Festivals & Events

By $content.organization.value.toUpperCase() Published: September 6, 2012

Karen Bradbury compiled this list of upcoming events in Europe.


BASEL: Theater festival, through Sept. 8.

VIENNA: Vienna Classic Days, classic cars throughout city, Sept. 8-9.

GRAZ: Aufsteinern, festival celebrating Styrian traditions, Sept. 16.

VIENNA: Vienna Masters 2012, Global Champions Tour, horse riding and show jumping tournament, Sept. 20-23.

SALZBURG: St. Rupert’s Fair, traditional country fair by the cathedral, Sept. 19-24.

VIENNA: Red Bull Flight Day, flight shows, Brigittenauer Bucht, starts 11 a.m., Sept. 23.

VIENNA: Wies’n fest in the Prater, Sept. 27-Oct. 7.

VIENNA: Night Run, 5 km run and Nordic walking benefits charity, Sept. 29.

VIENNA: Photo Marathon, photo competition for nonprofessionals, starts 9 a.m. at Messe Wien, Sept. 29.

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BRUSSELS: Royal Palace open to visitors, through Sept. 9.

NAMUR: Festival of Wallonia, concerts throughout city, Sept. 15-16.

BRUSSELS: Car-free Sunday, Sept. 16.

BRUSSELS: Louise Night, late-night shopping and events in the Louise district of the city, Sept. 20.

BRUSSELS: Festival of Fantastic Beer, tasting beer and unusual program at the Museum of Fantastic Art, Sept. 29-30.

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PRAGUE: Midsummer night’s dream festival, free concerts by Charles Bridge, through Sept. 8.

MIKULOV: Palava Wine Festival, Sept. 7-9.

PRAGUE: World Dance Sport Competition, Praha Arena Sparta, Sept. 8-9.

JICIN: A town of fairy tales, traditional fest, Sept. 12-16.

ZNOJEMSKE: Historical wine festival, Sept. 14-15.

MOSNOV: NATO days in Ostrava, central Europe’s largest military show, Sept. 15-16.

KARLSTEJN: Wine festival at the castle, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.


AARHUS: Food Festival, Tangkrogen, through Sept. 9.

COPENHAGEN: Art Copenhagen, contemporary Nordic art fair, Forum, Sept. 14-16.

COPENHAGEN: Blues Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 2.


ISLE OF WIGHT: Bestival, boutique music festival with attendees in fancy dress, through Sept. 9.

BIRMINGHAM: ArtsFest, UK’s biggest free arts festival, Sept. 7-9.

LUDLOW: Food Festival, in castle and around town, Sept. 7-9.

LONDON: Thames Festival, Sept. 8-9.

LONDON: The Great River Race, racing on the Thames in strange costumes, Sept. 15.

LONDON: Open House London, public access to private venues, Sept. 22.

LONDON: The Cake & Bake Show, cakes, breads and baking expo, Earls Court, Sept. 22-23.

SNAPE MALTINGS: Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Sept. 29-30.


PUY-EN-VALAY: Roi de la Oiseau, Renaissance festival, Sept. 12-16.

PARIS: Biennale des Antiquaires, prestigious antiques fair at the Grand Palais, Sept. 14-23.

PARIS: Techno Parade, Sept. 15.

BEAUNE: Jazz à Beaune, celebrates jazz and Burgundy wines, Sept. 15-16 and Oct. 18-20.

STRASBOURG: L’Ososphere, festival of electronic music, La Laiterie, tickets needed, Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 6.

PARIS: La Grande Classique, walk from the Eiffel Tower to Versailles, registration necessary, Sept. 30.


NUREMBERG: Herbsvolksfest, through Sept. 9.

STUTTGART: Wine Village, through Sept. 9.

BONN: Pützchens Markt, fun fair and market in Beuel-Pützchen district, through Sept. 11.

KASSEL: (d)OCUMENTA(13), contemporary art, through Sept. 16.

NUREMBERG: Trempelmarkt, one of Germany’s biggest flea markets, Sept. 7-8.

ROTHENBURG O.D. TAUBER: Imperial Days Festival, celebrates town’s history, Sept. 7-9.

LUDWIGSBURG: Venetian Fair, Sept. 7-9.

MEERSBURG: Lake Constance Wine Fest, Sept. 7-9.

BAD DÜRKHEIM: Wurstmarkt, huge wine fest, Sept. 7-11 and 14-17.

FRANKFURT: Autumn Dippemess, fun fair at the Festplatz, Sept. 7-17.

TRIER: Trier Plays Games, activities for young and old throughout city center, Sept. 8.

OBERWESEL: Rhine in Flames, Sept. 8.

