7 Summer Festivals in Europe Best for Travellers

With various cultural, music or arts festivals happening all over Europe, this summer is already promising to be one of the most exciting ones in recent years. And what better way for travellers to enjoy a destination and meet a culture than attending one of those events, combining great entertainment and cultural performances.  

As part of a Mastercard cashless campaign, I am sharing with you some of the most interesting summer festivals to visit in Europe in 2018. I am already planning to visit some of the mentioned events, so go ahead and start planning your epic summer in Europe too:  

1. International Summer Week – Sardinia, Italy

When: 3-10 August 2018

My number one choice for this summer! Week-long festival of exploring and discovering the culture of Italy and Sardinia, its hospitality, tradition, beaches and food through various tours, activities and entertainment. The festival includes 200 young travellers from all over Europe and the world, making International Summer Week one of the biggest intercultural events of the summer.

Price: from 280 to 380 EUR for the whole week. The ticket price includes accommodation in the center of Cagliari, breakfasts and dinners, entertainment, tours & activities. 

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Feria de Malaga – Andalusia, Spain

When: 11-17 August 2018

Malaga fair in August is a week-long street festival with lots of parties, flamenco, music and other street performances. There are two distinct events part of the Fair – on the streets of the historic center of Malaga during the day, and at the Trade Fair Center during the night. The festival also includes food and drinks, dances and lots of entertainment. And believe me, after spending 5 months there, the food of Malaga is really something you can’t miss. 

Price: The street festival is free.

More info: Website

3. Machine du Vin – Camon, south of France

When: 31 August – 2 September 2018

A three-day boutique music, wine, food and arts festival in south of France, near Toulouse, in the picturesque village of Camon. The campsite of the festival is set in fields surrounding LÁbbaye Chateau de Camon. The lineup includes Claptone, What so not, Tourist, 2MANYDJS, BONOBO and many more.

Price: different price options – Tickets

More info: Website | Facebook Event |Instagram

4. Dubrovnik summer festival – Croatia

When:  10 July – 25 August

Dubrovnik Summer Festival is an yearly event that helps visitors and locals enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Croatia through theatre, ballet, classic music shows, exhibitions and more. The Festival takes place from 10 July to 25 August in around twenty site specific venues of Dubrovnik.

The event will also present Croatia’s rich folk dance and song heritage through various shows and will air Croatian award-winning films and a selection of international films. If you plan to attend the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, remember that Mastercard and Maestro cardholders are entitled to a 10% discount on all tickets bought online (ulaznice.hr) and offline

Price: Varies for different events. Tickets can be purchased separately on the website.

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Beglika Fest – Bulgaria

When: 22-27 August 2018

Beglika Fest is an alternative festival for music, arts, crafts, culture and freedom. High strong firs, soft lawns for bare feet, cool glamorous waters and the coasts of Lake Golyam Beglik are waiting for you in the Bulgarian Rhodope mountain. During the day you can enjoy different discussions, seminars, yoga, theater of improvisation, circus, theater, cinema, reader’s club s and more.

There will be a dedicated place for demonstrations of traditional crafts, places for spiritual and esoteric activities, forum for discussions on topical social and ecological topics, spaces for sports activities and entertainment around the dam, kindergarten for the youngest, etc.

Prices: 25 to 100 BGN (~13 to 50 EUR).

More info: Website | Facebook

6. Blanes Firework Festival – Blanes, Spain

When: 21 – 26 July 2018

Blanes Firework Festival is a six-day long firework competition. Each day, different pyrotechnic show is been presented for around 20 minutes. It is a spectacular way to enjoy your time in Costa Brava in Spain.

The focal point for the firework shows is the Rock – Sa Palomera – the rocky promotory that marks the separation point between the old town and the new. The rock Palomera also mark the end of the coast “Costa Brava” that goes from the French border.

More info: Website

7. Electric Castle – Cluj, Romania

When: 18-22 July 2018

The location of this music festival is nothing less than extraordinary. As the name suggests, the Electric Castle is happening in Banffy Castle near Cluj-Napocca, in Transylvania region of Romania.

Besides the gorgeous location, the festival is perfect for travellers who want to see a combination of amazing musical lineup with arts, technology and visually innovative concepts. It’s a 24-hour of entertainment with street performance, stand-up comedy, and many more. Bring your Mastercard and enjoy the cashless music festival while visiting Romania.

Price: Day tickets start from 32 EUR.

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Plan your trip

Accommodation & Transportation:

  • Get $40 discount on Airbnb for your first booking.
  • Fligths: Skyscanner is my to-go tool for searching the most affordable flights.
  • Airport transfers – shuttle services such Jayride offers a hassle-free travel from selected airports to your preferred destination.


Written by

Travel blogger and tourism graduate from Bulgaria, working in the field of Digital Marketing and PR for travel brands.

Latest comments
  • Great post! Informative and well-written!

  • Wonderful information and story. thanks for the sharing. Europe is very my favorite destination for traveling.

  • Hi Maria, I enjoy reading about festivals, You let us discover interesting festivals across different countries like Spain, France, Romania and more they are all great between celebrating art, music,heritage,food,fireworks and more we really enjoy

    Thanks alot