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Spring is coming and it is time to start celebrating warmer and sunnier weather. Go outside and learn something at each of these events. All across Europe, there are historical reenactments, medieval festivals, national independence celebrations and traditional holidays.


May Day | Celebrations and Demonstrations Across Germany | May 1

May Day as a concept dates back to the Iron Age. Germany combines ideas from Valentine’s Day, the American Labor Day, and Halloween, into one huge holiday. It is meant to welcome Spring weather and ward away evil spirits.

29th Freienfels Knight Games | Weinbachs- Freienfels | May 9-12

Pentecost Festival: Travel back to 1631 | Rothenburg | May 17-20

Tolkien Days | Geldern | May 24-26

Bernau Hussite Festival | Bernau | May 30- June 2

The Big Meeting: Fantasy Festival | Aach am Bodensee | Aug. 9-11

Museum Embankment Festival | Frankfurt | Aug. 23-25

Beethoven Festival | Bonn | Sept. 5 to Oct. 3


Procession of the Holy Blood | Bruges | May 24

Ommegang Pageant of Brussels | Brussels | July 3 and 5

The Battle of Waterloo Reenactment | Braine-l’Alleud | June 18

Why not attend a reenactment of one of the most famous battles in history? Watch as Napoleon and his over 90,000 troops fall to the Duke of Wellington.

Beselare Witch Parade | Beselare | July TBD

Festival of Wallonia: Celebration of Belgian independence | Namor | Sept. 12-16


St. Patrick’s Day | Cities across Ireland | Mar. 17

Gloucester History Festival Spring Weekend | Gloucester| Apr. 12-14

Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Fayre | Glastonbury | Apr. 27-28

Highland Games | All over Scotland | May-Sept.

Southwick Revival “Spirit of D-Day” | Southwick | June 8-9

Chalke Valley History Festival | Broad Chalke| June 24-30

What began as a small festival in 2011, has grown to host over 25,000 visitors across 70 acres every year. This festival entertains you with reenactments, discussions, workshops, live music, debates and more.

TANKFEST 2024 | Bovington | June 28-30

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Irish Traditional Music Festival) | Wexford | Aug. 4-11

The Yorkshire Wartime Experience | Yorkshire | Aug. 9-11

Puck Fair: Ireland’s Oldest Festival | Killorglin | Aug. 10-12

National Ploughing Championships | Screggan | Sept. 17-19

Up Helly Aa: Viking Tradition Festival | Shetland | Jan. 28, 2025


National Day | Stockholm | June 6

Midsommer Day | Cities across Sweden | June 24

Stockholm Early Music Festival – A Classic Fest | Stockholm | June 4-9

This is a festival for history and music lovers alike. As one of the most popular music festivals in Sweden, it features musicians from all over the world performing music from the Baroque, medieval and Renaissance eras. Put on your classiest attire and prepare to enjoy delicious Swedish fare between performances.

Medieval Week | Visby | Aug. 4-11


Summer Solstice - Fire Festival: Since 1604 | Wachau and Nibelungengau | June 22 and 29

Mozart Week | Salzburg | Jan 2025


Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora | Kutná Hora | June TBD

Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations | Cesky Krumlov | June 21-23

Summer Shakespeare Festival | Prague | June-Sept.


Explosion of the Cart | Florence | Mar. 31

Easter Procession/Procession Of Mysteries: 24-hour procession | Sicily | Mar. 29

The Procession of the Snake Catchers | Cocullo | May 2

Game of the Bridge Festival | Pisa | June 29

Festa della Madonna Bruna | Matera | July 2

Quintana of Ascoli Piceno | Ascoli Piceno | July-Aug.


Jewish Cultural Festival | Krakow | June 23-30


Swiss National Day | Across Switzerland | Aug.1

Fête de l’Escalade: Celebration of Geneva’s victory against Savoyard | Geneva | Dec. TBD

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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