2020 dates for European yarn festivals

Travels with yarn!

Whenever I travel abroad I look for yarn local to the place that I’m visiting. One of the easiest ways to track down local yarn in another country is to visit local yarn festivals. You will discover many small companies spinning and dying beautiful yarns as well as farmers with flocks of indigenous sheep breeds. I think it’s important to support local producers and a beautiful hank of yarn will make a souvenir that keeps on giving. Later, when you knit something with that yarn and every time you wear whatever you knit from it you will be reminded of the place where you bought it.

Hanks of yarn on display at a yarn festival

In this blog post, I’ve written about European yarn festivals, excluding the UK. There are so many yarn festivals nowadays that a single blog post would be too long to be practical. If you want dates and details for yarn festivals in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) then please read this blog post: 2020 UK yarn & fibre festivals.

February 2020

Handwerkbeurs

13–16 February 2020
de IJsselhallen, Rieteweg 12, 8011 AB Zwolle, Netherlands

Website: Handwerkbeurs, Zwolle.

Neulefestareiden talvi (Knit Fest Winter)

14–15 February 2020

Toivolan Vanhalla Pihalla, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland

Website: Jyväskylän Kesän Neulefestarit.

March 2020

L’aiguille en Fêtes

12–15 March 2020 – postponed to 11–14 June 2020
Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France

Website: L’aiguille en Fêtes.

Nederlandse Breidagen (Dutch Knitting Festival)

27–28 March 2020 – postponed to 9–10 October 2020
De Suikerfabriek, Suikerlaan 20, 9743 DA  Groningen, The Netherlands

Website: Nederlandse Breidagen.

April 2020

Leipziger Wolle-Fest & Stoffmesse (Leipzig Wool Festival and Fabric Fair)

4–5 April 2020 – postponed to 19–20 September 2020
Leipzig, Germany

Website: Wolle-Fest & Stoffmesse.

Hohenloher Wollfest

18–19 April 2020 – postponed to 25–26 July 2020
Schulstraße 13, 74572 Blaufelden, Germany

Website: Hohenloher Wollfest.

Le Fil de la Manche

25–26 April 2020 – postponed to 17–18 October 2020
Le château de Miromesnil, Tourville sur Arques, 76550, France

Website: Le Fil de la Manche.

Yarn Fest Stockholm

25–26 April 2020 – postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus
Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden

Website: Yarn Fest Stockholm.

May 2020

Nederlandse Breidagen (Dutch Knitting Festival)

1–2 May 2020 – postponed to 9–10 October 2020
De Kromhouthal, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, 1021 KP Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website: Nederlandse Breidagen.

Gewollt Berlin

2–3 May 2020 – postponed to 17–18 October 2020
Tegeler Seeterrassen, Wilkestraße 1m 13507 Berlin

Website: Gewollt Berlin.

June 2020

Knit with Friends Knitting Festival (Festival de Tricot)

6–7 June 2020 – postponed to 5–6 June 2021

Seminário de Vilar, 4050-621 Porto, Portugal

Website: Knit with Friends Knitting Festival.

L’aiguille en Fêtes

postponed from 11–14 June 2020 – moved from 12–15 March 2020
Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France

Website: L’aiguille en Fêtes.

Woollinn, Dublin

12–14 June 2020 – – postponed to 17–20 June 2021 due to Coronavirus
The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 K063, Ireland

Website: Woollinn.

July 2020

Jyväskylän Kesän Neulefestarit (Jyväskylä Summer Knit Fest)

2–5 July 2020 – postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus

Toivolan Vanhalla Pihalla, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland

Website: Jyväskylän Kesän Neulefestarit.

Craft Camp (Estonian traditional craft workshops)

5–11 July 2020 – postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus
Viljandi, Estonia

Website: Craft Camp.

Hohenloher Wollfest

25–26 July 2020 – moved from 18–19 April 2020
Schulstraße 13, 74572 Blaufelden, Germany

Website: Hohenloher Wollfest.

August 2020

Wollfestival

15–16 August 2020 – postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus
Rheinterrasse, Düsseldorf, Germany

Website: Wollfestival.

Midtnorsk Culture- OG Strikkefestival (Mid-Norway Culture and Knitting Festival)

28–30 August 2020 – postponed to 27–29 August 2021 due to Coronavirus
Orkanger, Trondheim, Norway

Website: Midtnorsk Culture- OG Strikkefestival

September 2020

Strik Bornholm (Knit Bornholm)

3–6 September 2020
Bornholm, Denmark

Website: Strik Bornholm.

http://drutozlot.pl

Oslostrikkefestival (Oslo Knitting Festival)

Back in 2021
Norsk Folkemuseum, Bygdøy and Deichmanske Hovedbibliotek, Oslo, Norway

Website: Oslostrikkefestival.

Fanø International Knit Festival

17–20 September 2020
Nordby & Sønderho, Fano, Denmark

Website: Strikkefestival, Fanø International Knit Festival.

Leipziger Wolle-Fest & Stoffmesse (Leipzig Wool Festival and Fabric Fair)

19–20 September 2020 – moved from 4–5 April 2020
Leipzig, Germany

Website: Wolle-Fest & Stoffmesse.

Bergen Strikkefestival (Bergen Knitting Festival)

25–27 September 2020
Bergen, Norway

Website: Bergen Strikkefestival

October 2020

South Iceland Woolweek

4–11 October 2020
Thingborg Community Hall, Iceland

Website: South Iceland Woolweek.

Nederlandse Breidagen (Dutch Knitting Festival)

9–10 October 2020 (replacing those on moved from 27–28 March and 1–2 May 2020_
IJsselhallen, Rieteweg 4, 8011 BC  Zwolle, Netherlands

Website: Nederlandse Breidagen.

