Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Popular Festivals of Europe 2017. If you have trouble getting enough festivals under your belt, especially if you live in Europe, you’re in luck. The truth is that festivals that celebrate practically everything are never in short supply in the European continent. If you are in need of some guidance as far as your selections to visit, why not check out this list of the top 10 most popular festivals in Europe?
List of Top 10 Most Popular Festivals of Europe 2017
10. Oktoberfest, Germany
From late September to early October is time for Oktoberfest, that period set aside for everything that is Bavarian. Oktoberfest is held every year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and the celebrations cover everything from the world’s largest fair to other famous attractions. We sure hope you like beer if you decide to attend this one.
9. Glastonbury Festival, England
The Glastonbury Festival is the largest open-air performing and music festival in the world. It is held on a huge expanse of green grass to be found anywhere. The festival is primarily known for its contemporary music, but it also features dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, circus, and many other arts. In 2005, there are more than 150,000 attendees who took part in 385 live performances on more than 900 acres.
8. Wimbledon, England
Like tennis? Wimbledon is perhaps the most famous of all tennis championships in the world. Of course, there has to be some sort of celebration that surrounds it, and there is. It has been held at Wimbledon, a suburb of London, at the All England Club, since 1877. Ladies, don’t forget your hats since there is a competition but go for the tennis alone. This is the tournament that gave grass courts their start.
7. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
Held in August every year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival could be described as simply the biggest explosion of energy ever created. To call it just an arts festival would be a serious understatement. The festival is virtually everything that is arts and Scotland. There isn’t anything about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that visitors wouldn’t enjoy. Seriously.
6. London Fashion Week, England
If you think you would have to head for the runways of Paris to get a good look at what the fashion world is coming up with each year, you would be wrong. In fact, England’s London Fashion Week is quickly becoming the place where nearly everyone heads to get a look at what the world will be wearing next year. True to form, London Fashion Week is quickly becoming the place to head for not only fashion, but everything related to it and celebrating it. This is one of the Top 10 Most Popular Festivals of Europe 2017.
5. La Tomatina Festival, Spain
Do you like tomatoes? Or maybe it would be more accurate to ask, “Do you like wearing tomatoes?” If you do, the place you need to be is the La Tomatina Festival in the Valencian town of Buñol, Spain. During this light-hearted, but messy event, thousands of participants get together to spend nearly an hour throwing, you guessed it, tomatoes at each other. Tons of the juicy fruit are trucked in for everyone to partake in the fun. If you don’t want to get hit, we would advise you not to get anywhere close.
4. Venice Carnival, Italy
The Venice Carnival starts every year 40 days before Easter. To put it simply, the Venice Carnival is a place where literally anything goes. This is one carnival that takes up virtually every area of the city.
3. Koningsdag, The Netherlands
Koningsdag means “King’s Day” in Dutch, but it really is a celebration of everything that is Dutch culture. Koningsdag is a national holiday in the Netherlands, falling on April 27, or the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday. That date commemorates the birthday of King Willem-Alexander, but it is generally known as the day of the nationwide vrijmarkt or “Free Market,” which is where you can buy virtually anything, anywhere. You could think of Koningsdag as that day of the year that amounts to a huge rummage sale, where the Dutch sell everything they own that is second-hand.
2. Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany
If you like books and virtually anything having to do with books, you will really appreciate the Frankfurt Book Fair, held each year in mid-October as part of the Frankfurt Trade Fair. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a celebration of anything books, and is primarily aimed at trade visitors, but after the first three days the public is invited to enjoy the festivities as well. Billed as the largest book event in the world, its actual size depends on the number of publishing houses that take part, but it is usually huge.
1. Oxford Literary Festival, England
Just as soon as you are done at the Frankfurt Book Fair you can take your literary bent over to England to enjoy the Oxford Literary Festival, which is held every year at, you guessed it, Oxford. Here is a huge gathering of book and literature lovers of all stripes. It’s sponsored by the Sunday Times, so there’s never a shortage of things to read. Visitors who attend can meet and mingle with authors representing virtually any literary type, from visitors can meet and listen to authors and experts from a wide range of fields. there are also symposiums where discussions are held on topics such as literature, politics, philosophy, history, economics, travel, science, environment, culinary, and religion, to give an idea of only a few.
These are the Top 10 Most Popular Festivals of Europe 2017. It’s difficult to travel to a far part of the world just to enjoy a certain festival or other gathering, but with the wide variety of subjects that are covered by these, it might be worth your time and effort to visit these for themselves. If you do, you could combine trips, although if you decided to see everything you might be gone for considerably longer a period of time than one year. It might be a good idea to hold the milk and the mail. You’ll be gone for a while. Your time will be well worth the effort.