2021 dates for European yarn festivals

Colourful wool in Tallinn yarn shop

This blog post is the annual update to my calendar of European yarn festivals (excluding the UK {England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland}). There are so many nowadays that a single blog post would be too long to be practical. If you want to know about yarn festivals in the UK then please read this blog post: 2021 UK yarn & fibre festivals.

As the pandemic is not yet over, some shows are postponed, some will be online and many later in the year are still being planned. I shall l do my best to update this blog post, but you will appreciate that this is not easy because the restrictions due to the pandemic are continuously changing. As usual, I have included links to a website for each yarn festival, so you can check with the organisers of any event before you plan a visit.

This year, when many of us have been unable to travel far from home, let alone to other countries, we need to look forwards to better times. I love to discover small companies spinning and dying beautiful yarns, as well as farmers with flocks of indigenous sheep breeds. I like to buy some yarn to support local producers when I am on holiday. This year, I have been knitting my ‘souvenirs’, remembering the places where I bought them and looking forwards to better times ahead.

February 2021

Handwerkbeurs Zwolle

13–16 February 2021 – cancelled because of Coronavirus
de IJsselhallen, Rieteweg 12, 8011 AB Zwolle, Netherlands
Website: Handwerkbeurs, Zwolle.

March 2021

L’aiguille en Fêtes

18–21 March 2021
Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France
Website: L’aiguille en Fêtes.

April 2021

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

10–11 April 2021
Leipzig, Germany
Website: Wolle-Fest & Stoffmesse.

Le Fil de la Manche

25–26 April 2020 – 2021 dates to be confirmed
Le Château de Miromesnil, Tourville sur Arques, 76550, France
Website: Le Fil de la Manche.

Yarn Fest Stockholm

25–26 April 2020 – 2021 dates to be confirmed
Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
Website: Yarn Fest Stockholm.

May 2021

Gewollt Berlin

8–9 May 2021
Tegeler Seeterrassen, Wilkestraße 1 13507 Berlin
Website: Gewollt Berlin.

June 2021

Knit with Friends Knitting Festival (Festival de Tricot)

5–6 June 2021
Seminário de Vilar, 4050-621 Porto, Portugal
Website: Knit with Friends Knitting Festival.

Woollinn, Dublin

17–20 June 2021
The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 K063, Ireland
Website: Woollinn.

July 2021

Craft Camp (Estonian traditional craft workshops)

5–11 July 2021
Viljandi, Estonia
Website: Craft Camp.

Hohenloher Wollfest

17–18 July 2021
Schulstraße 13, 74572 Blaufelden, Germany
Website: Hohenloher Wollfest.

August 2021


14–15 August 2021
Rheinterrasse, Düsseldorf, Germany
Website: Wollfestival.

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

27–29 August 2021
Orkanger, Trondheim, Norway
Website: Midtnorsk Culture- OG Strikkefestival

September 2021

Oslostrikkefestival (Oslo Knitting Festival)

2021 dates to be confirmed
Norsk Folkemuseum, Bygdøy and Deichmanske Hovedbibliotek, Oslo, Norway
Website: Oslostrikkefestival.

Fanø International Knit Festival

16–19 September 2021
Nordby & Sønderho, Fano, Denmark
Website: Strikkefestival, Fanø International Knit Festival.

Bergen Strikkefestival (Bergen Knitting Festival)

25–27 September 2020 – 2021 dates to be confirmed
Norwegian Knitwear Museum, Bergen, Norway
Website: Bergen Strikkefestival

October 2021

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

2–3 October 2021
Wien, Austria
Website: Wienner Woll- und Stofffest.

South Iceland Woolweek

3–10 October 2021
Thingborg Community Hall, Iceland
Website: South Iceland Woolweek.

Nederlandse Breidagen (Dutch Knitting Festival)

15–16 October 2021
IJsselhallen, Rieteweg 4, 8011 BC  Zwolle, Netherlands
Website: Nederlandse Breidagen.

Journées Nationales de la Laine

2021 dates to be confirmed
Felletin, 23500, France
Website: Journées Nationales de la Laine.

November 2021

Handwerkbeurs Gent

12–14 November 2021
Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter 1, BE-9051 Gent, België
Website: Handwerkbeurs, Gent.

The Knitting and Stitching Show

2021 dates to be confirmed
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin.

Barcelona Knits

2021 dates to be confirmed
WTC Barcelona, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Website: Barcelona Knits.

Have I missed any?

Please let me know if I have missed out your festival. You can do this via the ‘contact me’ tab at the bottom of the page or leave details in the comments below.

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This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Skopinski Sophie

    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

    1. Being Knitterly

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

  2. esther

    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!

    1. Being Knitterly

      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!

  3. Barbara

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

    1. Being Knitterly

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

  4. Julie Koester

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

    1. Being Knitterly

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

  5. Julie Koester

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

    1. Being Knitterly

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

    1. Being Knitterly

      May be you should organise one!

    1. Being Knitterly

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

  6. 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.

    1. Being Knitterly

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

  7. Babaruda

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

    1. Being Knitterly

      Thank you for letting me know about this festival!

    1. Being Knitterly

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

    1. Being Knitterly

      Cecilia, thankyou for letting me know about this festival.

  8. Marlene

    Hi there
    When us the Edinburgh Yarn festival in 2021?
    Warm regards
    Marlene Botha

    1. Being Knitterly

      Hi Marlene, I have not heard when the Edinburgh Yarn Festival will take place. On their website it says that the next EYF will be in 2021. It usually takes place in February, however, with the COVID restrictions, this seems unlikely.