Europe in May - Events and Festivals

Europe in May - Events and Festivals
There's lots to do in Europe during May -- from the Chelsea Flower Show in England to the Cannes Film Festival in France. Check out this sampling of events, festivals, and fairs.

Times, dates, and locations of events are sometimes changed or even cancelled. Always remember to check with organizers and local authorities before booking tickets and making travel plans.

Central Macedonia, Greece
May (every year)
A bonfire and fire-walking in honor of Saint Constantine and Saint Helen.

Arts Festival
Reykjavík, Iceland
May (starts second Friday of every May)
Exhibitions, opera, dance, theater, and concerts.

Cannes Film Festival
Cannes, France
May (every year)
Most famous film festival in the world.

Carnival of Cultures
Berlin, Germany
May (every year)
Multicultural street festival.

Cheese Festivities
Randwick, England
May (every year)
Procession and cheese rolling.

Chelsea Flower Show
London, England
May (every year)
Show gardens, shopping, and arrangements.

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling
Brockworth, England
May (every year)
Four downhill races – people and cheese!

Fair of the Throne (Foire du Trône)
Paris, France
April - May (every year)
Huge fun fair and shows.

Festival of the Holy Cross
Caravaca de La Cruz, Spain
May (every year)
Race of riderless horses.

Festival of the May Crosses
Cordova, Spain
May (every year)
Floral crosses decorate the square.

Festival of the May Crosses
Montoro, Spain
May (every year)
Floral crosses and rice decorate the town.

Festival of Saint Efisio
Cagliari, Italy
May (every year)
Medieval costume parades and religious performances.

Festival of Saint Nicholas (Sagra di San Nicola)
Bari, Italy
May (every year)
Parades, concerts, and reenactment of the arrival of Saint Nicholas’ body from Turkey.

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Lewes, England
May - August (every year)
Opera and picnics on the lawn.

Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo)
Jerez de La Frontera, Spain
May (every year)
Displays of horsemanship, cattle market, bullfighting, and flamenco.

International Garden Festival
Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
May - October (every year)
Magnificent flower show.

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Florence, Italy
April - June (every year)
Italy’s most famous music festival.

May Day
Oxford, England
April - May (every year)
Night-time celebrations start on April 30, traditional morris dancers, dawn singing.

May Day
Cerne Abbas, England
April - May (every year)
Chalk hillside carving of a man in a state of arousal is the location for dawn morris dancing.

May Day Music Festival
Rome, Italy
May (every year)
Music festival celebrating arrival of Spring.

Minack Theater Summer Season
Penzance, England
May - September (every year)
Theater by the sea.

Monaco Grand Prix
Monte Carlo, Monaco
May (every year)
Glamorous Formula One racing.

The Procession of the Snake Catchers
Cocullo, Italy
May (first Thursday of every May)
Interesting ritual in honor of Saint Domenico.

Ravello Festival
Ravello, Italy
March - June and September - October (every year)
Chamber music festival.

Rhine in Flames
May - September (various dates)
Fireworks displays in the most picturesque region of the Rhine River.

Ring Race (La Corsa all'Anello)
Narni, Italy
April - May (every year)
Medieval costumes and jousting competition.

Spring International Music Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
May (every year)
International orchestras and soloists.

Stars of the White Nights Festival
St Petersburg, Russia
May - June (every year)
Festival of classic arts.

Wave Gothic Meeting
Leipzig, Germany
May (every year)
Parties, gothic band performances, markets, and exhibits.

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