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Alternative Events in Europe this Summer

Alternative Events in Europe, Summer 2016

Forget about destinations overrun with tourists this summer and get yourself to one of these Alternative Events this Summer in Europe with beer festivals, color runs, boat carnivals and water sport festivals! There are plenty of interesting events taking place around Europe that provide a great opportunity to explore somewhere new.


Alternative Events this Summer in Europe

Aste Nagusia – Photo: Josu Garro Mezo from www.euskoguide.com


‘The Big Week’ – Bilbao’s Semana Grande Festival

The Basque city of Bilbao throws one hell of a party for 9 days each August – the Aste Nausea (or Semana Grande in Spanish). All along the river bank in the shadow of the famous Guggenheim museum there is a whole host of parades, food and drink tents and stalls (of course) bull fighting, nightly fireworks and some great music and shows. Expect lots of merriment and flag waving from the jubilant crowd! Beginning with the mascot Marijaia stepping out onto a balcony as a rocket is shot in the air, the festival then lasts all week long – watch out for the parade of giants who eat small children! Find out more here


Stay at Ganbara Hostel Bilbao

The best place to stay in Bilbao and located in the centre of the Old Town, Ganbara Hostel is close to the famous Guggenheim Museum and nightlife. 


Alternative Events this Summer in Europe

The Color Run via Facebook – TheColorRunDeutschland


The Color Run in Berlin

Running 5km can be fun! Yes really, when there’s a great atmosphere, lots of good music, party people and plenty of colour. You don’t even have to run – you can dance your way to the end of the route! The Color Run in Berlin takes place 21st August and will be great to take part in or just as a spectator – it’s all about having fun. Wear white to get the maximum ‘color effect’ but don’t expect it to wash out…!  Find out more about it here


Book your stay at the Circus Hostel Berlin

This classy yet fun hostel is located in Rosenthaler Platz near to trendy Prenzlauer Berg. Chill out at their great cafe (with the best coffee around) or their awesome basement bar with huge beers and a David Hasslehof shrine. What more could you dream of? Be part of the Circus here


Alternative Events this Summer in Europe

Belgrade Beer Festival – Photo- Promo /RAS Srbija


Beer, Music and Boats

Ever been to Belgrade? Serbia’s capital is a host of interesting sites including the fortress and Nikola Tesla Museum, but the best fun to be had is in one of the many summer festivals. Famous for its nightlife, the locals know how to throw a party. If you’re visiting this summer then check out these top events!

Belgrade’s Beer Fest 2016 

This month don’t miss Belgrade’s Beer Fest – the biggest beer festival in Southeastern Europe with Rudimental performing at the opening party  on 17th August. There are five days of fun to be had, with a chance to get funky to some awesome live music with over 570 acts performing live, and sampling some of the 300 different beers! It runs from 17th to 21st August and will be massive, so expect to be making new friends in the crowd – cheers! Find out more here

Belgrade Boat Carnival 2016

August 27th sees the Sava River taken over with a huge Boat Carnival for the 13th year. The boats will be decked out and sailing around between the Branko and Old Sava Bridges – expect acrobatics on the water, music, magic and plenty of carnival atmosphere. Wear a costume and win a prize!


Alternative Events this Summer in Europe

ArkaBarka Hostel Belgrade

Floating Hostel

If you’re visiting Belgrade then stay at ArkaBarka Hostel Belgrade – centrally located in the park, this hostel is afloat! With a peaceful position on the lake, they’re also right next to all the buzzing night life of the capital. 


Alternative Events this Summer in Europe

Cardiff Festival 2016 from Visit Cardiff

Cardiff Festival

If you love to eat, drink and get the adrenalin going then visit Cardiff Festival! The city is known for its castle and stadium, but the waterfront means lots of places to get soaking wet and enjoy the summer. Taking place until September there are a whole host of cool events taking place from the Paddle Fest where you can try your hand at surfing, white water rafting and kayaking, to the free Cardiff Harbour Festival, a great motorsport competition on the sea! Find out more here

Nosda Hostel Cardiff

Located centrally on the riverside next to the stadium, enjoy the view while you sip a drink on the terrace bar or enjoy one of the live music performances at this highly rated hostel. 


We hope you enjoyed our recommendations for Alternative Events this Summer in Europe – don’t forget to book your Famous Hostel!

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