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Europe Festival Calendar March 2019
2 – 5 March
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. . . ? ).
15 March – 6 April (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
15 – 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
14 – 21 April 2019 5 – 11 April 2020
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. Holy Week in Seville Info.
30 March – 1 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
5 – 12 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
8 – 13 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.
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
4 – 11 May
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
27 April (27 April but 26th if 27th falls on Sunday)
NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Koningsdag, King’s Day (a national holiday). This 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