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Europe's biggest events

Europe's biggest events, parties & festivals

Discover Europe's biggest events, parties and festivals. We've compiled a list of the events you can't miss while you study abroad in Europe.   

January to March

  • Carnevale in Venice, Italy [February 11 - 28, 2017] - The world’s best-known baroque fancy-dress party - join in on this masked extravaganza - read more here
  • Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain [March 15 - 19, 2017] - 5-day party of bonfires, fiesta, flowers, traditional costumes, music and satire
  • St Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland [March 17, 2017] - On this day, Dublin celebrates with millions of people wearing green and toasting with a pint of Guinness

April to June

  • King’s Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands [April 27, 2017] - Amsterdam turns a bright shade of orange to celebrate the King’s birthday
  • Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France [May 17 - 28, 2017]
  • French Open in Paris, France [May 22 - June 11, 2017] - Best tennis players around the world gather in Paris for the year’s second of four Grand Slam tournaments - read more about Paris here
  • Grand Prix in Monaco [May 25 - 28, 2017] - Formula 1 motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco
  • Isle of Man TT Races in Isle of Man, UK [May 27 - June 9, 2017] - the ultimate event for motorcycle enthusiasts

July to September

  • Tour de France in France [July 1 - 23, 2017] - Catch a glimpse of the world famous cycling race
  • Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England [July 3 - 16, 2017] - Oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world; third of four Grand Slam tournaments - reach more about London here or here
  • San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain [July 6, 2017] - Week long celebration involves many traditional events, including the famous running of the bulls
  • Yacht Week in Croatia - Seven-day sailing holidays for the young, wild and free - read more about Croatia here
    • Ultra Festival Route [July 8 - 15 or July 15 - 22]
  • Tomorrowland Music Festival in Boom, Belgium [July 21 - 30, 2017] - Biggest and most important dance music festival in the world
  • Notting Hill Carnival in London, UK [Aug 27 - 28, 2017] - Europe’s biggest street festival - a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present
  • La Tomatina in Bunol, Valencia, Spain [August 30, 2017] - Annual tomato throwing food fight festival - Join in on this 1 hour of tomato throwing madness
    • Tip: use goggles, gloves and swimming clothes to join in on the fun
  • Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany [September 16 - October 3, 2017] - One of the largest beer festivals in the world

October to December

  • German Christmas Markets in cities all over Germany [Late November to December 24, 2017] - Germany has wonderful Christmas markets in cities all over - enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with some mulled wine and German sweets. Some of the best include: Aachen, Dresden, Freiburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Rothenburg
  • Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany [October 6 - 15, 2017] - Once a year, Berlin’s world famous sights and monuments in the city centre become the canvas for spectacular light and video projections at the Festival of Lights


Carolyn Chen has done two backpacking trips around Europe and spent six months studying abroad in Italy. She loves finding the most beautiful scenery, hidden gems and indulging in great food. Find more posts by Carolyn here.

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