Best Events in Europe in October
It’s almost October, which means the glorious summer sunshine is on its way out, and fall is starting to take hold. This doesn’t mean that it’s any less exciting to visit Europe. In fact, the changing seasons means fewer crowds and better prices. There are also loads of great events in October that will keep you entertained.
Events in October
1. Munich, Germany – Oktoberfest
Most of Oktoberfest actually takes place in September, but you can still catch the last few days of this famous event. It’s the world’s largest beer festival, which should be enough to have you packing your bags. But it’s also an extravaganza of German food, culture, and revelry. Book early to avoid disappointment — the city pretty much sells out months in advance. This year the festival runs from September 16 to October 3.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to the main Munich station from throughout Germany. There are also easy connections from all neighboring countries. Find out more about how to get to Oktoberfest by train.
2. Berlin, Germany – Festival of Lights
Berlin turns into a city of lights from October 6 to 15. All major monuments in the city light up to celebrate the spectacular Festival of Lights. There are local and international artists presenting light installations that tell stories and highlight the city’s fascinating history. The light reaches streets, squares, and trendy neighborhoods across the city, making it one of the most magical events in October, and a beautiful time to visit Berlin.
How to get there by train: Berlin is easy to reach by rail from throughout Germany, and there are several regular and overnight trains to the city from neighboring countries.
3. Budapest, Hungary – Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival
The Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival is an annual festival that takes place in the Hungarian capital from October 6 to 22. It’s a fantastic time to experience Budapest. There’s a full program on offer that features jazz, dance, theater, poetry, fine arts, and Fashion Week. The festival is now in its 26th year, and shows no signs of letting up.
How to get there by train: Budapest is easy to reach by train from throughout Hungary. There are also easy connections from neighboring capitals Vienna (Austria) and Bucharest (Romania).
4. Perugia, Italy – Eurochocolate Festival
Italy may mainly be about pizzas and pasta, but the Umbrian capital of Perugia also knows all about chocolate. They host one of the biggest chocolate festivals in Europe from October 13 to 24. Aside from satisfying even the most demanding sweet tooth, you’ll also get to see some remarkable chocolate displays, attend workshops, and listen to some of the world’s best chocolatiers waxing lyrical about their trade.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains from Rome to Perugia that take 2 hours and 45 minutes.
5. Meath, Ireland – Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival
Some say that Halloween started in this small Irish county. If you’re a fan of celebrating this spooky holiday, then this should be your first stop. From October 13 to November 6, the county of Meath hosts a slightly chilling Halloween festival. There’s a range of events throughout the region, and most visitors get into the spirit by dressing up.
How to get there by train: You can reach Meath on the regular trains from Dublin. Once there, you have several public transport options to help you get around to the festival events.
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Dance Event
ADE is one of the biggest club festivals in the world. Each year it attracts upwards of 375,000 revelers. There are over 2,000 artists (including many big-name DJs) in 120 different venues across Amsterdam, as well as workshops and conferences to keep you busy during the day. This year it takes place from October 18 to 22.
How to get there by train: Amsterdam is a major rail hub in the Benelux region, and there are regular trains there both from within the Netherlands and most neighboring countries. If you have extra time, you might also want to take some easy day trips from Amsterdam.
7. Prague, Czech Republic – Bloody Sexy Halloween
Prague is another European city that gets into the swing of Halloween celebrations. There are several parties throughout the capital, but Bloody Sexy Halloween is the largest. An impressive 5000 people dress up and attend the event, which this year takes place on October 28. Expect DJs, visual displays, pyrotechnics to take you late into the night.
How to get there by train: Prague is easy to reach by rail from most neighboring countries, with several overnight trains from large capitals. There are regular trains to Prague from throughout the Czech Republic.
Don’t think that the fall weather in Europe means the end of the celebrations. In many ways, this is one of the best times to travel around the continent with a Eurail Pass. Combine it with one of these events in October, and you’ll leave with plenty of unique memories!
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