European Festivals (and Pledge Event)

In this one-hour special, it's party time in Europe. In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Joining Rick, we drop in on the Continent's top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. We run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena's Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Filmed on location across Europe, this promises to be a very entertaining hour.

2018 Lowell Thomas Silver Award Winner for Excellence in Travel Journalism

Content: Material from two half-hour episodes of Rick Steves' Europe: 1006 European Festivals I and 1007 European Festivals II. Length: 57 minutes. Pledge event length: approximately 90 minutes, interspersed with fundraising breaks. Released November 2018.