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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.

Willows Farm Potato Shindig

Friday 1st September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017
Potato Shindig is at Willows Activity Farm, St Albans, every day between 1 and 24 September, and this year, visitors can turn their picked potatoes into artistic prints!
The Willows Potato Patch is open to all: with spades at the ready, little ones can dig up and harvest their very own Picasso potatoes. Every child gets to take a bag-full of potatoes home to try out some delicious Willows recipes.

Hertfordshire Open Studios

Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017
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.

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Denise Newman

Thursday 21 September 2017
Denise and her team welcome you back to this popular venue for another evening of Afterlife Communication

Natural World Bugs and Reptiles

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Free event 10am - 3pm

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 23rd September 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.

St Albans International Organ Festival Gala Concert

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Prize-winners of the 2017 Competition.

Moonlight Walk

Saturday 23 September 2017
Take part in this 10 mile walk around the streets of St Albans under the light of the moon. All proceeds from the event are going to Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Harpenden Farmers Market

Sunday 24th September 2017
The Harpenden Farmers Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of every month.

St Albans Motor Show

Sunday 24th September 2017
After the success of the first St Albans Motor Show in March 2016, the free street event is back with even more to entertain and delight car enthusiasts, families and friends. Situated on the pedestrianised areas of St Peter’s Street, the Motor Show delivers a fun day out with hands-on opportunities and a range of free activities too. …Additional entertainment will include:

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 24th September 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.

Medieval Lives Guided Walk

Sunday 24th September 2017
As we walk around the historic market place you will hear tales about the life and times of the people who visited, lived and worked here.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2017

Wednesday 27th September to Saturday 7th 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.

Fragments - Exhibition in St Albans Clock Tower

Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Sunday 1st October 2017
A joint commission by St Albans Museums and UH Galleries. Abi Spendlove’s exhibition of new works at the Clock Tower in St Albans.

CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Wednesday 27th September to Saturday 30th September 2017
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.

The Unknown Soldier

Wednesday 27th September 2017
Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home - for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend – and amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs Jack is looking for something – looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

Birds of Bray

Saturday 30th September 2017
Free event 10am - 3pm

Tower Tours

Saturday 30th September 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.

According to Arthur - The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 30th September 2017
Bursting with poetry, puppetry, live music and imagination, PaddleBoat Theatre Company invite you to help Arthur find the moon again!

Heartwood Afternoon Walk

Saturday 30th September 2017
Afternoon walk to visit the newly created Heartwood Arboretum England's newest and largest arboretum with all the trees and shrubs native to the British Isles. You will see 60 different species and learn how they have been used over the centuries. They are still small saplings, but you will be able to watch them grow in coming years.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 30th September 2017
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?

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage

Saturday 30th September 2017
Conductor - Harry Christophers
World renowned choir The Sixteen return to St Albans Cathedral to perform choral music by Poulenc and Palestrina.

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 30th September 2017

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Simon Thompson, Jennifer Wigram (leader) and soloist Sebastian Kozub (cello) present -

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture and 3 pieces;
Saint-Saens: Cello concerto no.1 in A minor;
Cherubini: Symphony in D major.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 1st 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.

St Albans Street Feastival

Sunday 1st October 2017
St Peter’s Street will exhibit the finest food and drink producers, a variety of expert demonstrations and a line-up of outstanding chefs, welcoming over 14,000 visitors to the District. Impressive varieties of top quality produce will be showcased, from fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meat products, ice cream, wines and beers to homemade chocolates and preserves. All are from local and regional producers, suppliers and restaurants.

Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 1st October 2017
Catch up with friends or family and enjoy a musical afternoon with tea, finger sandwiches and delicious cakes served by Serendipitea Tea Parties 'Pop Up Tea Room' whilst listening to the Steinway piano and other similar ‘quieter’ instruments in the collection at the Organ Theatre.

A Monastery Revealed Guided Walk

Sunday 1st October 2017
Our city owes its existence to the monastery, which was once the most important in England. From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks.

Antigone

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd October 2017
A battle-ground and bloodshed between brothers. A double fratricide. A proclamation that one brother should remain unburied, left to decay on the fields for carrion to ravage. A loyal sister, Antigone, defiant of the State, buries him. Creon, her uncle, is determined to uphold the Law and punish those who disobey at whatever cost. Family loyalties and personal politics collide in this most passionate and timeless of ancient Greek tragedies.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

Wednesday 4th October 2017
Martyn Rawles, Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral

Grove House Fashion Show in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Wednesday 4th October 2017
Join the volunteers and staff of Rennie Grove on Wednesday 4 October for your chance to see, try on and buy this season's lines at reduced prices - all to help raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The models on the night are volunteers and staff of Rennie Grove, so come and see them strut their stuff!

Folk at the Maltings concert with Kitty Macfarlane plus Abella and Finn Collinson

Friday 6th October 2017
Folk at the Maltings features singer Kitty Macfarlane from Somerset at a concert on Friday October 6 at 8pm at the Maltings Arts Theatre.

A Curious Conversation - Pop Up Museum

Saturday 7th October 2017
A Curious Conversation - Pop Up Museum at St Julians, Cottonmill (as part of Culture in Cottonmill)

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 7th 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.

Codebreaker and Ode to a Nightingale

Saturday 7th October 2017
This special concert features two glorious and memorable pieces of music, both commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus and now recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records,one of the leading classical recording companies in the UK. The concert coincides with the release of the resulting CD and both composers are expected to be present.

St Albans Farmers Market

Sunday 8th October 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.

The Herts 10k

Sunday 8th October 2017
The Herts 10k is a charity run, raising funds for Grove House Hospice. The route starts in Rothamsted Park and heads out towards Redbourn, along the Nickey Line and coming back into Rothamsted Park allowing runners to enjoy some glorious sights of the district's countryside.

Craft Fair in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Sunday 8th October 2017
Craft Fair Sunday 8th October 2017 10 am – 4pm

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 8th 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.

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 8th October 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Historic Pubs Of St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 8th October 2017
This walk traces the changing fortunes of many establishments - some long gone, others re-invented and those that remain virtually unchanged by time.

Older People’s Day

Wednesday 11th October 2017
An event for members of the public, especially for older people, their families and carers. Information sessions on community and fire safety. 30+ stalls for organisations for older people. Sports and arts demonstrations and light refreshments.
Photography exhibition created by Oaklands College students celebrating older people in the district.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 11th October 2017
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by Whatever Next by Jill Murphy .

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 14th October 2017
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?

Organ Theatre Concert - Andrew Nix

Saturday 14th October 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

St Cecilia Festival Concert

Saturday 14th October 2017
Hardynge Choir, Radlett Choral Society and St Albans Chamber Choir
The biennial St Cecilia Festival Concert brings together three choirs: their all-Russian programme features Rachmaninoff’s dramatic choral symphony The Bells (setting poems by Edgar Allan Poe), the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in a spectacular choral version. Shostakovich’s turbulent symphonic poem October for orchestra completes the programme.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 15th 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.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists Guided Walk

Sunday 15th October 2017
An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans.

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.

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.

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.
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