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Throughout the year St Albans City & District has a lively cultural calendar, so why not plan your visit to coincide with one of the regular street events, festivals or markets? There is so much to do, and as well as the regular events listed below, local attractions often have special one-off events as well.

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Major festivals and events

An overview of the big events happening around the city and district
Find out more about the Herts County Show, Harpenden Carnival, the Alban Pilgrimage, St Albans Folk Festival, the International Organ Festival, CAMRA St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, and many more. 

Information on these and a whole host of other events happening around the city and district can also be found in our Events Search.

The Sensational 60’s Experience

Friday 23rd March 2018
With a brand new production for 2018. Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten.

Herts Big Weekend

Saturday 24th March and Sunday 25th March 2018
During English Tourism Week, Hertfordshire residents get the chance to enjoy an amazing day out in their county for FREE in the Herts Big Weekend! Herts residents can apply for as many tickets as they like at from 8th February to 11th March. Some attractions are open for free over the weekend, even without tickets from the ballot.

Dr John Cooper Clarke

Saturday 24th March 2018
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970’s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Friday 30th March 2018 - Saturday 31st March 2018
Peppa Pig and friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure!

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 2nd April 2018 & Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 5th April 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

Meet Queen Boudicca at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 5th April 2018
Meet Queen Boudiccaat Verulamium Museum

The Bootleg Beatles

Thursday 5th April 2018
The world’s most famous Beatles Tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time.

Family Fridays - Iron Age Houses at Verulamium Museum

Friday 6th April 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

The Hollies

Friday 6th April 2018
This band created some of the best songs ever. American number 1 Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), The Air That I Breathe, Bus Stop, I’m Alive, Carrie Anne, the soul-stirring British number 1 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother… and many more classic worldwide hits

Folk at the Maltings - Namara, Sue Farthing, Megan Wisdom

Friday 6th April 2018
Folk at the Maltings presents a concert featuring locally-based duo Na-mara plus singers Sue Farthing and Megan Wisdom

Martine McCutcheon

Saturday 7th April 2018
Martine McCutcheon, first found fame as Tiffany Mitchell in Eastenders in the 1990s, before releasing her platinum-selling debut solo album ‘You, Me & Us’ in 1999 containing the No. 1 single ‘Perfect Moment’. West End and TV roles followed and along the way she became the nation’s sweetheart. In 2003, Martine memorably played Natalie opposite Hugh Grant in ‘Love Actually.’

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 8th April 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Meet A Roman Soldier at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 8th April 2018
Meet a Roman soldier at Verulamium Museum

Dinosaur World Live

Monday 9th April 2018 - Tuesday 10th April 2018
A brand new dino-mite adventure!
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 9th April 2018 & Tuesday 10th April 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 11th April 2018
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 12th April 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees

Thursday 12th April 2018
Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees.

Family Fridays - Ancient Jewellery at Verulamium Museum

Friday 13th April 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

Friday 13th April 2018
Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals!

The Ultimate Civic Disco present Ultimate 70's nightfever - Dance party

Saturday 14th April 2018
The Ultimate Civic Disco presents The Ultimate Glam Rock 70’s Party Night featuring SLADE! With 17 top 20 Hits and 6 Number One’s in the early 70’s, SLADE are truly iconic. Re-live the era on the night with the UCD “Glam Rock” dance party Disco DJ’s. Get your Glitter on and Glam yourself up! And get into the spirit of the era and help us celebrate the Civic Disco's 50th birthday!

St Albans Organ Theatre - Richard Hills F.R.C.O

Saturday 14th April 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

French Market

Thursday 19th April and Friday 20th April 2018
France at Home returns to put on a French Market in St Albans. The traders mostly come from different 'departments' in Normandy and offer a wide range of top quality products. These are generally local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, Provençal soaps, and much more.

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Thursday 19th April 2018
One of the industry’s true legends, Gilbert O'Sullivan dominated the charts in the seventies and continues to enjoy success and acclaim to the present day.

Iain Stirling ‘U OK Hun? X’

Friday 20th April 2018
Iain Stirling is back after a summer narrating smash hit Love Island (ITV2) and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour!

