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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 in 2017
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.

Shop Oddity

Saturday 21 October - Sunday 29th October 2017
Shop Oddity is a brand new fundraising competition from the Better Business project.
During the October half term, retailers in St Albans will be hiding a strange object in their window for sharp-eyed members of the public to find.

Willows Farm Pumpkin Festival

Saturday 21st October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017
Pick your FREE pumpkin from Willows Pumpkin Patch.

Tower Tours

Saturday 21st October 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

Ayletts Nursery Apple Festival

Saturday 21st October 2017 to Sunday 22nd October 2017
A special weekend celebrating British Apples and local crafts people.

Meet A Roman Soldier at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 21st October 2017
Meet a Roman soldier at Verulamium Museum

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 21st October 2017
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain's third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall.

Canaletto:The Art of Venice - The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 21st October 2017
From one of the world’s largest art collections comes the remarkable story of Canaletto and the city he shared with millions through his art.

Harpenden Farmers Market

Sunday 22nd October 2017
The Harpenden Farmers Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 22nd October 2017
St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English History. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City - hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks.

Coaching Inns Guided Walk

Sunday 22nd October 2017
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were fifteen inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for over 2,000 horses - imagine the smell!

Sunday Afternoon Organ Concert

Sunday 22nd October 2017
Nicholas Freestone, Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral, gives an afternoon organ recital at St Albans Cathedral.

Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling - The Sandpit Theatre

Monday 23rd October 2017
Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, winner of the 2015 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 23rd October 2017
A simple drop-in make and take craft activity to keep you busy!

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Tuesday 24th October 2017
A simple drop-in make and take craft activity to keep you busy!

Circus Zyair on Harpenden Common

Tuesday 24th October 2017 - Sunday 29th October 2017
Circus Zyair is proud to present a colourful and action packed hour and a half show with high energy acts from all over the world.

Pottery Painting with Glaze Time

Wednesday 25th October 2017
Drop in and create something unique! Capture your child's foot / hand prints for a love one to treasure, catch up with friends whilst personalising a mug or cereal bowl, or let your little ones paint avoiding the mess at home!

Roman Paper Engineering at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 25th October 2017
Back by popular demand, another opportunity to work with illustrator and paper engineer John O’Leary to create wonderful Roman themed masterpieces!

Ayletts Nursery Pumpkin Scooping

Wednesday 25th October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017
Make a spooky Pumpkin Lantern this Halloween!

Halloween Event at Burston Garden Centre

Wednesday 25th October 2017
Come along for Halloween face painting, scary mask decorating, spooky colouring competition & pumpkin hunt.

Roman Paper Engineering at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 25th October 2017
In this drop-in session, help to co-create a giant work of three dimensional art!

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 25th October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Halloween Den Parties at the Inn on the Park

Thursday 26th October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017
A themed Halloween Den for party games, bubbles, singing and dancing with the Wish Upon A Party Witch!

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 26th October 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

The Big Draw 2017

Thursday 26th October 2017
Budding artists of all ages are invited to explore the Cathedral and create their very own masterpieces inspired by the theme of this year's Big Draw - Living Lines.

Limitless Presents: Our House The Musical! - The Sandpit Theatre

Thursday 26th October 2017 - Saturday 28th October 2017
A musical featuring the songs of Madness.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Thursday 26th October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Family Fridays - Puppets at Verulamium Museum

Friday 27th October 2017
Explore our collections with a drop-in craft and learning session.

Hansel & Gretel and You… Who? - The Sandpit Theatre

Friday 27th October 2017
Hansel and Gretel have been turned into oven gloves and don’t know what to do!

A History of Pubs and Brewing in St Albans at Verulamium Museum

Friday 27th October 2017
To celebrate Museums at Night, learn about the history of St Albans’ many pubs and inns with a talk by Curator David Thorold.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Friday 27th October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Halloween Party at Batford Memorial Hall

Saturday 28th October 2017
A great family night out - includes a fancy dress competition for children with great prizes.

Shadow Puppet Roman Myths and Legends at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 28th October 2017
Soak up the atmosphere of Verulamium Museum at dusk with special family-friendly puppet show performances as part of the national Museums at Night celebrations.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Saturday 28th October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Oxjam St Albans Festival

Sunday 29th October 2017
Oxjam is the largest grassroots music festival in the UK.
On the 29th October, Oxjam will be coming to St Albans as a multi-venue festival featuring local musicians.

Chicken Run (U) - The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 29th October 2017
They are prisoners-trapped behind barbed wire, fearing for their very lives and dreaming only of the outside world. Every escape attempt is thwarted, and the ringleader tossed into solitary to do hard time.But this is no ordinary prison...and these are no ordinary jailbirds.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Monday 30th October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Tuesday 31st October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Tuesday 31st October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Haunted Harpenden Guided Walk

Tuesday 31st October 2017
An atmospheric walk in search of spooks, spectres and skeletons!

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Tuesday 31st October 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

A Night of Dirty Dancing – The Ultimate Tribute Show

Wednesday 1st November 2017 7.30pm
Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing, heads out on its BIGGEST Tour yet – This Autumn 2017.

Come & Sing: Fauré's Requiem for Remembrance

Saturday 4th November 2017
An opportunity to learn Fauré’s Requiem in an afternoon, with the Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, Andrew Lucas, for a performance at the Cathedral in the evening.

Crabtree Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 4th November 2017
An unrivalled evening for families with an incredible fireworks display, traditional bonfire, delicious BBQ and refreshments, and a quiet room for those who need a break from the bangs. No private fireworks or sparklers.

St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 4th November 2017
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.

