The 7 Most Bizarre European Summer Festivals

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The first week of June is (almost) over and all we can think of is Summer! Here’s a list of the 7 weirdest European summer festivals and/or events that you definitely don’t want to miss!

1. Wife Carrying ( Sonkajärvi, Finland)

Wife Carrying

Although the wife carrying race was first introduced in Finland, it now takes place in many other countries. If you believe that the best way to win the race is by carrying a petite wife, think again because the prize will be also petite, as the winner receives his wife’s weight in beer!

2. El Colacho (Murcia, Spain)


The “baby jumping festival” is probably one of the most dangerous on the list. All babies born during the previous 12 months lay down on matresses in the middle of the street while adult men from the village take turns to jump over them…

3. Calcio Fiorentino (Florence, Italy)

Calcio Fiorentino

Footballers become gladiators at this tournament and even the prize is a cow! Dating back to the 16th century this “football” tournament allows punching, wrestling and any other forms of violence that are usually banned from football.

4. Festival of the Pig (Trie-sur-Baïse, France)


You might be thinking that this festival is not at all bizarre, but believe us, it does not (only) involve eating pork. If you visit La pourcailhade you will find many different activites involving pigs… scroll down for some more detail:


5. Golden Retriever Festival (Scotland, United Kingdom)


This Scottish event is by all odds the cutest festival in Europe. Imagine being surrounded by more than a hundred Golden Retrievers!

6. Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Galicia, Spain)

Santa Marta

Spain again… Also known as the Near Death Festival this event takes place in honor of the patron saint of resurrection and this is why you’ll see many people being carried around in coffins. Despite being alive, they are in there because they’ve experienced a near death situation in the past year.

7. World Toe Wrestling Championships (England, United Kingdom)

World toe wrestling

The name says it all: World. Toe. Wrestling. We can’t answer why, but we can show you how:

Have you been to any of these festivals or would you rather miss them all? Let us know in the comment section below!