Europe's Top Festivals This Summer Worth Travelling For

Most people associate summer in Europe with fun festivals, cultural diversity and – most importantly – unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a foodie or an art aficionado, Europe’s summer festivals have something for everyone. Here’s our quick guide to some of the festivals that are absolutely worth travelling for.

1. Glastonbury Festival (UK) 

When: June 26-30, 2024

Where: Pilton, Somerset, England 

Why go: Glastonbury is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconic music festivals, known for its lineup, from rock and pop to electronic and indie music. Beyond music, the festival features art installations, theatre performances, and a variety of food stalls. 

2. Tomorrowland (Belgium)

When: July 19-21 and July 26-28, 2024

Where: Boom, Belgium

Why go: Tomorrowland is the ultimate destination for those who love vibing to electronic music. With its elaborate stage designs and top-tier DJ performances, it's a sensory overload of sound, light, and spectacle. 

3. Running of the Bulls - San Fermín (Spain)

When: July 6-14, 2024

Where: Pamplona, Spain

Why go: At this legendary festival, the adrenaline-pumping bull runs are the main highlight, but there's also lots of other entertainment ranging from traditional music and dance to fireworks and light shows, providing a deep dive into Spanish culture.

4. Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland)

When: August 2-26, 2024

Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

Why go: The world's largest arts festival transforms Edinburgh into a bustling hub of creative minds. With countless performances covering theatre, comedy, dance, and more, there's always something new and exciting to see. 

5. Sziget Festival (Hungary)

When: August 7-13, 2024

Where: Budapest, Hungary

Why go: Set on an island in the Danube River, the Sziget Festival offers a diverse lineup of music genres as well as cultural activities, art installations, and beach parties. And it doesn’t end at that – this festival also features workshops, international cuisines, and a lively community atmosphere. 

6. La Tomatina (Spain)

When: August 28, 2024

Where: Buñol, Spain

Why go: Does a food fight sound more like your thing? Known as the world's biggest food fight, La Tomatina sees participants throwing tomatoes at each other in a spirited and messy celebration. It's a unique experience that combines fun, chaos, and Spanish festivity. 

7. Oktoberfest (Germany)

When: September 21 - October 6, 2024

Where: Munich, Germany

Why go: Although it starts in September (can that still be classed as summer?), Oktoberfest is an essential part of the summer festival circuit. Known for its beer tents, traditional Bavarian music, and hearty German cuisine, it’s a festival of celebration… and beer. Lots of beer.

These festivals are an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Europe's cultural diversity and fun traditions. It's time to pack your bags, book your tickets and experience the best of these summer festivals!

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Festival tips

🗓️ Book early

Get tickets and accommodation in advance

💼 Pack smart

Prepare for any weather – sunscreen and rain jackets are your friend

📌 Respect local customs

Follow local guidelines and traditions

🔒 Stay safe

Watch your belongings and stay hydrated

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