What’s on in Europe: August 2015

Amsterdam canal

As the last true month of the European summer, across the Continent, locals and visitors will do their best to make the most out of the longer days, warmer temperatures and school holidays.

Europe is beautiful in August, and even better when enjoying it on a luxury ship during a European cruise. To help enjoy your travels even more, here are some events to look forward to this month:

Canal Music Festival in Amsterdam

The Grachtenfestival is a unique blend of classical music and jazz. The festival happens in mid-August in Amsterdam’s Old City centre. Venues for the musical performances vary greatly and are as interesting as the performances themselves. They take place in public buildings, museums, theatres, outdoors, on pontoon boats on the canals, and even in private houses and apartments.

The Grachtenfestival recitals are the perfect opportunities for music lovers to enjoy the city. There are special tickets available to enjoy a variety of concerts from a boat travelling the city’s canals. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Celebrate Beer in Belgrade

The beer festival is one of the most attended events in all of Serbia. With more than 40 bands and performers, event organisers expect close to 1 million visitors to enjoy beer, music and Belgrade. The festival is held in a park overlooking the Danube River. It is being held from 18-23 August and features a variety of local musical acts. Of course, the highlight of the event may be the more than 200 different kinds of beer to be tried at the festival.

Hungary’s St Stephen’s Day

On 20 August, the entire Hungarian nation will celebrate the creation of the Hungarian state more than 1,000 years ago. A public holiday, the day’s celebrations include political commemorations, family activities and even the blessing of local breads. The finale of the celebration is often spectacular fireworks over the Danube River at the close of day.

St Stephen was Hungary’s first king. During his life from 975 to 1038, Stephen is best-known for leading the country to Christianity and unifying the nation politically.

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