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Festivals, Concerts & Events

Precious memories and magical moments are guaranteed at these festivals and concerts in Europe. Jive to jazz, experience traditional theatre, revel in the arts and enjoy eco-friendly fun at these enchanting events.



Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Kri┼żanke Summer Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia

15 - 18 June 2022

What’s on? For more than five decades, Ljubljana Jazz Festival has wowed and entertained locals and tourists alike. Bringing in magnificent musicians from Europe, Japan and America, the festival’s vibrant spirit, carefully chosen performers and old-age charm make it one of the world’s leading jazz festivals.

Where to stay: Let charisma and culture flow into your festival stay. Reaching Antiq Palace from the jazz festival is easy: soon you’ll be immersed in 16th-century luxury in the beating heart of Old Town Ljubljana.

Gostra del Saracino,: Arezzo, Italy

18 June 2022

What’s on? What’s on? If Middle Age athletics are your thing, look up the Giostra del Saracino - Italy’s foremost jousting event, which takes place in the Piazza Grande in Arezzo (a charming city that’s well worth exploring in its own right). Here, you can watch ‘medieval knights’ battle it out to win the most ‘points’ and a glorious (metaphoric) crown. You’ll be blown away by the ambience: the whole city gets involved in this twice-annual event, from the hundreds of people who dress up in medieval costume to the flag throwing demonstration that occurs moments before the tournament. Keep some space clear in June or September if you plan on going. 

Where to stay: Embrace the medieval theme by spending a night or two at the 13th century castle, Castello di Gargonza. This fortified village once played host to Dante Alighieri, along with a whole host of historic characters which the property’s rooms are named after. Other areas, including a panoramic swimming pool and medieval tower, take this heritage-steeped hotel to the next level. 

Donauinselfest: Vienna, Austria

24 - 26 June 2022

What’s on? Hands up who wants to attend a free open-air music festival? Of course you do… along with roughly three million others. Vienna’s Donauinselfest is the largest music festival of its kind in Europe, drawing in tons of visitors each year to see a range of local and international performers take to the stage near the iconic Danube river. Presenting nearly 600 hours of music and hundreds of entertainers, there’s truly something for every music lover, here - whether you’re a fan of rock and roll, pop, classical, country, electronic, metal… or nearly any other genre you can think of! Time to update that Spotify playlist. 

Where to stay: Since the 1600s, Hotel Stefanie has been feeding, housing and charming tourists just a stone’s throw away from the first district of Vienna. In fact, if it weren’t for the hotel’s modern amenities and contemporary comforts, you might feel as though you’ve been sent back in time on walking through its doors. The owners, the Schick family, are avid antique collectors, and there are precious objects such as silver, porcelain, glassware, clocks and furniture nearly everywhere you look. A true treat for the history lover. 

Taormina Film Festival: Taormina, Sicily, Italy

26 June - 2 July 2022

What’s on? Diving into the wondrous world of film from Taormina’s historic Ancient Theatre? Yes, please. This one-of-a-kind festival captures both the beauty of the coastal city and the art of movie-making across several riveting days, where you can listen to insights from the stars, watch premieres and more. Between big names like Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck, this festival has welcomed a whole host of celebrities over the decades since it was first established. For those interested in a front row seat to the stars, tickets are available via the official website. 

Where to stay: In the 1900s, Hotel Villa Schuler was the go-to destination for wealthy wanderers like artists and nobles. It still has an incredible appeal with tourists today, not least for its remarkable views of the Ionian Sea, flawless hospitality and on-site botanic gardens. Could ‘heavenly’ be more perfectly defined?

Elisabeth - Concert Show, Vienna, Austria

30 June - 2 July 2022

What’s on? The globally acclaimed hit musical staged as a large-scale concert in the original location! VBW’s internationally successful production ELISABETH, penned by renowned duo Michael Kunze & Sylvester Levay, will be performed as an exceptional concert experience in the grand forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace. The famous historic setting provides a unique and dignified backdrop for the live concert version of the dramatic and moving story of the life, times and suffering of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

Where to stay: Speckled with antiques and doused in comfort, Hotel Stefanie has been delighting guests since the year 1600 – making it the oldest hotel in Vienna. With just a three-minute walk to the city centre, the historic hideaway should be top of your to-stay list.

Ansbach Rococo Festival: Ansbach, Germany

30 June - 3 July 2022

What’s on? For those who like their festivals with lashings of flamboyance, Ansbach Rococo Festival will deliver. This Venetian-carnival-esque party delivers days of high-energy fun: think music, magic, juggling, dancing and big Baroque fireworks.

