Escaping the Aussie winter and heading to Europe next summer with your crew? Get ready to party! You won’t want to miss out on these six events while you’re there – the cream of the crop when it comes to music, dancing, culture and good times.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Held on an island on the Danube River, this music festival is crazy fun in a beautiful, leafy setting. With more than 1000 performances each year, you’ll see lots of rock and pop, as well as jazz, blues and world music.
Sziget’s location means you can easily make day trips into Budapest to sightsee when you feel like a break from the island. One of the coolest things by far about this festival is its dedicated ‘party train’ complete with DJs for transporting festivalgoers to and from the event from around Europe. Oh and by the way, Sziget is Hungarian for island if you’re wondering where the name comes from.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
The world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe was born in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival.
Comedy is one of the most important aspects of the event but you can also catch music, theatre, musicals, dance, cabaret, opera, circus acts and much more.
Because there are no restrictions on who can perform at the Fringe, you’ll have the opportunity to see everyone from big name acts to unknown artists. It’s a real mixed bag, both in terms of quality and the sheer variety of acts on show.
You’ll never know just what to expect, but that’s half the fun, right?
Paris LGBT Pride March
Where: Paris, France
When: June or July
Think Paris’ equivalent of the Sydney Mardi Gras. The lively and colourful Marche des Fiertés LGBT is an annual parade and festival celebrating France’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its supporters.
In the week leading up to the march, a series of spectacular balls, events and parties take place around the city of love.
The parade itself, a series of decorated floats and people on foot, starts at Tour Montparnasse, travels over the Seine River and ends four hours later at Place de la Bastille, where a huge dance party is held.
After the parade and official party are over, the festivities continue throughout the night in the popular gay clubbing district of Le Marais.
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
This is one event you can really feel good about attending, on a deeper level than just your personal enjoyment. Roskilde is a huge not-for-profit Danish music festival, with all proceeds going towards music and cultural charities voted on by ticketholders.
You’ll hear rock, hip-hop, urban, world music, metal and electronica as well as up-and-coming Nordic acts.
If you’re something of an exhibitionist, you’ll be pleased to hear that one of the festival’s most notable features is its organised nudie run.
Yep. Every year since 1999, participants race around the campsite in the buff and one male and one female winner receive a ticket to next year’s festival. Gotta be in it to win it!
Notting Hill Carnival
Where: London, United Kingdom
Get ready to shimmy! Europe’s largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival celebrates British West Indian and Caribbean culture with the infectious rhythms of calypso music and steel bands, flamboyant dancing and all-round revelry.
The free event has been on every August bank holiday weekend since 1966 and is still going strong, now attracting a crowd of more than 1 million partygoers each year.
Elaborate floats and costumed performers wind their way around the streets of Notting Hill and the surrounding suburbs during the carnival parade. Don’t miss out on sampling some of the delicious Caribbean street food on offer like smoky jerk chicken or sweet and satisfying fried plantain.
Things can get pretty wild, especially at night, so keep your wits about you.
The Yacht Week
Where: Routes throughout Greece, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro
When: A week of your choice from June to September
What could be more fun than a week-long party on a sailboat in the Mediterranean with your crew?!
Spend your days lounging on the deck, drink in hand, while dipping in and out of sparkling blue water. Then spend your nights partying with other salty dogs at exclusive The Yacht Week events.
Each yacht comes with a skipper and an optional ‘hostess’ as a cook, cleaner and tour guide. You can book a whole yacht with up to 11 people or a two-person cabin on a shared yacht.
And you can choose how luxe your floating home will be depending on your budget, from basic Economy all the way up to state-of-the-art Premium Plus.