European Festivals, May, June 2017-07-17T17:36:20+00:00

European Festivals 2017 Listings May, June

Sunrise over Stonhenge during the summer solstice, England

Stonehenge Summer Solstice, Wiltshire, England. June 21.

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

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May Festivals 2017

6 – 28 May

ENGLAND Brighton Festival – a 3 week annual outdoor celebration of all kind of arts. It is regarded as England’s biggest curated mixed arts festival which attracts some of the most innovative artist and companies from UK and the would as well as some of the most adventurous audiences.

Saturdays May
to September
in different
Rhine locations.

GERMANY, Rhine in Flames, down the River Rhine from Linz to Bonn on summer nights – a massive and amazing coordinated fireworks display from boats, stately buildings and the surrounding countryside. Germany Travel

7 May – 4
June ’16
TBA for ’17

CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Spring International Music Festival – one of Europe’s best classical music events, with some of world’s leading soloists and orchestras in outstandingly medieval Prague.

12 May – 18

AUSTRIA, Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) – this 5 week event offers a wide range of arts, especially music, naturally, but also dance and theatre, sometimes challenging pieces, all set in magnificent buildings. Vienna Pictures

17 May
(same date
every year)

NORWAY, Oslo Constitution Day – celebrates independence from Denmark, with folk music, parades, entertainment and people in traditional costumes.

17 – 28 May

FRANCE Cannes International Film Festival – the world’s most glamorous film festival, every year. Festival de Cannes

23 – 27 May

ENGLAND, London, RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 11 acres of the UK’s (and arguably Europe’s) best flowers and gardens event, with plenty of original, even wacky ideas.

20 – 29 May ’16
TBA for 2017

ENGLAND, Somerset Bath, International Music Festival – classical and other musical styles in this, the most classical of all UK cities.

late May – late July

RUSSIA, St Petersburg, the White Nights Festival in gorgeous, romantic and endlessly light St Pete. The “Stars of the White Nights” with a series of the world famous Mariinsky (Kirov) ballet and opera performances is the most important part of the Festival (26 May – 24 July 2017).

26 May – 10

ENGLAND Ageas Salisbury International Festival – an high-standard, award winning multi-arts festival, ending with fireworks display in the Cathedral Close. It is one of UK’s leading arts festivals known for its creative programme and the excellent economic value, despite over half the audience enjoying the festival through free events and activities.

27 May – 9 June

UK, Isle of Man TT Races. The ultimate event for bikers. Watch racers on 37 miles of narrow, winding, stone walled roads travelling at way over 150mph, then get out there yourself. Death is no stranger to this event.

Isle of Man TT racing, UK

Isle of Man TT street racing, original photo by Jonathan Camp.

29 May
(Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday)

ENGLAND, Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling near Brockworth in Gloucester, Gloucestershire – dozens of brave and/or bonkers people fling themselves down a precipitous hill (1-in-2 gradient ) attempting to catch huge, rolling rounds of Gloucester cheese. Bones get broken regularly, a few people faint just watching the event, so this is a remarkable sight in the nanny state of England, but parking is a nightmare – 15, 000 spectators rolled up in 2009.

31 May – 4 June

SPAIN, Barcelona, Primavera Sound – one of Spain’s biggest music festivals at Parc del Fòrum, 6km from Barcelona on the coast. Primavera is popular for line-ups focusing on eclectic, new, independent music.

TBA for 2017

GERMANY, Berlin Festival, a rock and electro music festival held outdoor in spring at Arena Park. Germany Travel

June, Summer Festivals 2017

2 – 5 June

AUSTRIA Salzburg Whitsun Festival – an extension of the Europe’s most prestigious summer classical music event. Held every year during Whitsun or Pentecost weekend in Mozart’s pretty home town of Salzburg.

9 – 12 June

ENGLAND, Isle of Wight Festival – the revived legendary festival of the late 60’s is now held annually at Seaclose Park, Newport since 2002.

