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Top 12+ European festivals in September 2021

Bid summer adieu while celebrating art, food and music across the continent.

Whether you’re into expanding your mind at an EDM gathering deep within the woods or want to eat oysters seaside in Ireland, these festivals run the gamut from delightfully weird to deliciously satisfying. Party your way across the continent while enjoying each locale’s food, drink, art and music.

Top music festivals in Europe through September

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1. Lollapalooza | Cancelled for 2020

  • Where: Berlin, Germany
  • Music genre: Rock, pop, indie and electronic

This multigenre music festival kicks off in Chicago in July then travels to Olympiapark in Berlin as summer comes to a close.

In 2020, the lineup is set to feature Rage Against the Machine, Miley Cyrus, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Apache 207 and more.

There’s also a dedicated art market, kids’ zone and some of the best local eats around. And every attendee receives a wristband for contact-less payment. You’ll link it to your credit card, and can purchase food and drink simply by swiping the barcode.

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2. Waves Vienna

  • Where: Vienna, Austria
  • Music genre: A variety of genres — mostly new and “undiscovered” groups

Waves Vienna aims to bring the east and west together through music while giving new and emerging artists a festival platform. Show up with an open mind, and get ready to discover your new favorite tunes. The lineup emphasizes artists from Austria and Eastern European countries, but its emphasis on diversity means you’ll be introduced to performers from around the world.

If you’re interested in the music biz, you can attend the Waves Vienna conference for workshops, panels, lectures and more.

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3. Into the Woods Festival | Sept. 11-12, 2020

  • Where: Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • Music genre: Electronic

If you are looking to escape the bustle of daily life and lose yourself to a weekend of electronic and techno music, get yourself Into the Woods. It’s an electronic music festival held in the Dutch woodlands.

The concept? Anything goes. The entire experience is meant to expand your mind.

The fantastical lineup features underground artists. 2020 will be the festival’s 10th anniversary.

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4. Electric Picnic | Cancelled for 2020

  • Where: County Laois, Ireland
  • Music genre: Various, including rock, pop, hip hop and rap

Tickets to Electric Picnic sell out every year. Set in the rolling Ireland lawns, the eclectic arts and music festival delivers big names like The Strokes, Florence + The Machine, Hozier and The 1975. With a huge loyal following, it also has a dedicated space for funky art installations, live storytelling and the best in Irish comedy.

Go for your favorites, but don’t be surprised if you discover something new.

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5. Ibiza Rocks (Closing Pool Party) | Sept. 22, 2020

  • Where: Ibiza, Spain
  • Music genre: Various, including dance and pop

Ibiza Rocks is the ultimate pool party set on the biggest party island on the Mediterranean, hosted by DJ Craig Daniels.

The intimate gig setup promises you a summer party like no other whether you’re up front, dancing poolside or floating on pink flamingos.

Book your accommodation at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel where you can enjoy VIP access right on your balcony.

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6. Festival No. 6 | 6-9 Sept. 6-9, 2020

  • Where: Portmeirion, Wales
  • Music genre:Various, including rock, pop, dance and kids

If you are tired of commercialized and mainstream festivals and have a taste for something quirky, consider Festival No. 6. This boutique festival embraces the world of music, art, theater, food and more.

It’s a little quirky, a little whimsical and all-out experimental. You can expect enthusiastic musicians on the pop-up stages, art installations and the strong love for storytelling — but also the unexpected, with activities like the torchlight parade.

The festival is relatively new, but with its building reputation as well as rave reviews from artist Beck in previous years. For anyone headed there this year, it’ll be your last chance before the festival indefinitely goes on hiatus.

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7. Electric Fields Festival | Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 2020

Escape the city and relax in open spaces by taking your festival feet to Electric Fields. Set on the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland, the festival is all about good music, new experiences and good fun for the whole family over a fun-filled weekend straddling August and September.

The 2018 stage will be graced by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Leftfield and in between sets you can indulge in various culinary delights, ale sampling, fairground activities and kids’ activities, if you’re bringing the family along.

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Top arts and culture festivals in Europe in September

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1. Oktoberfest | Cancelled for 2020

The famous beer fest in Munich needs no introduction. Held annually, this 16-day folk festival has amusement park rides, dancing, live concerts, traditional foods and — of course — beer.

Get yourself a stein and dive into the many beer tents for a rousing time of drinking, eating and partying to live brass bands.

Some not-to-be-missed highlights include beer-barrel tapping – where the first barrel of beer is opened — and the traditional costume and parade.

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2. Braemar Gathering / The Scottish Highland Games | Cancelled for 2020

The first official Scottish Highland Games were held in 1832 at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar. Watch burly Scots hurl tree trunks (caber-tossing), compete in tug-of-war and play bagpipes.

The Braemar Gathering is traditionally attended by the British royal family. Game day typically starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m. And there are many family-friendly events, including a children’s sack race.

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3. Regata Storica | Sept. 6, 2020

  • Where: Venice, Italy
  • Music genre:Cultural

The first historical boat race was recorded in the mid-13th century and is now Venice’s most important boating event. It wouldn’t be complete without the gondolini regatta — where two costumed gondoliers race against their competitors. Cheer on your favorites along the Grand Canal or simply bask in the festive atmosphere.

Don’t miss the opening event: gondoliers in full period costume and concerts along the Grand Canal.

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4. Festes de la Mercè | Sept. 18-24, 2020

  • Where: Barcelona, Spain
  • Music genre:Cultural, street

La Mercè is the highlight of Barcelona’s festival calendar. This nonstop, four-day street party includes free concerts, spectacular processions and bustling activities throughout the day. Some highlights include a fire run, a fire-breathing dragon, human towers and the Giants Parade, where paper-mâché characters of kings, queens and nobles march the streets.

This celebration has been around since 1902, and was invented as a way to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall with a bang. It’s named for Mare de Déu de la Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona.

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5. Galway International Oyster Festival | Sept. 25-27, 2020

  • Where: Galway, Ireland
  • Music genre: Food

It’s much more than eating oysters and having one too many beers at the oldest oyster festival in the world —though that does happen. This three-day event celebrates the mollusk and other bounties of the sea and features culinary demonstrations, cook-offs and most importantly, the famed oyster-shucking championships.

Bring your appetite and be ready to indulge in locally-sourced seafood paired with swigs of stout and champagne.

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6. London Design Festival | Sept. 12-20, 2020

  • Where: London, England
  • Music genre: Arts

The London Design Festival is made up of over 400 events spanning dozens of locations, from small local museums to tourist hotspots. This annual celebration of craft and design brings together the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators.

Attend talks, workshops and navigate the many design areas and districts using the Festival app. While some art is static, there are also multimedia displays and interactive exhibits.

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7. Cow Ball | Sept. 20, 2020

  • Where: Bohinj, Slovenia
  • Music genre: Cultural

This 61-year-old Slovenian festival celebrates cattle homecoming to the alpine area after a summer in green pastures.

Cows are decorated with colorful wreaths and shown off in a parade accompanied by herdsmen, milkmaids and joyful music. This festival makes for great family fun. Folk dance, shop for locally-made goods at the market and try local specialties and cheeses as you take in the unique culture and beautiful backdrop of farming villages.

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