Whether food, music, comedy or dancing are your passion, St Albans has a festival for you. Or maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion, meeting up with old friends or looking to immerse yourself in an evening of outstanding musical performance? Whatever the reason, St Albans has it covered with a packed festival calendar and top- quality accommodation it’s the must-visit destination this year.
This June sees the Foodies festival arrive in town for the first time. It’s down at Oaklands college between 2-4 June and will feature top chefs from MasterChef and Great British Bake off plus live music from Scouting for Girls and Natalie Imbruglia. It’s a festival for the whole family with amazing food, drinks and activities for the kids along side the music line up.
Guaranteed fun at the St Albans Folk Festival (Free Event) with barn dancing, live music, singing and music sessions, a Festival Concert, folk dancing ‘taster workshop’ and lots more. 16-18 June 2023, St Albans City Centre & St Saviour’s Church
The Alban Weekend kicks off with the Alban Pilgrimage, organised by St Albans Cathedral, with a procession of 12ft tall carnival puppets and the re-enactment of events which led to St Alban’s execution. The Alban Street Festival celebrates Alban, with plenty of fun in the city centre for all. 24-25 June 2023, Central St Albans (Free event)
St Albans International Organ Festival celebrates its 60th year with performers from around the world performing a wide musical repertoire. 3-15 July 2023, St Albans Cathedral and other venues (tickets HERE)
St Michael’s Folk Evening in pretty St Michael’s Village features bellringers, Morris dancers, Maypole dancing and a ukulele band plus, live music, food and drink. 5 July 2023, St Michael’s Street (Free)
The Gin & Rum Festival held inside magnificent St Albans Cathedral boasts over 120 of the best Gins and Rums, including the best of British, spirits from around the world, and a huge range of flavoured products. 22 July 2023, St Albans Cathedral (Tickets HERE)
St Albans Comedy Garden promises the ultimate chuckle with stupendous open-air stand-up comedy in Verulamium Park starring the finest comedians of the moment. 26-30 July 2023, Verulamium Park (Tickets HERE)
Hosted by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, Pub in the Park is an action-packed weekend with dancing, live bands and amazing food created by award winning restaurants and top chefs. 8-10 September 2023, Verulamium Park (Tickets HERE)
St Albans Feastival is an incredible foodie celebration in the city centre with food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and craft activities and cookery demonstrations. 24 September 2023, Central St Albans. Organised by SADC (Free).
Enjoy fantastic entertainment, delicious food, guest speakers, auctions and hundreds of traditional ales, craft beers and real ciders at St Albans Beer & Cider Festival, one of CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) most prominent provincial festivals. Cheers! 27-30 September 2023, Alban Arena (Tickets HERE)
Enjoy a traditional German celebration at Oktoberfest with live oompah band, axe throwing, local artists, authentic German schwenkgrill serving delicious Bratwurst, a DJ and of course, Prost beer! 27–28 October 2023, Herts Showground (Tickets HERE)
The hugely popular Gin & Jazz festival is a fantastic showcase for retailers and hospitality venues who open their doors for late night shopping while live Swing Jazz music, fabulous food, and gin bars fill the street. 6 October 2023, George Street. Sponsored by St Albans BID (Free)