The first full weekend of October is upon us, and revolution is in the air after Catalan separatists voted for their right to leave Spain (though Spain isn’t having it, and the European Union is behind Spain).
Need a break from it all?
You can explore ambient art in Spain; enjoy as much beer and wine as you can all over Europe; and dance the night (and morning… and afternoon) away on the beaches of Ibiza. Let’s go![embedded content]
Albuñuelas – Space Mountain Festival: Start your October right with the first-ever Space Mountain Festival at Space Mountain Studios in Albuñuelas, Spain under the full moon Friday through Sunday.
Headed up by Youth of British post-punk legends Killing Joke, the ambient arts festival features three stages full of live music and DJs from the likes of: The Orb, Nik Turner, RDF, Total Eclipse, Super Cozi, Cosmic Trigger, and many more. Collaborative studio sessions with Youth, John Leckie, Matt Black and Alex Paterson will produce a lot of magic, as well as the many workshops and talks in the studio’s art lab.
Want to welcome the moon this weekend? Tickets range from £25 to £130 (€28 – €150), under 16 free admission.[embedded content]
Amsterdam – I am not a tourist Expat Fair for Internationals: Settling into your new Amsterdam home? Why not hit up Expatica’s I am not a tourist Expat Fair for Internationals Sunday at Beurs van Berlage.
The one-day fair is designed to help internationals adapt to their new surroundings, whether they’re there to study, retire, or start a business. Around 3,500 visitors are expected to visit the 125 exhibitors at the fair, as well as attend the many workshops — covering 10 themes regarding living, playing and working in the Netherlands — and entertainment options gathered under one roof.
And the best part? It’s free to attend if you secure your ticket online now, only €12.50 at the door.
Ascot – Ascot Beer Festival: Looking to mix your beer and cider festivals with some horse racing? Head up to Ascot, England for the 2017 edition of the Ascot Beer Festival at Ascot Racecourse this Friday and Saturday.
Once you purchase your ticket to all of the action on the track, enjoy over 200 real ales and 30 ciders and perries, plus food, live music, and, of course, live racing.
Tickets to the Ascot Beer Festival (via Ascot’s Autumn Racing Weekend) range from £18 to £36 (€21 to €41), depending on the day you go. There will be a voucher system in place by the start of the festival, though no prices have been announced as of this writing.[embedded content]
Berlin – Festival of Lights: Light up your autumn with the annual Festival of Lights in Berlin this Friday through next Sunday. The festival is one of best-known such light art festivals in the world, attracting national and international artists to transform the heart of Berlin into a world of color.
FOL attracts over 6 million to its various installations, all of which can be found with this map.
And the cost of admission? Free.[embedded content]
Berlin – Berlin Oktoberfest: Missed Oktoberfest in Munich? Why not head over to Berlin for its own take on the biggest fun festival in the world through next Sunday?
Aside from the usual trappings of Oktoberfest (rides, tents, beer and food for days, lots of singing), there will also be live music every Sunday at 18:00. Every Wednesday is Family Day, where rides are half-off their usual prices.
And the best part? Admission is free every day (though admission to the Festzelt, not the Volksfest, is €5 on Fridays and Saturdays).[embedded content]
Brussels – Festival FrancoFaune: From today through next Sunday, check out 50 shows at 15 venues around Brussels during Festival FrancoFaune. The multi-day music festival has something for everyone, with one thing in common among all of the performers: the French language. Every word you’ll hear during Festival FrancoFaune will be in French
This year’s lineup includes: Adieu Gary Cooper, Claire Louise, Klô Pelgag, Mortalcombat, Saso, and more.
Tickets can be purchased for each individual show, with prices ranging from free to €26; there’s even one where you can name your price (minimum €1). There’s also a festival pass for €40, which grants you access to nearly every show on the program.
Certaldo – Boccaccesca Food and Wine Festival: Though October is about beer, food, and all things German, there is a refuge for those who prefer the finest Tuscan wines with their equally fine Italian foods: the Boccaccesca Food and Wine Festival in the Tuscany region of Italy.
From Saturday through Monday in the Tuscan town of Certaldo, Boccaccesca is a gourmet’s delight. The theme this year is flowers, from the various colors and scents, to the flavors they bring to your tongue. There will also be plenty of street food and wonderful wines — such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano — available for enjoyment, as well as a market filled with wonderful products from Tuscany, cooking demos and competitions, medieval reenactments, and entertainment for the little ones.
And the best part? Admission is free.[embedded content]
Forest – Darkness and Light: As his last name suggests, John Legend is fast-becoming a legend in R&B, soul and pop music. Tonight, he’ll continue his trek around Continental Europe during the European leg of his Darkness and Light tour with a brief break over the weekend.
In support of his current album, 2016’s Darkness and Light, Legend will bring down the house at Forest, Belgium’s Forest National before resting during the middle of this weekend, then moving on to Cologne on Sunday.