30 June – 20
July ’16
TBA for 2017

FRANCE, Aix-en-Provence, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – International Festival of Lyric Art , a popular summer arts festival, especially for classical music.

9 – 18 June

GERMANY, Leipzig, Bach Festival (Bachfest Leipzig) -one of Germany’s most important classical events, the works of Bach performed by internationally acclaimed musicians in St. Thomas’ Church. Do not miss concerts by the famous St. Thomas’ boys’ choir.

9 – 11 June

ENGLAND, Download Festival – the UK’s largest rock and metal music festival, held at Donington Park, Derby, near East Midlands Airport.
Download is known for its relaxed community feel. Weekend tickets include camping; also available are Day tickets, Family tickets, Kids offers and Early Bird specials.

11 June 2017
27 May 2018
Every year on
Trinity Sunday

BELGIUM, Mons, Le Doudou or Ducasse de Mons, Battle of Lumecon and the Procession of the Golden Chariot – Saint George fights the dragon and everybody pushes a vast, sacred chariot around town. Belgium Guide

13, 14, 24 June

ITALY, Florence in Piazza Santa Croce – crazed and brutal but traditional 15th C costumed football matches with 4 teams, 27 players each side and no effective referee. Usually after playing each other in opening games and the two overall winners play final on 24th of June (San Giovanni day). Calcio Storico Fiorentino info, Florence Photos.

20 – 24 June

ENGLAND, Ascot, Berkshire Royal Ascot Horse Racing – this 250 year old horse racing/social occasion is the poshest of posh UK events, with mad hats de rigeur for ladies and tails for gents.

24 June – 2
July ’16
TBA for 2017

ENGLAND, GDIF Greenwich and Docklands International Festival – a 9-day free outdoor arts festival in southeast London, with the 3-day Greenwich Fair, a jamboree of street performances.

17 June – 9
July ’16
TBA for 2017

SPAIN, Granada International Festival of Dance and Music – a superb event in varied, amazing locations such as the spectacular Alhambra. Granada Pictures.

21 June
(same date
every year)

FRANCE, Paris Fete de la Musique – free! A monster musical celebration all over this lovely city. Professionals mix with amateurs playing different sounds in different locations.

21 June
(same date
every year)

ENGLAND, Wiltshire Stonehenge Summer Solstice – midsummer night ritual with all sorts of druids, hippies and new age wackos. Fascinating, and you get to touch the stones!

2014 Stonehenge Summer Solstice

24 June
(same date
every year)

ITALY, Florence Festival of Saint John – parades, dances and more. Florence Pictures

21 – 25 June

ENGLAND, Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England – a massive, multiple music event, with different stages featuring different music, but heavy on rock variations. The closest to Woodstock most of us will ever get. Camping is fine. . . but why does it always rain? Tickets are VERY difficult to acquire so book many months ahead!

19 – 21 June

CROATIA, Zagreb, INmusic FestivalCroatia‘s biggest outdoor event focuses on modern rock music and is one of Europe’s up and coming fixtures, popularly combined with a city break. Held beside Lake Jarun and with camping it’s said to be Glastonbury’s sunny alternative or ‘Woodstock of the 21st century’!

22 – 25 June

ENGLAND, West Sussex Goodwood Festival of Speed – an annual motoring event held in the grounds of stately Goodwood House. FOS (Festival of Speed) features displays of exotic cars, hill climbs by celebrities in spectacular vehicles, other race-oriented events and all the engine noise that a power motor freak can soak up.

25 – 28 June ’16
TBA for 2017

BELGIAN, Rock Wercher – one of Europe’s five largest rock music festivals, along with Glastonbury Festival. They have received the Arthur Award by ILMC (International Live Music Conference) several times in the past as the Favourite Music Festival.

24 June – 1 July

DENMARK, Roskilde Festival– one of Europe’s five largest rock music festivals, has been running since 1971. It has been played by countless big artists in the past including Bob Marley, U2, Metallica and Radiohead.

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