22/07/2024 3:32 AM

Jerri Zamzow

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Europe’s Top Five Summer Festivals


This summer, there’s no reason to let yourself get bored with the same old tourist attractions. Instead of heading back to the Eiffel Tower or Buckingham Palace again and again, why not try something new? Europe is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world (and I’m including London in that assessment), but many tourists stick to visiting just one or two of them on their European adventures. However, there are plenty of other places worth seeing—even if you’ve already been everywhere else! So for your next trip across the pond, check out these five festivals in Europe:

Europe’s Top Five Summer Festivals

Festival of Folklore and Traditions, Romania

The Festival of Folklore and Traditions is a celebration of Romania’s rich history. It takes place in the city of Brasov, which was once part of Hungary and then Transylvania. The festival lasts for two weeks in July, with performances held at various venues throughout the city.

The music played during this event is mostly traditional folk tunes played by local bands and ensembles from all over Romania–and sometimes even neighboring countries like Hungary or Bulgaria! You’ll also find plenty of food stalls selling traditional dishes like sarmale (cabbage rolls) or mamaliga (a polenta-like cornmeal porridge). Some events may include workshops on making traditional handicrafts like embroidery or pottery glazing techniques; others will feature competitions such as singing contests where participants compete against one another while dressed up in colorful costumes inspired by medieval times!

Sziget Festival, Hungary

Sziget Festival is a music festival in Budapest, Hungary. It’s one of the largest music festivals in Europe and has been held every August since 1993.

It lasts five days and has a capacity of 400,000 people. The lineup features some of the biggest names in music (this year it included Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons).

Rock En Seine, France

Rock En Seine is a music festival that takes place in Paris, France every year. It’s one of Europe’s biggest festivals and features a mix of indie rock, pop and hip hop acts performing on several stages throughout the park. The festival was founded in 1990 by Daniel Toscan du Plantier who wanted to create an alternative to mainstream festivals like Glastonbury or Roskilde Festival.

The location for Rock En Seine has been changed over time but it now takes place at Parc De Saint Cloud each summer (usually during mid-July).

Tomorrowland, Belgium

If you’re a fan of electronic music and want to experience one of Europe’s biggest festivals, then Tomorrowland is the place for you. Located in Boom, Belgium this festival attracts over 400,000 people each year. It’s held over three days during July 22-25th and offers plenty of activities including rides like roller coasters and zip lines as well as art installations created by local artists.

The lineup will be announced soon but last year DJ Snake performed with other big names such as David Guetta while Deadmau5 headlined with Eric Prydz joining him on stage too! If you don’t have tickets yet don’t worry because they are still available on Ticketmaster right now!

Optimus Alive!, Portugal

Optimus Alive! is a three-day music festival held in Oeiras, Portugal. The 2019 edition will take place on August 7th through 9th and feature headliners like The Cure, Florence + The Machine, Years & Years and more. Tickets are available for €189 for all three days of the festival (or €99 for one day).

If you’re traveling from Lisbon by train: Take the Cascais train from Lisbon’s Cais Do Sodre station to Oeiras Station (15 minutes) or Uber there instead (20 minutes). Then walk 15 minutes south along Avenida da Repblica until you reach Parque Dom Carlos I where Optimus Alive! takes place each year!

Don’t miss out on these summer festivals in Europe.

If you’re looking for a way to experience Europe’s many cultures and customs, these festivals are the perfect way to do it. From music festivals in the Alps to celebrations of local foods, there’s something for everyone at these five summer events!

  • Festival de la Musique (Paris) – This festival takes place across France on June 21st every year and celebrates music with concerts all over Paris. It’s also known as “Fete de la Musique” or simply “Musikfest”.
  • Carnival (Vienna) – The Viennese have been celebrating Carnaval since 13th century! You can join them by taking part in this week-long celebration full of parades, dancing and costumes starting on Feb 28th each year until Ash Wednesday (March 5th).


These are just a few of the top summer festivals in Europe. There are many others that you can explore, so don’t miss out on these amazing events!

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