Whether we get a proper summer or a, well, Luxembourgish one, there’s lots to put a smile on your face this season, from open-air cinema to musical classics, from ‘Summer in the City’ to the Schueberfouer!
Summer in the City
Between June and September Luxembourg celebrates ‘Summer in the City’ with free concerts, guided tours, and much, much, more. Every day’s a party! A series of open air concerts in the city centre plus street theatre, open air cinema, art exhibitions and children’s activities.
Our top pick is the “Kinnekswiss loves Bryn Terfel” open air concert. This year the beloved OPL will be joined by the powerful, warm voice of Sir Bryn Terfel. The lusty bass-baritone who is occasionally called the «Prince of Wales of the opera stage»
When: June 14th-September 15th
Where: Various locations in the city centre
This outdoor festival aims to promote the discovery of music from all walks of life. One is invited on a musical journey of unpublished resonance. The festival promotes the meeting of different cultures and is testimony to a cosmopolitan capital open to the world. Multiple stages showcasing global musical talent in the open air with free entrance – what more could you ask for?
When: August 14th-15th
Where: Various locations in the city centre (Place Guillaume II, Place de la Constitution, Rue du Saint Esprit and Place d’Armes)
Rock um Knuelder
Urban rock festival that’s had over 15,000 people visiting each year. Great music is there to be enjoyed across the city centre. Another free night of fun!
When: July 12th
Where: Various locations in the city centre
Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye
89 bands perform blues and jazz on more than a dozen open air and indoor venues in the Grund and Clausen. Hop from bar to bar, enjoying a night of brilliant free jazzy music all the way. One of the most fun nights out and a great event to bring visitors to.
When: July 27th
Where: The Grund, Clausen & Pfaffenthal
26 international companies bring 125 free shows to the streets of the city centre. Meet stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, comedians and jesters. Hit the pavements and join in the fun.
When: August 2nd-3rd
Where: Pedestrian zone in the city centre
Festival de Wiltz
67 years and counting, The Wiltz festival is a joy for music and theatre lovers alike. The castle at Wiltz provides a dreamy backdrop to sumptuous stage performances. There’s even a retractable roof if the weather doesn’t co-operate! Boasting the best talent, this year features national and international artists of a variety of genres, from nouveau cirque, opera and musical to jazz, indie electronic, klezmer and chanson. And in addition to the tasty cultural events on the menu, the festival’s food village will provide a range of culinary delicacies to delight your palate.
When: July 6th-25th
Where: Ampitheater,1, rue du Chateau, L-9516 Wiltz
Nuit des Merveilles
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. The programme includes performances from the wacky to the poetic, with a range of events for young and old.
When: July 13th
Where: Château de Bettembourg, 13 rue du Château, L-3217 Bettembourg
Gaymat Festival and Pride Week
Luxembourg is a very open and welcoming society for the LBGT community and this festival in Esch is an open demonstration of that fact. With queer movie nights, a parade and various parties, there’s lots of fun to be had.
When: July 6th-14th
Another music extravaganza, this time in Differdange and Lasauvage; more than 40 concerts take place on 11 stages. Don’t miss this free open-air blues-music festival featuring artists from the USA – with 20,000 people attending last year, you’ll be in good company! Check here for the shuttle bus schedule.
When: July 13th
Where: Lasauvage & Fond-de-Gras L-4698 Differdange
Open Air Cinema in Echternach
Where better to enjoy a film than by the lake in Echternach? 4 days under the open sky with catering, cool drinks and couches to sit back and relax on. This year Bohemian Rhapsody and Pets 2 will be shown in English. A summer highlight!
When: July 17th-20th/ admission starts at 7:30pm with the film starting at dusk
Where: Restaurant Lakeside, Echternach
Kanner in the City
One for the whole family, the city centre is transformed into an enormous play area with over 50 workshops for 4-14 year olds. Lots of games to test skills and creativity as well as providing a great day out. Best of all, it’s free!
When: Dates to be confirmed
Where: Place Guillaume II, Place d’Armes, rue de la Reine and adjacent roads
By the waters of the Moselle, the typical Luxembourgish village of Wellenstein sits. Each year, they have an atmospheric folklore festival where you can participate in games, concerts and dancing, whilst tasting regional gastronomic specialities with a glass of locally produced wine.
When: July 27th-29th
Where: Rue de la Source L-5470 Wellenstein
Vianden Medieval Festival
A fantastic medieval romp in the beautiful surroundings of Vianden Castle. Knight camps, jousting, fire shows, birds of prey and a large medieval market. Great fun for adults and kids. There will be a free shuttle on the weekend of August 3rd-4th.
When: July 27th- August 4th
Where: Montée du Château, 9408 Vianden
An open-air festival in a picturesque setting by Echternach lake. Live concerts, DJ sets and a 10,000 capacity dance floor. Free entrance means you’d be mad to miss it.
When: August 9th-11th
Where: Chemin vers Rodenhof, L-6479 Echternach
Léiffrawëschdag Folklore Festival
An annual event in Greiveldange, where you can celebrate a Luxembourgish tradition.
In the late morning the festival starts with a church service, during which the “Wesch” is blessed. At noon, typical Luxembourgish dishes will be served, such as “warm ham, broad beans and potatoes with bacon” or a “vintner’s plate” are served. Expect art and craft stalls, local food and wine specialities and wonderful entertainment.
When: August 15th
Where: Greiveldange, L-5426 Luxembourg
We’ve saved the best for last! 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.
When: August 23rd- September 11th
Where: Champ du Glacis, Avenue de la Faiencerie, Luxembourg