Here are our choices for three of the most exciting events taking place in Europe this summer! Whether it’s the Manchester Jazz Festival in England, Christopher Street Day in Germany, or the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, these events are cause for celebration!
Manchester Jazz Festival – Manchester, England
Every July, for ten days the Manchester Jazz Festival presents exciting live music and offers a diverse selection from the world of jazz. Many of the performances are free, and the concerts run the gamut, occurring indoors and outdoors, and around the clock. A vibrant celebration of Manchester’s native music scene, MJF handpicks some of the hottest new international artists to debut in the UK. July 20-July 28. www.manchesterjazz.com
Christopher Street Day – Berlin, Germany
Glitzy costumes, fantastic wigs, and brightly painted faces will all be part of Berlin’s Christopher Street Day on July 28. Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2018, this extremely popular event promises to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the German capital to celebrate equality for gays and lesbians around the world. LGBT residents and visitors alike can again expect to see more than 50 floats and look forward to partying with half a million people in the streets between Kurfürstendamm and the Brandenburg Gate. www.csd-berlin.de
Montreux Jazz Festival – Montreux, Switzerland
Big-name performers abound at the Montreux Jazz Festival from June 29-July 14. Both jazz musicians and pop artists will be represented, including Lionel Richie, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Sam Smith, and John Legend. This time-honored festival was founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, and while it started out more exclusively geared toward jazz, it’s gone on to also include a diverse array of musical genres. Miles Davis, David Bowie, Ray Charles, and Prince are just a few of the festival’s alumni. Taking place across the Swiss city of Montreux, the festival is held at 12 venues and all but two of them are free of charge. It’s the kind of festival that truly offers something for everyone. www.montreuxjazz.com