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The Coolest European Summer Festivals of 2023

by Wolf & Badger

Welcome to the ultimate guide to the hottest European summer festivals of 2023 — for the discerning party animal. This is your ultimate independent guide to European Festivals (and what to wear to them).

We're about to take you on a wild ride across the continent, where the music is loud, the drinks are flowing, and the vibes are immaculate. Get ready to embrace your inner rebel and dive headfirst into the most epic parties Europe has to offer. From sun-soaked beaches to urban jungles, these festivals will redefine your summer and leave you craving more. Let's get this party started.

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Electric Castle Festival: Transylvanian Magic 

July 12-16, 2023

Escape to the breathtaking grounds of Banffy Castle in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, for the mesmerising Electric Castle Festival. This unique event combines music, art, technology, and enchanting surroundings to create an immersive experience like no other. Get ready to dance amidst castle walls, explore secret passages, and be captivated by world-class DJs and live acts like The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra, and Macklemore. Embrace the magic of Electric Castle!

Dates: July 12-16, 2023

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Photo by
Ale Paraschiv on Unsplash.

EXIT Festival: The Balkan Adventure
July 13-16, 2023

Journey to Novi Sad, Serbia, for the unforgettable EXIT Festival, a fusion of music, art, and activism. Set in the historic Petrovaradin Fortress, this festival invites you to party like never before in a unique and awe-inspiring setting. Explore various stages, dance to diverse genres, and be inspired by the festival's commitment to social change. Prepare for a transformative experience at EXIT Festival!

Dates: July 13-16, 2023

Ultra Europe: Dance Music Paradise
July 14-16, 2023

Join the electronic dance music movement at Ultra Europe, held in the mesmerising coastal city of Split, Croatia. This festival brings together the biggest names in EDM for an epic weekend of non-stop dancing. Picture yourself under the summer sun, surrounded by stunning beaches, while world-renowned DJs unleash pulsating beats. Get ready to experience pure euphoria at Ultra Europe!

Dates: July 14-16, 2023

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Festival Must-Have: The Bucket Hat 

Is any festival packing list in 2023 complete without a bucket hat? We love this one from Lost Pattern NYC

Tomorrowland: Unleash Your Inner Raver
July 21-23, 2023 and July 28-30, 2023

Prepare to be transported to a fantastical wonderland as you enter the gates of Tomorrowland, located in Boom, Belgium. This electronic dance music paradise is a mecca for ravers from around the globe. Lose yourself in a world of mind-bending stages, awe-inspiring visuals, and an atmosphere charged with pure euphoria. Get ready to dance non-stop for days, as the world's top DJs drop beats that will keep you moving until the very end.

Dates: July 21-23, 2023 and July 28-30, 2023

Sziget Festival: The Ultimate Island Escape
August 9-16, 2023

Venture to the vibrant city of Budapest, Hungary, and experience the one-of-a-kind Sziget Festival on the magical Obuda Island. This week-long celebration brings together music, art, and freedom in a whirlwind of creativity. Get ready to embrace the hippie spirit and immerse yourself in a utopia of colourful installations, mind-blowing performances, and a global community of like-minded revellers. Sziget Festival is an escape from the ordinary and an exploration of pure bliss.


Dates: August 9-16, 2023

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: A Theatrical Feast
August 4-28, 2023

Indulge in the world's largest arts festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a cultural extravaganza that takes over the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. This celebration of performing arts features thousands of shows ranging from theatre and comedy to dance and spoken word. Immerse yourself in the creative energy as talented artists from around the world showcase their talents in a whirlwind of artistic expression.

Dates: August 4-28, 2023

Photo by Jim Divine on Unsplash

Flow Festival: Helsinki's Creative Oasis
August 11-13, 2023

Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and music scene at Flow Festival, located in the hip city of Helsinki, Finland. This cutting-edge event showcases a dynamic blend of music, art, and culture in a unique urban setting. Prepare to be captivated by diverse musical performances, explore immersive art installations, and indulge in delectable culinary delights. Flow Festival is an oasis of creativity and a celebration of the arts.

Dates: August 11-13, 2023

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Nordics-Ready Festival Wear: The Fringed Jacket

Heading to Helsinki, or just looking for a stylish way to keep warm as the night draws to a close? Nalua’s knit-sleeve denim jackets bring the hedonistic festival vibe whilst also keeping you warm. 

Best European Festivals for 2023

There you have it – the coolest European summer festivals of 2023. Grab your friends, pack your bags, and embark on an adventure that will redefine your summer. 

These festivals are not for the faint of heart. Embrace the chaos, surrender to the music, and let the European festival spirit in. See you there!