10 European Festivals Through October For Your Must Visit List

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Europe is crawling with festivals throughout the summer, but there are also plenty that start in the mid-August time frame and others that run from September through October. Here are ten favorites for your bucket list. Think food, beer, wine, arts, dance, culture and music.

Bestival | 5-8 September 5-8, 2013
After Glastonbury, this is the British music festival that gets major players at its event, all very Day-Glo diva.

Berlin Festival | September 6-7 2013

The historic Tempelhof Airport is the site for this year’s Berlin Festival (pictured), at which My Bloody Valentine and Klaxons are set to perform. Main gigs will take place on the airfield, whilst hangars four and five will be transformed into clubs when the clock strikes midnight. Attendees can also expect an Art Village and a Silent Arena, dedicated to quiet (read: headphones-on) revelry.










Oktoberfest | September 21-October 6 2013

Munich’s world-famous Beerfest returns this year, with more speciality German beer (Paulaner, Augustiner and other Oktoberfest-approved brews) and accompanying Sauerkraut and Weisswurst than imaginable in one’s wildest dreams.

Frieze Art Fair | October 17-20 2013
The Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park features 175 leading international contemporary galleries as well as a sculpture park.  In addition to being able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists, visitors can experience Frieze Projects, the fair’s unique and critically acclaimed programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a prestigious programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures. Frieze London is designed by architects Carmody Groarke and housed in a bespoke structure in Regent’s Park. Located in the heart of London, it is within easy walking distance of the city’s West End.

Iceland Airwaves | October 30-November 3 2013

What began in an aeroplane hangar in 1999 has now evolved into Iceland Airwaves, an eclectic mix of musical acts (this year: Gold Panda, Omar Souleyman, Goat) playing an equally eclectic mix of intimate venues throughout Reykjavik. Many visitors combine the five day festival with a whistle-stop tour of Iceland’s best volcanic bits, including the famous Blue Lagoon (probably because it’s healing qualities make for a perfect hangover cure).


Guca Trumpet Festival | August 5-11 2013
A brass band festival like no other, this – the country village of Guca goes absolutely mental every August when it fills with thousands of musicians and thousands more who come to hear, watch, dance to the cacophonous sounds of Balkan brass and traditional gypsy wedding music being played absolutely everywhere, at speed and all at once. Emir Kusturica opens this year’s festival; watch his filmBlack Cat White Catto get a taste of what you’re in for.


Terraneo Festival | August 7-9 2013
Taking place in a disused military facility on the outskirts of Sibenik in Croatia is new festival, Terraneo – an open-air music event dedicated to environmental awareness and socially responsible dancing. My Bloody Valentine, Azealia Banks and other high-profile acts are already signed up to rock the hot new coastal spot.

Broadmasters Festival | August 7-11 2013
The UK’s surf capital of Newquay, in Cornwall, does beachside, sea-and-salt fuelled fun with the annual Broadmasters Festival, a five-day celebration of music and surf. The big names playing this year include Basement Jaxx, The Vaccines and Ben Howard; newcomer Tom Odell is also on the billing, and Radio 1 DJs Benga and MistaJam will be manning the decks. There are surf competitions at Fistral Beach, skate and BMX ramps for the less aqua-inclined, and – an added bonus – 2013 festivalgoers can camp for a night longer than in previous years.

Wilderness Festival | August 8-11 2013
Only at Wilderness will you see barefoot, flower-garland-toting bohemians prance about the woods and skinny-dip in the lake at Cornbury Park while live music from up-and-coming artists (Lianne La Havas took the stage last year) plays. This year’s line-up includes Rodriquez, Noah & The Whale and Empire of the Sun. There are also massive banquets hosted by chefs Yotam Ottolenghi, Mark Hix and Venetian restaurant Polpo. The people behind Secret Garden Party turn up and put on masked balls and wild late-night parties; and there are thought-provoking talks and symposiums by professors, philanthropists and The School of Life.

Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire


The International Oyster Festival | September 27-29 2013

The International Oyster Festival marks the start of the oyster season. As well as shucking and tasting, there will be a parade and a gala ball.  Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognized Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival.

Throughout the Irish food festival, there will lots of tantalizing events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster hot spots, oyster opening (shucking) championships including the Oyster ‘Olympics’ or World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway’s best  restaurants, food producer tours, an intimate Food village at The Festival Marquee, a Mardi Gras style Gala Event through the streets of Galway and in association with The Gathering Ireland 2013, the Tribal Oyster Feast Off oyster eating competition along with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, ‘Hot Oyster Awards’ cooking challenge and more.

Established in 1954, The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a million visitors, consumed more than 3 million oysters – washed down with champagne and stout whilst listening to some of the best musicians in Ireland.

For more of our Festivals, Check out our Festivals & Events page. (Top American Festivals, Top European Festivals)

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