Jared Salter is the co-founder of joobili.com, a new travel inspiration website. You say when you want to go and Joobili says where you can discover Europe's coolest festivals and events matching your dates and interests. When not attending, dreaming, talking (read bragging), or writing about festivals he can be found in his adopted hometown of Budapest, eating sausage and practicing his Hungarian vowels.
In terms of size, the Stuttgart Beer Festival is second-only to the Oktoberfest in Munich. It takes place at the end of September every year in the area around the 24 metre high fruit column and originated in 1818 as a harvest festival following a famine…"
The EXIT festival, a Balkan homage to rock music, came into being in the year 2000 as an act of rebellion against the regime of Slobodan Milošević, that had for years been keeping Serbia out of touch with the outside world. That summer thousands of youn…"
Queens day competes for the title of biggest street party in Europe. Koninginnedag is 24-hours of partying that started as a celebration hosted by the now deceased former Queen Julianna. Lucky for everyone, her daughter Beatrix kept the festivities aliv…"
Too big, too risqué, too open, too unruly and, most recently, too commercial and too professional. Whatever your gripe, Fringe remains too awesome to miss. Fringe is the rebellious younger sibling to the Edinburgh International Festival, which began in …"
This is the biggest celebration of the year in the largest city in the Basque country of Spain. The city shuts down for a week - aste nagusia means big week in Basque – and performances and indulgences draw crowds of up to 100,000. Music is the backbone …"
Berlin is a fresh cosmopolitan capital of culture and in the middle of it all is Berlinale. This is not only the city’s largest cultural event, but also one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar. More than 19,000 film …"
This Basque town on the very edge of France has had a five-day party since 1932, and it is likely the only traditional festival with a dress code. Everyone must wear white, and not because it is a part of the much hyped White Party circuit, but because t…"
Europe's elite fishmongers unite for a two-week seafood safari at the the seaside village of O Grove on the coast of Spain's English-speaking outpost Galicia. Otherwise known as the Fiesta de Exaltación del Marisco, the event brings together more than 20…"
As English team Captain Henry Brett once said, “to most, polo isn’t a sport, it’s an image.” If your only experience with Polo is buttoning your shirt in the morning then you need to make your way to the jetsetters playground of St Moritz, Switzerland fo…"
Carnival in Sitges is the wildest party in a town known for wild parties. The festivities begin with the Sitges Gay Carnival where gays from the four corners of the world descend on the town, sometimes numbering more than 300,000 partygoers, in a scene t…"
For the past nine hundred years, the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering has been a resolutely royal affair. Held near Balmoral, summer home for the British royal family, thousands of spectators flock to see the games each year, including the Queen herself.…"
The Spanish have a thing for mixing raging parties with patron saints, and Las Fallas comes with the added touch of a burning effigy party and all things pyro. The fiery event has taken place since the city's pagan days and incorporates a myriad of tradi…"
Basel's Carnival, Fasnacht, is known as one of the top festivals in the world. It is also one of the most unusual: all the festivities start on the Monday after Mardi Gras. Some say this is a Protestant tongue-in-cheek snub of the Catholics for doing som…"
The abiding influence of the Vikings, who arrived in Shetland just over 1000 years ago, is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January with the largest fire festival in Europe - "Up Helly Aa". After a torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" th…"
No matter your religious beliefs, the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in St. Peter's Square is a humbling and inspiring experience. The faith of hundreds of thousands of believers gathered in mass is enough to overpower even the hardest of hearts. The gat…"
A top equestrian event for posh horsey people, the Dublin Horse Show brings together competition by day and partying by night. The world's best show jumpers show off kick up for prizes through out the week, and the events cumulate in the Nations Cup, wit…"
The diversity and madness, the charm and absolute commitment, the unpredictability and spontaneity of international street art are waiting for you at the Pflasterspektakel. The stage, or rather the street, to be more exact, was set for the festival in Li…"
When the three-kilometer central ring road in Cologne closes, it's really party time. Ringfest is one of Germany's top musical events, and with two and a half million spectators, and free admission, it's bound to be fun. Rock and pop acts are punctuated …"
Rock am Ring & Rock im Park combine to form the largest music festivals in Germany and one of the largest in the world! Rock am Ring is held at the Nurburgring racetrack in western Germany, and Rock im Park takes place in and around the Frankenstadion in…"
In addition to its gigantic size, the Nuremberg Christmas Market is special in that the city chooses a local teenager to be the Nurgemburg Christ Child, underlying the spiritual, youthful feeling of the market. That said, the market offers all of the tra…"
Bring a quarter as much change as there are curved, smooth cobblestones making up the streets of Bern's medieval center and you'll have your "entrance fee" to the annual Buskers Festival in Bern. During this festival, the old town streets swell with busk…"
Just the name gives it away. Cannabis Cup is a 420 paradise for marijuana lovers of all varieties stemming from all nations. There aren’t many places in the world like Amsterdam, a city whose liberal attitude opens welcoming arms to getting high. Stoner …"
It's 4 a.m. You've been to five cool clubs, seen ten great bands, made 15 new friends and fallen in love 20 times. You're tired. You're wired. You're ready to find a bed. You're ready to find the after-party. You can't believe you're here. You're already…"
The central square of Prague's medeival district becomes a large market where delighted visitors can find wooden toys, candles, jewellery, metal-ware, embroidered cloth and much more. But the true prizes of the market are the hand-painted Easter eggs. Wo…"
A Rhineland specialty, the "fifth season" in Germany transforms Düsseldorf from a buzzing economic epicenter into a beer-soaked fool's paradise during Carnival. While the festivities officially commence in November, Carnival's three-day cl…"
For a day of gourmet food and gourmet wandering, check out the annual Gourmet Route, which is basically a pilgrimage walk through the vineyards of Montreux-Vevey. The walk begins in Chailly-sur-Montreux, and stops off at several other vineyards where ren…"
Too big, too risqué, too open, too unruly and, most recently, too commercial and too professional. Whatever your gripe, Fringe remains too awesome to miss. Fringe is the rebellious younger sibling to the Edinburgh International Festival, which beg…"
The Las Palmas Carnival is second only to Rio, and like nothing else this side of the Atlantic. Get ready for weeks of non-stop Latin rhythms and drunken revelry. Costumes are intricate works of art shaped fitted to expose maximum skin. The highlight of …"
Bansko's International Jazz Festival is a great excuse to make a summertime visit to Bulgaria's beloved winter ski resort community. The Festival features a solid program of performers from Europe and the US, but this village of 10,000 inhabitants never …"
Author Jonathan Swift once noted, "He was a bold man that did first eat an oyster". Since 1957, the Irish hometown of the world-famous Ostrea Edulis oyster has celebrated its delicious crop with the four-day Galway International Oyster Festival. The main…"