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Summer is a great time to explore and enjoy European cities; blue skies, glorious sunshine, al fresco dining, festivals galore and to top it all off, the hotels are offering some great deals so you can grab yourself a bargain. Check out some of the fantastic cities we offer...

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Yes it maybe a little hotter during summer but don’t let that put you off! Parisians usually head off to the south of France to enjoy their holidays which means the pace of life in Paris slows down and the streets are quieter. During these months there is a great range of summer festivals and events on offer and most are free including open-air theatres and cinemas! You can also head to the beach, three spots along the Seine come complete with sand, deck chairs and pools.

Name of event Date Information
Bastille Day 14th July Parade on Champs-Elysées Avenue during the day and fireworks by the Eiffel Tower starts at around 10pm and the parties around town continue late into the night.
Tour De France 27th July See the sprint to the finish line of this world famous event down Paris' Champs-Elysées.
Paris Plages July – August 3 spots along the Seine turn into beaches with sand, deck chairs and pools.
Rock en Seine 25th - 31st August Held in the Saint Cloud Park just outside Paris. The three-day event offers excellent music groups and a chilled-out atmosphere; it's a definite highlight of the city's musical calendar.
Fete des Jardins a Paris September Hundreds of free events take place throughout the French capital - from guided tours and walks to concerts and exhibitions.
Fête de la Gastronomie September Appreciate French food & wine over the festival. Restaurants offer 2 for 1 deals over some dates.
Festival Ile-de-France 7th - 13th September Many concerts all over Paris, venues are selected for their beauty and cultural significance. You can travel to castles, private mansions and gardens to listen to music of all genres.

There is no bad month to visit this city but from June to October the ‘Estate Romana’ or Roman Summer should not be missed. The summer festival ensures there are hundreds of events going on from concerts to theatre performances and art exhibitions so as well as being amazed by the major attractions on offer you can join in the fun with the locals too!

Name of event Date Information
Luglio Suona Bene 25th June – 2nd August The longest running and most loved summer event, one of the most striking open-air stages in Europe with a host of music stars.
Vatican Evening Visits May – October An extraordinary opportunity. In the months of May, June, July, September and October, museums provide the public an opportunity to visit the following locations every Friday: Museo Pio Clementino, the Egyptian museum, the upper floor galleries, the Raphael Rooms, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, and the Sistine Chapel.
Opera at the Baths of Caracalla June – August The baths turn into one of the most fascinating theatres in the world offering opera, ballet and musical concerts.
Estate Romana June – September The programme lasts for 100 days and 100 nights and features over 1,000 events, concerts, exhibitions and live performances.
Festa di Noantri 15th July Held in one of Rome’s most lively night quarters, expect plenty of food, wine and dancing with an impressive fireworks display to finish.
Invito alla Danza Mid July The annual dance fest is held in beautiful gardens and has a performance every evening for about two weeks, and often includes international companies and stars.
Gay Village June – September A 10 week open-air festival with bars, restaurants, clubs and live acts all joining in.

If you want to experience Venice as you see it on postcards then visit in summer. The early morning and late evening sun leaves this glorious city bathed in warm sunlight. There may be a few more visitors than normal but Venice is ideal walking territory and you will soon stumble across countless piazzas and deserted canal walkways giving you a chance to soak up this beautifully romantic city.

Name of event Date Information
Art Night Venezia 21st June To help celebrate summer Venice opens up its doors to museums with free entrance as well as holding special events and concerts lasting well into the night.
Venice Jazz Festival July International and Italian musicians perform in various venues throughout the city.
Redentore Festival 20th - 21st July One of the locals favourite festivals, the Festival of the Redeemer ensure fireworks aplenty, a fantastic display of illuminated boats all decorated with flowers and balloons in St Marks basin and a gondola regatta on the Sunday.
Regatta Storico 7th September The most important event on the rowing calendar in Venice, Regata Storica takes place on the first Sunday of September annually.
Venice Film Festival September Your chance to see famous stars descend upon the city for the internationally acclaimed film festival.
Burano Regatta September Similar to the Regata Storico, but this regatta takes place on the island of Burano a short 40 minute scenic boat trip away.

With warmer temperatures over summer its no wonder Prague attracts a number of visitors. Stroll along the Vltava river, wander around the parks when they are in full bloom or take in one of the many festivals on offer throughout the city; from rock and jazz to classical there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Name of event Date Information
Museum Night 14th June Most museums open for free, offering visitors a unique night-time view of their exhibits.
United Islands of Prague 19th - 21st June Concerts and beer stands take over the Vltava riverfront; performers include musicians local and global.
Prague Proms 21st June – 20th July An annual music festival is a series of classical concerts.
Bohemia Jazz Fest 15th – 17th July Annual event drawing in musicians from America and various European countries. The show travels around the Czech Republic, with 3 days allocated to Prague.
Only Open Air Festival 8th August This NEW festival is the first dance party right in the centre of Prague. Thousands of visitors will be able to dance to 12 hours of dance music and will feature world famous DJ’s including Calvin Harris!
Folklore Festival 30th August The folklore festival "Prazsky Jarmark" in Prague attracts artists from the Czech Republic, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The gathering culminates in a free open-air performance at 3pm at the Old Town Square, followed by a parade through the city centre.
Festival of the Grape 20th - 21st September Taking place at Prague Castle and Prague Castle Gardens. Czech and Moravian wine tasting is held in the Ball Games Room.
Prague Castle Garden Open Day 20th - 21st September Production Gardens will be open to the public. The gardens, where over 72 types of plants are grown for the decoration of the castle and protocol events, are normally closed to public but will be open and free to all discover.

