Festivals & events
June 5, 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 5, 2015. Please verify details before setting out.
AUSTRIAVIENNA: Rock in Vienna, features heavy metal line up, Donauinsel, through June 6. GRAZ: springfestival, electronic music and art festival, through June 7. SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM: Biker Mania, party for motorcyclists, through June 7. 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. SALZBURG: Mozart 100, ultra scenic 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. 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.
BELGIUM BRUSSELS: Brussels Film Festival, highlights European cinema, Flagey, through June 12. BRUSSELS: Dinner in the Sky, gourmet outdoor dining high above city, through June 28. BRUSSELS: BRUNEAF, Non-European Art Fair, Sablon, June 10-14. 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. GHENT: Gent Jazz Festival, July 10-18. BRUSSELS: Brosella Folk and Jazz, July 11-12.
CROATIA ZAGREB: Cest ist D’Best, international street festival, through June 10. ZAGREB: Animafest, animated film festival, June 9-14. PULA: Pula Superiorum, festival celebrating Roman times, Forum, June 11-13. SPLIT: 3D Street Art Festival, June 12-14. DUKAT: Velebit Ultra Trail, June 20. DUBROVNIK: Ana in Town, music festival with cello and piano, June 21. ZAGREB: Inmusic, music festival, Jarun Lake, 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.
CZECH REPUBLIC BRNO: Spilberk Food Festival, through June 7. PRAGUE: Tanec Praha, International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre, through June 25. CESKE BUDEJOVICE: Half-marathon, June 6. PRAGUE: Beer at the Castle, micro-brewery festival, 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.
DENMARK COPENHAGEN: Distortion Festival, street and nightlife festival, through June 7. AARHUS: Northside Festival, music fest, June 12-14. 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, June 26-28. HVIDE SANDE: North Sea Beach Marathon, June 28. ROSKILDE: Roskilde Festival, music fest, June 27-July 4. 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.
ENGLAND SALISBURY: International Art Festival, street entertainment, through June 6. LONDON: Field Day, Victoria Park, June 6-7. ISLE OF WIGHT: Isle of Wight Festival, music fest, June 11-14. LONDON: Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, June 11-14. LONDON: Hampton Court Palace Festival, top musicians perform, June 11-23. CAMBRIDGE: The Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival, June 12-14. 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. LIVERPOOL: Africa Oyé, African music and culture, Sefton Park, June 20-21. LONDON: City of London Festival, June 22-July 10. GREENWICH: Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, June 25-July 5. ISLE OF WIGHT: Round the Island Race, sailing competition, June 27. LONDON: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, East Molesey, 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.
ESTONIA TALLINN: Old Town Days, arts, music and street entertainment, through June 6. TALLINN: Medieval Days in Old Town Tallinn’s Old Town, July 9-12.
FINLAND HAAPAVESI: Haapavesi Blues Festival, June 22-28. ROVANIEMI: Folklore Festival, June 24-28. PORI: Pori Jazz, July 11-19.
FRANCE METZ: Les Puces de Metz, flea and antiques market, Metz Expo, June 6 and 20. ORLY: Orly en Fete, street artists festival, June 6-7. REIMS: Fetes Johanniques, celebrations in honor of Joan of Arc, June 6-7. PARIS: Paris Jazz Festival, Parc Floral, June 7-July 26. PARIS: Art Shopping, contemporary art fair, Carrousel du Louvre, June 13-14. PARIS: International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, June 15-21. 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 BADEN-BADEN: International Horse Racing, through June 6. BADEN-BADEN: Medieval wine days in Steinbach, with music, art and theater, through June 7. BONN: Museum Mile Fest, cultural program for families, through June 7. COCHEM: Mosel Wine Week, wine fest, through June 7. FRANKENTHAL: Strohhut Fest, street festival, through June 7. LEIPZIG: 1000 Years of Leipzig anniversary celebrations, through June 7. NUREMBERG: Franconian beer fest, through June 7. RUEDESHEIM: Magic Bike, Harley Davidson festival, through June 7. WUERZBURG: Weindorf, wine festival in market square, through June 7. WUERZBURG: International Africa Festival, Talavera-Mainwiesen, through June 7. KAISERSLAUTERN: Lautrer Kerwe, fun fair on Messeplatz, through June 8. FRANKFURT: Fressgassfest, through June 12. HAVELBERG: BUGA 2015, Federal Garden Show takes place along the Havel River, through Oct. 11. ELTVILLE: Rose Days, June 6-7. OPPENHEIM: medieval festival, June 6-7. HEPPENHEIM: medieval festival, June 6-7. HEIDELBERG: Castle illuminations and fireworks, June 6, July 11 and Sept. 15. NUREMBERG: Africa Festival, Pegnitzwiesen, June 11-14. WIESBADEN: Theatrium, street festival, June 12-13. BONN: Balloon Festival, June 12-14. KOBLENZ: Beer Boerse, Rheinpromenade, June 12-14. REGENSBURG: Middle Ages market, Schloss Puerkelgut, June 12-14. BAD WIMPFEN: Reichstadt Fest, medieval festival, June 12-14. ERBACH: Strawberry Festival, June 12-14. FRANKFURT: Rose and Light Festival at Palmengarten, June 12-14, includes music and dance in gardens by candlelight June 13. KAISERSLAUTERN: Long Night of Culture, June 13. CONSTANCE: border-crossing flea market, with rows of stands stretching into Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, 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 a 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. 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. HEILBRONN: Natuerlich Mobil, auto free cycling, June 21. 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. 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, street festival, July 2-6. COLOGNE: Summerjam, reggae festival, Fuehlinger See, July 3-5. KAISERSLAUTERN: Old Town Festival, free concerts throughout town, July 3-6. 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. KALTENBERG: Knights Tournament, July 11-13, 17-19 and 24-26. FALKENSTEIN AM DONNERSBERG: Middle Ages Spectaculum, medieval festival, July 11-12.
