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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.



Ansbach Rococo Festival: Ansbach, Germany

2 - 4 July 2021

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.

Umbria Jazz Festival: Perugia, Italy

9 - 18 July 2021

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.

Cactus Festival: Bruges, Belgium

9 - 11 July 2021

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.

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

28 - 31 July 2021

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.

Galway International Arts Festival: Galway, Ireland

28 August - 18 September 2021

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.

Chianti Wine Festival: Panzano, Italy

9 - 12 September 2021

What’s on? Any oenophile worth their salt will grab a ticket to Tuscany for Vino al Vino Festival, a summer extravaganza in the laidback hilltop town of Panzano. Yes, there’s plenty of wine - but there’s also music, food and an infectious festival ambience. Buy your tasting glass and get to work sampling the finest grapes from local wineries - it’s a hard job but someone has to do it.

Where to stay: Check into Villa le Barone during your vino-based break: the 16th-century farmhouse is a beautifully authentic way to experience Tuscan life. Tuck into a candlelit dinner, sip classic Chianti wines and spend the night in a terracotta-tiled guest room with antique furniture, fresh flowers and comfort galore.

Galway Aboo Halloween Festival, Ireland

24 - 25 October 2021

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 2021

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 2022

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

28 April - 2 May 2022

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.

Roßleithner Bergklänge: Roßleithner, Austria

May 2022

What’s on? A art-fuelled bonanza of history, music, dance, acrobats, animals and handicrafts, Roßleithner Bergklänge is perfect for culture vultures who don’t want to dedicate themselves to a week-long festival. In just one day, the organisers pack in a programme that entertains and delights - all within the intimate, mystical and traditional setting of the Pyhrn-Priel area.

Where to stay: Roßleithner-based Villa Bergzauber combines everything the modern traveller would expect - heated outdoor pools, sauna, infra-red cabin, flat-screen TVs and superior rooms - all within a unique historic building from 1900.

Latvia Beer Fest: Riga, Latvia

May 2022

What’s on? Beer - and lots of it. The largest beer festival in the Baltics - Latvia Beer Fest - is a feel-good festival with more than 500 craft beers and local brews. It’s a dream-come-true for beer buffs - but even if you’re not a craft beer connoisseur, the festival promises a day of refreshing fun with the ones you love - all within the rich history of Riga itself.

Where to stay: From the moment you arrive, you’re made to feel at home in the laid-back Metropole - the first-ever-operated hotel in Riga. If you can tear yourself from the sophisticated rooms and luxurious suites, a city brimming with culture (and beer) awaits.

Jim Dowling Festival: Glengarriff, Ireland

June 2022

What’s on? From pipers to harp players, traditional Irish tunes are at the heart of this traditional festival. Jim Dowling Festival lights up the village year after year with its unique sounds, mouth-watering food and plenty of craic to boot.

Where to stay: Built in 1745, Eccles Hotel is a light-filled, time-travelling stay on the ethereal Wild Atlantic Way in West Cork. It’s the perfect base to explore Glengarriff - especially when Jim Downling is in the village - and even offers luxury spa treatments (perfect if you’ve overdone it on the Guinness).

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.

Gourmet Festival Düsseldorf, Germany

August 2022

What’s on? Forget music, food traders are the headline acts at Gourmet Festival Düsseldorf. Top-notch caterers with that ‘special something’ come together for Germany’s 3-day foodie extravaganza. From seafood to Sangiovese, stunning delicacies are paired up with quality wines for you to savour on the tree-lined Königsallee boulevard. It’s the perfect place to explore new flavours, foods and drinks, with more than 200 stands exhibiting every year. Cheers to that

Where to stay: After a day filling up on tasty German fare, Hotel Schloss Hertefeld’s extra-long beds are calling your name. You can reach the Weeze-based hotel, set in the ruins of a 14th-century castle, in just an hour by car from Düsseldorf. Fluffy-bottomed rabbits bounce around the grounds, church bells softly wake you from your queen-sized four-poster bed and breakfast is served in candlelight to the gentle sounds of Bach.

Nova Batida Festival: Lisbon, Portugal

September 2022

What’s on? 3 days of music, art, and culture, in the heart of Lisbon. Nova Batida , sits on the old docks of Lisbon, in a super-cool converted factory. Between sets, festivalgoers can snack on grilled sardines, get their downward dog on in a yoga class, partake in a surfing lesson or jump aboard a boat party.

Where to stay: Combining modern technology with Portuguese tradition, Solar Do Castelo is the perfect 18th-century palace for party-goers to rest up. Sitting in the walls of São Jorge Castle, it’s Lisbon’s prettiest hotspot.