Revellers play in tomato mush during the annual Tomatina fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain.
Revellers play in tomato mush during the annual Tomatina fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. Alberto Saiz

Experience the true colours of Europe with top events

CRANK up the volume on your social calendar next year and make some noise at one of the world's most popular festivals and events.

The team at Student Flights has outlined a list of the coolest festivals around the globe for 2013, so that jetsetters can kick-start their travel plans early.

Student Flights national general manager Darren Lloyd said those who were keen to attend an international event should book flights sooner, rather than later, to get the best savings.

"If you are planning to attend a summer festival next year, get in quick to lock in a great priced airfare," he said.

"By booking early, you will also have the chance to select from a bigger range of departure dates, with a range of airlines and tour operators in the city of your preference."

 

St Patrick's Day

When: March 15-18

Where: Dublin, Ireland

What: Find a lucky four-leaf clover and knock back a pint of Guinness on St Patrick's Day in Ireland. See the best of Irish culture and tradition in Dublin at the annual street party.

Deal: From $399 per person twin share, this four-day accommodation tour includes three nights at a hostel in Dublin, continental breakfast daily, St Patrick's Day parade and celebrations, a group welcome party and St Patrick's Day party, a Guinness brewery tour and services of tour representatives.

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/2565781

 

Las Fallas

When: March 17-20

Where: Valencia, Spain

What: Watch the colourful parade of giant 'effigies', better known as 'fallas', as they are carried by locals around the city.

Deal: From $399 per person twin share, this four-day tour in Valencia attends the city's semi-patriotic, semi-pagan and semi-religious festival. The price includes three nights' at a hostel in Valencia.

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/2565780

 

Queen's Day

When: April 28-May 1

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

What: Don your brightest orange outfit to celebrate the Queen's birthday with crowds of up to a million people on the streets of Amsterdam.

Deal: From $469 per person twin share, this four-day tour includes three nights' hostel accommodation at a local campsite, return executive coach transfers from London, Queen's Day celebrations, regular shuttles, an orange party pack, entry to the Heineken Experience and the services of a tour leader.

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/2565783

 

La Tomatina

When: August 27-29

Where: Bunol, Spain

What: La Tomatina is the largest food fight on the planet. See more than 40,000 tomato-tossing enthusiasts congregate for a one-hour tomato throwing frenzy in the streets of Bunol.

Deal: From $423 per person twin share, book this four-day package. The price includes return transfers from Valencia to the festival in Bunol, three nights' hotel accommodation, local welcome parties, return shuttle transfers, the La Tomatina event and the services of tour leaders.

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/2565763

 

Pamplona

When: July 4-8

Where: Pamplona, Spain

What: Spain's popular Fiesta San Fermin, or Running of the Bulls, as it is commonly known, is one of the most lively festivals. Locals and out-of-towners unite to cheer on raging bulls as they run through the city of Pamplona.

Deal: From $315 per person twin share, take a four-day Pamplona camping tour, which will get you to the opening ceremony and to the two bull runs. The price includes three nights' camping accommodation.

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/Spain-2565754

 

Oktoberfest

When: September 18-25

Where: Munich, Germany

What: Kick up your heels at the annual Oktoberfest, which brings together the best of German culture in what is regarded as the biggest festival in the world. Last year, the festival was attended by more than 6.3 million visitors.

Deal: From $899 per person twin share, make the most of your Oktoberfest experience on this eight-day Eurofest tour..

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/2565766

 

Irish Oyster Fight

When: September 28-30 September

Where: Galway, Ireland

What: Galway City comes alive for its internationally recognised oyster festival. The tantalising array of food events is bound to get your mouth watering.

Deal: From $769 per person twin share, this deal includes two nights' accommodation in a centrally located three-star hotel, return flights from London.

>> For more information visit studentflights.com.au/product/2565767

 

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