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Major festivals and events

Find out more about our annual events - Herts County Show, Harpenden Carnival, the Alban Pilgrimage, St Albans Folk Festival, CAMRA St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans 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 the Events search list.

IOFringe

Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 9th July 2017 The IOFringe promotes the diversity of excellent local music from the St Albans district whilst also offering inspirational performance and participatory opportunity to complement the International Organ Festival (10th to 22nd July)l.

Childwickbury Arts Fair

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017 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!

St Michaels Village Folk Evening

Wednesday 5th July 2017 Traffic will give way to music and dancing on Wednesday 5 July when St Michael's Street, St Albans will be closed from 8-10pm for the 30th 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.

St Albans Film Festival

Wednesday 5th July to Sunday 9th July 2017 The fourth international St Albans Film Festival will take place in July 2017, with a short-film competition, film screenings, workshops, and other film-themed events taking place throughout the city. The theme this year is The Mind. There will be open-air cinema in Abbey Orchard from 5th to 8th July.

Wheathampstead Village Weekend

Saturday 8th July and Sunday 9th July 2017 Village weekend happens every year on the second weekend in July. Events start with the "Wheathampstead's Got Talent" show, followed by a Picnic on the Meads with live music. On Sunday the festivities continue with a parade through the village followed by stalls and activities on the Marford Playing Field.

Harpenden Highland Gathering

Sunday 9th July 2017 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'.

St Albans International Organ Festival

Monday 10th July to Saturday 22nd July 2017 The 29th St Albans International Organ Festival has announced its programme and, as you would expect from this prestigious event, many internationally recognised stars will be performing. Talented local artists also feature heavily, including St Albans teenager Julian Trevelyan, Harpenden-based Amici Voices, St Albans Cathedral Choir, St Albans Bach Choir and the St Albans Mosaic Chamber Choir.

St Albans Race for Life

Sunday 23rd July 2017 Race for life is the largest women only fundraising event in the UK. The St Albans event takes place in Verulamium Park, where over 3,000 women will come together and help raise money to beat cancer. Come along, walk, run, dance or sponsor. Why not enter with your friends and family? *PLEASE NOTE - Parking in Verulamium Park is very limited and you are strongly advised to use the city centre car parks.*

Classics on the Common

Wednesday 26th July 2017 Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for half a day with 1200 classic cars and other four-wheelers, plus 250 cycles and scooters. You'll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Mantra Bagheera with a '59 Berliet plus 10,000 admiring spectators. Little wonder Classics on the Common, already Britain's biggest mid-week classic car meeting, now ranks among the top events of the classics calendar.

Meraki Festival

Friday 11th August to Sunday 13th August 2017 Meraki Festival is a new 3 day summer Festival featuring a line-up of top live music acts across three major music stages, with special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. The activities are all-inclusive - once you're through the gates, you can enjoy all of our festival features for no extra cost! Features include: Enchanted Forest, Serenity Spa, Game Zone, 3 Music Stages, Mad Hatters Maze, Sky Wheel, Movie House.

Heritage Open Days

Thursday 7th September to Sunday 10th September 2017 Each September for one weekend, St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings normally closed to the public. It is a once-a-year chance to discover our architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

St Albans Fashion Week

Monday 23rd October - Sunday 29th October 2017 St Albans Fashion Week will return for its 5th year from Monday 23rd October to Sunday 29th October 2017 with a week of spectacular events showcasing fashion and beauty excellence.

St Albans Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 4th November 2017 Come and enjoy a spectacular event full of stunning fireworks, music, food and fun for the whole family! The biggest fireworks event in the region takes place in Verulamium Park and was started over 25 years ago in order to reduce firework accidents at home. To date this amazing event has raised over £730,000 for local and national charities. This year's charity is Special Olympics St Albans as well as other charities supported by the Cathedral.

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.

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.

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.