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Summer Festivals in Europe for Student Travellers

April 12, 2010

It’s not like there aren’t already a million things to see in Europe between the museums, monuments, historical sites, parks, canals, cafes, castles and tasty locals. But hey, since you’re already going that far, you may as well throw in a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience as well. Europe hosts some of the largest, most exciting festivals in the world. Time your trip right and you can take in one of these events:

La Tomatina
Bunol, Spain
August 25, 2010
It might be the world’s largest food fight. Certainly it’s the most well-known and best organized. Feel like a kid again when you spend an hour throwing tomatoes at friends and strangers and rolling around in the pulpy goo.

Notting Hill CarnivalNotting Hill Carnival
London, England
August 29-30, 2010
Billed as “Europe’s largset streetfaire”, the Caribbean-flavored carnival includes a parade, DJs, and lots of glitter and sequins. Take a minute to get a photo of the shop with the blue door that was Hugh Grant’s book store in “Notting Hill”.

Festival FringeThe Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland
August 6 – 30, 2008
At this open arts festival, anyone can perform, including comedians, street performers, and other artists. In 2009, participants put on 2,200 different shows for a total of 34,265 performances in 256 venues.

Oktoberfest
Munich, Germany
September 18 – October  4, 2010
Pretzels. Shnitzel. Beer. Music. Yum.

Music festivals all over Europe
The Guardian has a great list of the best music fests to check out from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Find more festival ideas and, as always, chat with a TravelCUTS student travel expert before you go. They can help you find student airfares, hostels and rail passes, and they’re just fun to talk to. Cute too.

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