If you thought the summer events ended in August, I’ve got some good news for you. European Septembers are traditionally packed full of festivals and events from the bizarre and traditional to the loud and excessive. If you’re looking for events in September, then here are some things you should work into your schedule.
- 1- Munich, Germany – Oktoberfest
- 2- London, England – London Design Festival
- 3- Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza Rocks Hotel Closing Party
- 4- Amersfoort, Netherlands –The Woods Festival
- 5- Barcelona, Spain – Festes de la Merce
- 6- Bohinj, Slovenia – Cow’s Ball
- 7- Venice, Italy – Regata Storica
- 8- Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
- 9- Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
1- Munich, Germany – Oktoberfest
You probably know all about Oktoberfest. This year it’s on from September 16 to October 3. You can expect the usual hedonistic mix of traditional attractions – live music, amusement park rides, and plenty of traditional German delicacies. Of course, the main reason you’ll be going is for the beer, and you can rest easy knowing that all 7 million liters of it will be on sale again this year.
2- London, England – London Design Festival
The English capital plays host to hundreds of events each year. But for those with an eye for design, this is one of the events in September that you shouldn’t miss. The London Design Festival takes place from September 16 to 24 , and you can participate in hundreds of fascinating events, talks, and displays across the city.
3- Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza Rocks Hotel Closing Party
Ibiza is pretty much party central for the entire summer. But if you’re looking for the ultimate pool party on the hedonistic island, this may be it. It takes place on September 25. You’ll find a mix of DJs, bands, and performers on stage throughout the day and into the night. The Kooks will be headlining this year’s event, so you can be sure it’ll be a pool party to remember.
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4- Amersfoort, Netherlands –The Woods Festival
If you are looking to escape the bustle of daily life and lose yourself to a weekend of electronic and techno music, get yourself to Into the Woods. It’s an electronic music festival held in the Dutch woodlands. The Woods Festival takes place from September 14 to 15.
5- Barcelona, Spain – Festes de la Merce
La Merce is the highlight of Barcelona’s festival calendar. This non-stop four day street party includes free concerts, spectacular processions and unique activities unlike any other. Some highlights include a fire run, a fire-breathing dragon, human towers and the Giants Parade, where papier-mâché characters of kings, queens and nobles march the streets. It takes place from September 21 to 24.
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6- Bohinj, Slovenia – Cow’s Ball
This 61 year old Slovenian festival celebrates the homecoming of cattle to the alpine area after a summer in green pastures. Cows are decorated with colourful wreaths and shown off in a parade accompanied by herdsmen, milkmaids and joyful music. Yup, this festival makes for great family fun. Have a go folk dancing or shop for local crafts at the market. Try local specialties and cheeses as you take in the unique culture and beautiful backdrop of farming villages. It takes place on September 16.
7- Venice, Italy – Regata Storica
Venice’s Grand Canal is worth a visit throughout the year, but on September 3 it’ll come to life like few other days. That’s because Regata Storica will take place – a race between two traditional gondoliers. Attractions aren’t limited just to the water, with festivities spreading out across the city throughout the day and into the night.
8- Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
The global music festival giant Lollapalooza comes to Berlin on September 9 and 10. This musical spectacular continues to deliver world class musical lineups to events around the world, and Berlin 2017 is no exception. This year you can expect the likes of Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, and The xx, among hundreds of others.
9- Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
Ireland’s Electric Picnic has fast become one of the country’s most popular music festivals. It’s hardly surprising, with artists like The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, and Duran Duran on the bill. It takes place in the county of Laois from September 1 to 3.