Here are some recommended festivals in Europe, the ones you won't want to miss if you're going to be close by. These are the best of the large festivals, you'll find smaller fetes, sagre, fiestas and parades all over Europe most of the year, so keep an eye out for event posters and flyers on your vacation.
July Festivals in Europe
Festa Della Madonna Bruna - Italy
If you're in southern Italy in early July, and you like festivals that have gone on since ancient times, and you miss your Fourth of July fireworks, the Festa Della Madonna Bruna might just be the festival for you.
If you're into the theater and fine medieval towns, check out the Festival d'Avignon July 8-27 in Avignon.
If you're around Ghent mid-July, check out the Ghent Festival, the largest open air cultural and popular festival in Europe.
National Eisteddfod of Wales
From singing, reciting, and dancing to food and football, this is the biggest traveling folk festival in Europe. It all started in 1176. Late July to early August.
Pistoia Blues Festival
Held at the beginning of July in the lightly touristed but quite compelling city of Pistoia, this is one of Europe's top blues festivals.
Redentore - Venice
Feast and fireworks on the third Sunday of July, one of Venice's most spectacular festivals.
Huge arts festival. Held in the Austrian city of Salzburg in late July-August.
Summer brings lots of Jazz festivals to Europe.
August Festivals in Europe
One of Europe's best-known fine art festivals, mid-August to early September.
"Finnish and international performing and creative arts, while featuring artists, ensembles, and exhibitions of the highest level." Mid August to early September.
Puck Fair - Ireland
Held without fail on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year with 12 hours of free family street entertainment including horse fair, parade and coronation ceremony of King Puck, open air night concerts, fireworks display, children's competitions, street entertainers and dancing displays.
The part of the fair and Parties of Buñol in late August, you get to pelt everyone with the excess of tomatoes that appear in August.
For other festival information, check our European Festival Directory.