Luxembourg has a huge number of annual festivals ranging from music festivals to suit all tastes to the chance to romp around a castle dressed as a medieval knight. Whatever takes your fancy, here’s our list of the choicest festival fun.
- Click on the festival title for the website. Many of the dates and the programme detail for 2017 are yet to be confirmed. Thank you for your understanding and keep an eye out for updates!
De Klenge Maarnicher Festival: 17 February to 15 June
A celebration of classical music featuring Luxembourg’s most talented resident musicians plus international guests.
Printemps Music Festival: 24 February to 21 April
For 30+ years this annual jazz and world music festival has attracted prestigious international artists with performances in various venues throughout the Duchy.
Luxembourg Film Festival: 2 to 12 March
The 7th Luxembourg Film Festival celebrates films made in/with Luxembourg. Featuring European and World Premieres the festival continues to grow each year and is now an important fixture in the industry calendar. Throughout the festival there are Q&A sessions with actors, directors and other important figures in the film industry.
Springbreak: 22 to 26 March
Another great fair at Luxexpo. This time getting you ready for the Spring and Summer months. At this fair all sorts of wine, gastronomy, gardening, well-being and other summer activities are showcased.
International Jazz Festival Dudelange: 25 to 28 May
Dudelange has a reputation as Luxembourg’s ‘City of Jazz’, a reputation reinforced by the launch of ‘Like a Jazz Machine’ in 2012. From big names to emerging talent and prize winning young artists, this festival is hot and draws crowds from all over Europe. An urban jazz feast for all ages.
Fete du Musees: 20 to 21 May
Free entrance to the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museums of the “Statermuséeën” (Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Musée national d’histoire et d’art, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, Villa Vauban, Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Musée Dräi Eechelen).
Nordic Film Festival: date to be confirmed, previously early June
Beginning in 2015 this festival focuses on films from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Throughout the festival there are Q&A sessions with actors, directors and other important figures in the film industry.
Geenzefeest Wiltz: 5 June
A fantastic float complete with Broom Queen and her six Ladies of Honour, parades, plus folk music, fancy dress and entertainment in the Castle.. what’s not to like? This years theme still to announced.
Fête de la Musique: 12 to 21 June
This music festival takes place in multiple towns and villages across Luxembourg, from big to small. A huge variety of musical talent is showcased, make sure you don’t miss out. Website still to be updated.
Echternach International Festival: 9 June to 15 July
An internationally renowned music festival in the historic town of Echternach. The music ranges from medieval and classical to jazz and world music. Concerts take place in some of the towns most atmospheric venues, including the interiors of the Basilica and St Peter and Paul Church. The festival also makes good use of Echternach’s state of the art concert hall and cultural center, the Trifolion. Website and programme still to be updated.
Summer in the City: 21 June to 11 September
A series of open air concerts in the city centre plus street theatre, open air cinema, art exhibitions and children’s activities. Website still to be updated.
Open Air Konstfestival Lellgen: 23 June
For the 26th year running Lellingen a this charming Ardennes village is transformed into a living outdoor art gallery. Known beyond the borders of the country, the festival attracts more than 4,500 visitors a year.
Artists creating their works on site, art companies of the street musicians and children’s workshops offer a varied animation and promise a day full of surprises.
Welleschter Kirmes: to be confirmed (usually June)
Folklore festival in the typical Moselle village of Wellenstein. Games, concerts, dancing, local gastronomic specialities, and exhibitions.
Festival de Wiltz: to be confirmed (usually July)
This very popular music and theatre festival has been running for over 60 years. 2017 acts to be announced.
Nuit des Légendes: 1 July
Head to the castle area and pretty village of Esch-sur-Sûre for animation fun. You’ll find a series of short plays featuring dancers, story tellers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, fire-breathers and much more. Website still to be updated.
Rock-A-Field: taking a break
This annual outdoor music festival in Herchesfeld near Roeser attracts over 15,000 music fans. A host of national and international artists make this Luxembourg’s most popular rock and indie festival. However this year they are taking a break! Check their website for why.
GayMat 2017 (Gay Pride Luxembourg): 7-8 July
This is a big event in Esch sur Alzette and the rainbow flag is flown with pride. There are a multitude of events, parades, parties and usually art and movie events. Theme and events still to be announced.
Blues Express: 8 July
Another music extravaganza, this time in Differdange and Lasauvage. Don’t miss this free open-air blues-music festival featuring artists from the USA.
Nuit des Merveilles: 8 July
If weird and wonderful is your thing, then make sure you head to Bettembourg for the Nuit des Merveilles. This bizarre event welcomes professional street artists from tightrope walkers to circus poets, stilt-walkers, puppeteers, mimics, musicians, hat designers and much more.
