summer sport festivals in europe

5 Road Trip Worthy Summer Festivals In Europe

No snow – no whoa? Don’t worry!

We’ve got you covered like fresh powder the slopes and take care that winter is over doesn’t mean being bored for you.

Our top 5 high-adrenaline festivals will keep you busy from today until the fall. So, time to pack your van and get ready for your best summer road trip ever!

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your sleeping bag and a variety of outdoor jackets to fight the summer rains. 

Crankxwork Innsbruck – Austria

The Crankworx World Tour – where ordinary humans perform superhero power! During the European summer, Crankworx brings its magic to four stops around the world, including Innsbruck (Austria).

With a lineup of world championships, downhill races, climbing challenges and many more the world’s largest mountain bike festival is all about riding faster, climbing higher and going bigger.
Here, you can see the world’s MTB elite greeting new rising stars and all their superfans. For more details watch the last year’s recap on their youtube channel or visit

Go, check your map and make sure you head straight to Crankworx 2018 in the Austrian Alps…

International Surf Film Fest Anglet – France

…and why not go on with riding on the festival wave when in the van anyway? Just keep right and head directly to Anglet, France.

On the site of the Chambre d’Amour, giant screens allow you and all other surf souls out there to watch 4 days long all the films in competition, go surfing, see exhibitions and join cool concerts – for free and with the best view ever: while facing the ocean!

For more info check this teaser, drop a pin on your map and put your board on your van rack! Shaka!

Ghetto Games Festival Ventspils – Latvia

Feeling you need to come down to earth a little after? Then the next event will suit you as perfect as you favourite pair of sneakers:

The Ghetto Games Festival (GGFEST). Starting six years ago, this event has grown from a local happening to the largest street sport and street culture movement in Europe with 1500 athletes from 17 sports and more than 10 different countries. And yet, their sole reason is simply to share passion about skateboarding, wakeboarding, BMX freestyle, inline skating, streetbike freestyle as well as basketball, street floorball, street soccer, street dance comps and many many more.

So, lace your shoes, grab your cap and direct your wheels towards the GGFEST Ventspils. Because you know you have to be there!

Boardmasters 2018 Newquay – United Kingdom

But wait…missing the music for your ride?

We all know there is no perfect road trip without that one song that will be stuck in your head for the next weeks after. And here you will definitely find it:
The Boardmasters in Newquay! Europe’s ultimate music, action sports and surfing festival, hits the United Kingdom with its onset on the Fistral Beach, home and playground of the UK surf scene.

The party then heads to the music festival site at Watergate Bay. There, Boardmasters will bring international bands and DJ’s on 8 stages to perform at the top of the bay and winkle out the inner surfer in you to dance it up this summer! This years’ line-up includes The Chemical Brothers, Years & Years, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Kano, George Ezra, Rag’N’ Bone Man and more!

For further information and tickets simply head to See you at the beach!

Quicksilver Pro – France

If you still don’t have enough of good vibes and stunning ocean views come in the beginning of October to the Quiksilver Pro France, Hossegor for the ninth stop of the Men’s Surfing Championship Tour.

With some of the best beach breaks on earth, a chilled culture and splendid food it’s pretty obvious why the WSL Championship Tour keeps coming back to the soul of the European surf scene each year, right?

And exactly this combo of the world’s best surfers riding some of Europe’s best waves and an enthusiastic audience of up to 100,000 people attending make this event our last but not least place on your summer road trip and ensure you a smooth ride straight into the new fall/winter season.

Check the highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France 2017 Finals Day here:

There’s no way you’ll be bored this summer!

If you can’t get enough and are looking for more summer activities that you can do to keep you fit for the winter, check out our related reading section:

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