SuStAinable St Albans Week

Saturday 21st April to Sunday 29th April 2018
This vibrant and award-winning week is packed with events and activities to do with the environment, taking place across the district.  There is something for everyone; food and films, walks and talks, kids’ activities and special offers.  Look online to see all the details, including the prestigious opening event “Our Planet, Our Future” in Harpenden and the finale, the “Know How Festival” in St Albans.

Sleeping Beauty

Saturday 21st April 2018
A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock

Tuesday 24th April 2018 - Wednesday 25th April 2018
Stand Up & Rock is back. The 2017 tour will see the legendary Jasper Carrott back with a new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world.

The Dreamboys

Thursday 26th April 2018
If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further.

The George Michael Legacy

Friday 27th April 2018
Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band.

An Audience with Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse

Saturday 28th April 2018
Ian and Oti will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity. The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Tuesday 1st May - Saturday 5th May 2018
Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th May 2018
Evenings 7:45pm
Saturday Matinee 2:30pm


Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May 2018
The second edition of the GolfSixes event, the European Tour’s innovative shorter format of the game, takes place at the Centurion Club in St Albans. The event will feature two-man teams from 16 different nations, with the leading European Tour member from each nation selecting his partner for the event.

David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom

Sunday 6th May 2018
Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide.

Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to The Alban Arena for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year.

Daliso Chaponda

Thursday 10th May 2018
Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced his debut stand up tour for 2018 entitled ‘What The African Said.’.

The Illegal Eagles

Friday 11th May 2018
The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Michael Woolridge

Saturday 12th May 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

Beating the Bounds

Sunday 13th May 2018
Beating the Bounds is a traditional ceremony dating back to medieval times and involves members of the community walking the boundary of St Albans. During the ceremony, people taking part in the event will be invited to beat the 'bounds' with willow wands at key locations along the 3 mile route. The procession, led by the Mayor and officers of the district council will follow the medieval boundary of the town as defined in 1327. The procession takes around 2 hours. Free.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 13th May 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Lee Hurst: Mucking About

Sunday 13th May 2018
Lee Hurst, star of BBC1’s They Think Its All Over’ is back on the road in 2018 with his brand new show ‘Mucking About’.

Ruby Wax: Frazzled ‘A Guide To Mindfulness’

Tuesday 15th May 2018
Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show to the stage.

Count Arthur Strong - Alive and Unplugged

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Alone, solo and by himself, with no one with him, the show business Colossasus (check that) takes us back on a journey through his early career.

20th Century Boy – Marc Bolan Musical

Thursday 17th May 2018 - Saturday 19th May 2018
This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death.

Andy Hamilton

Monday 21st May 2018
In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes.

Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane & Lizzie Roper

Jools Holland

Thursday 24th May 2018
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring GILSON LAVIS with special guest MARC ALMOND and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & ROSIE MAE

The Counterfeit Stones

Friday 25th May 2018
Now in their 27th year, these prank-stars continue to deliver the best “mock ‘n’ roll” show on the circuit.

Hertfordshire County Show

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018
The Hertfordshire County Showground is the setting for many events throughout the year, including the annual Hertfordshire County Show, which traditionally takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The event attracts up to 38,000 visitors and displays the best of Hertfordshire. Come and see animals ranging from huge bulls to tiny ducks, spectacular displays and educational demonstrations. Join us for a fantastic family day out, combining free entertainment, fun, food and shopping.

We’ve Only Just Begun

Saturday 26th May 2018
“We’ve Only Just Begun” is a celebration of the Carpenter’s music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter.

Lee Nelson

Sunday 27th May 2018
Due to huge demand, Lee is extending his smash hit tour for a second (and final) time, adding an extra 30 dates to his huge 150 show run.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Arts and Crafts sale

Saturday 2nd June 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

St Albans Steam and Country Show

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018
A full day's entertainment will be available for everyone. In addition to the old engines and farm equipment there will be stalls, a fairground and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstrations will be set up to show how the old equipment was used in days gone by. A working sawbench, threshing machine, stone crusher and other machinery will be at work. Ring events and parades will enable all the mobile exhibits to be moved on the field (if weather conditions allow).