Le Fil de la Manche

17–18 October 2020 – moved from 25–26 April 2020
Le château de Miromesnil, Tourville sur Arques, 76550, France

Website: Le Fil de la Manche.

Gewollt Berlin

17–18 October 2020 – moved from 2–3 May 2020
Tegeler Seeterrassen, Wilkestraße 1m 13507 Berlin

Website: Gewollt Berlin.

Stavanger Strikkefestival (Stavanger Knitting Festival)

23–25 October 2020
Quality Airport Hotel, Stavanger, Norway

Website: Stavanger Strikkefestival

Journées Nationales de la Laine

2020 dates to be confirmed
Felletin, 23500, France

Website: Journées Nationales de la Laine.

November 2020

Wiener Woll- und Stofffest (Viennese Wool and Fabric Festival)

31 Octoberf –1 November 2020
Modecenterstraße 22,  1030 Wien, Austria

Website: Wienner Woll- und Stofffest.

Handwerkbeurs

6–8 November 2020
Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter 1, BE-9051 Gent, België

Website: Handwerkbeurs, Gent.

The Knitting and Stitching Show

12–15 November 2020
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin, Ireland

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin.

Barcelona Knits

7–8 November 2020
WTC Barcelona, 08039 Barcelona, Spain

Website: Barcelona Knits.

December 2020

Knit, crochet and enjoy your textile crafts, and most of all have a well-earned rest!

What’s In Your Diary?

So, which yarn and fibre festivals are you planning to visit this year? And are there any others that I should include?

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22 Responses to 2020 dates for European yarn festivals

  1. Cecilia Ahlström 29 February 2020 at 15:57 #

    Gewollt Berlin 2-3 May is missing.
    https://www.gewolltberlin.com/

    • Being Knitterly 29 February 2020 at 17:52 #

      Cecilia, thankyou for letting me know about this festival.

  2. Marled 17 February 2020 at 20:24 #

    And please don t forget the first icelandic woolweek!!! 4.10.-11.10.

    https://ullarvikan.com/en/

    • Being Knitterly 29 February 2020 at 18:01 #

      Thankyou, Marled, I didn’t know about this one!

  3. Babaruda 31 January 2020 at 7:18 #

    There is a festival in Poland, Torun in September called Drutozlot, organised by Hada (Hanna Maciejewska)

    • Being Knitterly 4 February 2020 at 11:57 #

      Thank you for letting me know about this festival!

  4. Anne-Grethe Jacobsen 19 November 2019 at 17:23 #

    Hi –

    We have a great knitting festival in Stavanger, Norway. Next year is our 7th, and will be held on October 23rd-25th.
    Official websiite: http://www.stavangerstrikkefestival.no (English version coming.)
    IG: @stavangerstrikkefestival
    We have wiorkshops, lectures, marketplace and a lot of social events.

    Anne-Grethe

    • Being Knitterly 21 November 2019 at 10:39 #

      Anne-Grethe, thank you for letting me know about your festival. It sounds inspiring!

  5. Merete Sandstad 30 August 2019 at 14:54 #

    Hi
    There are lost of knitting festivals in Norway:
    Bergen strikkefestival- https://bergenstrikkefestival.com/program-2019/
    Midt- norsk sktrikkefestival – https://www.mns-festival.com/program
    Trondheim strikkefestival- https://www.trdstrikk.no/

    • Being Knitterly 31 August 2019 at 16:48 #

      Thank you Merete! I’ve added those to my blog post.

  6. Kolkata yarn supply 2 May 2019 at 5:26 #

    Festival of yarns, we do not have it here. Sigh!

    • Being Knitterly 3 May 2019 at 12:55 #

      May be you should organise one!

  7. Julie Koester 5 April 2019 at 12:08 #

    Jyvaskyla Knitfest 4 -7th July is a fabulous show with classes
    held in the pretty town of Jyvaskyla Finland

    • Being Knitterly 9 April 2019 at 11:12 #

      Thank you Julie, this is the only knitting festival in Finland on my list.

  8. Julie Koester 5 April 2019 at 12:06 #

    Knit with Friends festival is in Porto Portugal 8-9th June .. lots of classes too

    • Being Knitterly 9 April 2019 at 11:13 #

      Thank you Julie, I know that crochet is very popular in Portugal, but this is the only festival there on my list.

  9. Barbara 28 March 2019 at 15:59 #

    There is also a yarn festival in Vienna in November – 02.11.-03.11.!
    Wiener Woll- und Stofffest!

    http://www.wollfest.at

    • Being Knitterly 28 March 2019 at 17:20 #

      Thank you Barbara for letting me know about this festival. I’ve added it to my ever-growing list.

  10. esther 17 February 2019 at 8:14 #

    Hi! Don’t miss Barcelona Knits Festival 2nd edition It will be held the weekend of 16 and 17th November 2019 at the WTC Barcelona.
    Check out their website http://www.barcelonaknits.com
    Thank you!

    • Being Knitterly 19 February 2019 at 12:53 #

      Thank you Esther for letting me know about Barcelona Knits Festival. It looks great! I’ve only been to Barcelona once, but would love to go back!

  11. Skopinski Sophie 17 August 2018 at 14:37 #

    Hi,
    There is a nice yarn festival in October, in Felletin, France (near Aubusson)
    Les journées nationales de la laine, october, 26, 27 and 28th
    Many workshops
    official website: http://journeesdelalaine.wixsite.com/felletin

    Sophie

    • Being Knitterly 22 August 2018 at 11:00 #

      Hi Sophie, thank you for letting me know about this yarn festival. I’ve added it to my list along with the weblink.

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