By OUTTraveler Editors
Belgium's jewel is a festival town and one of the best events is Laundry Day, a giant electronic music event (think of it as Europe's Electric Daisy Carnival). Begun in 1998, Laundry Day attracts the world's top DJs and the globe's most gorgeous party people. This year's event, planned for September 6 at Nieuw Zuid, should attract 60,000 people to Antwerp. Late summer/fall is a wonderful time to experience Antwerp as the crowds and temperatures begin to drop ever so slightly.
Berlin lights up like none other in October, with two festivals devoted to illumination. Berlin Shines lights up many of the city's lesser-lmpwm buildings with laser, video, and 3D projections, with accompanying musical and artistic performances, as well as fireworks. The Festival of Lights in mid-October shines beautiful light on some of the city's most famous buildings, like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral.
The Forum Copenhagen nabs an impressive amount of talent, and summer is high season for huge shows. How insane would it be to see Dolly Parton sing "9 to 5" in Denmark? You can; she performs July 8. A month prior, on June 4, one of the biggest pop stars in the world — Miley Cyrus — takes over the Forum. The Forum, by the way, was built in 1926 and has hosted everyone from Beyonce to Cher.
Sweden's capital is beautiful anytime of the year, including winter. If you're luck enough to find yourself in Stockholm during the Christmas season, make sure to try a Christmas dinner cruise with Strömma. Thse vintage boats will take you around the wintery city as you nosh on classic Swedish Christmas food and libations. There's even a cruise that includes a stop at the wonderful Utö Christmas market.