All-year-round various festivals are taking place across Europe. Are you interested in delicious food fairs, preferring music festivals or searching for the craziest attractions? Scroll down and find out the biggest and most fascinating European events in 2019! Can you afford to miss any of them?
Best Events In October 2019
October is here! What are you gonna do? How will you have fun? Well, we have several suggestions for you! Here is Skycop’s list of the best European events to attend in October 2019!
21 September – 6 October 2019, Munich, Germany
20 September -13 October 2019, Berlin, Germany
Oktoberfest is the biggest event in October. I mean, it even has the name of the month in the title! The event has more than a hundred years of history at this point and it attracts thousands of people every year. Sadly, you’re unlikely to make it to the big fest in Munich this year. However, the Oktoberfest in Berlin lasts a bit longer, even if it’s not as impressive as the main event.
Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival
2-18 October 2019, Budapest, Hungary
I hear Hungary is beautiful and cheap this time of the year. So why not visit beautiful Budapest? After all, the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival is upon us! You will encounter more than a hundred different shows in the areas of music, dance, design, literature and more. The venues are scattered all over Budapest, so the tourist route has already been decided for you!
Salon du Chocolat
30 October – 3 November 2019, Paris, France
Salon du Chocolat it’s the Paris Chocolate Show, back for the 25th time! So while Paris is somewhat less romantic in this cold period between summer sun and winter snow, it’s no less sweet. Over 200+ professional chocolate makers and shapers will make appearances. Anyone not allergic to chocolate will find something to do (read: eat) here!
Amsterdam Music Festival
19 October 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Do you want to dance to… dance? Well, Amsterdam Music Festival is part of the Amsterdam Dance Event, attracting those who want to party to best electronic music industry can produce. And while the lineup isn’t clear yet, you can bet it’s gonna be massive.
The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival
8 – 13 October 2019, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Brexit is coming, but you don’t need to panic too much. For one, The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival will take part before the dreaded October 31. This six-day international queer film festival will celebrate the best of, well, LGBT+ cinema (the title could have keyed you in), including awarding the prestigious Iris Prize. At £30,000, it’s the largest short film prize in the world!
Poperinge Beer Festival
26 – 27 October 2019, Poperinge, Belgium
Missed out on Oktoberfest in Germany? Then you should visit Belgium! It is famous for more than it’s chocolate, critically unstable government and being World War speedbump. Belgium is also really good at making beer. So for the 24th time, the City of Poperinge will host the Poperinge Beer Festival. “Belgium’s cosiest beer festival” will feature 25 brewers presenting 100 beers, so I guess you’ll be able to find at least one kind of non-IPA!
6 – 13 October 2019, Krakow, Poland
Unsound started in 2003 as an underground (somewhat literally, at is took part in bar cellars) music event and morphed into something big. Kind of like Solidarnosh – and what a coincidence: this year’s theme is solidarity, all in honour of the Polish elections of 1989. There will be so many acts appearing in this show, I got tired scrolling down the list.
Best Events In September 2019
Summer is, sadly, at an end. But it doesn’t mean that autumn in Europe is event-free. Actually, there are quite a lot of fall events to keep you entertained. Here’s what parties and festivals you can see in autumn 2019.
St. Rupert’s Day Fair, September 20 – 24, 2019, Salzburg
Salzburg can’t help but celebrate this event with antique fairground rides, music, farmer markets, folk dancers and more. There’s even something called a “ghost train” involved, which makes it all that much cooler.
Technoparade, September, Paris
Paris has been hosting Technoparade since 1998. It’s one of the leading efforts to prove Eminem wrong by showing that people do indeed listen to techno. It’s a parade, yeah, but the floats are actually trucks blasting music through the loudspeakers. For now, the actual date is unknown, but expect it to be mid-September.
Heritage Open Days, September 13 – 22, England
What about visiting some of the best museums and attractions England has to offer? Because on that week alone, many of them will be free. 40,000 volunteers will organize 5,000 events – a great way to see the country before Brexit swallows it whole.
Oktoberfest, September 21 – October 6, 2019, Munich
Oktoberfest is the beer fest that’s probably the most traditional and definitely the most famous. This year, it will take part from September 21 to October 6. The entry is free, the beer is good (I guess, I don’t want angry Bavarians going after me), the food is plentiful and there will be activities to delight visitors of all ages.
Ars Electronica Festival 2019, September 5 – 9 2019, Linz
Ars Electronica combines digital music, digital art and many other disciplines that are vaguely sci-fi. So come enjoy what they have to offer in the Austrian city of Linz. There will be shows, museum attractions, discussions and talks that will discuss everything from AI to what the festival has accomplished in its 40 years of existence.
