European Festivals – 2017 Calendar March, April

2017 Festival dates and information

Semana Santa procession, Seville, Spain

Semana Santa, Seville, Spain. 9 – 15 April 2017.

Calendar Dates are sometimes unconfirmed and occasionally unreliable, so check before booking. TBC/A = To Be Confirmed/Announced

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March 2017

18 Feb – 19
(Usually around St. Joseph’s day 19th March)

GERMANY, Munich, Starkbierzeit, Strong Beer Festival (also known as Strong Beer Season or Time), a 300-year traditional beer-swilling, belly-swinging, guttural-singing, mostly German celebration. It lasts 2 to 4 weeks depending on the venues.

15 – 19 March
(Same date every year)

SPAIN, Fallas de Valencia – a madly explosive carnival/fiesta combination that will blow your socks off. Locals spend 5 days partying – parades, pageants and moderate fireworks then on the last night, they turn off all the city lights and set fire to hundreds of massive high quality papier-maché caricatures stuffed with fireworks around the city. Kaboom. Spain Travel Guide

Fallas de Valencia float, Spain. 15 - 19 March.

Fallas de Valencia, Spain. 15 – 19 March.

16 – 19 March
(Parade on 16th)

IRELAND, Dublin St Patrick’s Festival and St Patrick’s Day Parade – a wild, green five days, including a huge parade. p. s. What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and a funeral? There’s one less drunk person at the funeral. Ireland Travel

April 2017

9 – 15 Apr ’17
25 – 31 Mar ’18
14 – 20 Apr ’19
5 – 11 Apr ’20

SPAIN, Seville and Granada, Holy Week, Semana Santa – hundreds of shuffling pointy-hooded penitents, torch lit processions up to the Easter weekend in gorgeous cities. The premium time is during the night/early morning of Thursday-Good Friday.

4 – 9 April

AUSTRIA, Mayrhofen, Snowbombing Festival – a week long live music event, with wild bands and world-class DJs in a fantasy alpine setting. This ‘Ibiza in the Snow’ is regarded by many as ‘the Greatest Show on Snow’. It was the UK Festival Award’s ‘Best Overseas Festival’ winner in 2010.

8 – 24 April

HUNGARY Budapest Spring Music Festival – all sorts of arts, music, drama, dance, exhibitions, poetry and kid’s stuff, local and international, in a fine European city. Budapest Pictures

15 – 16 April
Easter weekend

GREECE, Chios Island, Vrontados, Church Rocket War, Rouketopolemos – two rival churches fire around 60, 000 firework rockets at each other between 8pm on Holy Saturday and 0: 30am Easter Sunday. A heaven-sent art attack? Greece Guide

16 April

ITALY, Florence, Scoppio del Carro – festive ‘Explosion of the Cart’ in Piazza del Duomo on Easter Sunday, set off by a mechanical dove driven from the Altar during High Mass. What madness is this? Florence Pictures

12 – 17 April

SPAIN La Feria de Abril (April Fair) in Seville – Seville’s best spring party with traditional dress, parades, dancing and boisterous parties in a gorgeous environment. Seville Pictures

Late April – the
end of October

FRANCE Chaumont International Garden Festival – 30 wonderful and sometimes wacky show gardens around a perfect chateau (castle) in the Loire Valley, in a long summer every year. More info. France Travel Guide

26 April – 1 May

ENGLAND, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham International Jazz Festival – the UK’s top jazz fest in a lovely location.

27 April
(27 April but 26th
if 27th falls on Sunday)

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Koningsdag, King’s Day (a national holiday), is an annual cerebration for their King’s birthday also known as Orange Festival (former Queens Day), for lovers of the colour orange, beer and dope, this is a massive street and canal-boat dance party, starting the night before. Amsterdam Photos

Koningsdag (Orange Day). The city streets and canals burst with orange as locals and visitors enjoy this city-wide celebration. Orange-pride, live music, parties, boats and street markets, this is an electric atmosphere not to be missed.

Chaumont Garden Festival, Loire Valley, France

Chaumont Garden Festival, Loire Valley, France. 21 April – 02 November 2016, TBA for 2017.

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2017 Festival dates and information

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