Best Events in Europe in September
If you thought the summer events ended in August, I’ve got some good news for you. European Septembers are traditionally packed full of festivals and events — from the bizarre and traditional to the loud and excessive. If you’re looking for events in September, then here are some things you should work into your schedule.
Events in September
1. Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
Ireland’s Electric Picnic has fast become one of the country’s most popular music festivals. It’s hardly surprising, with artists like The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, and Duran Duran on the bill. It takes place in the county of Laois from September 1 to 3.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains from Dublin to Portlaoise Train Station. From there, Laois is a short taxi ride away.
2. Venice, Italy – Regata Storica
Venice’s Grand Canal is worth a visit throughout the year, but on September 3 it’ll come to life like few other days. That’s because Regata Storica will take place – a race between two traditional gondoliers. Attractions aren’t limited just to the water, with festivities spreading out across the city throughout the day and into the night.
How to get there by train: There are several high-speed trains that travel to Venice from throughout Italy. If you’re going directly to the island, then make sure you go to Venezia Santa Lucia station.
3. Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza Rocks Hotel Closing Party
Ibiza is pretty much party central for the entire summer. But if you’re looking for the ultimate pool party on the hedonistic island, this may be it. It takes place on September 5. You’ll find a mix of DJs, bands, and performers on stage throughout the day and into the night. The Kooks will be headlining this year’s event, so you can be sure it’ll be a pool party to remember.
How to get there by train: The quickest way to reach Ibiza by ferry is from the town of Denia. There are regular journeys from there that take 3.5 hours. There are also regular ferries from Barcelona that take 9 hours.
4. Pula, Croatia – Outlook Festival
Croatia is no stranger to popular music festivals, but this one is something special. An abandoned Roman fort turns into a spectacular open-air festival ground from September 7 to 10. There are dance floors and stages aplenty, and it’s one of the country’s biggest summer events. The lineup is also pleasingly diverse, with everything from electro to hip hop.
How to get there by train: You can take a direct train to Pula from Ljubljana, Slovenia in 4.5 hours. From there, shuttle buses will take you to the festival grounds.
5. Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
The global music festival giant Lollapalooza comes to Berlin on September 9 and 10. This musical spectacular continues to deliver world class musical lineups to events around the world, and Berlin 2017 is no exception. This year you can expect the likes of Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, and The xx, among hundreds of others.
How to get there by train: Berlin is a major rail hub in Germany. There are regular trains to the city from throughout the country, as well as high-speed and overnight trains from further afield.
6. London, England – London Design Festival
The English capital plays host to hundreds of events each year. But for those with an eye for design, this is one of the events in September that you shouldn’t miss. The London Design Festival takes place from September 16 to 24 in 2017, and you can participate in hundreds of fascinating events, talks, and displays across the city.
How to get there by train: Regular Eurostar trains connect both Paris and Brussels to London.
7. Munich, Germany – Oktoberfest
You probably know all about Oktoberfest. This year it’s on from September 16 to October 3. You can expect the usual hedonistic mix of traditional attractions – live music, amusement park rides, and plenty of traditional German delicacies. Of course, the main reason you’ll be going is for the beer, and you can rest easy knowing that all 7 million liters of it will be on sale again this year.
How to get there by train: You can easily get to Munich from most German cities. There are also easy rail connections from Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.
With such a vast array of events in September, it may just be the best time to visit Europe. Whether you’re looking for a popular music festival or a classic traditional event, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to work something unique and exciting into your Eurail itinerary.