Happy New Year from the team at SkedGo!

Is traveling more one of your resolutions for 2015? In the spirit of exploring everything, we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 must-see events in Europe, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to travel now you have 25 of them!

Regardless of whether sports or music festivals are your preference, we have you covered with everything from Wimbledon to Glastonbury, plus a few fun ones in between like the infamous Stonehenge Summer Solstice.

Have we missed anything? Add a comment below with your favourite European event this year!

 


Starting January – March

Cologne Carnival (Kölner Karneval)
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Cologne CarnivalWhen: 12 – 18 February
Where: Cologne, GERMANY
Germany’s answer to Mardi Gras – a huge event marking the beginning of Lent. There will be local festivities and the highlight being “the crazy days”, the street carnival, and the huge Rose Monday parade on 16th February.

 

Binche Carnival (Carnaval de Binche)
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Binche CarnivalWhen: 15 – 17 February
Where: Binche, BELGIUM
This is one of Belgium’s wildest parties, a UNESCO Heritage event (as ‘Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’). Sunday and Tuesday are best.

 

St Patrick’s Festival & St Patrick’s Day Parade
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: St. Patricks Festival, DublinWhen: 14 – 17 March
Where: Dublin, IRELAND
Of course our list wouldn’t be complete without these wild green days, including the huge parade on St Patrick’s Day (17 March).

 

Las Fallas Festival
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Las Fallas, Valencia, SpainWhen: 15 – 19 March
Where: Valencia, SPAIN
An explosive crazy 5-day party of bonfires, fiesta, flowers, traditional costumes, music and satire. A focus is also the creation and destruction of ninots (“puppets” or “dolls”), which are huge cardboard, wood, paper-machè and plaster statues. And don’t miss the amazing fireworks at night!

 

Total solar eclipse
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Total Solar EclipseWhen: 20 March
Where: Svalbard or Faroe Islands, DENMARK
This is the last total solar eclipse visible in Europe until the eclipse of August 12, 2026, so if you’ve never experienced one you should check it out. The total solar eclipse will be visible from Svalbard and Faroe Islands.

 


Starting April – June

Snowbombing Festival
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: SnowbombingWhen: 6 – 11 April
Where: Mayrhofen, AUSTRIA
Live music with wild bands and world-class DJs in a perfect alpine setting. It’s also called the “Ibiza in the Snow” and was the UK Festival Award’s ‘Best Overseas Festival’ winner in 2010.

 

King’s Day (Koningsdag)
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015When: 26 – 27 April
Where: Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
This celebration of the Dutch King’s birthday (27 April) is also known as Orange Festival. You’ll find lots of orange, beer and dope, and a massive street and canal-boat dance party, starting the night before.

 

Expo 2015
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Expo 2015 in MilanWhen: 1 May – 31 October
Where: Milan, ITALY
This year’s theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Visitors will experience a unique journey that looks at the complex theme of nutrition. They will have the possibility to take a trip around the world, sampling the food and traditions of people from all over the globe.

 

Cannes International Film Festival (Festival de Cannes)
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Cannes International Film FestivalWhen: 13 – 24 May
Where: Cannes, FRANCE
The world’s most glamorous film festival previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Unfortunately it’s not open to the general public, but you might still be able to catch a glimpse of you favourite movie star or producer in the area.

 

French Open
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: French OpenWhen: 24 May – 7 June
Where: Paris, FRANCE
If you love tennis, you can’t go past this one – and what a great reason to visit the City of Light. Games are played on clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros.

 

Isle of Man TT Races
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Isle of Man TT RacesWhen: 30 May – 12 June
Where: Isle of Man, UK
The ultimate event for bike enthusiasts. Watch racers on 37 miles of narrow, winding, stone walled roads travelling at way over 150mph, then get out there yourself. Death is no stranger to this event.

 

UEFA Champions League final
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015When: 30 May – 12 June
Where: Olympiastadion in Berlin, GERMANY
A must for any soccer fan; one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football.

 

First European Games
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: First European GamesWhen: 12 – 28 June
Where: Baku, AZERBAIJAN
This will be the inaugural edition of the European Games, a multi-sport event for European athletes. It will feature over 6,000 European athletes competing in 20 sports. Alongside traditional sports such as Athletics, Aquatics and Gymnastics, new sports such as 3×3 Basketball, Beach Soccer and Karate will be showcased.