St Albans Organ Theatre - Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 3rd June 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

Art on the Common

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018
Established for over 30 years, Art on the Common is Hertfordshire's premier outdoor art event, set on a wonderful tree lined section of Harpenden Common close to the Town centre. The two day event showcases the very best of local art including paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass, wood and handmade greeting cards.

Harpenden Carnival

Saturday 9th June 2018
Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council bring you the 53rd Harpenden Carnival. The theme will be the Wild West, and there will be a procession through the High Street, live music on stage, and lots of stalls and side shows. In the main arena there will be Wild West themed acts, including a lasso & whip-cracking show and line dancing workshops!

St Albans Organ Theatre - Chris Stanbury

Saturday 9th June 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Half Marathon

Sunday 10th June 2018
A community focused event, St Albans Half Marathon aims to raise money for local charities and organisations as well as put on a great day out for all the family. Those looking for a challenge can take on the scenic Half Marathon or Walking Half Marathon, which takes you on a challenging but rewarding route through the country lanes of St Albans.

St Albans Folk Festival

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018
St Albans Folk Festival will take place from 15th to 17th June with the main events on Saturday June 16th. These will include a Day of Dance, free showcase performances, sessions, singarounds, workshops and a festival concert featuring The Dovetail Trio, Granny’s Attic, Watford Folk Club song competition winner, Julian Mount and a New Roots finalist.

The Alban Pilgrimage - part of Alban Weekend

Saturday 23rd June 2018
St Albans Cathedral is delighted to bring you the spectacular Alban Pilgrimage, a celebration of the life of Saint Alban who gave the City its name. This unique and dramatic event sees giant carnival puppets retrace Alban's last steps and tell his remarkable and moving story. Roman chariots, centurions, lions, roses and executioners all take their place in the procession from St Peter's Church, through the City Centre to St Albans Cathedral.

Alban Street Festival - part of Alban Weekend

Sunday 24th June 2018
Showcasing our inspiring community, celebrate all that is fun, free and fabulous about St Albans at the Alban Street Festival. Food stalls, creative and sporting activities, live music, performance and more: and all of it is free!

St Albans Film Festival

Tuesday 26th June to Sunday 1st July 2018
The fifth international St Albans Film Festival will take place in 2018, with a short-film competition, film screenings, workshops, and other film-themed events taking place throughout the city. The theme this year is Speed. There will be open-air cinema in Abbey Orchard from Wednesday 27th June through to Sunday 1st July.

St Michaels Village Folk Evening

Wednesday 4th July 2018
Traffic will give way to music and dancing when St Michael's Street, St Albans will be closed from 8-10pm for St Michael's Street Folk evening. The overture by St Michael's bell ringers will start at 7.15pm. After dancing in the street and the school playground finished, music and singing will continue until closing time all over the village.

Childwickbury Arts Fair

Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July 2018
A three day celebration of the arts held inside the beautiful private grounds of Childwickbury Estate, St Albans where you will find a vibrant mix of workshops, demonstrations and entertainment for all ages, a great day out for families. A unique way to engage with artists in a relaxed and informal setting as well as an opportunity to view and buy their work. Events and activities include painting, print making, jewellery, plus much much more!

Festival on the Field 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018
Harpenden's own award-winning outdoor music festival and fund-raising event, run by the school associations of Sir John Lawes and Manland Primary School. Starring some of the UK's best known tribute acts.

Harpenden Highland Gathering

Sunday 8th July 2018
Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering is a great day out with a 'Scottish flavour' offering four pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays as well as solo piping. Plus the traditional highland games heavy events including 'weight over the bar', 'tossing the caber' and 'putting the stone'.

Wheathampstead Village Weekend

Sunday 8th July 2018
Village Day happens in July every year, with a parade through the village followed by stalls and activities on the Marford Playing Field. The 2018 theme is Carnival.

Classics on the Common

Wednesday 25th July 2018
Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for half a day with 1200 classic cars and other four-wheelers, plus 250 cycles and scooters. You'll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Mantra Bagheera with a '59 Berliet plus 10,000 admiring spectators. Little wonder Classics on the Common, already Britain's biggest mid-week classic car meeting, now ranks among the top events of the classics calendar.

