Best Events in Europe in June
June may just be the best month of the year to explore Europe by rail, especially if you’re looking to soak up culture, music, and street festivals. With warmer temperatures sweeping across the continent, residents take to the streets, lakes, and festival venues to celebrate these events in June in style. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t join them!
Events in June
1. Berlin, Germany – Karneval der Kulturen
Berlin’s many faces come to the fore during this popular 4-day urban festival. Each year from June 2 to 5 the city takes to the vibrant streets of Kreuzberg to celebrate Berlin’s diversity through dance, parades, live music, and various street festivals.
How to get there by train: As an established rail hub there are regular high-speed trains to Berlin from throughout Europe.
2. Lisbon, Portugal – Feast of St Anthony
The people of Lisbon know how to party at any time of the year, but the annual Feast of St Anthony still manages to take the revelry up a notch or two. Each year between June 12 to 14 residents hit the streets to celebrate their city’s patron the only way they know how – by eating, drinking, and being merry. Parades and street festivals take place throughout the city, and most restaurants, bars, and clubs also get in on the action.
How to get there by train: There are regular InterCity trains from north and south Portugal to Lisbon.
3. Bordeaux, France – Bordeaux Wine Festival
It’s hardly surprising that one of the world’s best wine producing regions also hosts one of the best annual wine festivals. If you’re a fan of fermented grapes then make your way to Bordeaux from June 14 to 17. Aside from copious amounts of wine tastings and vineyard events, there will also be performances, multimedia shows, and a nightly firework display.
How to get there by train: There are high-speed TGV trains between Paris and Bordeaux that take approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.
4. Barcelona, Spain – Sonar
Barcelona’s Sonar has become one of the world’s most talked-about events in recent years. It’s a spectacular music and multimedia festival that caters to electronic music lovers. Past headliners include the Gaslamp Killer, Aphex Twin, and Richie Hawtin. Events take place day and night throughout the city from June 15 to 17.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Barcelona from Madrid that take approximately 3 hours. There are also easy connections from the south of France.
5. Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival
INmusic Festival is one of Croatia’s most popular music festivals. This year it’s on from June 19 to 21. The annual festival happens at an idyllic lakeside location, and features a range of local and international acts. Headliners from past years have included Franz Ferdinand, Massive Attack, Arcade Fire, Lily Allen, and LCD Soundsystem.
How to get there by train: Zagreb is Croatia’s main rail hub, and there are regular connections between the capital and most neighboring countries.
6. Porto, Portugal – St. John’s Festival
St. John’s Festival is one of the most important events in June on the Porto calendar, yet many travelers seem to overlook it. On June 23 to 24, visitors from across Portugal descend on the city to take part in the annual revelry. You can expect plenty of eating and drinking, as well as a range of fascinating – and often bizarre – local customs and games.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Porto from Lisbon that take approximately 3 hours.
7. Gdansk, Poland – Open’er Festival
Open’er is a long-running Polish music festival that has grown to become one of the country’s most popular events. A wide range of international headline acts entertain the audience with rock, hip-hop, electronic, and dance. With previous performers like Faithless, Beastie Boys, and Snoop Dogg, you can be sure you’re in for a good time. This year the festival takes place from June 28 to July 1.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Gdansk from Warsaw that take approximately 3 hours. There are also easy connections from Berlin that take 5 hours and 40 minutes.
The events in June make it an incredible time to travel around Europe. If you have a Eurail Global Pass, you’re one step closer to basking in the summer sunshine and events across the continent.