Where to Visit in Europe for Summer 2017 – An Events Calendar
Wondering where to go this summer? Find some inspiration with this summer round up, featuring some of the hottest events in Europe this June, July, and August.
Sodankylä, Finland: Midnight Sun Film Festival
14th – 18th June 2017
In the northern parts of Scandinavia, summertime means 24-hour sunshine. To celebrate the midnight sun, Finland throw an annual Film Festival in the heart of Lapland. Head out there for cultural events, gorgeous landscapes, and a sun that never sets!
Le Mans, France: 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans
17th – 18th June
The world’s oldest sports car race in endurance racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been held annually since 1923. This picturesque and leafy town is a joy to visit in summer, and over Le Mans weekend the sleepy town really comes to life.
Düsseldorf, Germany: Tour de France Grand Départ
28th June – 2nd July 2017
This year, the Tour de France Grand Départ is taking place in Düsseldorf. This could be the perfect time to visit this vibrant city in western Germany! The bustling calendar of cultural and cycling events is sure to keep you busy.
London, England: Wimbledon
3rd – 16th July
July may well be the best month to visit London. With the longer days, the city’s parks and pub beer gardens come to life. There’s also a frenzy of festivals, events, and public holidays. Most importantly, this is when one of the world’s most famous tennis tournaments takes place, and the city has an atmosphere like no other.
Split, Croatia: Ultra Europe Festival
14th – 16th July
No longer the quieter alternative to Italy, Croatia has positioned itself as one of the hottest summer destinations in Europe. All summer long, the country plays host to some of Europe’s best music festivals, with the Ultra Europe Festival being one of the biggest.
Cologne, Germany: Kölner Lichter
15th and 21st July
Germany is often overlooked as a summer destination, but with gorgeous countryside and cosmopolitan cities it’s the perfect July destination for something a little different. Throw in one of the most spectacular fireworks events in Europe, Cologne’s Kölner Lichter, and you have a very good reason to visit.
Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
14th July – 23rd July
Did you know there are twelve official festivals a year in Edinburgh, and not one is actually called “The Edinburgh Festival”? Most people who talk about “The” festival are thinking of summer’s International and Fringe Festivals. But head to the city in July for the Jazz and Blues Festival, and you’ll be rewarded with top-notch music in some of Edinburgh’s quirkiest venues.
Budapest, Hungary: Sziget Festival
9th – 16th August 2017
August is music festival season, and one of Europe’s largest takes place in Budapest. Sziget Festival is known for its diverse line-ups, which span all kinds of musical genres, from techno to indie. Throughout August, Budapest is alive with events, with the city looking its best in the summer sun.
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Grachtenfestival
11th – 20th August
Summer is an ideal time to visit the Netherlands, when the capital buzzes with cultural events and the tree-lined canals look their best. One of the highlights is the ten day long Grachtenfestival, which focuses on classical and contemporary music. Concerts are performed on stages beside or even on the canals, so it’s a gorgeous way to experience the summer sun.
Buñol, Spain: La Tomatina Festival
Probably the craziest summer event in Europe, La Tomatina is a huge food fight festival. For reasons lost to history, everyone in the small town of Buñol in Valencia gets together in August to throw tomatoes at each other. It’s weird, but it’s wonderful! Also take time to explore the rest of the region, because Valencia is gorgeous in the summer.
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