Old Albanian RFC Fireworks

Saturday 4th November 2017
Bring the family along to an amazing firework display and BBQ on Saturday, 4th November 2017.

Redbourn Firework Display

Saturday 4th November 2017
The firework display, presented by Fantastic Fireworks, starts at 7.00pm and there will also be a fun fair along with the Scouts selling hotdogs to make it a good family evening. Admission is free although there will be donation buckets if you would like to make a contribution.

Wheathampstead Fireworks Display

Sunday 5th November 2017
Wheathampstead Fireworks Display

25: Lives seen through food

Tuesday 7th November 2017 - Thursday 10th November 2017
This interactive exhibition will take visitors on a journey from home to supermarket in a specially designed space.
The exhibition features a selection of photographs and videos collected during a research project in Hertfordshire that explored food in later life with 25 households.
Visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibits and contribute their own thoughts, experiences, photos and recipes.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Johan Hammarström, organist at Västerås Cathedral, Sweden, gives a lunchtime organ recital of Swedish organ music at St Albans Cathedral.
All are welcome; the recital will be around half an hour and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.

Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 8th November 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Street War Memorials Guided Walk (Short Walk)

Saturday 11th November 2017
The Great War changed lives forever. Men enlisted to fight for King and Country, many never returned. The Abbey Parish remembers its dead, not in a church, but the streets where they grew up. The Parish was not unique in its experience but the memorials are.

Organ Theatre Concert - Robert Wolfe

Saturday 11th November 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Durufle Requiem at St Saviour’s Church

Saturday 11th November 2017
St Albans Choral Society and Orchestra Nova perform the Duruflé Requiem, Samuel Barber's Adagio for String Orchestra, and choral works by Tarik O'Regan and Joseph Rheinberger in this Remembrance Day concert conducted by George Vass.

St Albans Farmers Market

Sunday 12th November 2017
Expect to find local specialities, mouth watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and game, dairy produce, freshly baked cakes & bread and hand crafted goods. Plus entertainment and refreshments.

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 12th November 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Street War Memorials Guided Walk (Short Walk)

Sunday 12th November 2017
The Great War changed lives forever. Men enlisted to fight for King and Country, many never returned. The Abbey Parish remembers its dead, not in a church, but the streets where they grew up. The Parish was not unique in its experience but the memorials are.

Meet Tessa Wheeler at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 18th November 2017
Meet Tessa Wheeler at Verulamium Museum

Quiz Night in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Saturday 18th November 2017
Test your knowledge at the Rennie Grove quiz night!

St Albans Bach Choir

Saturday 18th November 2017
Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem); Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)

Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

St Albans Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017
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.

Mosaic workshop for adults at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 25th November 2017
Taking inspiration from the Roman mosaics, join in a workshop to create your own mosaic masterpiece to take away.

Dance Organ Day No. 5

Saturday 25th November 2017
Dance Organ Day No. 5

Christmas Tower Tours

Saturday 25th November 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

St Albans International Organ Festival Organ Recital

Saturday 25th November 2017
Arvid Gast, Lubeck

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

Saturday 25th November 2017
The Ultimate Civic Disco returns with the Ultimate 70's night fever Dance party in aid of the new museum and gallery in St Albans.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Sunday 26th November 2017
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.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch

Sunday 26th November 2017
Entertainment throughout the city to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture / 82 Portraits & 1 Still Life - The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 26th November 2017
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Christmas Tower Tours

Wednesday 29th November 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

Christmas Tower Tours

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

Bach by Candlelight

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Join Mosaic Chamber Choir and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Lucas, the Cathedral’s Master of the Music, for an evening of seasonal music in the candle-lit Nave of the Cathedral.

Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 3rd December 2017
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!

Santa in Love - The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 3rd December 2017
A fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.

Willow Foundation Carol Concert

Tuesday 5th December 2017
Held in the historic and beautiful St Albans’ Cathedral, the Willow Carol Concert is one of the most lovely and memorable of all Willow events and the perfect way to start the Christmas season. You will be treated to the spectacular voices of the Hertfordshire Chorus, as well as the opportunity to join in and sing some classic carols yourself.

Christmas Tower Tours

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

St Albans Bach Choir Christmas Carols

Saturday 9th December 2017
Two concerts of Christmas music performed by the St Albans Bach Choir and Alberti Brass

St Albans Farmers Market

Sunday 12th December 2017
Expect to find local specialities, mouth watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and game, dairy produce, freshly baked cakes & bread and hand crafted goods. Plus entertainment and refreshments.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 13th December 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Christmas Charity Concert - The Sandpit Theatre

Thursday 14th December 2017
West End stars and local talent are coming together this Christmas in festive spirit, to raise money for Home Start Herts, a wonderful charity that supports families with young children in a multitude of difficult situations.

A Christmas Carol - The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 16th December 2017
With the help of a large 60cm tall pop up book and lots of humbugs, this very entertaining version of the Dicken’s classic tale takes the audience back to Victorian England using mime, voice and a couple of suitcases loaded full of ghosts!

The Hospice of St Francis Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 17th December 2017
Enjoy an afternoon of festive carols and Christmas readings in aid of The Hospice of St Francis. Set within the stunning Cathedral this is the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends together at this special time of year to support an important local cause.

St Saviour’s Church Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 16th December 2017 - Saturday 23rd December 2017
A beautiful Christmas event! Come and see the church transformed into a winter wonderland by 90 sparkling Christmas trees. The trees are all decorated on the theme of “Community at Christmas” by local individuals and groups.

St Albans Mummers

Tuesday 26th December 2017 (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.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Monday 1st January 2018
St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English History. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City - hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks.

New Year's Day Celebration Concert

Monday 1st January 2018
St Albans Symphony Orchestra
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