Autumn is truly a wonderful time of year in Luxembourg, full of fantastic events celebrating the days getting shorter and overall harvest time. Throw on a scarf, pull on your wellies and join in the fun!
Apple Festival (Les vergers de Steinsel)
Apples can be picked from this orchard in Steinsel from mid-August until early November (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm), but the Apple Festival itself is normally over the last weekend of September and the first two weekends in October. The festival is a lot of fun and of course there are great food stands with sausages and delicious apple products and freshly made apple juice and cider. There is no picking this year, but be sure to enjoy the fresh apples, pears, honey and more for sale!
When: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm-6pm (until the end of October)
The festival atlântico once again celebrates the diversity of music from the Lusophone countries – the 2021 edition features the exceptional Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil, the velvety voice of Luísa Sobral from Lisbon, the catchy zouk rhythms of Sara Tavares and more. Finally, on the late Saturday evening of October 16, the entire foyer vibrates with the sound of the Cape Verde Islands during an exhilarating party.
When: October 9th-16th
Where: Philharmonie Luxembourg
Night of the Museums
The museums of the city put on a free show for one night! Special tours, performances, children’s workshops and many other activities are programmed continuously from 5pm. With free shuttles and the museums offering various culinary delights, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some culture!
When: October 9th and 10th from 5pm to 1am
Where: 7 Participating Museums: Villa Vauban, Casino Luxembourg, Lëtzebuerg City Museum, Mudam Luxembourg, National Museum of History and Art, National Museum of Natural History, Dräi Eechelen Museum – Fortress, History, Identities
Trauliicht is a Luxembourgish version of “Halloween”, involving beets instead of pumpkins. A great cultural experience awaits, with lantern carving, processions, songs and stories – discover Luxembourg!
Calling all nut lovers! This annual nut market takes place on the second Sunday in October every year. Live bands and DJs perform and create the perfect ambiance while you can shop around a variety of regional nut specialties including cakes, cheeses, liqueurs and more!
When: October 9th and 10th from 10am to 4pm
Where: 4 Rue Théodore Bassing, Vianden
Saint Nicholas Train
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip on the steam train to see the big man himself… and of course, his familiar, the creepy Hausecker (not for the faint-hearted). Sweets, steam and Santa – perfect to get you in the seasonal mood. Sounds like a long way away but tickets go on sale in October and go like hotcakes, so best to plan ahead.
When: November 20th and 21st
Where: Fond-de-Gras, Pétange
Celebrate St. Hubert the traditional Luxembourgish way with the Haupeschfest at Berdorf. The traditional mass is on Sunday and the huge line of local art and craft stalls will be decking the streets for you to pick up a gift. The “Haupeschfest”, the day of St. Hubert, is celebrated in Berdorf. You can purchase art craft and local products in more than 100 booths set along the main road in Berdorf.
When: Exact Dates TBD, but it will be Saturday’s from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and Sunday’s from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: 29, Rue d’Echternach | L-6550 Berdorf
Celebrate Luxembourg’s diversity of cultures at this wonderful event, where you can win some serious prizes, sample different cultures, pick up interesting presents in time for Christmas and gorge yourself on food from around the world. The highlight of the season.
When: November 27th – 28th
Where: Luxexpo, The Box, 10 Circuit de La Foire Internationale, 1347 Kirchberg-Luxembourg
Christmas kicks off officially with this dedicate programme to the season. Includes events, concerts, family festivals, workshops, Kleeschen and the markets. Feeling festive yet?
When: November 19th – January 2nd
Distillery Day (D’Miselerland Brennt)
For the past 10 years, the Distillers from the Moselle region welcome all brandy and chocolate connoisseurs for a day of gourmet truffles and drinks! Marvel during the live distillation and augment your appreciation for the craft.
When: October 23rd from 2:00pm to 7:00pm and October 24th from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Where: 23, rue de Trèves, L-6793 Grevenmacher
The CinEast (ciné-East) festival aims to share the best cinema from post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, thus presenting a rare occasion for audiences in Luxembourg to find out about the culture of the countries represented in a more general sense. Celebrating their 13th year, on the festival programme you will find more than 5 feature films as well as djs and concert events this year. The CinEast film festival wishes to provide a concise, current and representative overview of Central and Eastern European cinema in a safe environment.
When: October 7th-24th
Where: Various cinema venues over Luxembourg.
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