Events

Top Choice Fiesta in Valencia

Las Fallas de San José

The exuberant, anarchic swirl of Las Fallas de San José – fireworks, music, festive bonfires and all-night partying – is a must if you’re visiting Spain in mid-March. The fallas themselves are huge sculptures of pap…
Top Choice Theatre in Elche

Misteri d'Elx

A lyric drama dating from the Middle Ages, this is performed annually in the Basílica de Santa María. The mystery’s two acts, La Vespra (the eve of the Virgin Mary's death) and La Festa (the celebration of her assum…
Top Choice Fiesta in Buñol

La Tomatina

The last or penultimate Wednesday in August (dates vary) marks Spain’s messiest festival. Held in Buñol, 40km west of Valencia, La Tomatina is a tomato-throwing orgy attracting more than 20,000 visitors to a town of…
Top Choice Food & Drink in Kreuzberg & Neukölln

Street Food Thursday

Every Thursday evening since 2013, a couple of dozen aspiring chefs set up their food stalls in Markthalle Neun, a historic market hall in Kreuzberg, to serve up delicious global street food. Pick your favourites an…
Top Choice Music in Heimaey

Þjóðhátíð

Three-day Þjóðhátíð is the country’s biggest outdoor festival. Held at Herjólfsdalur festival ground over the last weekend in July or the first weekend in August, it involves music, dancing, fireworks, a big bonfire…
Top Choice Music in Southern Serbia

Guča Festival

Known simply as 'Guča', after the western Serbian village that has hosted it each August since 1961, this four-day annual gathering of brass musicians is hedonism at its most rambunctious: tens of thousands of beer-…
Top Choice Fiesta in Alcoy

Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy

Of all the many Moors and Christians festivals that celebrate the Reconquista, the region’s liberation from Muslim rule, Alcoy's is the biggest and best known. Hundreds of locals dress up in elaborate traditional co…
Top Choice Viking in Lerwick

Up Helly Aa

Shetland's long Viking history has rubbed off in more ways than just street names and square-shouldered locals. Most villages have a fire festival, a continuation of Viking midwinter celebrations of the rebirth of t…
Top Choice Christmas Market in Vienna

Christkindlmärkte

Vienna's much-loved Christmas market season runs from around mid-November to Christmas Eve. Magical Christkindlmärkte set up in streets and squares, with stalls selling wooden toys, holiday decorations and tradition…
Top Choice Music in Novi Sad

EXIT Festival

The Petrovaradin Citadel is stormed by thousands of revellers each July during this epic festival. The first edition, in 2000, lasted 100 days and galvanised a generation of young Serbs against the Milošević regime.…