BERLIN: ILA Berlin Air Show, aviation and space technology, Sept. 11-16.

NUREMBERG: Old Town Festival, Sept. 13-24.

NUREMBERG: Autumn market, Sept. 13-30.

ST. GOAR: St. Goarshausen, Rhine in Flames, Sept. 15.

TRIER: Museum Night, Sept. 15.

ULM: Night of Culture, Sept. 15.

RODENBACH: Culinary hike, Sept. 15-16.

SAARBRÜCKEN: Gourmet marathon and half-marathon, Sept. 16.

HAMBURG: Reeperbahn Festival, music and culture, Sept. 20-22.

AMBERG: Michaeli Dult, Volksfest, Sept. 21-Oct. 3.

BONN: Klangwelle, show of music, water, fire, light and lasers, Münsterplatz, Sept. 22-Oct. 3.

MUNICH: Oktoberfest, Sept. 22-Oct. 7.

STUTTGART: Cannstatter Volkfest, huge beer festival and fun fair, Wasen, Sept. 28-Oct. 14.

HEIDELBERG: Autumn Fair, Sept. 29.

BAD DÜRKHEIM: Middle Ages Market, Sept. 29-30.

BONN: Bonn Fest, music, fashion and food stalls, Sept. 29-30.

BERLIN: BMW Berlin Marathon, Sept. 30.

FURTH: Michaelis Kirchweih, Sept. 29-Oct. 10.


BUDAPEST: International wine festival, Buda Castle, Sept. 12-16.

BUDAPEST: National Gallop, celebration of Hungarian traditions and horseback riding, Sept. 15-16.

BUDAPEST: Sweet Days Chocolate and Sweets Festival, Buda castle, Sept. 20-23.


DUBLIN: Fringe Festival, multidisciplinary arts fest, Sept. 8-23.

CLIFDEN: Arts Festival, celebrates music, literature, and theater, Sept. 20-30.

DUBLIN: Culture Night, museums, churches and cultural institutions offer free entertainment, Sept. 21.

LISDOONVARNA: Matchmaking festival, Aug. 31-Oct. 7.


MAROSTICA: Human chess game, Sept. 7-9.

TRENTO: Palio delle Contrade, historical battle re-enactment, Sept. 7-9.

SOAVE: Festa dell’Uva, wine festival, Sept. 14-16.

NAPLES: Festa de San Gennaro, city celebrates its patron saint, Sept. 19.

BOLZANO/BOZEN: International Storytelling Festival, in German, Italian and English, Sept. 27-30.


CITY: Schueberfouer, fun fair on Glacis Square, through Sept. 11.

GREVENMACHER: Wine festival, Sept. 7-9.

ECHTERNACH: Europiade, hiking in the German-Luxembourg National Park, Sept. 7-9.

REMICH: Half marathon on the Route du Vin, Sept. 30.

CITY: Museum night, Oct. 13.


VENLO: Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo, through Oct. 7.

COUNTRYWIDE: Heritage Days, thousands of historical buildings open to the public, Sept. 8.

LICHTENVOORDE: Flower Parade, Sept. 9.

AMSTERDAM: Africa in the Picture, festival of African film at the Westergasfabriek, Sept. 24-27.

SCHEVENINGEN: Kite Festival, Sept. 29-30.

ROTTERDAM: Netherlands Military Tattoo, Ahoy, tickets needed, Sept. 29-Oct. 2.


INVERNESS: Blas Festival, celebrates Gaelic culture and music in venues throughout the Highlands, Sept. 7-15.

PITLOCHRY: Highland games, Sept. 8.

EDINBURGH: Sky Ride, cycle through city streets free of traffic, Sept. 8.

DUFFTOWN: Speyside Autumn Whisky Festival, tastings and Scottish culture, Sept. 27-Oct. 1.


BAZA: Cascamorras Festival, through Sept. 9.

SEVILLE: La Bienal, Flamenco festival, through Sept. 30.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Fiestas de la Vendimia, Sept. 11-16.

GRANADA: Festival of Virgin Angustias, floral tributes to the virgin, Sept. 15.

LONGROÑO: Rioja Wine Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-22.

BARCELONA: Mercè Festival, Sept. 21-24.


BASEL: International Theater Festival, through Sept. 9.

ZURICH: Knabenschiessen, youth shooting event and volksfest, Sept. 8-10.

LENZBURG: Medieval market at Lenzburg castle, Sept. 14-16.

BERN: Harvest festival, with descent of the cattle into the old town at 1:15 p.m., Sept. 17.

LEUKERBAD: Swiss Country Music weekend, folk music concerts, Sept. 28-30.


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