Festivals & events
June 11, 2015
The weather is warming up in Europe, but the events are always hot! Here is a sampling of events on the docket as of June 12, 2015. Please verify details before setting out.
AUSTRIA RETZ: Retz Wine Weeks, through June 14.
VIENNA: Vienna Festwochen, special productions in theaters, through June 21.
SAALFELDEN LEOGANG: UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup, June 13-14.
VIENNA: Nitro Circus–Moto Mayhem, motocross show, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, June 18.
SALZBURG: Mozart 100, scenic ultra runs, June 20.
EHRWALD: Bergfeuer Zugspitz Arena, bonfires on the mountaintops, June 20.
VIENNA: Rainbow Parade, June 20.
SCHLADMING: iXS European Downhill Cup, June 20-21.
SALZBURG: Sommerszene, international avant-garde festival, celebrates contemporary dance, theatre and performance, June 23-July 4.
VIENNA: Donauinselfest, Europe’s largest free entry music festival, June 26-28.
GRAZ: Styriarte, festival of early music, June 26-July 26.
KLAGENFURT: Iron Man Austria, June 28.
VIENNA: Jazz Fest, July 1-11.
POERTSCHACH AM WOERTHERSEE: Bodies and Beats, bodypainting and music festival, July 3-5.
SALZBURG: Red Bull X-Alps, 1000 km paragliding race, July 5.
VIENNA: Vienna Harley Days, July 17-19.
BELGIUM BRUSSELS: BRUNEAF, Non-European Art Fair, Sablon, through June 14.
BRUSSELS: Dinner in the Sky, gourmet outdoor dining high above city, through June 28.
OUDENAARDE: RetroRonde of Flanders, gastronomic cycling event with riders on retro bicycles, June 13-14.
WATERLOO: Bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, re-enactments, June 18-21.
DESSEL: Graspop, heavy metal festival, June 19-21.
BRUSSELS: Fete de la Musique, free concerts at Parc du Cinquantenaire, June 19-21.
WERCHTER: Rock Werchter, rock festival, June 25-28.
ANTWERP: Beer Passion Weekend, Groenplaats, June 26-28.
NAMUR: Verdur Rock Festival, contemporary music festival, Citadel, June 27.
MONS: Fete de la Biere de Jurbise, beer fest, Grand Place, June 27-28.
OSTEND: Ostendaise, culinary festival celebrates fish and shellfish, June 27-28.
BRUSSELS: Ommegang Pageant, June 30 and July 2.
BRUSSELS: Colour Café, Caribbean, African and Latin American concerts, Tour & Taxis, July 3-5.
LIÈGE: Les Ardentes, music fest, July 9-12.
BRUGGE: Cactus Festival, world music fest, Minnewater Park, July 10-12.
GHENT: Gent Jazz Festival, July 10-18.
BRUSSELS: Brosella Folk and Jazz, July 11-12.
CROATIA PULA: Pula Superiorum, festival celebrating Roman times, Forum, through June 13.
BIOGRAD: Vespa World Days, through June 14.
SPLIT: 3D Street Art Festival, through June 14.
ZAGREB: Animafest, animated film festival, through June 14.
DUKAT: Velebit Ultra Trail, June 20.
DUBROVNIK: Ana in Town, music festival with cello and piano, June 21.
ZAGREB: Inmusic, music festival, Jarun, June 22-24.
ZAGREB: Fantastic Zagreb, film festival, June 26-July 4.
HVAR: Lavender Festival, June 26-27.
TISNO: Garden Festival, July 1-8.
OPATIJA: Liburnia Jazz Festival, July 2-5.
SPLIT: Ultra Europe, electronic music fest, July 10-12.
ZAGREB: International Folklore Festival, July 15-19.
CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE: Tanec Praha, International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre, through June 25.
PRAGUE: Micro Brewery Festival, Beer at the Castle, June 12-13.
PRAGUE: Museum Night, June 13.
PRAGUE: United Islands, international music festival, June 18-20.
CESKY KRUMLOV: Festival of the Five Petalled Rose, medieval style celebrations, June 19-21.
PRAGUE: Apetit Picnic, food festival and culinary market, Grebovka Park, Vinohrady, June 20.
PRAGUE: Holi Open Air, color festival, Kamp Kotva, Branik, June 20.