Zigante Truffle Days, September 14 – November 17, Livade
This is probably one of the fancier food festivals you can attend. Truffle is the expensive, fancy shroom, and Motovun forest in Croatia hides many of those. However, Zigante is not only about truffles, but also the other cuisine of the region, like Istrian prosciutto, sausage, cheese, honey, olive oil and so on.
See? There’s a bunch of festivals and events in autumn 2019! The whole Europe is at your fingertips! Unfortunately, “the whole Europe” is one of those regions where flight disruptions take place. But Skycop is always ready to help! Claim up to €600 in compensation with us and get paid for the trouble of flight delays, cancelled flights or overbookings. That’s almost enough money for a hamburger in a music fest!
Best Events In August 2019
Have you done something cool already? If you haven’t, fret not, there’s still time! Here are some things that Skycop recommends you do in August!
Palio dell’Assunta, Siena, Italy – August 16
Siena, a city in Tuscany, holds two annual horse races. The one we’re interested in is the Palio dell’Assunta or Palio Della Contrade, which takes place on August 16, named for the Assumption of Holy Mary, generally celebrated on the 15th.
The race has been held annually since 1644. Competitors come from 10 of the 17 quarters (contradas) of the city. They ride three laps around Piazza del Campo, where a layer of dirt is laid down for the occasion. There’s really a no better excuse to visit Tuscany!
Mysteryland, Haalemmermeer, Amsterdam, Netherlands – August 23-25
Mysteryland is the first EDM festival in the Netherlands, and it claims to be the longest-running in the world as well. You can expect to see 300 artists perform on 17 stages during the two days of partying.
All of the stages in Mysteryland are imaginative and amazing. It’s almost like taking part in an art festival, albeit one that’s all about dance music. You can expect to see art installations, meditation areas and great catering.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland – August 2-26
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe was born in 1947, barely two years after Europe stopped trying to kill itself dead. It’s there to celebrate art and creativity, and to break norms (I bet the “Radical Centrist” skit will have a few words about those).
Don’t know what to see? The festival website even comes with its own inspiration machine to recommend you random shows. Choose between either all the shows or those that are child-friendly (“Princess Pumpalot: The Ghostly Farting Monk Hunt” is one of the latter), and give it a spin! It’s nearly a month of events, you’ll probably find something to do even if you encounter a disrupted flight while getting there!
The Musee d’Orsay, France
How about visiting a French museum that isn’t the Louvre? You’re not gonna spend more than 15 seconds staring at the Mona Lisa anyways. Meanwhile, Musee d’Orsay barely survived to see you visit it!
It was first a train station built in 1900, which was later decommissioned and nearly demolished before being declared a historical monument in 1976. Since 1986, it has been the top spot to French art dating from the mid-1800s to just shy of WWI.
Climate crisis is currently setting much of Europe on near-literal fire, so why not cool off in Switzerland? Interlaken, based as it is at the base of the mountains, is just the spot to do that. And it’s a great backpacker destination to boot!
It’s also a hoot for any train fan. You can ride a train to the highest-placed train station in Europe, as well as reaching some of the best observation areas by rail. Nature is stunning and easy to reach – what else could you want?
Best Events In July 2019
July is the middle month of the summer (unless you’re from some strange hemisphere) and that means the hottest events are here. Want to visit one or two? Then read this list of Skycop’s biggest European events in July!
EXIT, Novi Sad, Serbia
EXIT festival started out as a student movement in 2000 (they were fed up with the political state of Yugoslavia). Since then, it has been declared to be the best music festival in the world several times over. Attracting nearly 200,000 people last year, it takes place at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad.
The Cure, The Chainsmokers and many other artists will play this year. The values and activism of EXIT still plays an important part in the lives of Serbian youth, so you know that it’s more than just a mere music fest.
Latitude, Henham Park, UK
Latitude does music, just like every other fest out there. But it also does more, so much more. In fact, we got tired just scrolling through the lineup of events and activities, and we are quite adept at scrolling. However, Lana Del Rey is making an appearance, and we’d be there just for her.
However, Latitude also offers theatre, art discussions, comedy, dance and more. There will be yoga workshops, art installations, swimming and all the goodness that made Latitude the Best Family Festival of 2018. Of, and food: you wouldn’t think that way about England, but there will be a lot of food.
Electric Castle, Banffy Castle, Romania
When some Americans host an event with a “castle” in the name, you know that it’s going to be hosted in a warehouse or some barely two hundred-year-old structure that was never a defensible fortress. Europe has the luxury of having real castles, and that’s why the Romanian Electric Castle fest takes part in a Castle… in Transylvania!
Aside from the background threat of vampire attack, Electric Castle will offer you live performances by Limp Bizkit, 30 Seconds To Mars and many others. You will also get to indulge in art and technology via the New Media Castle. Nearly cyberpunk adventures in Transylvania? Don’t mind if I do!
Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Copenhaged, Denmark
How about we try out something a little more mellow? The Copenhagen Jazz Festival has taken place since 1979 – and it’s happening this year. More than 1000 acts will take place all over the Danish capital, and you’re basically invited to all of them.
Actually, you can freely go into some of the events as they will be free of charge. However, not all of it is free, but it’s worth it just to see jazz talent from Denmark, the US, Mali and Poland. And besides, the festival ends on July 14… which just happens to be Bastille day and Paris isn’t that far, right?
Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium
July 21-23 & 26-28
Tomorrowland is probably the biggest European even in July and you can’t really avoid talking about it. Starting in 2005, this electronic dance music festival in Boom (Belgium) is huge. It takes place over two weekends in July. Last year, 400,000 people attended it and it doesn’t seem like the number is about to go down this year.
Benny Benassi, Bob Sinclar, Armin van Buuren and many, many more acts will appear for your jamming pleasure. Travel will be organized via Global Journey packages. Linked events around Europe will play out via the Unite initiative. And the Dreamville campsite will offer anything your heart desires, from accommodations to premium Belgium sausage!
Best Events In June 2019
June is upon us, and so are its many fun events. You wouldn’t want to be passive this summer, would you? That’s why Skycop is recommending you to visit these best European events in June.
Karneval der Kulturen
June 7-10, Berlin, Germany
Hey, the Germans work hard, but they also like to relax hard. However, if you want to see a German even with no lederhosen and only a smattering of techno, go to Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin. First conceived in 1993, it has grown into a massive, 4-day cultural event. It celebrates the many cultures that meet in Berlin with music, street food and stall, an actual carnival and a parade.
Cheltenham Science Festival
June 4 – 9, Cheltenham, England
If you’re quick and you snag some last-minute flight tickets, you should be able to catch some of the sights at the Cheltenham Science Festival! First held in 2002, it quickly became one of the most important science festivals in 2002. Birds? Tinkering? New trends in food science? All of this and more will be covered in five days of events that will please the nerd inside you.
A Taste of London
June 19-23, London, England
Summertime can leave you peckish – so why not visit the ‘A Taste of London’ festival? Rather than treating you to the traditional English culinary marvels like ‘a gray slab of meat’ or ‘some offal,’ you’ll be able to sample dishes from some of the best chefs around. Tastings, bars, produce markets, classes on preparing food in new ways or just how to pair food will be accessible for anyone who has the good taste to get a ticket.
June 13 – 16, Basel, Switzerland
Needed an excuse to visit Switzerland, but you can’t find approval for your plan to tip purple cows? Then visit Art Basel. The works of 4,000 artists will be displayed in a plethora of mediums: from paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, digital art and video, they have their bases covered. Make some snobs angry by complaining about the lack of cuckoo clocks.
Festa de São João do Porto
June 23, Porto, Portugal
Porto claims the patronage of St. John the Baptist, and what better way to celebrate it than party hard on the Eve of St. John? The festival has six centuries of tradition behind it, but it really took off as the most important celebration in the 19th century. Party hard the whole evening, stop for a moment to regard the increasingly sophisticated firework displays, then party hard until morning. The festival is relatively unknown outside of Portugal, so you should have an easier time finding a spot.
Best Events In May 2019
Ah, May, the month that precedes the summer that all have been waiting for. However, it’s more than a time of waiting. You can really get down and see some amazing stuff even before the summer comes. Here’s Skycop’s short list of events to visit in May!
10 May – 16 June
Also known as Festwochen, this is a cultural festival in Vienna. Taking place from 10th of May all the way to the 16th of June, it’s an event that’s all but immune to flight disruption shenanigans due to length.
For these many weeks, you will be given the opportunity to experience art you couldn’t imagine before. The theme this year is openness, and not only in showing that Vienna is a vibrant city. Get to Festwochen, be exposed to points of view you have never considered before and returned home enlightened.
Tulip mania might just remain in the hazy memories of 1637 (not a terrible year), but that doesn’t mean that the Dutch aren’t down with getting crazy over some bulbs and blooms. Just like every year, Tulip Festival will be taking Amsterdam by storm this 19th of May.
Overall, 85 locations in Amsterdam will be showing off their tulips. You can see them in public spaces, in parks, at hotels and at buildings of national import. Cap it off with a visit to Keukenhof Gardens and taking a bicycle tour in the flower fields, and you’ll be a pair of wooden clogs and a windmill away from peak Dutch experience.
17 – 19 May
Flowers may wilt, but tattoos never do (and the people who ask “but won’t it look terrible once you get old” forget that you will look terrible when you get old anyway). So why not visit the 15th international tattoo event Tattoo Collection in Kiev, Ukraine?
