The best places in Europe to travel to in October

By Fareboom Staff, Thu, Sep 28, 2017

October in Europe: Crisp autumn air, colorful leaves…and a bevy of eclectic events worth checking out. Europe in October is full of surprises, so wherever you’re headed, be sure to check out the official tourism website before you go. You just might discover a fun local festival, concert, or exhibit going on during this very special month. 

Here are our favorites among the biggest October events:


The last days of Oktoberfest

Where: Munich and Berlin, Germany

When: Until 3 October 2017 (Munich)/ Until 15 October 2017 (Berlin)

Despite its name, Oktoberfest mostly takes place in September.  But the fun -- including traditional food, celebrations, and, of course, beer – continues a bit into October.  The famous most famous Oktoberfest takes place in Munich until 3 October, but you’ll find a smaller one in Berlin that goes on until the 15th.


Frieze Fair

Where: Regent’s Park, London, UK

When: 5-8 October 2017

Check out contemporary art from more than 160 galleries and enjoy lectures during Frieze Fair, one of the art world’s biggest annual events. 


Café Budapest

Where: Budapest, Hungary

When: 6-22 October

This festival includes contemporary music, dance and theater performances, as well as visual arts.  But that’s not all; partner events bring fashion and books into the mix, as well. 



Where: Perugia, Italy

When: 13-22 October 2017

You can savor delicious food in Italy year-round, but head to Perugia this week in October, and you’ll discover more than the usual delectable treats.  During EuroChocolate, one of the largest chocolate festivals in Europe, you can stroll the charming city’s streets, tasting and buying chocolate from around the world. So basically, you’ll experience Heaven on Earth.




Where: Numerous cities in the UK

When: 18-22 October 2017

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a major celebration in several Indian cultures. The large Indian population in many areas of the UK, including London, means you can join in the fun from Europe.  If you’re headed to a UK city, check the local tourism board for a list of events.



Amsterdam Dance Event

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

When: 18-22 October 2017

This massive electronic music festival is for partygoers, as well as people in the biz, or wanting to break into it.  Attend lectures and network, or simply dance the night away in your choice of nearly 150 venues. Get the lowdown on what’s happening when, where, and what it all sounds like, on the official site



Where: Paris, France

When: 19-22 October 2017

The Foire Internationale de l’Art Contemporain (International Contemporary Art Fair), better known by its fun-to-say abbreviation, FIAC, is an annual showcase of modern and contemporary art.  Not only will you see many moving, mind-blowing, and beautifully bizarre works on display; you’ll get to discover them in some of Paris’s loveliest locales, including the Tuileries Gardens, the Place Vendôme, and the magnificent, glass-ceilinged Grand Palais.


Poperinge Beerfestival

Where: Poperinge, Belgium

When: 28-29 October 2017

Brewers, connoisseurs, and beer fans, in general, seem to adore this festival.  There are nearly a hundred different beers on tap, so why not hop (sorry, it was impossible not to make that pun) on over to Poperinge?



Where: Throughout the UK and Ireland/Amsterdam, Netherlands; Prague, Czech Republic, Transylvania, Romania….

When: On and around 31 October 2017

Halloween originated in Ireland, and today you’ll find spooky celebrations – and, more commonly, fun “fancy dress” parties in bars and pubs -- in many cities and regions of Ireland and the UK. Other cities and cultures have also started to join in the fun, including Amsterdam’s days-long Halloween Festival (this year’s runs from October 25-31). Wherever you’re headed, check your destination’s official tourism website for any Halloween-related events and activities.



Alysa Salzberg is a writer and trip planner.  She lives in Paris with an eccentric Frenchman, a train-obsessed toddler, and a dog-like cat. Besides them, she loves travel, books, and cookies. You can read about her adventures here, or feel free to stop by and check out her website.


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