Useldange Medieval Festival: 10 to 11 July
Otherwise known as “Useldeng am Mëttelalter”. They sure do love their Medieval Festivals in Luxembourg, and this one in Useldange is relatively new. Expect the usual Medieval dress, food, instruments and festivities in the setting of the Castle. Perfect.
Festival OMNI: to be confirmed (usually mid-July)
A series of concerts and dance shows in the beautiful open air square of the Neumünster Abbey.
MeYouZik: to be confirmed (usually mid-July)
An open-air world music festival in the centre of the City celebrating multi-cultural Luxembourg.
Rock um Knuedler: to be confirmed (usually mid-July)
Each year over 15,000 people head to Place Guillaume II for this international rock-pop festival.
Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye: 29 July
Over 50 bands perform blues and jazz on more than a dozen open air and indoor venues in the Grund and Clausen. Free entry. Website to be updated with 2017 programme.
Welleschter Kirmes: 29 to 31 July
A folklore festival in Wellenstein (on the Moselle) with games, concerts, local gastronomical treats (of course), a market and music. Apparently this is one of Luxembourg’s most popular festival! And their website is even in English.
Vianden Medieval Festival: 29 July to 6 August
A fantastic medieval romp in the beautiful surroundings of Vianden Castle. Knight camps, jousting, music, theatre, birds of prey and a large medieval market. Great fun for adults and kids.
Differdange Live: date to be confirmed (various dates throughout August)
More live music in the summer. Oh Luxembourg, how we love thee! It’s worth keeping an eye on their website as various, different groups are welcomed throughout the summer in this southern city.
Rock Classics @ Beaufort Castle: details to be announced
This venue usually grabs some names worth watching and all played in the stunning setting of Beaufort Castle. 2017 acts still be announced.
E-Lake Festival: 11 to 13 August
An open air festival in the picturesque setting of Lac d’Ecternach. Live concerts, DJ sets and a 10,000 capacity dance floor.
Streeta(rt)nimation: 11 to 12 August
An annual street theatre festival in the centre of Luxembourg city. Around 80 international artists and 125 free shows in the pedestrian zone of Luxembourg. Artistic genres include comedy, stilters, travelling musicians, tumblers as well as walk acts with crazy fantastic creatures. Website to be updated with 2017 programme.
Léiffrawëschdag Folklore Festival: 15 August
This festival will give you a taste of work and play of yesteryear. With Luxembourg food, national and international folklore in the village streets and sale of regional products, this is a fun festival for a taste of Luxembourg of old.
Schueberfouer: 23 August to 11 September
This has to be one of City Savvy’s favourite festivals and one you absolutely must not miss, nor can you with an enormous ferris wheel taking over the Glacis, together with the excited screams of fair goers and the smell of all that goodness wafting around the city.
Wine & Grape Festival, Grevenmacher: 8 to 10 September
Ah! Yes. It’s wine festival time, and what better place to start off the festivities than in Grevenmacher home to many a tantalising tipple. Friday night sees the crowning of the Wine Queen 2017, but the festival really kicks off on Saturday night with music and fireworks, and Sunday in the day with concerts and a parade.
Butschebuerger Buergfest: 9 to 10 September
More minstrels, jugglers and artisans in yet another medieval festival! This time in Budersberg, near Dudelange.
Riesling Open: 15 to 17 September
A chance to experience the wine and explore the wine cellars in 4 wine villages; Wormeldange, Ehnen, Ahn and Machtum. Website still to be updated.
Theaterfest: date to be confirmed (usually mid-September)
Vianden Book Festival: possibly 9 September
A two day book festival in the medieval setting of Vianden usually takes place early September. Everything from paperbacks to first editions, plus a programme of workshops, exhibitions, concerts and author readings. 2017 programme and date to be announced.
British and Irish Film Festival: to be confirmed (usually Sept/Oct)
The British & Irish Film Season started in Luxembourg in 2010 to celebrate the rich array and diversification of film-making across the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man), primarily from independent film production companies. Throughout the festival there are Q&A sessions with actors, directors and other important figures in the film industry. We hope this festival will take place again in 2017!
Luxembourg Festival: dates to be confirmed (usually October & November)
A festival organised jointly by the Philharmonie and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg featuring world class music, opera, dance and theatre. 2017 programme and dates to be confirmed.
Nut Festival, Vianden: 15 October
All things nut related. Including nut schnaaps. We say no more.
Winterlights: end November to early January
When the Christmas season draws near the City of Luxembourg organises a winter festival of free events, concerts, exhibitions and performances. The daily Christmas market serves traditional food and local drinks (such as Glühwäin).
Missed a fabulous festival? Please let us know so we can update our list. Thanks!
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