Want to go tonight? Tickets to see John Legend in Forest range between €50 and €80.
And if you can’t make it to Forest, check the rest of his schedule here. The European tour ends next Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal.[embedded content]
Ibiza – Ibiza Closing Parties: If you’re an expat living in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Stockholm, it’s hard to believe it’s still summer somewhere. That somewhere until the middle of October is Ibiza, where the Closing Party season continues through 17 October.
There are so many we don’t have room to list them individually, but you can check the handy list via the link above for information on where to dance the night away on the Mediterranean island off the east coast of Spain.
Ibiza: where the party never stops… until it does.[embedded content]
London – Erdinger Oktoberfest: Want to experience Oktoberfest without going across the Channel to Germany? German brewery Erdinger Weissbrau will bring the fun to London today through 22 October when Erdinger Oktoberfest lands upon Greenwich Peninsula next to O2 Arena.
Not only will there be fine brews from Erdinger on tap at its 3,000-capacity tent, there will also be over 40 waitresses from Germany and a lineup of Munich’s famed Oktoberfest bands to make Brexitland feel more like Deutschland, as well as plenty of food and fun to enjoy over the next two weeks.
Tickets to Erdinger Oktoberfest are £5 to £30 (€6 – €35), while those looking for a VIP experience can put down £187.50 (€213) for the privilege.
Paris – Fetes des Vendange à Montmartre: It’s fine to know ahead of time about this upcoming festival, as it runs from this coming Wednesday through next Sunday.
If you’re a wine connoisseur, then you need to head over to Montmartre Mairie for the Fetes des Vendange à Montmartre to watch every grape be harvested to become part of 500 bottles of Clos Montmartre wine made annually at Paris’ last working vineyard.
Aside from the harvest itself, the festival will welcome Portugal as the guest of honor this year. Tastings, exhibitions, and other events round out the full program.
Most events are free to attend. For everything else, register here.[embedded content]
Sant Sadurni d’Anoia – Cavatast: Need more wine in your life? How about Spain’s own fizzy wine, cava? Then head on down to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, Spain Friday through Sunday for Cavatast.
Cavatast is an annual celebration of cava, inviting one and all to sample the finest cavas around, as well as the different dishes designed to go with each cava. Guided tours of cava wineries, workshops, and a cava market complete the program.
Though the festival is free to attend, you’ll need to pay €3 for a cava tasting glass (€5 to make one yours), then €5 for four cava tickets and €6 for four food tastings.[embedded content]
Stockholm – Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival: 2017 marks the 26th year for this event, which is all about spirits.
This event is so big it takes two weekends, with today through Saturday being the second and final weekend of the festival.
A lot of brands debut new beers and whiskys during Stockholm Beer, including Hanalei Island IPA with guava, orange and passion fruit flavors of beer this year; and Mackmyra’s Motörhead Whisky, made in tribute to the late rock legend, bassist, and Motörhead frontman, Lemmy.
The Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival is open to the public, but it’s also a big industry event with testings, master classes and seminars. Right now, there’s not a lot on the English version of the website, (Google Translate will be your friend here), though we know there will be least 200 exhibitors taking part.
Tickets to this year’s festival start at SEK 250 (€26) online, SEK 295 (€31) at the door.[embedded content]
Stockholm – Stockholm Jazz Festival: Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of Sweden’s oldest festivals and one of Stockholm’s biggest events. This year, the festival runs from Friday through next Sunday.
Unlike most jazz festivals, there isn’t just one location. During this 10-day festival, there will be about 160 concerts at 36 different venues are held all across Stockholm.
Attendance is expected to top 21,000 and some of the notable highlights included Jamie Cullum, Angelique Kidjo and the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
The Shorter concert was broadcast live by the renowned French television channel Mezzo to over 16 million households in 46 countries!
Tickets are available by combing through the program for the performers you want to see. The majority of the website is in Swedish, so Google Translate will be your friend here… unless you want to try your newly acquired language skills gained via Babbel, Rosetta Stone, Berlitz et al, of course.[embedded content]
Stuttgart – Cannstatter Volkfest: Is Munich’s Oktoberfest too much Oktoberfest for you? Then head up to Stuttgart for Cannstatter Volkfest now!
Cannstatter Volksfest is a smaller version of the famed Oktoberfest, which means less people, and thus, less time in the queue for beer and brats. The fun festival takes place through next Sunday, and features carnival rides, parades, beer tents, and German and regional food, just like your favorite state fair back home.
And best of all: admission is free.
Vienna – Eisbrecher: As October rolls into town, why not get ready for the chilling winter to come with one of Germany’s Neue Deutsche Härte masters, Eisbrecher?
The naval-inspired group from Munich will bring their ice-cold Sturm und Drang to Vienna’s planet.tt Bank Austria Halle-Gasometer Thursday night, touring on their current album, Schock. Tickets are €39.90, the icebreaker pulls into port at 20:00.