European Festivals, July 2017-07-17T17:39:30+00:00

European Festivals 2017 Listings July

Pamplona, Los Sanfermines bull running, Spain

Pamplona, Los Sanfermines bull running, Spain. 6 – 14 July.

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

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July Summer Festivals 2017

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

3 – 22 July

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

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.

1- 31 July
TBA for 2017

SPAIN, Barcelona Summer Festival (Festival de Barcelona) – known as Grec Festival, named after its main venue, is an art and culture event with theatre, dance and music. Barcelona Travel, Photos

Pride Festival
1 – 31 July
CSD parade
22 July

GERMANY Christopher Street Day (Berlin CSD Parade) and Lesbian and Gay Festival (Berlin Pride Festival), held 4 weeks prior to the day in Berlin – probably the biggest European gay parade and street party.

Berlin Pride

5 – 7 July 2019
(Every three years)

SWITZERLAND, Zurich Festival (Zuerifaescht) – international artists perform drama, music, ballet and opera.

2 July & 16 Aug.
(same dates,
twice a year)

ITALY, Siena, Il Palio – a costumed pageant begins a brief, crowded and totally insane bareback horse race around the city’s main square. Also August 16. Calgary Stampede vs Il Palio!, Il Palio Info

7 – 16 July

DENMARK, Copenhagen CopenhagenJazz Festival – an annual jazz event, held in the capital since 1979, with more than 1000 concerts during the week.

3 – 16 July

ENGLAND, London, Wimbledon Tennis Championships – one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is the oldest and most prestigious one in the world. The games are played on the grass courts at the All England Club.

7 July – 4 August

FINLAND Savonlinna Opera Festival – a grand classical celebration in the Finnish lake district, set in magnificent 15th Century St Olaf’s Castle.

30 June – 15 July

SWITZERLAND, Montreux Jazz Festival – all sorts of non-classical music featured, in spite of the name, in an appealing location on the shore of Lake Geneva in Montreux.

6 – 26 July

FRANCE, Avignon, Festival d’Avignon, a dynamic and diverse Arts festival, boasting over 50 productions and many more fringes in this stunning historic city. Avignon Photos

1 – 23 July

FRANCE, Tour de France– a three-week cycling race for 3, 500km (2000 miles) over the country (the route changes annually). The world’s most famous French sporting event.

6 – 14 July
(same date
every year)

SPAIN, Pamplona, Los Sanfermines (Bull Running) – don’t be bored, be gored! Six bulls are released into the streets every morning of this seven day Basque rite-of-manhood party. You too can battle the big horns. See the excellent Sanfermin website. Bull Running Pictures 2010.

6 – 9 July

SERBIA, Novi Sad, EXIT Festival – an up and coming summer music event, originally started by university students in 2000. Annually staged in the grounds of impressive Petrovaradin Fortress, this laid-back festival is becoming one of the most popular European youth events.

7 – 9 July

NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND), Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival – perhaps the biggest jazz gathering in the world with over 20, 000 visitors a day and lots of big name acts. Rotterdam Pictures

8 July

ENGLAND, Milton Keynes, Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) will take place at the National Bowl – a huge electronic dance music festival held outdoors, this is the biggest organised rave in the world. EDC is driven by DJs and massive sounds systems along with extraordinary lighting effects including fireworks. Note that many participants wear appropriately wild and outrageous outfits. Weird is good. This is not a band/artist/musician event. Only DJs, but the best in the world. Currently EDC happens in Las Vegas, New York and UK.
See EDC Las Vegas 2014 Video

17 – 30 July

IRELAND, Galway Arts Festival – Ireland’s biggest arts jamboree, with all kinds of entertainment, street spectacle, theatre, comedy, literature, music, kid’s, exhibitions, concerts. . . Ireland Travel Guide

14 July
(same date
every year)

FRANCE, Paris Bastille Day (French National Day) – parties, parades, fireworks, and picnics to celebrate the French Revolution.

16 – 17 July
(Same dates
every year)

ITALY, Pisa, Luminaria e Palio di San Ranieri, Historical Regatta (also Feast of. . . ) of Saint Ranieri. During this celebration of the city’s patron, Saint Ranieri, buildings and bridges are illuminated by more than 70, 000 candles, along with thousands more tiny candle floating on the River Arno. Fireworks end the first day, then the next afternoon there is a medieval boat race on the river.

13 – 16 July

ENGLAND, Latitude, held annually at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, – an arts festival for everyone from music to comedy, movie to literature. It is run by the same company runs the popular Leeds Festival and Reading Festival.

13 July – 13 August

AUSTRIA, ImPulsTanz – a dynamic and diverse international contemporary dance festival with performances, research projects, workshops and parties! It is held across the whole of regal Vienna.

21 July – 30

AUSTRIA Salzburg Festival – opera and concerts. ‘Europe’s most prestigious summer musical event. ‘ Very large, very expensive. Held every year in Mozart’s pretty home town of Salzburg.

15 – 16 July
(the third weekend every year)

ITALY, Venice Festa del Redentore – the Festival of the Redeemer celebrating the end of the plague involves hundreds of beautifully decorated and illuminated boats full of beautifully decorated Venetians that gather around sunset, have dinner on board or beside the Giudecca canal, then watch one of Europe’s best fireworks displays at 11. 30pm on Saturday night.

18 – 23 July

SWITZERLAND, Paléo Festival Nyon – the biggest open-air festival in Switzerland and one of Europe’s fast growing, very popular outdoor music events.

20 – 23 July

ENGLAND, Cambridgeshire, Mill Hill Field near Huntington, Secret Garden Party – an arty independent music/art festival where visitors walk around in fancy dress. The event has a theme each year and develops into a temporary community, featuring several music stages, theatre shows, films, games, talks, workshops and art installations. Secret Garden Party offers original and extraordinary activities similar to USA’s Burning Man. Kids love it too!

Secret Garden Party

27 – 30 July

ENGLAND, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire WOMAD UK – (World of Music Arts and Dance) impressive world music festival, with 70 artists from 30 countries on 7 stages. Family friendly.

14 July – 19

ITALY, Puccini Festival – the world’s only annual opera festival dedicated to the works of the great composer Giacomo Puccini. At an open-air theatre located in Torre del Lago, near Lucca, Puccini’s birth place.

25 July – 28 August

GERMANY Wagner Festival (Bayeruther Festspiele) at Bayreuth – very expensive and elitist, held in the unusual theatre that Wagner built.

29 July – 15

FRANCE, Marciac International Jazz Festival, one of the world’s finest jazz festivals annually held in the charming medieval town of Marciac southwest of France, where Jazz is taught as a routine subject in local schools. Many free events throughout town.

29 July (Same date
every year)

SPAIN Santa Marta de Ribarteme, Fiesta of Near Death Experience in As Neves, Galicia – lucky survivors get carried in their coffins in a procession.

27 – 30 July

ENGLAND, Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Festival – one of world’s longest running folk events – the real deal for the folks who like the music. ‘A festival with a prestigious reputation for quality music in intimate surroundings’ in Cherry Hinton Hall. Family friendly.

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