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Must-visit European events in July - Klaudia Balogh

One for the family, one for the music festival lovers, one for the artsy types and one for those who like a little excitement

Europe during the summer is fully booked with so many festivals, activities and events that I wouldn’t be surprised if you have decision paralysis making travel plans. But as we’re heading into July, I wanted to round up a few in case you’re going to be in the area.

Summer Streets

July 1 – 22, London, UK

London’s turning one of its busiest and iconic streets into a traffic-free, complimentary, summer festival on four Sundays in July. There’s an abundance of activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy, from wellness, arts and culture to delicious food and drinks.

Fitness enthusiasts will have a chance to try workout classes from Psycle, Frame, Third Space and UN1T.

The foodies can munch on dishes from some of the street’s most loved restaurants, cafés and bars.

And, for the fashionistas, Hollister will be bringing a taste of Californian sunshine with pool floats, interactive games, face painting and hair braiding. Tommy Hilfiger will be installing a Scalextric track for customers to embrace their inner competitiveness, and Anthropologie will be offering complimentary workshops for the creatives in the crowd.

Balaton Sound

July 4 – 8, Zamardi, Hungary

Photo credit: Rockstar Photographers

This 5-day beach-themed music festival brings internationally recognized musicians to the crowd on land and on water. Expect an eclectic range of names set to headline the boat parties and light up the main stage.

The line-up includes names representing a variety of musical genres, such as David Guetta, Martin Garrix Eric Prydz, The Chainsmokers, Big Sean and Axwell Ingrosso.

You can book accommodation in the area by Lake Balaton, but many festival goers decide to camp out on the grounds of the festival. If you’re in Hungary during those five days and would like to have an all-day-all-night party, this festival is a must.

San Fermin Festival

July 6 – 14, Pamplona, Spain

This eight-day festival is not your usual Spanish vacation. There’s wine, music, dancing (nothing unusual so far), but then there’s a catch… with bulls…

Thrill seekers can join the nearly 900-meter run as six bulls chase right behind them.  Be careful with your pace and direction, as most people don’t run from start to finish. A common thing to do is to choose a stretch, and when the bulls get close, start running as fast as you can and as long as you can, before jumping, crawling and pulling away to the side.

If you want to stay on the safe side, you can also watch from the balconies above.

Festival Paris l`ete

July 17 – August 5, Paris, France

Photo credit: Festival Paris l’été

The Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame and the Louvre are magnificent, but if you’re seeking a more immersive French experience, don’t miss the Fesitval Paris L`ete, the Paris Neighborhood Festival.

For 28 years, this summer festival has been transforming Paris and the surrounding areas into an outdoor entertainment scene with more than 70 performances. The dances, theatre acts and concerts are either free or moderately-priced and are held close to monuments, parks and well-known sights.