UK's Strongest Man 2018

Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018
For the first time ever UK's Strongest Man is coming to England and the host city is St Albans! This family favourite Channel 5 series is the toughest strongman competition in the world. 16 strongmen from across the UK and Ireland come together to pull trucks, flip giant tyres, lift the world famous stones and much, much more in this action packed show for all the family.

Meraki Festival

Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August 2018
Meraki returns to St Albans for a 2nd year. The festival will feature a line-up of top live music acts across 3 stages. We’re family-friendly, with lots to keep the little ones entertained, and we have a range of special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. The activities at Meraki are all-inclusive – once you’re through the gates, you can enjoy all of our festival features for no extra cost!

French Market

Friday 24th August 2018
France at Home returns to put on a French Market in St Albans. The traders mostly come from different 'departments' in Normandy and offer a wide range of top quality products. These are generally local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, Provençal soaps, and much more.

Hertfordshire Open Studios

TBC September 2018
Why not extend the summer holiday mood with a self-guided tour of some of Hertfordshire's finest artists, craftmakers and artisans? Artists are opening their doors for the biggest county-wide art event in Hertfordshire - Herts Open Studios. This annual autumn show, organised by Herts Visual Arts, runs for three weeks and entry to participating exhibitions is free.

Heritage Open Days

Thurs 6th to Sun 10th September and Thurs 13th to Sun 16th September 2018
Each September for one weekend, St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings normally closed to the public. It is a once-a-year chance to discover our architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Redbourn Classics Motor Show

Saturday 15th September 2018
Classic Vehicle Show plus Village Fête with family entertainment, BBQ, food stalls, charity stalls, and a raffle.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2018

Wednesday 26th September to Monday 8th October
The St Albans Food & Drink Festival will return this autumn to showcase the fantastic range of food, drink and produce available throughout St Albans District. With so many excellent eateries providing fabulous food and delightful drinking holes, the festival is a great time to try something new or different.

CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 29th September 2018
The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town at the end of September so book your beer and cider holiday now and pay us a visit to enjoy the vast selection of drinks on offer. The number of real ale on offer runs into the hundreds and is complimented by a vast selection of real ciders and perries, bottle conditioned beers and a large selection from around the world.

St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Come and enjoy a spectacular event full of fantastic fireworks, food and fun for the whole family! Taking place in Verulamium Park, this amazing public display was started over 25 years ago in order to reduce firework accidents at home. Over the years it has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities. This year’s nominated charities are Earthworks St Albans and Waverley Driving Group RDA as well as other charities supported by St Albans Cathedral.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market Launch

Sunday 18th or Sunday 25th November 2018* (date TBC)
Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season. There will be three switch-on events at 5pm: at the Taxi Rank Stage, by the Clock Tower, and at the Christmas Market in Vintry Garden.

St Albans Christmas Market

End November to mid-December 2018 - dates TBC
German-style Christmas Market in St Albans selling high quality gifts and products. Browse beautiful handmade gifts while enjoying a mug of mulled wine in the Christmas atmosphere. The event will take place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral.
Further information: visit our Christmas Market section and find out more about the products, entertainment, and how to be involved.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Sunday 25th November 2018* (provisional date)
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town's Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping.

Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 2nd December 2018
Experience the best of Redbourn at their annual winter festival. Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. 70+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas; seasonal music showcasing the best local talent; Yule raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses, plus Santa Claus!

Carols on the Hour

Saturday 15th December 2018
Take a break from the last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoy this special St Albans Cathedral event. Each service lasts just 30 minutes, enough time to sing some uplifting carols with the Cathedral Choirs. Everyone is welcome to come and sing and experience the true meaning of Christmas at these hourly Carol Services from 11am to 4pm. No tickets required and admission is free.

St Albans Mummers

Wednesday 26th December 2018 (Boxing Day)

For over 40 years the St Albans Mummers have performed their unique adaptation of George & The Dragon on Boxing Day in various locations in the City Centre.

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