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European Festivals
2016 Calendar January, February, March



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hogmanay new year celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Hogmanay, Scotland. December 30 - January 1 annually.


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European Festivals are not as dull as they may sound! Italy's Venice Carnival, for example, is one of the most colourful events in Europe, set in an exquisite location and with little chance of robbery on your person. Or there's the mad Edinburgh Festival, one of many world-beating summer festivals that will knock your dull brown socks off.

If you want to ensure easy communication and organised facilities then UK festivals are plentiful and increasingly interesting, though the weather is unreliable and getting concert tickets requires forward planning or a big wad.

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


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30 Dec - 1 January

SCOTLAND, Edinburgh's Hogmanay - one of world's best New year Celebrations, a truly wild and wooly underwear occasion, with an huge 'Strrt Party, a torchlight procession, a Fire Festival, fireworks, concerts and much insobriety, in a city dark yet strangely light... Edinburgh Guide, Pictures


31 Dec. - 16 March 2015
(dates varied)

TBA for 2016 Season


AUSTRIA, 'Le Grand Bal' at the Hofburg Imperial Palace on New Year's Eve and Vienna's Glorious Ball season - dazzling dances in a blizzard of snow, elegance and music, especially Vienna's New Year's Day Concert. Vienna Pictures

1 January

FRANCE, Paris Grand Parade - massive and colourful. Paris Photos 


Weekend mid- January

SPAIN, San Anton Festival in the village of Canillas de Albaida - a typical rural Andalusian fiesta for their patron saint San Anton, with lots of horses, music, dance and a parade.


20 - 24 January

SWEDEN, Kiruna Snow Festival - It's all white in the snowy north as reindeers race, dog sleds drift and artists sculpt ice into fantasy forms. Kiruna is Sweden's northmost city and 145 km north of the Arctic Circle. Sweden Pictures Guide 


26 January
the last Tuesday in January

SCOTLAND, Up Helly Aa - 'Europe's largest fire festival', a spectacular community tradition celebrating their rich Viking heritage, annually held in Lerwick, Shetland. Costume marches, torchlight parades, burning a viking boat and the parties go on and on long after the last flames fade away. Scotland Guide, Islands Pictures


23 January - 9 February

ITALY, Carnival of Venice - colourful, fascinating, funny and a superbly costumed environment in spectacular St Mark's Square and the misty, magical streets around. For the full flavour, buy a mask, rent a costume and go to a palazzo ball (the best is the Doge's Ball). Watch Video the below in February section. Carnevale di Venezia website



A giant Mantis on the Promenade des Anglais during Nice Carnival, Côte d'Azur, France

2015's Nice Carnival, Côte d'Azur, France. It will take place on 12 - 28 February 2016.



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23 January - 9 February

ITALY, Carnival of Venice - see last January post, above.


6 - 9 February

ITALY, Ivrea Carnival, Storico Carnevale di Ivrea, Piedmont district of Turin - another colourful carnival, but with a different ending as the whole town partakes in a monstrous orange fight, 'Battle of the Oranges', Battaglia delle Arance, starts at 2:00pm on the Carnival Sunday. Wear a tall, red hat if you don't wish to participate (or was it don't wear a tall red hat...?).

5 - 18 Feb.
Starts first
Friday and
lasts 17 days

DENMARK, Copenhagen Copenhagen Winter Jazz Festival - a two-week winter edition of a famous jazz summer festival held in the capital, now renowned as northern Europe's largest festival city.


12 - 28 Feb.
and week-ends)

FRANCE, Nice Carnival, the Cote d'Azur - a brilliant event on the lovely promenade of a terrific city, but not every day and parades are basically the same so one is probably enough. And half an hour along the coast Menton is having a small but colourful Lemon Festival during approximately the same period. See below. Le Carnaval de Nice


13 February - 2 March


France, Lemon Festival (Fête du Citron), Menton on the Cote d'Azur - a bright and cheerful event with the local park full of themed structures faced with citrus fruit, as well as parades over 18 days.


8 February

England, China Town, London, Chinese New Year - the largest New Year celebration outside Asia, with traditional costumes, spectacles, fireworks and processions.


2 - 10 Feb. (Parades on
7th and 9th


SPAIN, Sitges Carnival near Barcelona - the wildest, gayest party of the year in Spain.


8 - 10 February (8th Rose
Monday parade)

GERMANY, Cologne Carnival (Kolner Karneval) - Germany's answer to Mardi Gras, a huge event marking the beginning of Lent, local festivities and the highlight being "the crazy days", the street carnival, and the monster Rose Monday parade.


7 - 10 February
(actually starts
at 11:11am 11th
Nov. 2015 till
Ash Wednesday)


GERMANY, Düsseldorf Karneval (Carnival) - another massive, outrageous and psychedelic occasion; Rose Monday Parade is probably the best for wacky dress.


15 - 17 February

BELGIUM, Binche Carnival, Carnaval de Binche - one of Belgium's wildest parties, a UNESCO Heritage event (as 'Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'), half an hour south of Brussels. Sunday and Tuesday are best.


19 February - 19 March
(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.



Fallas de Valencia festival,  Spain

Fallas de Valencia, Spain. 15 - 19 March.


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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


19 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.


17 - 20 March
(Parade on 17th)

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


20 - 27 March

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.


26 - 27 March
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


27 March

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

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