STRAZNICE: International Folklore Festival, June 25-28.
KARLOVY VARY: International Film Festival, July 3-11.
DENMARK AARHUS: Northside Festival, music fest, through June 14.
COPENHAGEN: Red Bull Cliff Diving, high diving into harbor, June 20.
COUNTRYWIDE: St. John’s Eve, bonfires along the coast, June 23.
SILKEBORG: Riverboat Jazz Festival, June 24-28.
FREDERIKSHAVN: Days of Tordenskjold, the Year is 1717, maritime festival, Paradise Pier, June 26-28.
ROSKILDE: Roskilde Festival, music fest, June 27-July 4.
HVIDE SANDE: North Sea Beach Marathon, June 28.
AALBORG: Nibe Festival, intimate music fest, July 1-4.
SKAGEN: Skagen Festival, music fest, July 2-5.
COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Jazz Festival, July 3-12.
AALBORG: Denmark celebrates U.S. Independence Day, Rebild National Park, July 4.
AARHUS: Aarhus Jazz Festival, July 11-18.
ENGLAND ISLE OF WIGHT: Isle of Wight Festival, music fest, through June 14.
LONDON: Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, through June 14.
LONDON: Hampton Court Palace Festival, top musicians perform, through June 23.
CAMBRIDGE: The Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival, through June 14.
LONDON: Trooping the Colour, The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trafalgar Square, June 13.
PETERBOROUGH: Dragon Boat Festival, June 13.
LONDON: Open Garden Squares Weekend, June 13-14.
BROADSTAIRS: Dickens Festival, June 13-19.
LONDON: Taste of London, food festival, Regent’s Park, June 17-21.
LONDON: Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, June 18-28.
LIVERPOOL: Africa Oye, African music and culture, Sefton Park, June 20-21.
LONDON: West End LIVE, excerpts from theatrical productions, Trafalgar Square, June 20-21.
LONDON: City of London Festival, June 22-July 10.
LONDON: London Pride Parade, June 27.
GREENWICH: Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, June 26-July 5.
LONDON: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, June 30-July 5.
HENLEY-ON-THAMES: Henley Royal Regatta, rowing competitions, July 1-5.
LONDON: Wireless Festival, hip-hop, R&B and dance music fest, Finsbury Park, July 3-5.
OXFORD: Alice in Wonderland celebrations, July 4.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: River Festival, July 4-5.
LONDON: Red Bull Soap Box Derby, Alexandra Palace, July 12.
ESTONIA TALLINN: Medieval Days in Old Town, July 9-12.
FINLAND HAAPAVESI: Haapavesi Blues Festival, June 22-28.
ROVANIEMI: Folklore Festival, June 24-28.
HELSINKI: Pride Parade, June 27.
PORI: Pori Jazz, July 11-19.
FRANCE METZ: Les Puces de Metz, flea and antiques market, Metz Expo, June 20 and July 4.
PARIS: Paris Jazz Festival, Parc Floral, through July 26.
PARIS: Art Shopping, contemporary art fair, Carrousel du Louvre, June 13-14.
LORIENT: Volvo Ocean Race, races around port June 14.
PARIS: International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, open to general public June 19-21.
NICE: Ironman France, June 28.
BAR-DE-LUC: Renaissance Festival, July 3-5.
COLMAR: Colmar International Festival, features trumpet, bass and wind instruments, July 3-14.
NEUVE-EGLISE: Decibulles, music fest, July 10-12.
GERMANY NUREMBERG: Africa Festival, Pegnitzwiesen, through June 14.
WIESBADEN: Theatrium, street festival, through June 13.
BONN: Hot Air Balloon Festival, through June 14.
KOBLENZ: Beer Boerse, Rheinpromenade, through June 14.
REGENSBURG: Middle Ages market, Schloss Puerkelgut, through June 14.
BAD WIMPFEN: Reichstadt Fest, middle ages festival, through June 14.
ERBACH: Strawberry festival, through June 14.
FRANKFURT: Rose and Light Festival at Palmengarten, through June 14, includes music and dancing by candlelight in gardens on June 13.
HAVELBERG: BUGA 2015, Federal Garden Show takes place along the Havel River, through Oct. 11.
LEVERKUESEN: Holi Festival of Colors, Neuland Park, June 13.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Long Night of Culture, June 13.
