Top European Autumn Festivals
It’s always festival season in Europe, so be sure to check out our guide to the Top European Autumn Festivals.
With fresh air, a brisk chill, and falling leaves, Europe kicks off yet another festival season each Autumn. While you won’t find yourself camping under the stars, European festivals in Autumn range from music, to sailing, dancing, and more. Whatever you fancy, Europe has a festival for it. We’ve rounded up the best European Autumn festivals to help you maximise your seasonal adventure!
Venice Regata Storica Festival
Where: Venice, Italy
When: the first Sunday in September
The Venice Regata Sotrica Festival is one of the most anticipated annual traditions in Venice. The festival celebrates Venetian culture, and highlights Venetian rowing. The charming traditional festival sees colourful boats with costumed people fill the canals for all to marvel at. The festival is both a celebration of the former Republic of Venice, and an opportunity for the best Venetian rowers in the world to show their skills. If you want a great view of the parade, we suggest heading to the area between Rialto Bridge and Ca’ Foscari. But make sure you come early or you’ll miss out on a great spot!
Where to Stay in Venice
Our top recommendation is ANDA Party & Design Hostel, located in Venice Mestre. Known for their ultra modern facilities, incredible vibe, free activities, and a friendly staff, you’ll love being their guest. And while it might not be located in the heart of the city, it’s only a 10 min bus ride away from the crowds of Venice.
Amsterdam Dance Event
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
When: mid October
For serious fans and those in the industry, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the world’s hottest electronic music festival. This 5 day event hosts DJs, artists, and record labels of all calibers in the Dutch capital with plenty of shows to lose yourself at. Whether you’re into House, Melodic Techno, Afro House, or Hardstyle, you’ll be able to find an event or show to dance the night (and days) away. The bigger shows require advance ticket purchase, but there’s always hundreds of smaller, free shows where you can see some of the best hidden talent. It’s always a party at ADE!
Where to Stay in Amsterdam
Our recommendation for the top hostel in Amsterdam is the famous Flying Pig Uptown. Located near Vondelpark and the Van Gogh Museum, this hostel is the perfect place to rest your head. Whether you’re looking to meet new people, party, or simply chill out, you’ll be satisfied staying with Flying Pig Uptown. And don’t leave booking to the last minute: this hostel is one of the most popular in Amsterdam, so be sure to book in lots of time!
Paris Nuit Blanche
Where: Paris, France
When: first Saturday in October
Paris is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, and it’s especially beautiful to visit during the Nuit Blanche Festival. For one night, Paris illuminates with special light installations all over the city, giving visitors a different perspective on the French capital. The festival is so popular and widely attended that Paris transit actually operates all night to ensure spectators can see as much as possible. It seems like Paris’s nickname, ‘The City of Lights’ is well deserved!
Where to Stay in Paris
Our top recommendation for accommodation in Paris is St. Christopher’s Inn. With two fully equipped locations, they’re the perfect guests in Paris. Enjoy exclusive discounts at their restaurants and bar, participate in a range of their free activities, and sleep soundly when you’re a guest at St. Christopher’s.
Where: Munich, Germany
When: end of September – early October
This is probably the most famous beer festival in the world, and despite its name, Oktoberfest starts in September and runs until early October. The Bavarian capital celebrates the annual harvest and festival attendees dress up in traditional German costumes to spend a day drinking in big traditional tents. If you want a spot in a tent, keep in mind you will have to make a reservation in advance so don’t leave this until the last minute. Aside from endless kegs of beer, you can visit the fairgrounds for rides, games, performances, and food!
Where to Stay in Munich
Book your bed at Euro Youth Hostel for the best beds and international bar in town. You’re guaranteed to love their Happy Hour, and live music at the weekends. And lucky for you, they’re located quite close to the Oktoberfest grounds, so you can walk there, and crawl back, easily!
Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla
Where: Seville, Spain
When: early to late September (ever other year)
Seville is home to the Spanish art-form called Flamenco, so it makes sense to hose the Bienal de Flamenco! This festival gives locals an opportunity to celebrate their beloved Flamenco in a big way, and gives tourists an in-depth look to the tradition. Bienal de Flamenco attracts some of the best dancers, singers, and guitarists in the industry, and is one of the top cultural European festivals in Autumn.
Where to Stay in Seville
Our top recommendation for hostels in Seville is Oasis Backpackers Palace. This centrally located hostel will make you feel home, but will also ensure you have a great time in Seville. With three breakfast options, a rooftop lounge, a swimming pool, and more, you’ll be more than satisfied with your time at Oasis Backpackers Palace.
Top European Autumn Festivals
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