Best Events in Europe in 2023
From unmissable traditional events like the Keukenhof Tulip Festival or the Carnival of Venice to exceptional events like the Bundesgartenshau in Mannheim or the Zagreb Lights Festival in Croatia, discover the events not to be missed in Europe in 2023.
1. Bundesgartenschau in Mannheim
Mannheim - Germany
It’s the best event of the year 2023, the Bundesgartenschau (BUGA 23) will be held in Mannheim, a trendy destination that will be the beating heart of Germany and Europe in 2023 with many concerts, exhibitions, art installations and hundreds of events.
As one of the largest national garden shows of all times, BUGA 23 will welcome its guest this year in Mannheim. Here, colourful blossoms encounter green visions of the future. The multifaceted theme of sustainability is at the centre of BUGA 23. Two exhibition spaces, which could hardly be more different, will be used: Luisenpark, once laid out as an English landscape garden, and the former US military site Spinelli.
One major highlight will be a 2 km long (funicular) overhead cable car system spanning the river Neckar, and connecting the two BUGA-Grounds.
During the 180-day period from 14 April – 08 October 2023 there will be over 5.000 events and attractions including flower shows, cultural exhibitions, leisure and sport activities.
But: BUGA 23 is a lot more than just a flower show: It will improve the sustainable quality of life and lifestyle in Mannheim. Over seven kilometers long, a stretch of green will create new places to walk, play and relax, while at the same time improving the city’s air quality and climate. BUGA 23 is also part of Mannheim’s North East Green Corridor Project, connecting 230 hectares of green areas forming a corridor stretching into the city centre.
During the Best Event in Europe in 2023, solutions to problems and challenges or our time will be explored relating to climate, the environment, sustainable agricultural production and food security.
Modern, baroque, urban and with a surprising amount of green. In Mannheim, history meets modernity, tradition meets innovation. When you come to Mannheim, you can except to encounter anything – except boredom. Historical monuments, special places, green oases – there are sights to see not only at every corner but also very close to each other.
There are many good reasons to visit Mannheim in 2023, the destination with the best event 2023, so book your flights to Mannheim, your accommodation in Mannheim and your tours and activities in Mannheim.
How to get there: Book your flights to Mannheim.
Where to stay: "Mercure Hotel Mannheim am Rathaus". Stay in the heart of Mannheim.
When: Mid April – Mid October 2023.
2. Carnival of Venice
The Carnival of Venice is magic with its fairy tales and fantastic natures: woods, valleys, seas, mountains, lagoons mysterious animal and vegetable creatures inhabiting them. Humankind has always felt the need to narrate the mystery of nature through fairy tales.
Where to stay: "Carnival Palace - Venice Collection" is 10 m from the Tre Archi Vaporetto water bus stop.
When: 4th to the 21st February 2023.
3. Zagreb Festival of Lights
Zagreb dynamites the very classic and conventional world of illuminations, betting on the conceptual, the artistic, the innovative and the performance. When some European cities fall asleep, others wake up.
Those who know a little about Croatia know how much the Croatians master the image, you can't walk through the streets of Zagreb without seeing a professional or amateur shoot; the Croatians have very creative!.
Every March, the beautiful city of Zagreb becomes the cultural centre of Europe with unique artistic installations in the world. At the end of winter, this festival stands out as a rebirth, an outbreak of ideas, concepts, a revolution in motion. The European artistic centre which could have been in Paris or Berlin is really in the heart of Zagreb in the spring with audio-visual installations all around the city.
This mix of conceptual, modern art in a capital of great architectural richness, with cozy, chic and warm shopping streets, welcoming café terraces, magnificent green spaces, make Zagreb the best destination to visit in the spring for cultural city break lovers.
Book your flights to Zagreb, your accommodation in Zagreb as well as your activities and tours in Zagreb such as a "Zagreb: Skip-the-Line-Ticket Museum of Broken Relationships".
Where to stay: "Esplanade Zagreb Hotel". Near the main train station.
When: From 15th to 19th March 2023.
4. St Patrick's Day in Dublin
If you visit our rankings of the best hidden gems in Ireland, best castles in Ireland, best destinations to visit in Ireland, best things to do in Ireland, you will discover the secret of Saint Patrick and the reasons that link Ireland to this Saint and its iconic symbols like the clover.
Land of legend, Ireland is also a land of beliefs. St Patrick is a central figure in the history of Ireland since he is the founder of Christianity in Ireland. His incredible story (kidnapped by pirates, sold as a slave, turned to be a shepherd, ended up studying theology) will have enabled him to understand the importance of explaining things with simplicity. He thus had the idea of explaining the Catholic trinity, the father, the son and the holy spirit comparing it to a three-leaf clover.