MUENSTER: Docklands Festival, electronic music festival, June 13.
CONSTANCE: Border-crossing flea market, stands stretch into Switzerland, June 13-14.
NIERSTEIN: Wine presentation, sampling Riesling in town’s vineyards, June 13-14.
BLANKENHEIM: Tour de Ahrtal, auto free cycling along the Ahr, June 14.
FRANKFURT: CRAFT Women’s Run, 5 and 8 km distances, Commerzbank Arena, June 14.
FRANKFURT: Sky Run Messe Turm, race up skyscraper, June 14.
KORNELIMUENSTER: Historischer Jahrmarkt, old-fashioned market, June 18-22.
AACHEN: Kurpark Klassix, Lionel Richie performs, June 19.
ASSMANNSHAUSEN: Assmannshausen in Red, red wine festival, June 19-21.
ERFURT: Kraemerbrueckenfest, old town festival, June 19-21.
WORMS: Jazz and Joy, jazz festival, June 19-21.
MAINZ: Johannisnacht celebrations, festival celebrating summer, June 19-22.
AUGSBURG: Long Night of Art, music and literary performances from around the world, June 20.
FRANKFURT: Schweizer Strassenfest, street festival, June 20.
KAISERSLAUTERN: NATO Jazz Night, Kammgarn, June 20.
KIEL: Kiel Week, sailing and open air cultural fest, June 20-28.
SCHESSLITZ: Schaatzer Biergenusse, open air concerts in the beer garden, June 21.
GRAINAU: Johannifeuer, bonfires on the mountain, June 23.
FRANKFURT: Opernplatz fest, June 24-July 3.
BAD WIMPFEN: Talmarkt, Volksfest, June 25-30.
MINDELBERG: Frundsberg Festival, historical pageant, June 25-July 5.
HAMBURG: Hamburg Harley Days, Grossmarkt, June 26-28.
ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER: Volksfest and market, June 26-July 1.
RUEDESHEIM/BINGEN: Tal Total, auto free cycling along both sides of Rhine, June 28.
HEILBRONN: Natuerlich Mobil, auto free cycling, June 21.
STRAUBING: Bluetone, music festival by the Danube River, July 1-5.
RUDOLSTADT: TFF Rudolstadt, Germany’s biggest folk, roots and world music festival, July 2-5.
DARMSTADT: Heinerfest, volksfest, July 2-6.
COLOGNE: Summerjam, reggae festival, Fuehlinger See, July 3-5.
KAISERSLAUTERN: Old Town Festival, free concerts throughout town, July 3-6.
STUTTGART: Jazzopen, top acts perform, July 3-12.
KAUFBEUREN: Taenzelfest, children’s historical festival, July 9-10.
REGENSBURG: Jazz Weekend, free concerts in Old Town, July 9-12.
COBURG: International Samba Festival, July 10-12.
HUNGARY LAKE BALATON: Open Road Fest, Harley meet-up, through June 14.
BUDAPEST: Beer festival, includes live music program, Buda Castle, through June 14.
BUDAPEST: Danube Carnival International Multi-Cultural Festival, through June 21.
BUDAPEST: Red Bull Air Race World Championships, July 4-5.
BUDAPEST: Pride March, July 11.
IRELAND DUBLIN: A Taste of Dublin, Iveagh Gardens, through June 14.
WESTPORT: Folk & Bluegrass Festival, through June 14.
CORK: Midsummer Festival, through June 14 and 19-21.
DUBLIN: Bloomsday, celebrates James Joyce’s Ulysses, June 16.
BUNDORAN: Sea Sessions, surf and music festival, June 19-21
DUBLIN: Garden Festival, floral installations, June 19-21.
KILKENNY: Gospel Choir Festival, June 19-21.
ROSSES POINT: Shanty Festival, June 19-21.
BANTRY: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, June 26-July 4.
DUBLIN: Dublin Pride Parade, June 27.
KILLARNEY: Festival of Music and Food, Killarney House, June 28-29.
DUBLIN: City Spectacular, free street festival, Merrion Square, July 10-12.
ITALY SIRMIONE: Harley Party, biker meet-up, through June 14.
MILAN: Milan Expo, theme is feeding the planet, through Oct. 31.
VENICE: La Biennale International Art Exhibition, through Nov. 22.
