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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.

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.

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:

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.
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