The show will host probably all of the talents in Ukraine – seriously, peep the length of that list – and artist from a lot of other countries. You want to get some unforgettable inks and probably even sneak a peek at Kiev? That is your show.
Rally de Portugal
30 May – 2 June
Currently known as Vodafone Rally de Portugal – God forbid we didn’t have corporate sponsors – it’s the racing event in Portugal. Started in 1967 as TAP Rally, Rally Portugal has been going for over 50 years.
Having won “Best Rally in the World,” it was recently re-admitted to World Rally Championships with great acclaim. From the 30th of May, you’ll be able to see some of the best rally drivers in the world tear it down dirt roads in some of Portugal’s most scenic locations. Can you afford to miss it?
Fiesta de San Isidro
10 – 15 May
San Isidro – Isidore the Laborer for ye English speaker – is the patron saint of the farmers of Madrid and the city itself. That’s why the city is down to party every May and throws a great feast in his honour. This year, it just so happens to fall on May 10th – 15th.
Starting with a parade displaying statues of the saint and his wife, this leads to celebrations that can get pretty involved. A parade of giants and big-heads (cabezudos), dancing, concerts, crafts and historical exhibits, mass and other religious events – they’re all there.
Best Events In April 2019
April is upon us! While summer isn’t here yet, it doesn’t mean that Europe isn’t brimming with activity. Here are some of the biggest European events in April 2019. Can you afford to miss any of them?
Big North Tattoo Show
Newcastle, UK – April 27 to April 28
Big North Tattoo Show is an annual event, taking place for the third time. Taking place in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, it’s a family-friendly event that puts 300 of the best tattoo artists from around the world under one roof. And the ink isn’t only thing flowing here. Big North Tattoo Show will also host fire, magic, music and comedy performances, an alternative market, awards, food, bars and a retro game arcade!
44th International Jazz Festival Bern
Bern, Switzerland – March 12 to May 18
This International Jazz Festival is big enough to straddle two months. Happening for the 44th time, it’s slated to attract about 30,000 jazz fans (and probably a few “jazz cigarettes”) to the Swiss city to listen to some tunes. More than 200 acts are planned to play during the duration – you just need to decide when to go. With a festival so widespread, you’re unlikely to be late even if you experience flight delays!
The Swiss city of Bern plays host to its annual two-month-long jazz festival from March 12 to May 18. A wide selection of local and international musicians appear in more than 200 individual concerts. Each year 20,000 jazz fans go to Bern to witness the spectacle.
Budapest Spring Festival
Budapest, Hungary – April 5 to April 22
It’s time for you to visit Budapest and get some classical entertainment in you. Over 120 activities and events encompassing classical music, opera and jazz as well as opera, ballet and theatrical performances await you at 40 venues! Don’t miss out on the Budapest Spring Festival!
Nuremberg Spring Volksfest 2019
Nuremberg, Germany – April 20 to May 12
Nuremberg is good for more than sentencing Nazi war criminals to death! For example, the Spring Volksfest is one of the biggest yearly events in Bavaria. Celebrating Franconian culture, it’s a two-week-long flurry of beer and sausages. Brass bands and parades follow, and the children can partake in Easter-related events, too.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – April 27
If you don’t live in a monarchy, it’s your chance to get whiff of feudalism and dress in orange. The King’s Day – previously Queen’s Day – celebrates the birthday of King Willem-Alexander, the current ruling royal in the Netherlands. The fanfare is real, and you can see markets, parades and other events aplenty. Arrive early to lessen the possibility of a flight cancellation ruining your fun.
Thale, Germany – April 30 to May 1
Since people believe that the April 30th is the night of witches gathering at the top of Brocken mountain of Germany, the Catholic Church established the feast of Saint Walpurgis on that day to ward off hexes. And feast people did – and still do. Whether you go to Thale, the closest city to Brocken (and the one to benefit the most from Witches Night-related events), or some other place in Germany, you’re bound to run into some sort of festivities that incorporate witches and fires – usually at the same spot!
Scoppio del Carro
Florence, Italy – April 21
Send off Easter with a literal bang in the Scoppio del Carro in Florence. The name of the fest is literally translated to “Explosion of the Cart.” It’s an event that sees a fuse lit by a cardinal at a cathedral while the people sing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” and an ancient cart explodes with a pile of fireworks. You’d say it was made up if you saw it in a death metal video, but no, it’s an ancient Catholic tradition!
We sincerely hope that no matter which festival you choose, your trip there will go smoothly. However, if you encounter flight delays, cancellations or overbooking (scandalous!), you should definitely file a claim via Skycop. You can gain up to €600 in compensation, enough to get you started on planning those spring events!