Where to stay: Pair your festival theme with your stay - Hotel & Ristorante Schwarzer Bock is a Rococo match made in heaven. First built in 1100, the family-run stay brings homely traditions into the 21st century magnificently.

Cactus Festival: Bruges, Belgium

8 - 10 July 2022

What’s on? Bruges knows how to put on a party. Located in the fairytale Minnewater Park, with giant trees and healthy food trucks, Cactus Festival has won awards for its dedication to eco-friendly festival-ing. Its motto: “Small is beautiful”. But while the carbon footprint is small, the musicians playing are big. Previous acts include: Gnarls Barkley, Massive Attack, Patti Smith, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry and Tracy Chapman.

Where to stay: Forget tents and portaloos - let Flanders Hotel pamper you during the feel-good festival. Just a short distance from the festival - and the rest of the UNESCO-famed sights of Bruges - it’s the ultimate base for in-the-know travellers.

Umbria Jazz Festival: Perugia, Italy

8 - 17 July 2022

What’s on? Italians love their jazz, too. Umbria Jazz Festival is another goose-bump inducing jazz-a-thon with an all-star line-up: the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Veronica Swift, Stefano Bollani and the San Francisco Jazz Collective.

Where to stay: From smooth jazz to sweet silence, former monastery Relais San Biagio is conveniently located in Perugia, at the slope of the natural park of Mount Subasio. The peaceful haven will steal you from the chaos, so you can take time out for peace, serenity and natural wellness treatments.

Ballina Salmon Festival: Ballina, Ireland

10 - 16 July 2022

What’s on? Think this festival is all about fish? Think again! Ballina Salmon Festival is arguably one of the most family-friendly festivals in all of Ireland. Highlights include a phenomenal fireworks display and a day devoted to the city’s heritage, which reflects on how the people of Ballina would have lived in times gone by. There’s plenty more going on throughout the week, too. Taste incredible food, dance to live street music, dip your toes into Irish culture and more during this gloriously varied event. You can keep up to date with what to expect this year here. 

Where to stay: There are few things we like as much as spa-based basking when we’re on vacation. Head to the Chill Spa at Ice House Hotel for a dash of much-needed luxury after fun days at the festival, where you can take your pick of treatments from rejuvenating body scrubs to immersive seaweed baths. Time to switch off.

Galway International Arts Festival: Galway, Ireland

11 - 24 July 2022

What’s on? Culture from all walks of life, in the European Capital of Culture 2020. Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) is a place where people come together for an extraordinary infusion of music, theatre, comedy, literature and all kinds of other art forms. This year’s line-up includes musical performances from the Pixies and Sinead O’Connor, as well as John Gerrard’s thought-provoking art installation, ‘Mirror Pavilion’.

Where to stay: Keep the culture flowing by surrounding yourself in the charm and luxury of Gregans Castle Hotel. A little more than an hour’s drive from GIAF, this 18th-century castle is rumoured to have influenced writer J.R.R. Tolkien for his Lord of The Rings novels.

Klosters Music - A Musical Journey: Klosters, Switzerland

30 July - 7 August 2022

What’s on? Famous instrumentalists, ensembles, singers and more are set to gather in the historic Alpine village of Klosters to take your musical appreciation to new heights. This year, the programme of Klosters Music reflects the 800th anniversary of Klosters and will include a total of nine events - boasting a variety of exceptional performances that cater to all tastes.

Where to stay: Hotel Chesa Grischuna has hosted a number of celebrities since opening in the 1930s, earning it the nickname “Hollywood on the Rocks”! With world-class service and cosy rooms, it’s sure to be a popular pick for those heading to Klosters Music this year. Book soon to make sure you don’t miss out..

Merano Music Festival: Merano, Italy

17 August - 19 September 2022

What’s on? Those who have factored Merano Music Festival into their calendar of events in Europe to attend this summer are in for a treat. The programme is overflowing with events taking place in some of the city’s most striking buildings. Head to the art nouveau Merano Theatre to be wowed by international acts, or dress up in your finest for an evening or two at the Kurhaus, where the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and other exceptional artists await to astound you. Merano’s atmospheric churches, castles and more are also playing host to some of the festival’s much-anticipated performances - explore what’s on and book your tickets here. 

