Unusual Summer European Festivals

It’s no secret that the festivals happen in Europe between June and August. Whether you’re into dancing until sunrise at Tomorrowland or chasing a wheel of cheese down the hill in the English countryside, these festivals will have you amidst the action all season long.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice, Wiltshire, England

When: June 18th-22nd, 2014

This peaceful celebration at the prehistoric monument marks the beginning of the summer season. More than 20,000 people make the pilgrimage from their hometowns to Stonehenge to celebrate the longest day of the year. Soak up this spiritual experience by standing beside “ordinary” families and new age tribes as you witness the wonder of nature as the sun rises welcoming the longest day of the year.

Sziget Festival, Budapest &, Lake Balaton, Hungary

When: Sziget August 11018th, 2014; August 18th-21st, 2014

Since 1993 the Sziget Festival has been rocking Lake Balaton, Hungary, and rocking it hard. Sziget Festival is different from any music festival in Europe in that it’s lineup lists acts from different genres of music including jazz, rock and world music. Keep an eye out for big name musicians such as Queens of the Stone Age, Lily Allen and Macklemore.  Go the extra mile and head to the shores of Lake Balaton for the official electronic music after party

La Tomatina, Valencia, Spain

When: August 27th, 2014

La Tomatina is an event you do not want to miss! This is the food fight that you wish happened at your high school cafeteria. Every year participants throw tomatoes at each other for the fun of it. It is estimated that 150,000 tomatoes are thrown during the festival which lasts for a mere 60 minutes. There are various theories on the start of la Tomatina but no matter the origins of this unusual festival you know you will want to be there at 10 am on the dot when the festivities begin.


Whether you are a foodie and party animal or traveling to experience a new culture as a local. Europe has you covered this season for experiencing the best in local festivals. 


Sarah Pajeau, Joliet Junior College

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