Unusual European Festivals: How Many Have You Heard Of?

*This is a collaborative post.


There are so many unusual festivals that take place around the world, and Europe is no exception. I’ve compiled a list of the most unusual festivals below for you to check out. It kinda makes me want to hop on board a plane and try all of them out!

Unusual European Festivals: How Many Have You Heard Of?

I think it’s so wonderful to dip into the cultural and traditional aspects of faraway places. Seeing things from a different point of view, celebrating diversity, it’s all the world needs really. You can check out plenty of unusual festivals thanks to www.holidaygems.co.uk.

Here are the most unusual European festivals, have you experienced any yourself?


Oktoberfest, Germany

Oktoberfest is an annual folk festival held in Munich. It runs for 16-18 days from mid to late September and it involves drinking lots of beer, amusement rides and games. There are parades and huge celebrations stemming back from the 18th Century!


La Tomatina, Spain

This festival is all about the tomatoes! This festival has been running since 1945 and it takes place in Buñol on the last Wednesday of August. This awesome festival began because of a dispute in 1945 causing someone to start a fight with goods from a veg stall! The following year a group decided to start their own tomato fight and this tradition grew bigger over the years. Isn’t that an awesome story?


Carnival, Germany

When I was at school we went on a trip to Germany and we were thrown into Carnival! It was exciting, a tad scary (because us Brits are a bit square!) but I’ll never forget it! It’s a full on party with parades, costumes and performances. It starts 40 days before Easter and it’s a lot of fun!


Kingsday, Amsterdam

This festival is all about the Dutch Royal Family. Everyone gets dressed up in orange to celebrate their love of the Royal Family! I imagine this would be an amazing festival for Britain to start, don’t you?


Wife Carrying, Finland

This sounds hilarious! Basically husbands carry their wives across a crazy obstacle course and the winner receives their wive’s body weight in beer! I think most husbands I know would take part in this…


Orange Throwing, Italy

Believe it or not, this is the largest food fight in Italy! There are 9 organised groups that battle it out with oranges, and from what I’ve read, it can be quite a painful thing to experience!


There’s just so much in terms of crazy, fun-filled and unusual festivals in Europe. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. I think I’d love to go to Latomatia; it sounds like fun but also full of so much beauty.

Which ones would you love to attend?


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