Things to do next month: June

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy
Through June 16 in Normandy, France

Normandy’s coast is the site of countless events commemorating the area’s momentuous connection to WWII with tours, reenactments, a film fest and more.

Red Bull Cliff Diving
June 2 in Polignano a Mare, Italy

The European home of cliff diving is found in Italy’s Puglia region just south of Bari and serves as the third stop on this year’s World Series Tour.

Taste of London
June 19-23 in London, England

This highlight on many a foodie’s calendar is this fest set in Regent’s Park; here, London’s hottest restaurants serve taster dishes and world-class chefs cook live on stage.

Donauinselfest / Danube Island Festival
June 21-23 in Vienna, Austria

This laid-back festival on an island in the Danube attracts some three million visitors, making it one of the biggest open-air music festivals in the world.

Graspop Metal Meeting
June 21-23 in Dessel, Belgium

Headliners in any heavy metal fan’s dream line-up are all here: Rob Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, Kiss, Within Temptation and others.

Festival of the Five Petaled Rose
June 21-23 in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

This Renaissance festival with a movie-set worthy backdrop offers knights jousting tournaments, banquets, a costumed historical procession and more.

Matala Beach Festival
June 22-24 in Matala, Greece

Caves above a beach on the southern coast of Crete attracted those after an alternate lifestyle in the 1970s and are today the site of Europe’s biggest hippie festival.

Batalla del Vino / Battle of the Wine
June 29 in Haro, Spain

Early in the morning, revelers dressed in white shirts and red scarves make way to a nearby mountain where they drench one another with red vino. 

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