The Budapest summer festival brings a whole host of sight and delights. Open-air theatre performances, musicals, dance shows, kids’ programs and concerts are held in two locations in the city, it takes place from mid-June to the end of August. If that doesn’t suit then why not go for the Food & Drink festival in September hosted in one of the largest parks in Budapest.

Name of event Date Information
Czech Beer Festival 17th - 30th June The annual beer festival  brings breweries and beer lovers together with over 50 types of beer to taste all supplied by 25 breweries.
The Night of the Museums 22nd June Museums open their doors to visitors until 2:30 am for this annual event.
Budapest Pride 27th June – 6th July The week-long Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival offers theatre performances, film screenings, discussions, concerts, parties, and more.
Budapest Summer Festival 6th June – 31st August Open-air theatre performances, musicals, dance shows, kids’ programs and a range of concerts are just some of the things you can look forward to.
Sziget Festival 11th – 18th August One of the largest music festivals in Europe, taking over the picturesque Óbuda Island in the middle of the River Danube.
Budapest Wine Festival 11th – 15th September Growing increasingly popular this event offers a wine auction, an arts festival and several live performances. Hosted at Buda Castle you can learn about wine and sample some of the best Hungarian wines on offer!
Chocolate Festival 20th - 22nd September Sweet Days is the country’s largest chocolate and sweets festival, celebrating its 3rd anniversary this year. There will be several kid-friendly programs to keep the little ones entertained while grown-ups can partake in chocolate-making courses and guided chocolate tasting tours or learn 'sweet' recipes and more.

Get the best of both worlds in Nice; with a great city to explore plus its very own beach to catch some rays! Not only that but in July there are jazz festivals, a party on the prom and a ‘Festival Crazy Week’. In August visit the Cimiez monastery, usually closed to the public it opens its doors for a series of concerts set in beautiful gardens with magical views of the city.

Name of event Date Information
Prom Party 14th July Stages set up on the Promenade des Anglais, in addition to the musical programme, a firework display will illuminate the bay
Festival Crazy week 16 – 20 July Crazy Week now sets up every year for 5 evenings at the Théâtre de Verdure, a few steps from the legendary Promenade des Anglais
Les Concerts Du Cloitre 19th July – 14th August A truly legendary location in Cimiez monastery, accessible only during the festival. Enjoy the balmy summer nights in Nice’s most beautiful garden with a magical view of the city lights.
Check the Rhyme 1st - 2nd August Enjoy this Hip Hop Festival in Nice
Bastille Day 14th July Enjoy the celebrations with fireworks to finish on the promenade de Anglais
Jazz Festival July One of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe set amongst picturesque gardens
Feast of the Port 15th August Enjoy the yearly festival at the port and join in the celebrations

Stroll along the shimmering canals or cycle the streets under glorious blue skies. Visit the iconic sights or simply wander around the lush green parks of the city. Amsterdam comes alive in the summer with festivals including the ten day canal festival with concerts on boats and other unique locations, countless music festivals and the Hortus festival in July and August bringing classical music to the botanical gardens of Amsterdam.

Name of event Date Information
Awakenings Festival 28th – 29th June Often billed as one of world’s largest outdoor techno festivals and this year, it’s getting even bigger!
Robeco Summer Nights 28th June – 31st August An integral part of Amsterdam's summer cultural calendar pushing the boundaries with classical concerts, swinging jazz and lively pop offerings.
Jazz at the lake 07th June An annual open-air waterside festival treats sailors and land lovers to live performances by international jazz, soul and funk artists.
A Day in the Park 12th July Booming house, disco, techno and a hint of progressive house are the order of the day at this annual outdoor festival held in the Amsterdamse Bos.
Loveland Festival 9th August Amsterdam buzzes with the thud of dance music festivals. And they don’t come much bigger than the annual Loveland Festival.
Mysteryland 23rd August With fairytale surroundings, open fields and intimate spaces, Mysteryland has built up a reputation as one of the most unique dance festival locations in the world.
The Hortus Festival July – August The Hortus Festival brings classical music to the botanical gardens of Amsterdam, Haren, Leiden and Utrecht every year.
Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) 15th – 24th August This ten-day festival of classical music is held at numerous unique locations.

Not only can you get to see the world famous Palio Di Siena horse race in the amazing Piazza del Campo in July and August but Florence also has a summer festival running May to September featuring theatre, art and music events. Combine this with iconic sights and fabulous food and wine and you have the makings of a city break not to forget.

Name of event Date Information
Battle of the Bridge 29th June This event takes place on the central Ponte di Mezzo bridge in Pisa. The city's neighbourhoods are divided into two teams and the aim of the game is to conquer the side of the bridge occupied by the enemy. Expect full medieval costumes and a competitive atmosphere!
Florence Dance Festival July Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this 2 week dance festival includes a range of dance styles for all to enjoy.
Palio Di Siena 16th August The world famous 90-second bareback horse dash around the enormous Piazza del Campo in Siena
Palio Di Siena 16th August The world famous 90-second bareback horse dash around the enormous Piazza del Campo in Siena
Festival of the Lanterns September A torchlight procession held throughout Florence. A market is held in the square offering an array of organic produce so you can try and buy wonderful delights.
Wine Town Firenze September Two days of wine tastings and wine related events usually take place in Florence during late September.

Please note that every effort has been taken to ensure festival and event dates are correct but dates do change, the above information is for general guidance and information only. Jet2holidays cannot accept any liability for errors which may occur. You are advised to check and verify data with other sources. General resort services and activities do not form part of your contract with Jet2holidays.