HUNGARY BUDAPEST: Danube Carnival International Multi-Cultural Festival, June 6-21. LAKE BALATON: Open Road Fest, Harley meet-up, June 10-14. BUDAPEST: Beer festival, Buda Castle, June 11-14. BUDAPEST: Red Bull Air Race World Championships, July 4-5.
IRELAND CARLOW: Carlow Arts Festival, through June 7. DINGLE: Dingle Adventure Race, bike, hike, run and kayak, June 6. WICKLOW: Wicklow 200, non-competitive cycling event, June 7. DUBLIN: A Taste of Dublin, Iveagh Gardens, June 11-14. WESTPORT: Folk & Bluegrass Festival, June 12-14. CORK: Midsummer Festival, June 12-14 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, street festival, Merrion Square, July 10-12.
ITALY MILAN: Taste of Milano, world’s largest restaurant festival, Superstudio Piu, through June 7. MONTESPERTOLI: La Mostre de Chianti, wine and culinary fair, through June 7. MILAN: Milan Expo, theme is feeding the planet, through Oct. 31. VENICE: La Biennale International Art Exhibition, through Nov. 22. ROME: Chamber Music Festival, Palazzo Barbarini, June 7-11. PERUGIA: Umbria Jazz, June 10-19. SIRMIONE: Harley Party, biker meet-up, June 11-14. GENZANO DI ROMA: Infiorata, floral carpet, June 13-15. PISA: 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. 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. SIENA: Palio, July 2 and Aug. 16.
LUXEMBOURG CITY: International Short Film Festival, through June 12. CITY: BLC Car Boot Sale, Glacis Car Park in Limpertsberg, June 6. CITY: Fete de la Musique, free concerts, June 12-21. 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.
MALTAVALLETTA: Valletta Film Festival, June 15-21.
MONACOMONTE-CARLO: Feast of St. John, June 24.
NETHERLANDSAMSTERDAM: Taste of Amsterdam, Amstel Park, through June 7. THE HAGUE: Tong Tong Fair, world’s biggest festival of Eurasian culture, through June 7. AMSTERDAM: World Press Photo Exhibition, Nieuwe Kerk, through July 5. LANDGRAAF: Pinkpop, huge pop festival, June 12-14. 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 KARMOY: Viking Festival, through June 7. BERGEN: Bergen International Festival, music and performing arts festival, through June 10. OSLO: Norwegian Wood Festival, rock music festival, June 10-13. 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.
POLAND POZNAN: Ethno Port, international music fest, June 11-14. KRAKOW: Jewish Culture Festival, June 25-July 5. KRAKOW: Crossroads Festival, July 5-11. WARSAW: Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, July 9-12.
PORTUGAL PORTO: NOS Primavera Sound, music festival, through June 6. LISBON: Feast of St. Anthony celebrations, festivities culminate June 12-13.
SCOTLAND ARRAN: Folk Festival, through June 7. FORT WILLIAM: Mountain Bike World Cup, June 6-7. PITLOCHRY: The Pitlochry Golf Week, June 6-12. LOCKERBIE: The Eden Festival, boutique festival of music and performance, June 11-14. ARGYLL: FyneFest, beer, food and music fest, June 12-14. 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.
SLOVENIA BLED: Bled Film Festival, June 16-20. MARIBOR: Festival Lent, international multi-cultural festival, June 26-July 11.
SPAIN BADAJOZ: Indie Scene Festival, through June 6. GRANADA: Corpus Christi celebrations, though June 6. BERGA: La Patum Fiesta, religious commemoration, through June 7. SAN LUCAR DE BARRAMEDA: Feria de la Manzanilla, sherry festival, through June 7. CASTRILLO DE MURCIA: El Colacho, festival in which devil jumps over babies, June 7. CORDOBA: Sephardic Music Festival, June 8-13. BARCELONA: Gran Premi de Catalunya, MotoGP races, June 12-14. 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 SOELVESBORG: Sweden Rock Festival, mostly hard rock acts perform, through June 6. STOCKHOLM: A Taste of Stockholm, food festival, Kungstradgarden, through June 7. STOCKHOLM: Early Music Festival, through June 7. MOTALA: Vaetternrundan, 300 km cycling tour around Lake Vaettern open to public, June 12-13. COUNTRYWIDE: Summer solstice celebrations, June 19. SILJAN: Music at Lake Siljan, features folk and traditional genres, June 27-July 5. FALSTERBO: Horse Show, July 4-12.
SWITZERLANDCRANS-PRES-CELIGNY: Caribana, relaxed music fest includes top names, through June 7. PORRENTRUY: Festival Monde de Couleurs, world music festival, through June 7. WEGGIS: Heirassa Festival, celebrates folk music, through June 7. AVENCHES: Celtic Music Festival, free festival, through June 7. ENGELBERG: Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run, June 6. MORGINS: iXS Swiss Downhill Cup, June 6-7. 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.
WALESCARDIFF: X Music Fest, Bute Park, June 12-13. NEWTOWN: Gregynog Festival, classical music festival, June 12-28. 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.