Europe in September - Events and Festivals

Europe in September - Events and Festivals
There's lots to do in Europe during September -- from the Annual Sheep and Horse Round-Up in Iceland to the Windmill 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 making final travel plans.

Aarhus Festival
Aarhus, Denmark
August - September (every year)
Broad arts festival in a beautiful location.

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Abbots Bromley, England
September (every year)
Bizarre ritual dance celebrating hunting rights.

All-Ireland Gaelic Football Final
Dublin, Ireland
September (every year)
The climax of the Irish sporting season.

All-Ireland Hurling Final
Dublin, Ireland
September (every year)
One of the oldest games in the world.

Annual Sheep and Horse Round-Up (Réttadgur)
September (every year)
All-night parties follow the round-up.

Antiques Biennale
Paris, France
September (2004, 2006, every two years)
Best antique fair in France.

Art in the World
Paris, France
September - November (2004, 2006, every two years)
Displays contemporary art from undiscovered talent.

Ascot Finale
Ascot, England
September (every year)
Britain’s greatest horseracing weekend.

Autumn Festival
Paris, France
September - December (every year)
Some of the best productions in Paris.

Beard and Moustache Festival
Grottaglie, Italy
September (every year)
Prizes for the best of all styles of moustache and beard.

The Bird King Renaissance Festival (Fêtes Renaissance du Roi de l'Oiseau)
Le Puy-en-Velay, France
September (every year)
Renaissance festival including archery tournament and street entertainment.

Bonnat Pig Fair
Bonnat, France
September (every year)
Music, dancing, pig-on-a-spit, and pig competitions.

Bordeaux Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine)
Bordeaux, France
September (every year)
Museums and monuments are open to the public.

Braemar Royal Highland Gathering
Braemar, Scotland
September (first Saturday of every September)
One of the largest and most famous Highland Games.

Bullrunning Week (Semana de Toros)
Segorbe, Spain
September (every year)
Streets full of bulls and horsemen.

Burgundy Wine Press Festival (Fête de la Pressée)
Chenove, France
September (every year)
Traditional arts, crafts, food, and wine!

Cannstatter Volksfest
Stuttgart, Germany
September - October (various dates)
Second only to Oktoberfest.

Carnival of Cultures (Karneval des Kulturen)
Hamburg, Germany
September (every year)
Multicultural crafts, costumes, and music.

Cherry Beignet and Kirsch Fair
Fougerolles, France
September (third Sunday of every September)
Arts, crafts, music, doughnuts, and kirsch

Chianti Grape Harvest Festival (Festa del Uva)
Impruneta, Italy
September (final Sunday of every September)
Historic procession and wine tasting!

Corre del Bou
Cardona, Spain
September (every year)
Another bullrun, with some fun twists!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland
August - September (every year)
Eclectic alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival.

Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland
August - September (every year)
Three weeks of classical music, opera, theater, and dance.

Feria del Motín
Aranjuez, Spain
September (every year)
Pirate battle reenactment, bullrun, and parade.

Festival of the Bizarre (L’Etrange Festival)
Paris, France
August - September (every year)
Festival featuring the dark and bizarre films.

Festival of Our Lady of Merced (Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de la Merced)
Pozoblanco, Spain
September (every year)
Horse races and a procession of big papier-maché heads.

Festival of Our Lady of Remedies (Romaria de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios)
Lamego, Portugal
August - September (every year)
Celebrations surrounding a shrine for those seeking cures to illness.

Festival of Our Lady of Victories
Valletta, Malta
September (every year)
Rowing regatta celebrating the end of the “Great Siege”

Festival of the Virgin of Good Health (Fiesta de la Virgen de la Salud)
Algemesí, Spain
August - September (every year)
Masses and processions and the Human Pyramid Festival.

Festival of the Wind
Marseille, France
September (every year)
International kite festival.

Festa della Nivola
Milan, Italy
September (every year)
The “Holy Nail” (from the cross on which Jesus died) is ceremoniously removed from the ceiling.

Flamenco Biennial
Seville, Spain
September (every year)
Includes outdoor performances.

Harvest Festival (Fête des Vendanges)
Russin, Switzerland
September (every year)
Food, wine, children’s procession, just outside Geneva.

