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Events Calendar


We've picked out an entire year's worth of exciting events at stunning cities across Europe. Whether you'd like to celebrate summer in Paris or discover a winter wonderland in Prague, our Events Calendar will help you set the date and place. Get your diary at the ready, it's going to be one incredible year...

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BUDAPEST - Mangalica Festival

budapest

Date: 12/02/2017 - 14/02/2017

This food festival should not be missed, the Mangalica is a unique breed of pig originating in Hungary and the festival was created to pay tribute to it. It has now become one of the largest gastro events in Budapest and what’s more its free!

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NICE - Menton Lemon Festival

nice

Date: End of Feb - beginning March 17

The Lemon Festival celebrates the town’s citrus fruit production with massive sculptures built from oranges and lemons that have to be seen to be believed.

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DUSSELDORF - Carnival Monday

dusseldorf

Date: 08/02/2017

A giant procession full of decorated floats with people enjoying the carnival atmosphere all over the city centre.

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VENICE - Carnevale

venice

Date: 11/02/2017 - 28/02/2017

The world’s best-known baroque fancy-dress party, it’s as extravagant as Rio’s Carnaval and is a must-go to annual event.

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ROME - Carnevale

rome

Date: 28/02/2017 (TBC)

One of Italy's biggest festivals and events often last for two to three weeks before the actual carnival day. Expect horse shows, races, dancers, music and costumed performers all over the city.

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PRAGUE - Easter Market

prague

Date: 01/03/2017 - 23/03/2017

Markets are set out at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Beautifully decorated wooden huts display local traditional handicrafts and all manner of food and drink.

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AMSTERDAM - Keukenhof Gardens

amsterdam

March - May (exact dates TBC)

The world’s largest flower gardens, the Keukenhof Gardens will burst into a kaleidoscope of colours so be sure to see this magical transformation.

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FLORENCE - Florentine New Year

florence

25/03/2017 - 25/03/2017

The traditional Florentine New Year begins in the Palazzo Vecchio with a morning parade filling the streets with elaborate medieval dress and music. The celebration continues at the Piazza SS Annunziata where Florentines and visitors alike feast upon Italian cuisine at an outdoor market (9 am - 5 pm) and then enjoy an evening concert (9 pm),

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VIENNA - Ball Season

vienna Date: January - March

This most glamorous time of year sees over 450 balls across the city’s grandest venues for elegant evenings of music and waltz. Get your glad rags on and arrive Vienna-style in a horse-drawn carriage.

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VIENNA - Ice World

Vienna

Date: January - March 12, 2017

City Hall Square turns into a giant icescape with a romantic ice “dream path” that winds across the Vienna City Hall Square and park. Ice skates and curling equipment are available, as are culinary treats and warm tents. 

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VIENNA - Opera on the Square

vienna

April - June

Not sure you like opera - why not try it for free. 180 chairs are set up on Karajan-Platz in front of a big screen so you get the perfect view of the live show without spending a penny!

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VIENNA - Schonbrunn Palace Easter Market

vienna

Date: 01/04/2017 - 17/04/2017

Soak up the atmosphere and learn more about Austrian Easter traditions, browse the main stalls that sell everything from Easter eggs to handmade traditional gifts and souvenirs.

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DUSSELDORF - Night of the Museums

dusseldorf

Date: TBC

Enjoy a different side to Dusseldorf as 40 of its museums throw open their doors at night for a culture-packed evening. One ticket will get you into all the museums taking part and you can jump on the free bus to travel between them.

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PARIS - Foire de Trone

rome

Date: TBC

Europe's largest temporary fun fair, that attracts millions of visitors every year. The fair includes rides, live shows, circus performers and much more.

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AMSTERDAM - Museum Weekend

amsterdam

Date: 08/04/17 - 14/04/17

For one special weekend each year, museums all around the Netherlands organise unique events and lower ticket prices.

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NICE - Monaco F1 Grand Prix

monaco

Date: 25/05/2017 - 28/05/2017 (TBC)

No circuit on the F1 calendar quite compares to the glamour of Monaco. Swan round Casino Square, drink champagne and watch out for VIPs on their superyachts bobbing in the harbour.

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BUDAPEST - Budai Gourmet Festival

budapest

Date: 12/05/2017 - 17/05/2017

Wineries, restaurants and artisan foodies of all sorts, showcase the best of their produce at this 3-day gastro festival. Held at Millenáris Park, the event includes tastings, classes and plenty of stalls.

