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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.

Rothamsted Festival of Ideas

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Sunday 24th June 2018
Rothamsted is celebrating 175 years of leaps in science and discovery in 2018.

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.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

Twenty_Outfits at Kingsbury Barn

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Twenty_Outfits is a fashion charity experience aiming to inspire others to love second hand clothes, to be individual, to reduce waste and most importantly, to raise money for charity.

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. Over 70 traders will line the street selling food, drink and crafts. There are lots of street activities too, all free for you to enjoy! Keep an eye out for face painters, street performers and other curiosities!

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.

Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Wednesday 27th June 2018
Mark Todhunter - Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

M Festival

Saturday 30th June 2018
M Festival Returns for its 9th year on Saturday 30th June! This is a fantastic local community event for all the family to enjoy! With lots of local talent, activities, food and drink, there is plenty to do!

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 30th June 2018
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. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Squatlife - St.Albans Film Festival: Hector

Saturday 30th June 2018
St Albans Art Team and its Partners proudly present an exciting community arts and heritage programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Squatlife is a thought provoking project, which explores the often hidden issues of squatting and homelessness using photography, film and the performing arts.HLF funded 250px

Concert - A Time for All Seasons

Saturday 30th June 2018
St Albans Choral Society presents a summer evening concert of folksongs by living British composers John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan and Cecilia McDowall

Yoga in the Gorhambury Gardens

Sunday 1st July 2018
Finlay and Laura Hinde have over 20 years’ experience teaching yoga nationally and internationally. This is a unique opportunity to join a class run by Finlay and Laura in the gardens at Gorhambury.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 1st July 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.

Victorian St.Albans

Sunday 1st July 2018
The Victorian times were the age of massive expansion for the town. This walk takes us from the medieval to the age of steam, the railways, factories and even the pioneering days of cinema (hear about the first ever film advertisement)!

Gorhambury Tour on Film

Wednesday 4th July 2018
The Gorhambury Tour allows viewers to experience the 18th century rooms of the house as they were laid out until very recently. This specially commissioned film is narrated by Tessa Roberts, head guide for the National and Decorative Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), who led tours at Gorhambury for 29 years and has an unparalleled knowledge of the house and its treasures.

Mozart's Così fan tutte

Wednesday 4th July 2018
Dulwich Opera Company are returning to St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, this July with a staged production of Mozart's classic tale of love and deception. Described by Opera Today as “compulsive and enjoyable”, this young and vibrant company look forward to bringing their acclaimed production of Mozart's comedy to St Albans, building on 2017’s first successful visit with Carmen.

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.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 7th July 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

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'.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 8th July 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.

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.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 8th July 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Historic Pubs of St.Albans

Sunday 8th July 2018
For centuries, the innkeepers and publicans of St Albans have provided hospitality for pilgrims, travellers, market traders and locals alike.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 11th July 2018
The Viscountess Grimston – The Gorhambury Building Project Revealed

Squatlife - Walk a Day in My Shoes - Photography exhibition

Saturday 14th July 2018 - Sunday 26th August 2018
To coincide with the Squatlife exhibition inside the museum this poignant collection of photographs, of those currently homeless, will be tied to railings around St Albans Cathedral and City Centre.HLF funded 250px

Squatlife Exhibition

Saturday 14th July 2018 - Sunday 26th August 2018
A thought-provoking and challenging exhibition inspired by Dave Kotula’s photographs of squatted premises in St Albans in the 1980s. This collection of iconic images illustrates a period in history and a culture that has almost completely gone and has rarely been documented.HLF funded 250px

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 14th July 2018
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. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

St Albans Organ Theatre - David Ivory

Saturday 14th July 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 15th July 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.

There's More To The Tudors

Monday 15th July 2018
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, an era of unprecedented social, religious and political change. How did the dissolution of our powerful monastery impact on the people of St Albans and its economy? You may be surprised how many of the 16th century buildings have survived – though some may be in disguise!

Beautiful Alice Summer of Love Party

Saturday 21st July 2018
A new venue for Beautiful Alice this year, with a more intimate experience promising our package of fun, love, colour and eclectic sunshiny festival vibes and keeping in line with their founding philosophies. Tickets are limited to 500 only so get yours quick!

Fishpool Street

Saturday 21st July 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 21st July 2018
A monthly event from April to August bringing together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Visitors to the social can quench their thirst with a locally brewed beer and cider, or indulge in a chilled glass of Prosecco from the licensed bar - there’s something for everyone’s tastes. A DJ at the event will bring a relaxed atmosphere and assortment of music from all genres for visitors to the event.