The Best Festivals and Events in European Cities – November 2018

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With the weather now turning cooler and the leaves starting to brown and fall signalling the arrival of autumn, there are still plenty of great events available for festival lovers.Below are some top unmissable festivals and events being held throughout European cities in November 2018!

Country: France 

Location: Paris 

Event: Pitchfork Music Festival 

Date: 1st – 3rd November 2018 




With the focus always on creativity, and celebrating the indie ideology and alternative music, it’s cool, indie and stylish – It’s Pitchfork Paris 2018! 

From the Avant- Garde program held across a number of the city’s music venues, to the main shows in the Grande Halle de La Villette, the festival is a feast of exciting and alternative music. It is organised by the famous music publication Pitchfork. The music festival held in Paris is the European edition of Chicago’s alternative music festival.  

Suitably eclectic and forward-thinking, the festival’s line-up showcases exciting acts from numerous music genres. Indie, rock, hip- hop, electronica, alternative RnB, jazz, soul and more are all to be enjoyed in French capital.  

Also featured are newbies from pop and electronic sounds, to true indie and rock.  Alongside the music, all visitors will have a chance to visit art exhibitions, vintage markets and at the organisers pointed “all kind of unique wonders”.

Country: The Netherlands

Location: Amsterdam

Event: Light Festival

Date: 29th November 2018 – 20th January 2019




It is always a good time to visit Amsterdam, but the annual Amsterdam Light Festival makes a visit in the winter extra special. With work having been designed by national and international artists and architects, this year marks the seventh edition of this festival. It features around 30 works of art and installations for you to enjoy.   

There are two festival routes for you to choose from:  

  1. The Water Colours  

The Water Colours is a 75-minute boat ride along the canals and is one of the best ways to experience these colourful and unique artworks. There are many operators offering tours, and you can choose from driving your own boat to a private canal cruise (and everything in between!). 

2. The Illuminade 

The Illuminade is a free walking route that takes you past 23 artworks in the Weesper and Plantage neighbourhoods. It will take about 90-minutes to cover the 3-kilometer route. Each route has a different theme, so we recommend you experience both if you have the chance.

Country: Italy

Location: Milan

Event: Coffee Festival

Date: 30th November – 2nd December 2018



Calling all coffee lovers! This caffeine fuelled event is bound to appeal to you. It hosts everything coffee, from the grounds, to the equipment and free tastings. The event is also supported by street food noshes, world – class baristas, demonstrations, art and live music. Key industry folks blend with caffeine connoisseurs to enjoy an atmosphere of coffee creations and new trends. Only those involved in industry can participate on Nov. 30 from 10am-5pm. 


On 30th November, the public can join around 4 pm and dance into the Espresso Martini Launch Party from 8pm-10pm (some Festival zones will be closed during the launch party).  

After the first day, you can devour the gastronomic pleasures of coffee, food tastings and demos. Uncover the multiple ways to make and brew coffee at home punctuated with artisan food and street food markets. There are food choices involving meat as well as gluten free, dairy free, and all kinds of ‘free’ in between.  

During the Milan coffee festival weekend, sessions are divided into three sections: 

Brunch session: 10am-1pm

Lunch session: 1pm-4pm 

Teatime session: 4pm-7pm 

Choose the session which best suits you and enjoy this amazing festival in Milan.

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