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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.

A Music Icon: I.K Dairo MBE Commemorative Exhibition

Monday 1st October to Wednesday 31st October 2018
A Music Icon: I.K. Dairo will commemorate the anniversary of 55 years since Dairo received his MBE for services to music across the Commonwealth and in doing so; recognise the only African musician to have received such an honour.

St Albans Remembers

October and November 2018
St Albans Remembers will provide information on events held to commemorate Remembrance Sunday 2018 and the WW1 Centenary in 2018.

Style St Albans

Friday 19th October 2018
New for 2018, a fashion show with 10 retailers within the St Albans BID area on a bespoke catwalk in the beautifully restored St Albans Museum + Gallery, showcasing party and festive looks from the AW18/19 collections.

Last Night of The Proms

Saturday 20th October 2018
Watford Band are proud to present a live performance of ‘Last Night of The Proms’ at the St Paul’s Church in St Albans. So if you couldn’t get tickets to this year’s Prom, now is your opportunity to wave a flag and sing some old favourites. Flags of all nations welcome.

The St Albans Antique and Vintage Market

Sunday 21st October 2018
A unique and long awaited monthly outdoor Antique and Vintage market in central St Albans.

Poppy Field

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2018
A stunning projection of poppies will fill the Nave of St Albans Cathedral for two nights only, as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary. The Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Entry will be free and will provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

Spooky Spectacular!

Wednesday 31st October 2018
Spooky activities in central St Albans in association with Wish Upon A Party, The Glitterbox Face Painting, Chaos City Comics and Empire Records St Albans. Free facepainting, spooky characters, crafts, superheros, and a few surprises too!

Mistletoe Fair

Friday 2nd November 2018
Take the stress out of Christmas shopping at the Mistletoe Fair

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.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Tuesday 6th November to Saturday 10th November 2018
The most Fantasmaggorical musical in the history of everything… Following the spectacular Priscilla Queen of the Desert the award winning St Albans Musical Theatre Company are thrilled to bring you the regional premiere of the all-time family favourite CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG!

St Albans Organ Theatre - Robert Wolfe

Saturday 10th November 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 11th November 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Folk at the Maltings - Walter Harvey Hallam

Sunday 11th November 2018
One act play, Walter Harvey Hallam, an ordinary man, about a London draper who volunteered for military service in 1915, plus songs from Martin Olyett and Bob Templeman and Annette Burrows

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On

Sunday 18th November 2018
Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Dance Organ Day No. 6

Saturday 24th November 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

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

Saturday 24th November 2018
The return of the mega popular UCD with the Ultimate “Old” School Disco! Hosted by Graham Kentsley with the return of School favourites The “Hello Sailor” Discotheque! Live music from the FAB local band The Push playing the “End of Term” Christmas party set!

The St Albans Antique and Vintage Market

Sunday 25th November 2018
A unique and long awaited monthly outdoor Antique and Vintage market in central St Albans.

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.

Meraki Christmas Festival

Friday 30th November to Saturday 22nd December
For the first time this year, the St Albans Christmas Market is being hosted within Meraki Christmas Festival, so not only will you be able to shop for unique hand-made goods from picturesque wooden chalets, you’ll also be able to enjoy all the fun of a winter wonderland with rides, a spectacular virtual reality Santa’s grotto experience, Christmas movies, skating, an ice bar and much, much more.

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!

Folk at the Maltings - Kitty Macfarlane

Friday 7th December 2018
Somerset-based singer and songwriter, Kitty Macfarlane, returns to Folk at the Maltings as part of a national tour to launch her debut album, ‘Namer of clouds’.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Nicholas Martin B.E.M.

Saturday 8th December 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

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 Organ Theatre - The Mechanical Instrument Christmas Special

Sunday 16th December 2018
The Mechanical Instrument Christmas Special

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.