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Year of Festivals

I have been planning out the my 'Bucket List: A Year worth of Festivals' around Europe that I want to venture to. I personally can not wait to go out and explore more of Europe and why not do it when there is a festival/celebration aka party to attend to! One thing that I have figured out since moving here - is that there seems to never be a lack of fun!





So lets get to it and see month-by-month when and where I plan on visiting! 

January - Hogmanay , Edinburgh


To start the year and celebrate as the old one ends, I want to have a proper Hogmanay celebration! The city of Edinburgh from Dec 31st (with pre's happening on the 30th) till Jan 1st. The city is lite up by fireworks, street parties, and the epic dip in the River Forth! A true way to bring in the new year, all in my home city!

February - Viareggio Carnevale, Viareggio , Italy

The largest Mardi Gras style party in Europe and in Italy! It includes a month full of celebrations up to lent. Celebrate during the day with one of the many parades and then head out to a club for a masquerade party! Oh and to close out the festival a GIANT firework display!


March- St. Patty's Day , Dublin, Ireland

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A day full of green (my favorite color) and drinking! Yes please! A four day party is finished by a parade on March 17th, with drunk Guinness loving fools (right around 1 million of them)!

  April - King's Day, Amsterdam

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Described as the 'anything goes party', I first heard about King's Day during my time in Amsterdam and since then I have been wanting to go! They party in the canals, they wear orange, and the celebrate like total badasses this one day every year! Even the cops try not to intervene in festivities.

May - Stars of the White Nights, St. Petersburg, Russia

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A festival filled with arts and probably the thing that makes me want to visit the Scarlet Sails. A fleet of ships sails out with giant red sails and put on a massive firework show! Not only do I love anything with boats, I also want to go and see Old World Russia! 

June - La Batalla de Wino de Haro (Wine Fight)

A food wine fight that takes place every June in Haro, Spain. The crowd wears white t-shirts and fills super soakers with red wine, leaving one epic battle! While there is the whole fight appeal, I am also interested in having an excuse to try out Spanish wines! 

July - 'Running of the Bulls' , Tommorowland, Bastille Day

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Another summer month with so much to do and see, so I picked three things that I must do during the month of July. To start go and see the 'Running of the Bulls' aka Fiesta de san Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. Head out to see Tommorowland in Boom, Belgium this way I can quit living through Helene in Between post about the music festivals. To round this threesome off I want to spend July 14th in France celebrating their version of July 4th!  

August - Fringe Festival, Zurich's Street Parade & La Tomatina

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August, damn you for being a good month! Seems the summer months in Europe have to many options to only have one, which is why I have 3. This is an even better way of planning a trip for every August that I am living here! To start I have to attend some of the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, head back to Switzerland for Zurich's Street Parade, and La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain. So to start thing off The Fringe Festival will be filled with performances galore and seems to make Edinburgh a hot ticket in August. Zurich's Street Parade is right on the lake and is a perfect way to close out the summer. Lastly, La Tomatina a GIANT FOOD (aka Tomato) fight! 

September - Highland Games, Scotland

Well this technically isn't a festival or really a party either, but it is a must-do in Scotland (or so I have been told). The Highland Games have been going on for over 1000 years. Oh and on a side note the Braemar Gathering is often attended by the Royal Family! 

October - Oktoberfest, Munich

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"Massive consumption of beer" -  literally this is what Oktoberfest stands for! Keep in mind that while this is a festival called Oktoberfest, its starts in the middle of September and runs till the first weekend in October!  

November- Bonfire Night, England

November was a hard month to fill, especially since the typical celebration I think of is Thanksgiving Day. No worries though, this night is filled with history, fireworks, and bonfires. So if you happen to find yourself in the UK in early November, lets dress up and head out to see Bonfire Night. 

December - Christmas Market, Dresden, Germany

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Picking which Christmas Market that I wanted to visit was tough, there are so many amazing ones! I finally picked Dresden because it has eleven, yes ELEVEN, different 'experiences' in one market. I personally plan on visiting as many markets as I can, but this one took the cake. For a list of the 10 Best Christmas Markets, visit here


Well there it is my year worth of festival/celebrations/parties whatever I call this list, it is for sure a year full of fun!

Are there any festival must sees that I haven't included on my list? I would love to hear any input! 



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