The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran and more incredible acts at Bestival. There are a few tickets left but be quick if you want to get your hands on one!
2. The Galway Oyster Festival (September 25-27)
If you’re looking for something more unusual for your trip, then an entire weekend dedicated to oysters should be ideal. This annual tradition began in the Irish city in 1954, and events include the World Oyster Opening Championships, live music, cooking demonstrations and plenty of oysters and beer to indulge in.
3. Juliet’s Birthday, Verona (September 12)
Any bookworms and Shakespeare fans should head over to the beautiful ancient city of Verona in Italy to celebrate the birthday of Romeo and Juliet‘s Giulietta in the Italian location where the story is set. The historic town comes to life as the streets are filled with parades, dancing and street performers.
4. Holi Fusion, Maastricht (September 12)
Inspired by the ancient Indian ritual of Holi, this unique event in the Netherlands combines those traditional values of unity and community with some unmissable parties. The one-day event takes place along the river Maas, with stunning views, and is crammed full of DJs, dancing and vibrant colours.
5. Halloween, Transylvania (October 31)
Halloween is celebrated almost everywhere in Europe, but this spooky holiday is taken to a whole new level in Transylvania. Home to legendary villains including Vlad the Impala and Dracula, there are plenty of Medieval streets and Gothic castles – with plenty of myths and legends of paranormal activity – for a historically accurate and terrifying Halloween.
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6. Oktoberfest, Munich (September 19- October 4)
A whole festival completely dedicated to beer? No wonder it makes the cut in so many travel bucket lists. This 16-day German folk festival is the world’s largest beer event, and typically attracts over six million people. Enjoy as much beer as you could ever want, as well as traditional folk costumes, German food, theme park rides and stalls for the perfect mini-break.
7. Awakenings, Amsterdam (October 15-17)
If you missed out on the hugely popular Awakenings festival in June, and you’re a big fan of techno music, then head over to the mini weekend version of the festival in October. Be prepared for plenty of DJs, amazing venus and very little sleep.
8. Zurich Christmas Market Opening (November 26)
If you are too excited to wait for Christmas, then make it come early by visiting the largest Christmas market in Switzerland on its opening night. Surrounded by over a hundred decorated trees you can marvel at the beautifully crafted Christmas markets, snack on traditional Swiss food and get cracking with your present buying.
9. Après Ski Praha- Winter Sports Festival, Prague (November 28-29)
Set on the Vitava river embankment, this mini snow park hosts a weekend dedicated to winter sports, including a mini ski slope, races, competitions, exhibitions and tobogganing.
10. New Wine and Cheese Festival, Budapest (November 29-30)
As you have probably guessed from our round-up, any festivals celebrating food and good drink is always a winner. This event sees winemakers show off their new wine in the fairy tale-esque Vajdahunyad Castle. They are paired with delicious artisan cheeses for a luxurious festival in a beautiful setting.