9 European Festivals to Experience and Have Some Fun

Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa is one of the famous upcoming cultural festivals in Europe 2019 and involves religious carnivals from the Slavic traditions of Eastern Europe. Celebrated eight weeks before Eastern Easter, it has been one of the oldest festivals in Europe in March. During the week of the festival, meat, cheese, and other dairy are permitted for Orthodox Christians, the traditions of the festival are centered so much around this relaxation of the ban that the festival is often called the Cheesefare week or the Crepe Week. One of the largest festivals in Europe, the preparation of crepes in this fest creates a buzz all around the town.

Carnaval

Celebrated in the southern regions of Netherlands, this is one of the largest festivals in Europe, which is marked by its theme of role reversals. There is a grand feast in most homes from Saturday through Tuesday, and Bonte Avonden, meetings, balls, and parades are held everywhere in the cities. The Motley Storm, or the D’n Optocht, is the most visible face of one of the largest festivals in Europe in March, with these parades full of colorful floats. There is also a lot of traditional dance and music at various events of the festivals, with Carnaval being the foremost dance festivals of Europe. Any tourist caught in its hailstorm will not come out unamazed!

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes is a small village in France and the site of one of the largest festivals in Europe. A complete by-invitation-only event, Cannes is the world’s premier film festival and witnesses the screening of almost all genres of the most brilliant movies of the year for a select audience. Held at the beautiful Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the festival has swayed the film world’s attention from the Venice Film Festival that had developed a fascist streak. Every year, the festival also honors the best film with the famous Palm d’Or, which is often regarded as a more prestigious recognition than the Oscars. Owing to its elegance, it is one of the best festivals in Europe.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Simply called the Fringe, it is among the most important August festivals in Europe 2019. It is also the world’s largest art festival, and in 2017, it was held over 25 days and had 53,232 performances during 3398 shows spread over 300 venues across the Scottish city. Most of the events, which cover theatre, dance, cabaret, opera, music, and exhibitions, are not judged, so anyone can participate. The comedy shows during the festival have a higher profile due to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards that are given to the best shows. The Edinburgh festival is set to be the biggest festival in Europe 2019.

San Fermin

This is one of the more traditional festivals in Europe in July which also a grand festival in the city of Pamplona, Spain. Over the course of the week, almost a million people come to the city to participate in the various festivities such as the San Fermin procession, the struendo (when people gather to play drums, pots, pans), and the closing sombre ceremony of Pobre De Mi. However, the festival is renowned for the running of the bulls, held at 8 AM from July 7th to 14th. The event is broadcast live on TV and the whole of Spain fixates on matadors for the week.

Water Jousting

This is one of the best summer festivals in Europe, celebrated since 1666, majorly at the port of Sete in the town named the Venice of Languedoc. Celebrating its patron saint in boisterous style, the town stages water jousting tournaments on its canals which can be seen throughout the summer. However, it is during the month of August, that the things go overdrive in the region. One of the world’s most popular youth-centric summer festivals in Europe, Water Jousting is celebrated on a grand scale with 70-plus events which includes street parades, pop-up bars, and concerts.

La Tomatina Festival

Held in the town of Buñol, La Tomatina is one of the biggest European food festivals. It is all about the food fight, especially involving tomatoes. Tons of over-ripe tomatoes are used in the streets of the town to be smashed at each other and you can surely witness the excited tinge of red being painted throughout the place. What’s more, is that it isn’t just the locals, people from all over the world get to participate in this surprisingly messy yet enjoyable festival in Spain and only 20,000 lucky ones get the ticket to this one! This is one of the most popular European food festivals.

The Carnival Of Ivrea

The Carnival Of Ivrea is held in the third week of February in Ivrea in Italy. The festival stems from the 19th century where rebellious commoners threw away food the feudal lord had given them. The game now represents a war between the thousands of commoners on the ground and the guards that throw oranges from carriages. It is counted among the weird festivals in Europe. This is one of the biggest European food festivals.

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

The Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival was first celebrated twenty years ago. It is a nine-day celebration. Their main purpose is to raise money for the local school, the village hall, and the church. In Yorkshire Dale village, many straw-stuffed mannequins or scarecrows are put up all across town. Some of them resemble real-life people. Last year, the scarecrows of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were put up. It is one of the biggest summer festivals in Europe across all ages. It is counted among the weird festivals in Europe.