Festivals are one of the best ways to experience a new country, city or culture. Europe has plenty of festivals and events that will blow your mind, from Oktoberfest to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best festivals in Europe for you to check out:
L’Escalet – Spain
For those who are looking for a festival that is a bit different, L’Escalet is the place to go. Located in the province of Girona, Catalonia it is known for its ‘Bulls and Fireworks Festival’. This festival takes place on the last weekend of August and consists of bullfights, music concerts and fireworks displays.
La Tomatina – Spain
La Tomatina is the world’s biggest food fight, and it happens every year in Buñol, Spain.
The festival takes place on the last Wednesday of August as thousands of people gather to drench each other in tomatoes. The festival began as a celebration for workers who harvested tomatoes from local farms but has since become more popular and attracts tourists from all over the world.
If you’re planning on going… be prepared! After all those people throw tomatoes at each other for hours on end, there’s bound to be some mess left behind.
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival – China
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is held in Harbin, China every year. It is a celebration of winter, and it takes place on the Songhua River. The festival features ice sculptures that are lighted up at night.
Oktoberfest – Germany
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and takes place in Munich, Germany. The festival lasts for 16 days from late September to early October. During this time over six million people come together to celebrate Bavarian culture, enjoy traditional food and drink (including the famous Oktoberfest beer), listen to folk music performances by local bands and dance the night away at one of many live concerts held throughout the grounds during Oktoberfest.
Carnival is a festival that takes place before the Christian season of Lent. It is a celebration of the beginning of the Catholic New Year, and it’s also known as Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”). Carnival originated in Europe, but it has spread all over the world over time.
People wear costumes and masks during this festival, which they may make themselves or buy from stores. They dance through the streets while playing music on drums and other instruments!
Running of the Bulls – Spain
The Running of the Bulls is a festival held annually in Pamplona, Spain. The event began in July 6, 1392 and has been held every year since then except for during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). It lasts for seven days each year during which time people watch as bulls are released from their pens and run through narrow streets towards an arena where they will be killed by professional bullfighters called matadors.
The festival started because San Fermin (Saint Fermin), who was a Christian hermit monk who lived during Roman times, was said to have saved Pamplona from invading Visigoths on July 7th 541 A.D.. This story has become so popular that people come from all over Europe to participate in this tradition every year!
Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Scotland
In August every year, the streets of Edinburgh come alive with the sounds of comedy, music and drama. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival and one of its most popular events. The festival was first held in 1947 as part of a plan to revitalize Edinburgh after World War II by bringing more tourists into the city. Since then it has grown into an annual event that attracts over 3 million people from all over the world who attend performances at more than 1,500 venues across Scotland’s capital city during its month-long run from mid-August through early September (with some shows continuing into October).
The Fringe offers something for everyone: comedy acts; theater productions; dance performances; musical concerts; visual arts exhibitions – even street performers can participate! There are no entry fees required to attend any shows at any time during this massive undertaking so if you’re looking for some great entertainment options then consider planning your trip around this incredible celebration!
Venice Carnival – Italy
The Venice Carnival is a festival held annually in Venice, Italy. The Carnival of Venice was first held in 1162. The festival lasts for five days with the last day being the most important. It begins on Shrove Tuesday and ends on Fat Thursday or Mardi Gras (the day before Ash Wednesday).
The main event of this celebration is a parade that takes place during the evening hours of Mardi Gras where people dress up as masked characters known as “masqueraders” or “carnevalesques”. These masks can be made from cardboard or papier-mache and worn over their faces so that no one knows who they are under there! There are also floats built specifically for these occasions which carry people through town while playing music loud enough for everyone nearby to hear it!
Cervia Summer Festival and Regatta- Italy
Cervia is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It is a seaside resort on the Adriatic coast, about 50 km south of Verona.
The main attraction is the annual regatta, held in late June and early July every year since 1884. The Cervia Regatta takes place over three days and has become one of Europe’s most prestigious sailing events with more than 1,200 boats taking part each year – from dinghies to maxi-yachts (the longest ever recorded was 82 metres).
South Beach Food & Wine Festival- Florida, USA
South Beach Food & Wine Festival
The South Beach Food & Wine Festival takes place from February 27 to March 2, 2019. It is held at various locations around Miami and Fort Lauderdale, including the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
The festival highlights include food tastings, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. The festival also includes live music performances by popular artists such as Gloria Estefan, Pitbull and Tank! Tank!. Tickets cost $125 per person (or $150 if bought after January 31) but include access to all events during the four-day weekend including access to all tasting events on Friday evening only; Saturday’s Grand Tasting event which includes unlimited sampling of more than 60 wines plus unlimited bites from dozens of restaurants; Sunday Brunch Extravaganza featuring over 30 chefs preparing their best brunch dishes along with live music performances by Gloria Estefan & Friends featuring Marc Anthony & Chayanne – plus much more!
Europe is a continent with a rich history and culture, and these festivals are just one example of this. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just want to experience something new, we hope that our list has inspired you!