MONTICELLI TERME: La Polverosa, cycling on vintage bicycles, June 13-14.
GENZANO DI ROMA: Infiorata, floral carpet, June 13-15.
MESSINA: Taormina Film Fest, June 13-20.
PISA: Luminara, lit candles floating on the Arno, June 16; Regatta of San Ranieri, historical boat race, June 17.
SAN GIMIGNANO: Ferie delle Messi, medieval festival, June 19-21.
NAPLES: Gelato Festival on Tour, Lungomare Caracciolo, June 19-22.
VENICE: Art Night, showcase of works by local artists, June 20.
PALERMO: World Festival on the Beach, windsurfing festival, June 20-27.
ROME: Fantafestival, showings of science fiction, horror and thrillers, June 22-29.
FLORENCE: Calcio Storico, brutal match of early form of football, June 24.
FLORENCE: St. John’s Day celebrations, feast day of city’s patron saint, June 24.
SPOLETO: Festival of Two Worlds, opera, dance, music and theater, June 26-July 12.
ISCHIA: Ischia Film Festival, June 27-July 4.
PISA: Gioco del Ponte, historical re-enactment, June 28.
MATERA: Festa della Bruna, July 2.
SIENA: Palio, July 2 and Aug. 16.
RIMINI: La Notte Rosa, illuminations and festivities along coast, July 3.
PERUGIA: Umbria Jazz, July 10-19.
CERTALDO: Mercantia, international street performer festival, July 15-19.
LUXEMBOURG CITY: International Short Film Festival, through June 12.
CITY: Fete de la Musique, free concerts, through June 21.
REMICH: Iron Man, triathlon, June 20.
CITY: Eve of the National Holiday with torchlight tattoo, fireworks in the Petrusse Valley, concerts and DJs, June 22; official ceremonies and military parade June 23.
MALTA VALLETTA: Valletta Film Festival, June 15-21.
MONACO MONTE-CARLO: Feast of St. John, June 24.
NETHERLANDS LANDGRAAF: Pinkpop, huge pop festival, through June 14.
AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo Exhibition, Nieuwe Kerk, through July 5.
AMSTERDAM: Open Garden Days, June 19-21.
AMSTERDAM: Rock and Run, 6 or 12 K run with live music benefits water projects, June 28.
THE HAGUE: Parkpop, largest free one-day pop festival in Europe, June 28.
AMSTERDAM: Roots Festival, June 30-July 5.
UTRECHT: Tour de France, Grand Depart, July 4.
ROTTERDAM: North Sea Jazz, July 10-12.
NIJMEGEN: International Four Days Marches, international walking event, July 21-24.
NORTHERN IRELAND BELFAST: The Tall Ships Races, ships at anchor in port and maritime festival, July 2-5.
NORWAY OSLO: Norwegian Wood Festival, country’s top rock music festival, through June 13.
VOSS: Ekstremsportveko, extreme sports and music festival, June 21-28.
KONGSBERG: Kongsberg Jazz Festival, July 1-4.
FORDE: Foerde Festival, traditional and world music festival, July 1-5.
KAFJORD: Riddu Riddu, international indigenous festival, July 8-12.
MOLDE: Moldejazz, international jazz festival, July 13-18.
POLAND POZNAN: Ethno Port, international music fest, through June 14.
KRAKOW: Jewish Culture Festival, June 25-July 5.
KRAKOW: Crossroads Festival, July 5-11.
WARSAW: Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, July 9-12.
PORTUGAL LISBON: Feast of St. Anthony celebrations, through June 13.
PERA: International Sand Sculptures Festival, through Oct. 20.
FUNCHAL: Atlantic Festival, fireworks competitions, June 13, 20 and 27.
PORTO: Feasts of Sao Joao, June 23.
LOULE: Festival Med, celebrates Mediterranean cultures, June 25-27.
ERICEIRA: Sumol Summer Fest, July 3-4.
FIGUEIRA DE FOZ: RFM Somni, electronic music fest, July 11-12.
LISBON: Super Bock Super Rock Festival, July 16-18.
S. MIGUEL, AZORES: Red Bull Cliff Diving, July 18.
OEIRAS: Cooljazz, jazz festival, various dates between July 19 and 31.
SCOTLAND LOCKERBIE: The Eden Festival, boutique festival of music and performance, through June 14.
