European Late Summer Festivals

30 August 2017

As summer ends and the nights become ever shorter, you may be forgiven for thinking that the best of this year’s music, food and wine events had been and gone, although there are still plenty of late summer festivals making for perfect weekend or week-long stays as you take in some of Europe’s finest festivities helping close summer season in sizzling style.

Read on to find out more about our top picks for late summer European locations where some of the world’s most famous festivals can still be found.

Mandrea, Lake Garda, Italy: 16th-20th August 2017

Set in the picturesque foothills of the Dolomites above Italy’s largest lake in Lake Garda, this reggae, folk and African enthused music festival moves to a refreshingly differing beat than many of its festival peers.

Taking in some of the most respected performers on the circuit can be merged with a wealth of daytime activities both on and off site, with climbing, mountain biking, swimming, yoga, and a variety of workshops available to name but a few activities, a trip to Mandrea incorporates a treasure trove of explorable natural beauty, a wealth of both new and old music across three stages and a disco lounge bar, and traditional, locally produced Italian food to enjoy between acts.

Rheingau Wine Festival, Frankfurt: 11-20th August 2017

The 42nd Rheingau Wine Festival ranks high on the list of highlights on Wiesbaden’s calendar, seeing the city to the west of Frankfurt descended upon by wine producers from the Rheingau wine region promoting their famous wares.

The bustling culinary stretch of restaurants, delicatessens and shops spans between the city hall, market church and city palace, where convivial festivities are the centrepiece witnessing over 600 red and white still and sparkling wines flowing throughout. Whether you prefer the finest premium vintages, or the lighter fruit wines perfect in the summer months, there is plenty to savour here as you drink and eat in style to the backdrop of a varied entertainment programme creating an unforgettable atmosphere.   

Green Man, Wales: 17th-20th August 2017

Championing the best in independent music within South Wales’ Brecon Beacons mountain range as the ideal rustic setting for a music festival welcomingly free from corporate influence, an inclusive swinging sixties environment helps make Green Man Festival one of the most alluring festival highlights in the UK calendar.

The best established and new artists channelling chilled-out acoustic vibes can be found in this year’s stellar line-up of PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, and Kate Tempest, showcasing their talents across family-friendly stage areas, while the festival also shows its cultural side in the provision of a cinema tent, an extensive list of talks and installations, and a multimedia adventure zone for teens.          

Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival, Denmark: 18th-27th August 2017

An annual food festival celebrating the best of Copenhagen and Denmark’s gastronomy scene, Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival was founded as recently as August 2016, and returns this August in offering visitors the choice of over 100 unique events over the course of 10 days.

There is something for every palate to enjoy across dining venues as excitingly diverse as intimate settings serving authentic dishes concocted by Danish chefs, through to expansive food hall events catering for thousands of guests. This open-source festival showcases the best in New Nordic Cuisine and delectable fare from the city’s renowned restaurants, with plenty of events held in English so you can be sure to take some expert insights back home.

Oktoberfest, Munich: 16th September to 3rd October

Arguably the world’s biggest celebration of beer and lager during the year, there are many cities attempting to replicate the vibrant atmosphere of Oktoberfest, although the home of the festival can undoubtedly be found in Munich.

The 184th Oktoberfest continues its long held-tradition of the official opening ceremonies in the Schottenhamel tent, where the Major of Munich has the honour of tapping the first of many kegs of Oktoberfest beer. Only then are attendees allowed to sip their beer as they enter a wide variety of festivities, including stalls, fairground attractions and sideshows alongside the customary beer tents and the famous German bierkellers where the most authentic atmosphere can be found as you sample the best lagers and real ales to be found on the continent.  

Travel Counsellor David described his time at Oktoberfest: "Oktoberfest can only be described as huge! The site itself is massive, a huge fairground with 10 beer tents scattered around. The steins are huge, the food portions huge and the pretzels huge."

Gourmet Festival, Düsseldorf: 25th - 27th August

Gourmet loving foodies will want to visit Düsseldorf’s Gourmet Festival time and time again, such is the heightened quality of catering, unique produce, and famous wines both German and internationally sourced.

Europe’s biggest open-air event providing the most sought-after food and drinks across the country will see in its sixth year with speciality traders of champagne, herbs, cheese, spirits and many other premium quality food and drink products regularly visited by restaurant owners and famous chefs looking for the best ingredients for their dishes, alongside over 60,000 visitors a year looking for their next favourite gourmet food staple.    

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