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PARIS - La Nuit des Musées

paris

Date: TBC

This is a night not to be missed as Paris’s best museums open their doors after dark for free. Delve into the delights of the Louvre and see the world-famous Mona Lisa or discover something more contemporary at the cutting-edge MAC/VAL.

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PRAGUE - Czech Beer Festival

prague

Date: TBC

This atmospheric festival has over 150 varieties of beers to try including exclusive brews you can’t taste anywhere else. Make your way round each tent before relaxing in the beer garden to catch a line-up of live music.

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VIENNA - Vienna Festival

paris

Date: 12/05/17 - 18/07/17

The annual theatre and music festival offers five weeks of top stage productions by international ensembles

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AMSTERDAM - Robeco Summer Nights

amsterdam

Date: June

Summer Nights series is an integral part of Amsterdam's summer cultural calendar pushing the boundaries with classical concerts, swinging jazz and lively pop offerings.

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ROME - Vatican Evening Visits

florence

Date: May - October

From May to October, you can visit the Vatican Museums at night. Every Friday, spaces like the Egyptian Museum, Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel open up to small tour groups so you can see these famous sights in peace.

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BUDAPEST - Buda Castle Beer Festival

budapest

Date: 10/06/2017 - 12/06/2017

One of Budapest’s top festivals is not just for beer lovers. The 4-day event takes place in the beautiful Castle courtyards where you’ll find food stalls, live music, comedy sets and of course, beer!

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VENICE - Art Night Venezia

venice

Date: July, TBC

Venice says hello the start of summer with a night of free art. Around 100 museums and galleries around the city welcome you in to enjoy a special evening of workshops, readings and concerts.

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PARIS - Midsummer Fireworks

paris

Date: July, TBC

Midsummer starts with a bang as Paris celebrates the shortest night of the year with a colourful firework display. Taking place on Ile Saint Louis, grab a spot along the Quai Saint-Bernard for the best views.

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VIENNA - Rock in Vienna

vienna

Date: 02/06/17 - 05/06/17

Vienna’s 3-day rock festival, with top acts including Rammstein, Iggy Pop and Iron Maiden on the Danube Island.

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DUSSELDORF - Grand Depart of the Tour de France

Dusseldorf

Date: 29 June - 02 July 2017

The Grand Depart of the most famous bike race in the world will be held in North Rhine-Westphalia's state capital of Dusseldorf .

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PARIS - Paris Plages

Date: 20/07/2017 - 18/08/2017

The banks of the Seine are transformed into a cool beach scene complete with sand, deckchairs and beachy activities. Chill out after a long day of sightseeing with all the fun of the seaside - what could be better?

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BUDAPEST - F1 Budapest

budapest

Date: TBC

Head to the famous Hungaroring track for what promises to be an exciting weekend. The 2015 race was won by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, despite Lewis Hamilton securing pole position.

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NICE - Les Concerts Du Cloitre

nice

Date: 13/07/2017 - 12/08/2017

These classical concerts take place in the Cimiez Monastery – a unique venue that only opens during this event. Enjoy balmy summer nights in Nice’s most beautiful garden and enjoy a magical view of the city at night.

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DUSSELDORF - Fun Fair

dusseldorf

Date: 14/07/2017 - 23/07/2017

Standing proud on the Oberkassel Rheinwiesen, this is the biggest funfair on the Rhine. With rides galore and plenty of stalls, it’s fun for all the family. Don’t miss the spectacular firework display on the last day.


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VENICE - Festival of the Redeemer

venice

Date: 15/07/17 – 16/07/17

A local favourite, this festival sees thousands take to the Grand Canal in boats decorated with flowers and balloons. Next, a magnificent firework display light up the Floating City. A gondola regatta follows the next day.

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VIENNA - Vienna Film Festival

dusseldorf

Date: 01/07/2017 - 03/09/2017

In July and August there is a special treat in store for music film fans with outstanding operas, ballets, and pop concerts on film. Open-air gastronomic services provide culinary treats late into the night.


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AMSTERDAM - Mysteryland

amsterdam

Date: 26/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

With fairy-tale surroundings, open fields and intimate spaces, Mysteryland has built up a reputation as one of the most unique dance festival locations in the world.

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BUDAPEST - Sziget Festival

budapest

Date: 09/08/2017 - 16/08/2017

One of the largest music festivals in Europe, taking over the picturesque Óbuda Island in the middle of the River Danube.

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MALAGA - Feria de Malaga

malaga

Date: 12/08/2017 - 19/08/2017

Join in the week long street party, kicking off with spectacular fireworks followed by a host of dance performances, sherry drinking and general merriment.

