Summer is finally upon us and we couldn't be more excited! There are so many events and festivals going on in Europe, so where should you go and what should you do in order to make the most out of your summer? We've picked out five countries with some of the most interesting events and the best part is: most of them are free to join! So pack your bags and go on a fun-filled adventure around Europe!
You've certainly heard about the infamous Running of the Bulls (encierro), haven't you? Indeed, it's the most exciting part of the historical festival honoring San Fermin, the patron of the Pamplona city though it takes only a few minutes each morning for eight days. Be sure not to miss other parts of the fiesta such as the Procession of San Fermín, live concerts, bullfights in the evenings, and an international fireworks competition. All of the festival events are free and open to the public, except for the bullfights.
Date: July 6th - 15th 2020
The annual Fair of Malaga is one of the biggest celebrations in Spain dedicated to the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487. For the whole week, Malaga turns into the endless festivities and parties. The event is accompanied with the thrilling vibes of flamenco music and full of men and women dressed in fantastic authentic clothing. Not to forget the delicious local food and drinks offered by the street-food stalls! Definitely must-see!
Date: August 15th - 24th 2020
What could be more entertaining than a real tomato fight in the middle of the city? Festival La Tomatina gives you a chance to take part in one! The event is held in a small Valencian town of Buñol. The whole action is about creating a tomato chaos lasting for almost two hours and then trying to clean yourself and the city from the mess around. Main advice: wear clothes and closed shoes that you feel easy to throw away afterwards.
Date: August 28th 2020
The 2020 Tour de France will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France, France’s premier annual sporting event. The 3,329 km (2,069 mi) race will depart from Brussels in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France win of Eddy Merckx on 6 July and will finish with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris, on July 28th. To watch the event in person, do some research about the locations and the best spots to see the race. And hey, whilst there, don't be shy to shout out and have fun!
Date: July 6 - 28, 2020
Since 1880, the French Republic has celebrated its national day on the 14th July, Bastille Day. The program for the national holiday is packed with events. Morning is highlighted with an aerial show and spectecular military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées heading down all the way to a major public square Place de la Concorde. In the evening, a concert and a magnificent firework between 11pm and 11:30pm take place. Exciting emotions are guaranteed!
Date: July 14th, 2020
Summer Parisian nights are perfect for the Open Air Cinema Festival! What can be more romantic than watching a film on the big screen comfortably seating in a deckchair with someone special... Remember this location: Parc de La Villette. All films are shown in their original language, foreign films are shown with English subtitles. Entry to the screenings at the Open Air Film Festival is free of charge for all. You can rent deckchairs and blankets on site for a more comfortable screening. Bring a picnic and enjoy it before the screening begins.
Date: July - August, 2020
The Vogalonga 2020 is a 30km paddling/rowing race through the city of Venice and the lagoon up to Burano. Almost all rowed or paddled boats can participate and there’s even a separate category for kayaks. There are usually well over one thousands boats in the race. All of the participants are issued a diploma of participation. The Vogalonga is not a competitive race and there are no winners. It’s all about being there.
Date: June 9th, 2020
What is Rome outside of the tourist mainstream? Find it out during the annual Festa de’ Noantri - one of the most famous and popular festivals in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. The event dated back to 16th century is the religious celebration of the Madonna of Mount Carmel. The main event is the procession at 6:30pm on July 22nd when a statue of the Virgin Mary is carried through Trastevere from the church of St. Agata to the St. Crisgono church. Street performance, dances and music can be enjoyed throughout the procession.
Date: July 16 - 31, 2020
Palio of Siena is one of the most popular and well-known sport festivals in Tuscany, Italy. Good reason to join and watch it - it's not staged for the benefit of visitors but speaks load for the civic identity and Sienese pride. This exciting horse race itself takes less than two minutes but attracts thousands of visitors by its electric atmosphere. A position in the cordoned-off area is free of charge.
Date: July 2nd and August 16th, 2020
All throughout the country people can set up their flea markets free of charge and sell their stuff on the streets. The most will be going on in Helsinki of course, but since it is for the whole country, many other towns will have many flea markets as well! So wherever you are you can just go on the streets and shop your heart out! The event is to draw attention to recycling and reusing, or as they call it "the neatest festival of the year".
Date: May 25, 2020
This event is all about soccer and kids. It is an international soccer event for young boys and girls to play matches and have fun. In the Helsinki Cup there are as many as 17 different nationalities represented and over 20,000 participants! But not only soccer is happening during this time also many related events are going on. So you can either cheer on your favourite players, play yourself or just enjoy hanging around the many nationalities!
Date: July 8- 13, 2020
Doesn't matter what your taste in music is, the Helsinki Festival will satisfy you nonetheless! During Finland's largest arts festival the whole capital will be out and about enjoying the different acts offered. From classical to world music and pop, from drama to contemporary dance, and from visual art to film and children’s events, you'll find everything here!
Date: August 16th - September 1st, 2020
Baska is a smaller town in the north of Croatia and holds many nice traditions. One of them is the fishermen's net pulling and the expanding festival that comes with it! Since 1910 visitors love to immerge in the traditions and get out their best striped shirts to join the locals for delicious food and a good time!
Date: August 2-3, 2020
Taking place in the oldest salt work in the whole of Europe, this festival is for sure something special. Many years ago salt used to be called the "White Gold" and was the main money source for many cities in the 14th century. The Salt Festival includes a traditional products and handcrafts fair (everyday), wine, honey and olive oil tasting and sale, workshops for children, traditional dance and music, and more.
Date: August 29 - September 1, 2020
This event is all about motorcycles! Bike manufacturers, bike enthusiasts, and those who just want to have a great time will be there, but there won't be just bikes, also oldtimer shows, good parties and concerts will happen. Keep in mind: Those arriving in Pula by motorcycle will have free entrance and also camp for free! The most important part though: the amazing biker parade through the whole town. A truly impressive sight!
Date: August 26th - September 1st, 2020