Harvest Festival (Fête des Vendanges)
Saint-Emilion, France
September (third Sunday of every September)
Parades and ceremonies mark the start of the grape harvest.

Harvest Festival (Fête des Vendanges)
Tain-l'Hermitage, France
September (starts the third Saturday of every September)
Dance, music, wine, and chocolate!

Hillsborough Guinness Oyster Festival
Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
September (every year)
Compete to drink the most Guinness and eat the most oysters.

Icarus Cup Free-Flying Festival
Saint-Hilaire du Touvet, France
September (every year)
Magnificent men (and women) in their flying machines.

International Fireworks Competition
Hanover, Germany
May, June, and September (every year)
International fireworks displays, concerts, and fun for families.

International Folkloriades and Wine Festival
Burgundy, France
August - September (every year)
Wine festival with dancers, singers, and musicians performing on the streets.

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

International Puppet Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
August - September (every year)
One of the world's most famous puppetry festivals.

Italian Grand Prix
Monza, Italy
September (every year)
Formula One championship racing.

Iznájar Fair (La Feria Grande)
Iznájar, Spain
September (every year)
Processions at dawn and all-night parties.

Jousting of the Saracens (Giostra del Saraceni)
Arezzo, Italy
June and September (every year)
Medieval jousting contest in a beautiful setting.

Zurich, Switzerland
September (every year)
Teenage shooting competition and huge market.

Limassol Wine Festival
Limassol, Cyprus
August - September (every year)
Grape harvest festival, music, dancing, and outdoor theater.

London Fashion Week-End
London, England
September (every year)
Chance for the public to participate in Fashion Week - tips and bargains.

Mainz Wine Festival
Mainz, Germany
August - September (every year)
Huge wine festival, crafts, and fireworks.

Major Feast of Saint Felix
Barcelona, Spain
August - September (every year)
Five-day party including moixigangas (towers of men) and monster processions.

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

Monaco Yacht Show
Monte Carlo, Monaco
September (every year)
Glamorous yacht show.

Motor Race Around the Ramparts
Angoulême, France
September (every year)
Second only to the Monaco Grand Prix for urban circuits.

National Ploughing Championships
Ballacolla, Ireland
September (every year)
Includes crafts and cattle exhibitions.

Nîmes Wine Harvest Festival
Nîmes, France
September (starts the third Thursday of every September)
Food, wine, bullruns, and bullfights.

Oil Wrestling Festival
Elmaly, Turkey
September (every year)
Turkish boys compete to win the prize!

Munich, Germany
September - October (every year)
The ultimate homage to beer.

Procession of Our Lady
Tournai, Belgium
September (second Sunday of every September)
Religious reenactment of the 1092 procession believed to deliver the city from the Plague.

The Proms
London, England
July - September (starts third Friday of every July)
Classical music festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

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

Renaissance Joust (Giostra della Quintana)
Foligno, Italy
June and September (every year)
Jousting tournament and market.

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

Sacred Music Festival
Riga, Latvia
August - September (every year)
Music festival in the Riga Dome Cathedral.

St Wenceslas Sacred Music Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
September (every year)
Sacred music performed in churches all over Prague.

Sand Sculpture Festival
Zeebrugge, Belgium
July - September (every year)
The ultimate in magnificent “sand castle” competitions.

Sheep Festival (Fête des Côtelettes)
Arrens Marsous, France
September (third Saturday of every September)
Great food, sheepdog competitions, and sheep-shearing.

Sueca Rice Festival and Paella Contest
Sueca, Spain
September (every year)
Fireworks, bullfighting, paella contest, and procession of horses.

Summer City Festival (Veranos de la Villa)
Madrid, Spain
July - September (every year)
Two months of bullfights, music, dance, and theater.

Thames Festival
London, England
September (every year)
Free fireworks, parades, and torchlit procession.

Venice Film Festival
Venice, Italy
September (every year)
The oldest film festival in the world.

White Night (Notte Bianca)
Rome, Italy
September (every year)
Night-time music, dance, and theater.

Windmill Festival (Fête du Moulin)
Arras, France
September (every year)
Parade of “giants”, music, and theater.

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