 

Christopher Street Day (Berlin CSD Parade/Berlin Pride) & Lesbian and Gay City Festival
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Christopher Street Day (Berlin CSD Parade) & Lesbian and Gay City FestivalWhen: 20 – 27 June
Where: Berlin, GERMANY
The largest gay street party in Europe, a week of street festivals and cultural events. The parade on 27 June won’t have a shortage of scantily dressed men and women, drag queens and BDSM enthusiasts in a huge party atmosphere.

 

Stonehenge Summer Solstice
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Stonehenge Summer SolsticeWhen: 21 June
Where: Wiltshire, ENGLAND
Midsummer night ritual with all sorts of druids, hippies and new age wackos. Fascinating, and you get to touch the stones! The BBC has some nice pictures of last year’s event.

 

Glastonbury Festival
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Glastonbury FestivalWhen: 24 – 28 June
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset, ENGLAND
A massive, multiple music event, with different stages featuring a wide variety of music, but heavy on rock variations. Tip: bring a pair of gumboots…

 

Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Wimbledon Tennis ChampionshipsWhen: 29 June – 12 July
Where: London, ENGLAND
Wimbledon is the oldest and often considered the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. The games are played on the grass courts at the All England Club.

 


Starting July – September

San Fermín Festival
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: San Fermín FestivalWhen: 6 – 14 July
Where: Pamplona, SPAIN
The week long celebration involves many traditional and folkloric events, including the famous running of the bulls. It is known locally as Sanfermines and is held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of the region of Navarre. In short, if you like wild street parties, you’ll love Sanfermines.

 

Kilkenny Arts Festival
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Kilkenny Arts FestivalWhen: 7 – 16 August
Where: Kilkenny, IRELAND
For lovers of the arts – Ireland’s oldest multi arts festival with music, theatre, literature, dance, visual art and craft, set in amazing surroundings.

 

La Tomatina
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: La TomatinaWhen: 26 August
Where: Buñol, Valencia, SPAIN
The original tomato fight – 1h of tomato throwing madness. It is recommended to use goggles and gloves if you want to join in the fun, and for girls to wear a bikini underneath. Although the actual food fight happens on the morning of 26 August, dancing, parades and fireworks are happening all week. Plus, the biggest and most impressive paella “cook-off” in the world!

 

Rugby World Cup
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Rugby World CupWhen: 18 September – 31 October
Where: All over ENGLAND; final in Twickenham, London
Watch 20 nations compete for the William Webb Ellis Cup. Organizers of the 2015 tournament call the Rugby World Cup the third largest sporting event in the World, behind only the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.

 

Oktoberfest (aka Wiesn)
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: OktoberfestWhen: 19 September – 4 October
Where: Munich, GERMANY
Beer, beer and more beer at the world’s largest funfair. You’ll also get sausages, dirndls, amusement rides, lots of raucous singing and drunk Germans everywhere. Sounds like fun? What are you waiting for?

 


Starting October – December

The day they travel to in Back to the Future Part II
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Celebrate Back to the Future IIWhen: 21 October
Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer Parker time travel to October 21, 2015. Lawyers are abolished, people wear self lacing shoes, travel in flying cars and on hoverboards. Well, this is not strictly speaking in Europe, but it’s an important date so we just had to include it!

 

German Christmas Markets
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: Christmas Markets in GermanyWhen: Late Nov – 23 December
Where: All over GERMANY
Germany has some wounderful Christmas markets set in spectacular locations. Check out the mulled wine and German sweets, and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Some of the best are in Nuremberg, Munich, Rothenburg and Freiburg; also check out Bernkastel-Kues and Regensburg.

 

New Years Eve
Your best excuses to travel to Europe in 2015: New Years Eve at FunchalWhen: Late Nov – 23 December
Where: Port of Funchal, Madeira, PORTUGAL
The famous fireworks display was recognized by the Guinness World Records in 2006 as the largest display of fireworks in the world. You can see it from a boat, there are lots of offers. If that’s a bit too expensive for you, the best views on land are from the pier near the marina or near the Panoramico hotel.

 

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