Top Events in Europe this August

What's Happening In Europe in August 2022?


If you’re planning to visit Europe this August, we’ve got some good news for you. This month is packed with events and festivals that you won't want to miss!

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Don't let the summer heat keep you off your feet. August is the height of festivals and events in Europe. Spend your days enjoying new places, cultures and flavours by taking part in these amazing events!

Swiss National Day


Where: Switzerland

When: 1st August 2022

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Every year, on August 1st, the Swiss celebrate their National Day. This is a national holiday with local festivities typically including speeches by prominent political or public figures. 

Families gather together, have fun and make a big deal out of the holiday. Communities across Switzerland also celebrate the occasion with bonfires, fireworks, and parades. The day marks the foundation of the confederation and commemorates the creation of the federal council in 1848 under Napoleon I.

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The Garda Jazz Festival


Where: Lake Garda, Italy

When: 1st-14th August 2022

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The Garda Jazz Festival is held on Lake Garda, right on the shores of the scenic lake. This year's event will run from August 1st to 14th 2022. During that time, the beautiful towns around Lake Garda will be filled with top-class live performances, intimate sessions in bars and pubs, and amazing jazz music!

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The Festival of San Salvatore


Where: Cefalù, Sicily, Italy

When: 2nd-6th August 2022

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There are no shortage of events held in Cefalù during the summer, but none quite rival the Festival of San Salvatore. This religious celebration takes place every August and lasts for several days.

Historically, it was a religious celebration celebrating the saint of the same name, but it's since evolved into one of the largest public celebrations in Cefalù. The community comes alive with a range of events including a huge feast in honour of the patron saint, San Salvatore. 

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La Fête du Lac


Where: Lake Annecy, France

When: 6th August 2022

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Lake Annecy will sparkle once again with a spectacular fireworks display. This special show is a one-of-a-kind experience, and should not be missed! The show lasts 1 hour 10 minutes and features fireworks in rhythm with music, lights, and special effects.

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16th Gemma Vintage Car Rally


Where: Saalbach & Hinterglemm, Austria

When: 6th August 2022

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The 16th Gemma Vintage Car Rally is a great event for car enthusiasts. If you have a passion for rare vehicles, this is the place to be. You'll see true rarities and one-of-a-kind cars on display.

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Mountain Festival


Where: Lech, Austria

When: 7th August 2022

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This festival on the mountain has all the ingredients necessary to bring together couples, families, and friends who want a fun-filled day. Take the Rüfikopf cable car to the mountain and relax with live music, try out the numerous delicacies in the mountain restaurant and enjoy being part of something very special.

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Val Gardena Folklore Festival


Where: Town hall square, Selva Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy

When: 7th August 2022

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If you enjoy traditional dress and customs, then consider a trip to the Dolomites this August. The Val Gardena Folklore Festival is the biggest festival in the three villages of Val Gardena.

The traditional costumes worn here are among the most beautiful and versatile of Alpine region. Val Gardena's traditional costumes are characterised by their elaborate decoration, which reflects the social status of the wearer.

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40th Hinterglemm Farmer's Market


Where: Saalbach & Hinterglemm, Austria

When: 12th-14th August 2022

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Hinterglemm Farmer’s Market is about more than just groceries: it's about the best food in town, live music, and homemade crafts. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend that features homemade foods from local farmers, listen to music on site, and watch a big parade featuring beautiful horse-drawn carriages.

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Laurentius Night


Where: Lech, Austria

When: 13th August 2022

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During the Laurentius night, many shooting stars and other celestial bodies can often be seen by looking up at the sky. Lech Zürs am Arlberg gives a special space to those interested, and invites them to experience it at the Rüfikopf mountain station.

An experienced astronomer will guide you through the planets and stars so that you can learn to identify them individually, as well as appreciate the mountain world at night in a completely new way.

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Kaiser Festival


Where: St Gilgen, Austria

When: 18th August 2022

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On August 18, the Kaiser Festival takes place in St. Gilgen, Austria, to honour Emperor Franz Josef, who spent many summers in Salzkammergut and visited Lake Wolfgangsee.

The event starts at the Boat station of St. Gilgen with the welcome of the paddle steamer, 'Emperor Franz Josef I'. Afterward, a festive procession goes through the town to Mozartplatz, followed by a music concert and dancing.

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Vevey Street Festival


Where: Montreux, Switzerland

When: 19th August 2022

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The Street Artists Festival in Vevey is a fun family event at the end of the summer holidays. It's where you can see and hear performances by Swiss and international artists. The prize for best performance goes to a comedian or musician each year, who gets the "Pavé d'or."

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Silvretta Ferwall Marsch


Where: Galtür, Austria

When: 19th August 2022

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Galtür invites hikers to the 49th International Silvretta Ferwall March on 20.08.2022 for a day of exploring in the beautiful Silvretta. Participants can choose from four different routes, with varying difficulty levels.

Families with children of all ages will enjoy this wonderful event. The treasure hunt at the family route is really popular among little hikers, who are eager to get their hands on a silver or bronze medal.

For experienced hikers, the impressive mountain landscape of Ferwall and Silvretta, alpine flora, and fauna are all reasons to participate in this summer highlight of the Galtür.

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Paznaun Market Day


Where: Ischgl, Austria

When: 28th August, 2022

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The annual Market Day is a great opportunity to experience the Paznaun Valley. With live music by the Ischgl brass band and many fun activities, this community event is the perfect way to spend the weekend.

You'll also have the chance to enjoy the Paznaun Valley Alpine Cheese, with local dairy farmers, cheesemakers and vendors on hand with fresh produce and out-of-the-ordinary goods.

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Venice International Film Festival

Where: Venice, Italy

When: 31st August - 10th September, 2022

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The Venice International Film Festival welcomes the best of international cinema, with the added attraction of having its stars on hand. Movie stars, the paparazzi and furious bustle—the world’s oldest film festival offers film lovers a chance to see their favourite actors, actresses and directors on display.

Many film screenings are open to the public, with tickets available online. Competition films are likely to sell out quickly, so secure your tickets as soon as you can! Further details, including a full programme of screenings, are available on the official Biennale website.

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