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10 European festivals in October and November to check out

Eat, drink and dance the night away at autumnal celebrations across the continent.


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Throughout the year, revelers flock to Europe to live it up at some of best dance and music parties in the world.

Dress up and get down in Prague at a Halloween party or epic trance event. Check out Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest that needs no introduction. Or head to Tarragona, Spain to see a human tower.

Top 5 European arts and culture festivals in October and November

From Spain to Germany, France, Hungary and England, these public gatherings are some of our favorite fetes.


1. Oktoberfest | Cancelled for 2020

  • Where? Munich, Germany

This famous 16-day celebration is the world’s largest beer fest, filled with traditional costumes, food, games, parades and more than 2 million gallons of beer.

While beer is the obvious main attraction, stick around for the 4.5-mile march of colorful brewery wagons, brass bands and carriages bedecked with flowers through München streets.

Get yourself into a beer tent, grab a savory sausage or two and drink the night away..

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2. Frieze Art Fair | Oct. 8-11, 2020

  • Where? London, England

Some of the world’s most exciting artists come together annually at this contemporary art fair held in London’s beautiful Regent’s Park.

The fair features multimedia work displayed by the world’s leading galleries. Visitors can view and buy art from more than 100 artists.

Typically, there are showcases dedicated to live performances, ’90s art and emerging talents from Shanghai to Berlin.

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3. Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival | Oct. 2-18, 2020

  • Where? Budapest, Hungary

The Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival offers more than 100 different programs in design, literature, music, dance and more. Shows, concerts and exhibitions featuring local and international artists are held at various venues across Budapest — some with free admission.

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4. Salon du Chocolat | Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 2020

  • Where? Paris, France

More than 200+ pastry chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners from all over the world come together for Salon du Chocolat — or the Paris Chocolate Show.

Learn about chocolate from the experts and get delicious recipes from some of the best chefs in the world. Enjoy tastings, workshops, conferences, live performances and even a space dedicated to junior chocolate lovers.

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5. Concurs de Castells | Oct. 3-4, 2020

  • Where? Tarragona, Spain

The Tarragona Human Tower competition is the largest in the world. Teams work together to build human structures that stretch up to nine stories high — with a child on top.

This world-class event is held once every two years, and tickets are limited. Come early and then stay for the parade, which displays the Catalan culture with live performances, dance, music and fireworks.Find flights to TarragonaFind hotels in Tarragona

Top 5 European music festivals in October and November

Whether indie or EDM is your vibe, you’ll be in the company of like-minded folks at these European music festivals.

1. Amsterdam Music Festival | Oct. 17, 2020

  • Where?Amsterdam, Holland

Smack-dab in the middle of the annual Amsterdam Dance Event conference (Oct. 1 to 25), this immersive event celebrates some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry. Tens of thousands of EDM-lovers flock to southwest Amsterdam for this heart-racing fete. Past headliners included David Guetta, KSHMR and Sunnery James.

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2. BIME Live | Oct. 30-31, 2020

  • Where?Bilbao, Spain

This multigenre music festival is coming up on its 8th year. Despite it being a relatively new player on the scene, it draws big names — past performers include Passenger, Imagine Dragons, Stereophonic, Crystal Fighters, Suede and The Chemical Brothers.

The music mega-event is held at Bilbao Exhibition Center. Come to see your favorite rock, pop and electronic acts grace the stage.

And its sister act, BIME Pro, features international speakers at a three-day conference for the music and tech industries.

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3. Transmission | Oct. 9-10, 2020

  • Where?Prague, the Czech Republic

Transmission is much more than just another trance festival — it’s a rite of passage.

Returning to Prague for another epic night of music, Transmission is a mega trance party and one of the best indoor dance events in the world.

Before you arrive, brace yourself for complete immersion into the Transmission world where everything is larger-than-life: the futuristic acts, tailor-made laser shows, smoke displays and sound systems.

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4. Pitchfork Music Festival | Cancelled for 2020

  • Where? Paris, France — not to be confused with the festival in Chicago!

If mainstream isn’t your thing and you’re in the mood for an eclectic mix of something a little different, book your tickets to Paris for the Pitchfork Music Festival.

This alternative festival in the French capital really knows how to mix it up. With an unpredictable lineup that features a collection of big names, indie favourites and emerging bands, it truly has something for everyone. The festival also prides itself in being green, so expect cleaner fuel and food options that are as varied as the lineup.

Set yourself up for a great autumn weekend; Pitchfork is where you need to be.

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5. Bloody Sexy Halloween X | 2-3 November 2019

  • Where? Prague, the Czech Republic

Celebrate Halloween in style at Prague’s biggest dress-up party.

Go crazy with costumes and make wild memories at this one-night-only event known for its outrageous get-ups, performances by local and international DJs, sexy dancers and majestic fire and lights shows.

Meet people from all around the world and party till dawn for an unforgettable, spooky yet spectacular night.Find flights to PragueFind hotels in Prague

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