On March 17, the death of St Patrick is celebrated: people wear green (in reference to the three-leaf clover) , they eat and drink Irish specialties while listening to U2 in the Temple Bar district or by experiencing one of the many experiences, tours and activities in Dublin such as a “Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings”.
Where to stay: “Castle Hotel” is just 2’ minutes walk from O’Connel Street.
When: The 17th March 2023.
5. Keukenhof Tulip Flower Festival
Lisse - Holland
Visiting Keukenhof Gardens is one of the most interesting activities at Easter in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of colourful tulips grow there each year and are admired by visitors at Easter. You can also watch a traditional clog maker at work, walk in the beautiful village of Zaanse Schans and admire its windmills.
Did you know that Keukenhof Tulip Flower Festival was actually a trade show? Horticulturists from all over the country come to exhibit their most beautiful creations to sell them to suppliers from all over the world? It has become a general public event that attracts travellers from all over the world.
During your stay do not miss to visit the best hidden gems in the Netherlands but also the best places to visit in the Netherlands and to make your choice among the Best things to do in the Netherlands such as a "From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Skip-the- Line Ticket and Transfer".
How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam (1h by car – 2h by bike).
Where to stay: "De l'Europe Amsterdam" offers luxurious accommodation along the Amstel River in the heart of the city.
When: 23rd March – 14th May 2023.
6. Madeira Flower Festival
It’s defnitely the most emblematic and colourful event of Madeira. For several weeks Funchal has the aroma of the flowers and the joy of thousands of visitors.
The construction of the Wall of Hope (where children place flowers) and the flower carpets in the streets are unique moments in this event. However, the climax of this event is the Flower Festival Float Parade, where more than a thousand participants, of all ages, join in this parade of aromas, magic and enchantment.
A week after, the city is embellished by the Madeira Auto Parade, combining the beauty of several classic cars with the simplicity and charm of the floral arrangements. A mix of magic not to be missed.
Where to stay: "Quinta da Casa Branca”. Set within a banana plantation in Funchal.
When: 27th April – 21st May 2023.
7. King's Day in Amsterdam
Do you like the orange colour, monarchies and parties²? The "Koningsday" - Kings's Day, is an event made for you. In the streets, on the canals, in the parks, everyone celebrates in Amsterdam during this event which is certainly the biggest street party of the year.
You usually don’t wear orange? Don't worry, King's Day is full of flea markets where you can buy boas, hats, jogging suits, t-shirts, in the colours of this surprising and eccentric country. King's Day can be a riot of scantily clad revellers drinking local beers on Amsterdam's canals or enjoying the best concerts after dark, it's also a family event with children shows in the Vondelpark. King's day obviously ends with "King's Night" with DJs play parties on public squares, live music.
Finally, you can have your own King's Day party by booking accommodation along the Canal with a terrace to enjoy the best moments of this exceptional party.
Where to stay: "Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark". Situated in the heart of the Vondelpark it offers view on the green surroundings.
When: 27th April 2023.
8. Art Basel
When it comes to contemporary art you have several choices: if you are lucky go see openings in art galleries near you, or wish that museums validate artists - which often takes about ten years ( is art still contemporary then ?) or go to the Mecca of Ultra-contemporary art where the best gallery owners from around the world come to exhibit their best artists: we are talking about ArtBasel.
If the concept is sold around the world with "Art Basel Miami" "Art Basel Paris" "Art Basel Hong Kong" as you have Guggenheim Museums or Louvres all over the world, Art Basel in Basel obviously remains unavoidable. Art Basel is more accessible than an exhibition of modern art or contemporary art because the works are made for the public and not especially for a Museum and they are ultra-contemporary : an almost direct mirror of current events in the current world.
Art in Basel is like venturing yourself into listening to musical gems on Youtube Music or Spotify .
Where to stay: "Grand Hotel les Trois Rois". Situated in the centre of Basel's Old Town".
When: June 15-18, 2023.
9. Roskilde Music Festival
8 days of music, spectacular art, events, delicious food, is the promise of this Danish Music Festival considered the best Summer Music Festival in Europe.
Created by students in 1971, Roskilde Festival has since grown to become, with nearly 130,000 visitors and the best musical artists of the moment, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. Created by hippies, Roskilde has tried to keep this spirit by being one of the only non-profit making festivals in Europe, a feat when you know that 30 to 40% of European festivals are managed by large industrial groups.
Roskilde is situated on the Danish island of Zealand, west of Copenhagen (30 min by car - 1h30 by bike).
Where to stay: "Zleep Hotel Prindsen Roskilde". Roskilde train station is just a 5-minute walk away.
When: 24th June - 1st July 2023.
10. Stockholm Pride
It is probably one of the most historic prides in Europe and one of the oldest. The Stockholm Pride, created in 1998, has become a festive and demanding event that brings together more than half a million participants and spectators in the streets of Stockholm.