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FLORENCE - Palio Di Siena

florence

Date: 16/08/2017

“Il Palio” is a 90-second bareback dash around the enormous Piazza del Campo – a competition that has occurred every year (save for one during World War II) since the first stallions lined up in 1656. No tickets necessary.

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PARIS - Rock en Seine

paris

Date: 25/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

Held in the Saint Cloud park just outside Paris. The three-day event offers excellent music groups and its chilled-out atmosphere and it a definite highlight of the city's musical calendar.

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AMSTERDAM - Heritage Days

venice

Date: 09/09/2017 - 10/09/2017

For a few days the doors are open to the public to some of the most important buildings, monuments and private homes and its all free of charge.

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BUDAPEST - Budapest Wine Festival

budapest

Date: 07/09/2017 - 10/09/2017

Growing increasingly popular with an arts festival and  live performances, the event hosted at Buda Castle allows you sample some of the best Hungarian wines on offer!

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PARIS - Fête de la Gastronomie

paris

Date: 22/09/2017 - 24/09/2017

Appreciating French food & wine, restaurants offer 2 for 1 deals over some dates.

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FLORENCE - Festival of the Lanterns

florence

Date: 07/09/2017

A torchlight procession held throughout Florence. There is also a market is held in the square offering an array of organic produce so you can try and buy wonderful delights.

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VENICE - Burano Regatta

venice

Date: 17/09/2017

Similar to the famous Regatta Storico, but this regatta takes place on the lovely island of Burano a short 40 minute scenic boat trip away.

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AMSTERDAM - Bokbier Festival

amsterdam

Date: 23/10/2017 - 25/10/2017

This annual beer festival allows you to sample over fifty varieties of beer not only that there is live music and with it being in the city centre  you won’t have to far to stagger home!

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VIENNA - Long Night of the Museums

vienna

Date: Beginning of October

Experience 130 museums from 6pm till 1am offering a range of exhibitions and different programmes

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BUDAPEST - Restaurant Week

budapest

Date: 12/10/2017 - 18/10/2017

Many Budapest restaurants offer a fixed price 3 course menu for as little as £10!

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AMSTERDAM - Light Festival

amsterdam

Date: 30/11/2017 - 21/01/2018

In it’s third year the light festival will be hosted for fifty days. The city is transformed with light sculptures, projections and installations. There is a boat route and walking route to take in the fantastic displays!

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BUDAPEST - Christmas Markets

budapest

Date: 13/11/2017 - 06/01/2018

Vörösmarty tér, is the place to head to see  the city's largest Fair. Open during the day but more magical at night when the square is all lit up with twinkling fairy lights.

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PRAGUE - Christmas Markets

prague

Date: TBC

Around the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, you’ll find scenes of Christmas joy. Wander round the rows of alpine-style huts selling handcrafted trinkets, hearty fare and steaming mugs of spiced brandy and soak up a truly magical atmosphere.

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PARIS - Christmas Markets

christmas markets

Date: Mid November 2017 - Beginning to January 2018

With a host of different markets around the city including the ‘Village of Father Christmas’ along boulevard Saint Germain and the 160 authentic huts along the Champs-Elysees, you will find festive goodies galore

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ROME - Jazz Festival

rome

Date: Beginning of November

Throughout most of November enjoy numerous Jazz concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

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AMSTERDAM - Christmas markets

amsterdam

Date: December

The main markets are located at either end of the Leidsestraat, but with over 26 markets areas to choose from you can take your pick! The ice rink and food stands are usually at Leidseplein until early January.

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DUSSELDORF - Christmas markets

dusseldorf

Date: 23/11/2017 - 23/12/2017

One of the best markets in Germany, you will be whisked into a winter wonderland.

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PRAGUE - Ice Rink

prague

Date: End of December 2017 - 31/01/2018

Ice Rinks spring up in various locations around the city including the Old Town square. Put your boots on and take to the ice..

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ROME - New Year's Eve

rome

Date: 31/12/17

A New Year’s Eve in Rome will be unforgettable. Head to piazza del Popolo for the free concert then get a good vantage point to view the city and watch thousands and thousands of fireworks light it up

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PARIS - Ice Skating

rome

Date: December - Beginning of March

Housed in the Hotel de Ville, the Mayor of Paris’s residence, the skating rink is open for the winter season.  Ice skates can be rented at a nominal amount, and little ones can also play on the ice by being pushed on a small ice-truck platform.  Other skate rinks include Le Grand Palais, Trocadero and Place de la Concorde.

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