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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.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 20th June 2018
The Viscountess Grimston – The Gorhambury Building Project Revealed

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 22nd 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.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Sunday 22nd July 2018
Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road?

Gorhambury Silver Collection

Wednesday 25th July 2018
Silver specialist Jeffrey Lassaline will give a rare insight into selected silver works of art in the Gorhambury Collection.

Classics on the Common

Wednesday 25th July 2018
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.

UK's Strongest Man 2018

Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018
For the first time ever UK's Strongest Man is coming to England and the host city is St Albans! This family favourite Channel 5 series is the toughest strongman competition in the world. 16 strongmen from across the UK and Ireland come together to pull trucks, flip giant tyres, lift the world famous stones and much, much more in this action packed show for all the family.

Squatlife Theatre Performance

Friday 27th July 2018
After a two week residency working with nationally acclaimed Cardboard Citizen, actors from the local homeless community tell their stories in this thought provoking production. A Forum piece Theatre, which provides the audience with the opportunity to ‘stop’ the performance and introduce other issues/ideas, which can lead to interesting and powerful debates in the theatre.HLF funded 250px

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 28th 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.

Yoga in the Gorhambury Gardens

Sunday 29th 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 29th 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.

Squatlife St Albans City Centre Walk: Waifs, Vagabonds and Workhouses

Sunday 29th July 2018
Join St Albans Tour Guide, Elizabeth Eastwood, at the West End of St Albans Abbey, where the walk starts, and collect your map. This walk will include the House of Correction, Raynshaw’s Almshouses and the former slums. Elizabeth weaves a fascinating, historical and poignant story of the homeless, which forms part of the Squatlife Exhibition, upstairs in the East & West Galleries of the St Albans Museum & Gallery, and which runs from Saturday 14 July to Sunday 26 August.HLF funded 250px

Family Walk

Sunday 29th July 2018
Why is our city called St.Albans? Why was the Clock Tower built? This walk is for families of primary school age children.

Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Wednesday 1st August 2018
Mark Todhunter - Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Home Sweet Home

Wednesday 1st August 2018
If you were homeless, what would you use to make a dwelling offering warmth and protection?
Join Rose from the St Albans Arts Team as she explores these questions, and using felt, make a cosy shelter to take home.HLF funded 250px

Huff, Puff, Blow Your House Down

Saturday 4th August 2018
Can the Three Little Wolves make a shelter which is indestructible? Help construct a home which won’t collapse or be blown down using paper straws and add it to the St Albans street scene.
Suitable for those under 8 years old.HLF funded 250px

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 5th August 2018, Sunday 12th August 2018, Sunday 19th August 2018, Sunday 26th August 2018, Monday 27th August 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.

Huff, Puff, Blow Your House Down

Wednesday 8th August 2018
Can the Three Little Wolves make a shelter which is indestructible? Help construct a home which won’t collapse or be blown down using paper straws and add it to the St Albans street scene.
Suitable for those under 8 years old.HLF funded 250px

Meraki Festival

Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August 2018
Meraki returns to St Albans for a 2nd year. The festival will feature a line-up of top live music acts across 3 stages. It's family-friendly, with lots to keep the little ones entertained, and there is a range of special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. Artists Announced: All Saints/ Pixie Lott/ 10cc/ Nik Kershaw/ Judge Jules/ Tall Paul/ Danny Rampling/ Seb Fontaine plus more to be announced!

Home Sweet Home

Saturday 11th August 2018
If you were homeless, what would you use to make a dwelling offering warmth and protection? Join Rose from the St Albans Arts Team as she explores these questions, and using felt, make a cosy shelter to take home.HLF funded 250px

St Albans Organ Theatre - Elizabeth Harrison

Saturday 11th August 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 12th August 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 15th August 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Inn on the Park

Thursday 16th August 2018
An open-air summer performance of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 18th August 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.

French Market

Thursday 23rd August & Friday 24th August 2018
France at Home returns to put on a French Market in St Albans. The traders mostly come from different 'departments' in Normandy and offer a wide range of top quality products. These are generally local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, Provençal soaps, and much more.

Yoga in the Gorhambury Gardens

Sunday 26th August 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.

Stockwood Festival

Saturday 1st September 2018
Stockwood Festival is a yearly music festival in St Albans which promotes local bands and DJ's. Stockwood started as a private event in 2014 and by popular request was opened up to the local community in 2016. This year the event will start at 7pm on the 1st September until midday the following day.

Gorhambury Tour on Film

Wednesday 5th September 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.

Heritage Open Days

Thurs 6th to Sun 10th September and Thurs 13th to Sun 16th September 2018
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 8th September to Sunday 30th September 2018
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.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Keith Beckingham

Saturday 8th September 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 9th September 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 12th September 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

Pots in Kingsbury Barn

Thursday 13th September 2018 - Sunday 16th September 2018
Free event with opportunity to see demonstration of wheel throwing and hands on "have a go" experience Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Redbourn Classics Motor Show

Saturday 15th September 2018
Classic Vehicle Show plus Village Fête with family entertainment, BBQ, food stalls, charity stalls, and a raffle.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 19th September 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2018

Wednesday 26th September to Monday 8th 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.

CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 29th September 2018
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.

Gorhambury Tour on Film

Wednesday 3rd October 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.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 10th October 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

St Albans Organ Theatre - John Mann with Special Guest Sarah Bryant

Saturday 13th October 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Come and enjoy a spectacular event full of fantastic fireworks, food and fun for the whole family! Taking place in Verulamium Park, this amazing public display was started over 25 years ago in order to reduce firework accidents at home. Over the years it has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities. This year’s nominated charities are Earthworks St Albans and Waverley Driving Group RDA as well as other charities supported by St Albans Cathedral.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market Launch

Sunday 18th or Sunday 25th November 2018* (date TBC)
Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season. There will be three switch-on events at 5pm: at the Taxi Rank Stage, by the Clock Tower, and at the Christmas Market in Vintry Garden.

St Albans Christmas Market

End November to mid-December 2018 - dates TBC
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 25th November 2018* (provisional date)
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.

Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 2nd December 2018
Experience the best of Redbourn at their annual winter festival. Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. 70+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas; seasonal music showcasing the best local talent; Yule raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses, plus Santa Claus!

Carols on the Hour

Saturday 15th December 2018
Take a break from the last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoy this special St Albans Cathedral event. Each service lasts just 30 minutes, enough time to sing some uplifting carols with the Cathedral Choirs. Everyone is welcome to come and sing and experience the true meaning of Christmas at these hourly Carol Services from 11am to 4pm. No tickets required and admission is free.

St Albans Mummers

Wednesday 26th December 2018 (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.