It's a whole cultural program with exhibitions, readings, debates, festivals, seminars, workshops, films, plays and other performances. Stockholm Pride is more than a marketing event or a parade of nightclubs or commercial companies that want to reach the LGBTQ+ public, it is also one of the most qualitative prides in Europe for its global cultural offer. Much more than an event, it's a moment to think about a thousand societal issues, living together and the challenges of tomorrow.
Where to stay: "Hotel Esplanade: Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western". Located in a prestigious street in central Stockholm.
When: From 3rd to 6th August 2023.
11. Notting Hill Carnival
London - United Kingdom
This Caribbean Festival has become an unmissable event in London. Every year, at the end of August, this colourful festival welcomes the best dance groups parade (nearly 40,000 volunteers and nearly 2 million spectators) for 2 days in the very famous district of Notting Hill.
This parade has marched through this area of London since the mid 1960's with DJs, food stalls and bars and the sounds of Carnival. The bands compete for honour but also for money since the sale of tickets for the show, which sees the 5 best bands compete, is donated to the performing bands.
Where to stay: "The Laslett". Spread across 5 Victorian mansions.
When: Sunday 27th August 2023.
12. La Tomatina
Bunol - Valencia - Spain
World famous "La Tomatina" is a tomato festival held in Bunol, a little village near Valencia in Spain. The rule is simple: participants throw tomatoes at each other (120 tons!) and are sprayed with thousands of litres of tomato coulis; a pure tomatoes fight for entertainment purposes.
La Tomatina is proof that you can have fun without hurting any animal but just spill the “blood “of tomatoes. La Tomatina takes place on the last Wednesday of August every year in the town of Bunol near Valencia in Spain.
Where to stay: "Hotel Dimar" Situated in Valencia’s Cánovas Square.
When: 30th August 2023.
13. Oktoberfest in Munich
Bavaria - Germany
Did you know that most of Oktoberfest takes place…in September? Recently brought under the world spotlight by stars and celebrities, the Oktoberfest is anything but the image one can think of. This event is an opportunity for Bavarians to carry on their traditions; purists come in traditional clothes, some will have been training for months to master the most complicated Bavarian dances, others will have spent days cooking hearty Bavarian dishes.
Of course, beer is the star of the show and you will enjoy the festival's many activities and the giant funfair. Surprisingly, few marquees are open access and you will have to organize yourself in advance.
Book your flights, your accommodation in Munich as well as your tours and activities in Bavaria such as a "Munich: Oktoberfest Ticket Tour, Lunch and Drinks" to immerse yourself in this incredible festival and have access to the best marquees.
Where to stay: "Motel One München Campus".
When: 16th September– 3rd October 2023.
14. Riga Christmas Lights Trail
From December 17 2023 to January 16 2024 hundreds of lights brighten the canalside of Riga city center, which is the biggest Christmas light trail in Latvia.
Be fascinated by the Christmas light trail this year in Riga! See for yourself how these places transform with illuminations when you step into this winter wonderland. Take a walk through Opera Square, Bastejkalns, and Kronvalda park where you will experience and learn about different Latvian fairytales. The music that accompanies these tales and trails will create new memories to never forget.
What’s the most important criteria that makes the difference for Christmas markets? Mulled wine, aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and roasted almonds filling the air are in every city, but special Riga’s atmosphere and vibe is unique and unrepeatable, as well as cities architecture, cultural life, cuisine, and parks.
Where to stay: "Hilton Garden Inn". Stay in the heart of Riga.
When: From 17th December 2023 to 16th January 2024.
15. New Year's Eve in Marbella
Andalusia - Spain
For a sparkling, festive and sunny New Year, Marbella is the best choice ; it has one of the largest concentrations of designer boutiques, haute-couture boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants, 5-star hotels, an ultra-trendy Marina and a beach among the most beautiful beach in Spain,.. so many good reasons to celebrate the New Year in Marbella.
Film stars but also artisticocratic and royal families have made Marbella their pied-à-terre for holidays combining relaxation, sun, outdoor sport, shopping, parties and beach.
The finest hotels in Marbella offer New Year's Eve parties including meals and dancing. You can also enjoy New Year's Eve party in Marbella night clubs.
Why celebrate New Year’ Eves in Marbella? Because there is nothing nicer than waking up on a New Year's sunny day near the sea, lying on a deckchair, enjoying a massage or a hammam for a detox after party.
How to get there: Book your flights to Malaga Airport (35 min by car / taxi / uber).
Where to stay: "Marbella Club Hotel - Golf Resort & Spa" a luxurious beachfront hotel set between Marbella and Puerto Banus.
When: The 31st December.
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