Where to stay: Don’t be fooled by Hotel Castel Rundegg’s lush scenery and verdant gardens - this hotel is actually right in the heart of the city, putting you close to all of the action at this year’s Merano Music Festival! In-between shows, you’ll delight in staying at this astonishing property, in which romance hangs thick in the air. You can even reserve a candlelight dinner in their castle garden.

Spike Island Literary Festival: Spike Island, Ireland

2 - 4 September 2022

What’s on? Fans of crime fiction will flock to this spookiest of events in Europe. Based within the walls of the 400-year old Spike Island prison, visitors can attend performances, workshops and talks by their favourite crime authors - which this year include Liz Nugent and John Connolly - as well as get valuable insights about the industry itself. If you’re an aspiring crime writer, the venue is truly inspirational stuff, and has housed inmates like a famous 1980s crime boss! Each event within the festival needs to be booked separately: see here for details and to snag your place(s)

Where to stay: Back over the water in the city of Cork, The Metropole Hotel - official sponsors of the Spike Island Literary Festival - awaits to treat you to next-level service in a sophisticated setting. You should especially take advantage of their food-focused experiences, which span a bar, restaurant, tea room, Prosecco lounge and ‘snug’ on-site.

Culture Night: Limerick, Ireland

23 September 2022

What’s on? Get to know dazzling and diverse Irish heritage at Culture Night: an event that’s held in locations across the country each year to bring together the best entertainment that Ireland has to offer. Limerick does a particularly amazing job of hosting, and it’s no wonder: they were named the first Irish City of Culture in 2014! Home to a variety of incredible artists and boasting a range of eclectic ‘Culture Hubs’, between its traditional Irish pubs and stunning 800 year old castle, you’re sure to find something in their programme of events that inspires you.

Where to stay: Spa seekers and fervent foodies: we know just the hotel for you. No. 1 Pery Hotel & Spa features an organic VOYA spa in its basement vaults, offering perfect repose from the hustle and bustle of city life. Its Michelin-recommended restaurant is spectacular, too, and serves up hearty grub sourced from local ingredients. The perfect serene stay before embarking on your journey to find more festivals and events across Europe.

Galway Aboo Halloween Festival, Ireland

29 - 31 October 2022

What’s on? With its roots in the ancient pagan holiday of Samhain, Halloween began with the Celts in Ireland 2,000 years ago. Naturally, no one celebrates the event in Europe quite like the Irish. Carnivals and festivals take place all over the country - one of the most spectacular taking place in Galway. The Aboo Halloween Festival turns the city’s medieval streets into a spooky bonanza, with costume parades, zombie chases and pumpkin patches.

Where to stay: Overlooking Galway Bay, the multi-award-winning Gregans Castle is one of the best hotels in Ireland to stay during autumn. Think open fires, candles, antiques, artisan-sourced dishes and Shelley the cat to keep you company. Hole up in one of 21 luxurious bedrooms and suites, many overlooking the colourful Burren Hills or the bay itself.

Christmas Market Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

December 2022

What’s on? There is a lot to discover in the 80 lovingly decorated booths at the Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace. Exhibitors from Austria and the neighbouring countries create a unique atmosphere on the splendidly illuminated Parade court of Schönbrunn Palace. The exclusive product offer included traditional handicrafts, nostalgic toys and lovingly designed Christmas decorations made of glass, wood, ceramics, paper and tin. The diverse range was supplemented by the Schönbrunn Edition: selected products in limited numbers.

Where to stay: Speckled with antiques and doused in comfort, Hotel Stefanie has been delighting guests since the year 1600 – making it the oldest hotel in Vienna. With just a three-minute walk to the city centre, the historic hideaway should be top of your to-stay list.

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, Switzerland

January - February 2023

What’s on? Savouring a country’s food takes us closer to its heart. You can explore a roster of cultural cuisines at the St.Moritz Gourmet Festival. A star-studded cast of guest chefs combined with top international dishes makes this a fairytale holiday for food lover’s.

Where to stay: Distinguished executive chefs from partnering hotels will also be cooking up delights, including our very own luxurious member: Waldhaus Sils 

Cork International Choral Festival: Cork, Ireland

April - May 2023

What’s on? Bringing extraordinary voices together from all over the world, Cork International Choral Festival is a glorious celebration of choral music. This year, you can expect world-class performances, competitions and eclectic programme that promise to bring the city to life.

Where to stay: Make The Metropole Hotel in Cork your historic home-from-home during the choral festival. Based in the city’s Victorian Quarter, the luxurious stay has welcomed stars of the screen, art, stage and literature. See why for yourself here.