Autumn is a great time to visit Europe. The days are pleasant and sunny; the harvest season is in full swing; prices have dropped dramatically; museums reveal their newest exhibitions; theaters come to life; and wine, beer, and food festivals are at their best.

All in all, whether you’re planning to visit the sunny West, the chilly North, the culturally rich South East, or any other region within the Old Continent, you will certainly find an excellent festival, concert, cultural event, music fest, or charming local fair to enjoy.

Here is a list of some of the best autumn festivals in Europe:

La Mercè Festival, Spain

La Merce Festival, Barcelona
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September is a great time to visit Barcelona as the city hosts Catalonia’s greatest street parade – Les Festes de la Mercè, a vibrant festival with nearly 600 events on display. Held in the honor of the city’s patron saint, La Mercè is also a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating Catalan culture.

Although traditionally the fiesta takes place on September 24th, this year, the festival runs between 21-24 September, with plenty of music, parades, streets performances, spectacles, contests, and fireworks taking place in several venues throughout the city.

Highlights of La Mercè include the world-famous Castellers (huge human towers) in Plaça Sant Jaume, the Giants Parade in Plaça de la Mercè, and the Correfoc (fire run). There will also be an exhibition of dragons and fire beasts, as well as lots of food trucks and art installations.

Great Cornish Food Festival, England

Great Cornish Food Festival

Celebrating the local delicacies, Great Cornish Food Festival arrives again at Truro’s Lemon Quay (22-24 September) with plenty of culinary challenges, top chefs, best local cheese makers, bakers and chocolatiers, live cooking demonstrations, and a myriad of delicious exhibitions.

Already in its 14th edition, the event has become one of England’s most famous food festivals, with almost 50 producers and more than 40 chefs and food experts taking part in the event.

According to the official website, the Great Cornish Food Festival will be taking a break in 2018.

Paris Nuit Blanche, France

Paris Nuit Blanche

White Night, or Paris Nuit Blanche, is an annual art festival, offering visitors in the City of Light a unique cultural experience.

On October 6th, 2018, Paris’s unrivaled museums, galleries, city halls, cinemas, swimming pools, and other entertainment and cultural institutions will be open (free of charge) to visitors until the early hours of the morning. Also, sightseers will be treated to various parades, concerts, and other live performances taking place on the streets of Paris.

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Hungary

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival
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CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival takes place between 5 – 21 October 2018 in the Hungarian capital and is one of the best events of its kind in the country.

Focusing on present-day reformist artists, the cultural festival features all sorts of music concerts, fine art programs, exhibitions, theater, dance, and many other performances designed to highlight Budapest’s vibrant cultural scene.

Popular venues include the National Theater, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, the Atrium Cinema, as well as other cultural institutions and cafes throughout Budapest.

Alba White Truffle Festival, Italy

Alba White Truffle Festival
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The city of Alba in Piedmont is the truffle capital of Italy, and each year during the months of October and November, the town celebrates its beloved produce with a plethora of entertaining events.

Many concerts, food markets, races, sports, food fairs, cultural programs, and wine tasting opportunities complement Alba White Truffle Festival, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind cultural and culinary experience.

This year, the festival runs from October 6 till November 25.

Amsterdam Dance Event, The Netherlands

Amsterdam Dance Event
Photo: Willeke Machiels | via Facebook

From 17 to 21 October 2018, Amsterdam becomes Europe’s capital of electronic music. Amsterdam Dance Event, aka ADE, is not only the largest electronic club festival in the world but also the foremost conference of its kind, where experts in the field discuss the industry’s future.

From world’s top DJ’s to up-and-coming musicians, the festival features no less than 800 artists performing their absorbing sounds in fancy clubs across the city. While the days are jam-packed with workshops, conference sessions, and technical demonstrations, the nights erupt with the latest bits, so maximum fun is guaranteed.

Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Spain

Flamenco festival in Seville
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Held in Seville only in the even-numbered years, Bienal de Flamenco is one of the finest and most famous flamenco events in the world. Expect wonderful guitar music, dancing, toque, and singing shows dedicated to this passionate form of art born in Andalusia, Spain.

Top venues comprise the illustrious Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Lope de Vega, FIBES Auditorium, the Alcázar Palace, and many more. Various concerts and live performances will also be held in the charming little plazas across the city.

From pure traditional flamenco to some progressive sub-genres, the festival promises to delight its visitors with over 70 first-class, flamboyant spectacles performed by the world’s best flamenco artists.

The next edition of the festival will take place between 6 – 30 September 2018.

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Ireland

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Photo: Boyd Challenger | via Facebook

Every fall, on the very last weekend in September (28-30), the city of Galway in west Ireland comes to life while celebrating the country’s most recognizable food fest – Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival. In addition to the spectacular, unspoiled beauty of the region, participants are invited to get a real taste of Ireland’s main delights: Guinness, live music, and the best gourmet seafood.

Among the festival’s main attractions are the Oyster Pearl Contest, the Street Festival, the National Oyster Opening Championship, and the dazzling closing banquet. Adding to the event’s charm are various street performances and live music concerts, colorful parades, cooking demonstrations, all-night dancing, and plenty of family-friendly activities.

Oktoberfest, Germany

Oktoberfest Festival
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Every autumn, for almost 200 years, millions of people from all over the world flock to Munich to take part in the world’s most famous beer festival: Oktoberfest. Deeply rooted in the Bavarian culture, this bulky fest – actually the Largest People’s Fair in the world – welcomes its guests with traditional food, plenty of music, beautiful ladies wearing dirndl, as well as dozens of lively tents hosting spectacles, parties, and contests. And, of course, the prom queen – millions of liters of German beer.

Oktoberfest 2018 runs from September 22nd to October 7th.

Do you know some other cool festivals in Europe this fall?


Written by Meeroona

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