ARGYLL: FyneFest, beer, food and music fest, through June 14.
GLASGOW: Glasgow Mela, multi-cultural festival, Kelvingrove Park, June 13-14.
EDINBURGH: Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 17-28.
EDINBURGH: Royal Highland Show, agricultural fair, Royal Highland Centre Ingliston, June 18-21.
GLASGOW: Glasgow International Jazz Festival, June 24-28.
GLASGOW: Glasgow Real Ale Festival, Briggait, June 25-27.
OUTER HEBRIDES: HebCelt, Celtic music festival, various venues around islands, July 15-18.
SLOVENIA BLED: Bled Film Festival, June 16-20.
MARIBOR: Festival Lent, international multi-cultural festival, June 26-July 11.
SPAIN CORDOBA: Sephardic Music Festival, through June 13.
BARCELONA: Gran Premi de Catalunya, MotoGP races, through June 14.
PUENTE LA REINA-GARES: Red Bull Creepers, deep water soloing competition, June 13.
HUESCA: International Film Festival, June 13-20.
BARCELONA: Sonar Festival, festival of progressive music and multimedia arts, June 18-20.
CADIZ: H.O.G. European Rally, biker meet up, June 18-21.
ALICANTE: Bonfires of San Juan, June 19-23.
CORDOBA: La Noche Blanca de Flamenco, June 20.
BRIONES: Medieval Festival, June 20-21.
SAN PEDRO MANRIQUE: Paso del Fuego and Las Mondidas Festival, fire walking, June 23.
MADRID: Mulafest, celebrates urban life, June 25-28.
HARO: The Battle of Wine, June 29.
TORTOSA: Tortosa Jazz Festival, June 29-July 4.
CORDOBA: Festival of the Guitar, July 1-12.
PAMPLONA: Fiestas de San Fermin, July 6-14.
BILBAO: BBK Live, rock music festival, July 9-11.
LEKEITIO: International Street Theater Festival, July 10-12.
SWEDEN COUNTRYWIDE: Summer solstice celebrations, June 19.
GOTHENBURG: Volvo Ocean Races, races in port, June 19.
SILJAN: Music at Lake Siljan, features folk and traditional genres, June 27-July 5.
FALSTERBO: Horse Show, July 4-12.
GENEVA: Slide the City, giant slide set up in city, June 13.
MOUDON: Folk Music Festival, June 13-14.GRINDELWALD: LandArt Festival, June 15-20.
BASEL: LISTE - Art Fair Basel, promotes young artists and galleries, June 16-21.
BASEL: Art Basel, contemporary art fair, June 18-21.
GENEVA: Fete de la Musique, over 500 free concerts, June 19-21.
GRUYERES: St-Jean Festival at the Gruyeres Castle, medieval festival, June 20-21.
SAAS FEE: Gourmet Trail, June 21.
LENZBURG: Lenzburgiade, classical and folk music festival set in castle, June 23-28.
ZURICH: iL TAVOLO- Zurich at table, culinary festival, June 24-28.
LUCERNE: Old Town Festival, June 26-27.
INTERLAKEN: Trucker and Country Festival, June 26-28.
ZUG: Lake Festival, June 27.
WEGGIS: Rose Festival, live music and fireworks, July 3-5.
MONTREUX: Montreux Jazz Festival, July 3-12.
WALES CARDIFF: X Music Fest, Bute Park, through June 13.
NEWTOWN: Gregynog Festival, classical music festival, through June 28.
LLANWRTYD WELLS: Man. vs. Horse Marathon, June 13.
CARDIFF: Extreme Sailing Series, June 18-21.
MONMOUTH: The Lion Music and Real Ale Festival, June 19-21.
BARMOUTH: Three Peaks Yacht Race, sailing, running and cycling endurance race, June 27.
HAY-ON-WYE: Summer Food Festival, Memorial Car Park, June 27.
LLANWRTYD WELLS: Drovers’ Walks, 10, 15 and 25 mile walks along livestock trails, June 27.
CARDIFF: Classic FM Live, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera performs modern classical music, Wales Millennium Centre, June 30.
ABERAERON: Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, July 5.
LLANGOLLEN: International Musical Eisteddfod, July 6-12.
PWLLHELI: Wakestock, wakeboarding and music festival, July 11-13.