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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.

Herts Big Weekend - enter the ballot!

Ballot open from 8th February to 11th March 2018
The Herts Big Weekend returns 1st and 2nd April 2017 for its second year! A fantastic, free opportunity encouraging Herts residents to experience tourism on their doorstep. Herts residents can apply for as many tickets as they like at www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk from 8th February to 11rd March.

Verulamium Museum - Spotlight on History: Mobilisation 1914

Wednesday 21st February 2018
This talk will explain how the British discovered the Kaiser’s spy ring, how the British Army and Royal Navy went to war and focus on the important role played by the police and the Post Office.

Richard Herring - I'm 50!

Thursday 22nd February 2018
“Podfather” (the Guardian) and star of Radio 4’s Relativity, Richard Herring gets to the half century (against all odds) and looks at how his life has changed in the last decade, from irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen.

St Michael's Primary School Jumble Sale

Saturday 24 February 2018
50p entrance fee to our annual Jumble Sale. All proceeds go to the school, lots of clothes, toys, books, bric-a-brac. Refreshments available too.

Saturday Organ Recital - Peter Holder and Simon Johnson

Saturday 24th February 2018
Two of Britain’s most exciting young organists, Peter Holder and Simon Johnson, will perform organ music for four hands. The free concert, in St Albans Cathedral, is the latest in the regular series of Saturday Organ Recitals which are presented by the St Albans International Organ Festival.

Harpenden Public Hall - Faith: The George Michael Legacy

Saturday 24th February 2018 and Sunday 25th February 2018
Faith: The George Michael Legacy - features international George Michael tribute artist Wayne Dilks together with his incredible 7 piece band and backing singers.

Fairport Convention

Saturday 24th February 2018
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

An Evening with Ant Middleton

Sunday 25th February 2018
Ant Middleton, adventurer, survival expert, TV presenter, ex-elite forces soldier, will be touring theatres across the UK in Spring 2018, sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer and expedition leader.

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Tuesday 27th February 2018
Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay

Verulamium Museum - Spotlight on History: The M1 – how was it built?

Wednesday 28th February 2018
In the 1950s, a plan was developed to create the M1 motorway, linking London to Yorkshire. Using wartime airfield construction techniques and battling extremely tough winter conditions, the southern stretch of the M1 near St Albans was built in 18 months, opening in 1959.

Paul Young

Wednesday 28th February 2018
Paul Young In Concert

Folk at the Maltings - The Daria Kulesh Quartet, Ben Moss & Bow by Bow

Friday 2nd March 2018
Folk at the Maltings presents a concert featuring locally-based singer Daria Kulesh in a new line-up plus singer Ben Moss and instrumental duo Bow by Bow.

Odyssey & Heatwave

Saturday 3rd March 2018
Return to the glory days of disco, funk and soul with real dance music legends and enjoy a sensational evening of live, non-stop, dancefloor anthems including Boogie Nights, Going Back to My Roots and Use It Up Wear It Out.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Len Rawle M.B.E

Saturday 10th March 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 11th March 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Elkie Brooks

Sunday 11th March 2018
Elkie Brooks in Concert

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday 13th March 2018
Performing the legendary Rumours album note-for-note and in its entirety… plus much much more!

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 14th March 2018
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Treasure Hunt by Nick Butterworth.

Paul Chowdhry

Thursday 15th March 2018 & Friday 16th March
Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide.

The Sensational 60’s Experience

Friday 23rd March 2018
With a brand new production for 2018. Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten.

Herts Big Weekend

Saturday 24th March and Sunday 25th March 2018
During English Tourism Week, Hertfordshire residents get the chance to enjoy an amazing day out in their county for FREE in the Herts Big Weekend! Some attractions are open for free over the weekend, even without tickets from the ballot.

Dr John Cooper Clarke

Saturday 24th March 2018
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970’s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Friday 30th March 2018 - Saturday 31st March 2018
Peppa Pig and friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure!

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 2nd April 2018 & Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 5th April 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

Meet Queen Boudicca at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 5th April 2018
Meet Queen Boudiccaat Verulamium Museum

Family Fridays - Iron Age Houses at Verulamium Museum

Friday 6th April 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 8th April 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Meet A Roman Soldier at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 8th April 2018
Meet a Roman soldier at Verulamium Museum

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 9th April 2018 & Tuesday 10th April 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 11th April 2018
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 12th April 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees

Thursday 12th April 2018
Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees.

Family Fridays - Ancient Jewellery at Verulamium Museum

Friday 13th April 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

The Ultimate Civic Disco present Ultimate 70's nightfever - Dance party

Saturday 14th April 2018
The Ultimate Civic Disco presents The Ultimate Glam Rock 70’s Party Night featuring SLADE! With 17 top 20 Hits and 6 Number One’s in the early 70’s, SLADE are truly iconic. Re-live the era on the night with the UCD “Glam Rock” dance party Disco DJ’s. Get your Glitter on and Glam yourself up! And get into the spirit of the era and help us celebrate the Civic Disco's 50th birthday!

St Albans Organ Theatre - Richard Hills F.R.C.O

Saturday 14th April 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

French Market

Thursday 19th April and Friday 20th April 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.

GolfSixes

Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May 2018
The second edition of the GolfSixes event, the European Tour’s innovative shorter format of the game, takes place at the Centurion Club in St Albans. The event will feature two-man teams from 16 different nations, with the leading European Tour member from each nation selecting his partner for the event.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Michael Woolridge

Saturday 12th May 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

Beating the Bounds

Sunday 13th May 2018* (provisional date)
Beating the Bounds is a traditional ceremony dating back to medieval times and involves members of the community walking the boundary of St Albans. During the ceremony, people taking part in the event will be invited to beat the 'bounds' with willow wands at key locations along the 3 mile route. The procession, led by the Mayor and officers of the district council will follow the medieval boundary of the town as defined in 1327. The procession takes around 2 hours. Free.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 13th May 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Hertfordshire County Show

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018
The Hertfordshire County Showground is the setting for many events throughout the year, including the annual Hertfordshire County Show, which traditionally takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The event attracts up to 38,000 visitors and displays the best of Hertfordshire. Come and see animals ranging from huge bulls to tiny ducks, spectacular displays and educational demonstrations. Join us for a fantastic family day out, combining free entertainment, fun, food and shopping.

St Albans Steam and Country Show

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018
A full day's entertainment will be available for everyone. In addition to the old engines and farm equipment there will be stalls, a fairground and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstrations will be set up to show how the old equipment was used in days gone by. A working sawbench, threshing machine, stone crusher and other machinery will be at work. Ring events and parades will enable all the mobile exhibits to be moved on the field (if weather conditions allow).

Art on the Common

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018
Established for over 30 years, Art on the Common is Hertfordshire's premier outdoor art event, set on a wonderful tree lined section of Harpenden Common close to the Town centre. The two day event showcases the very best of local art including paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass, wood and handmade greeting cards.

Harpenden Carnival

Saturday 9th June 2018
Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council bring you the 53rd Harpenden Carnival. The theme will be the Wild West, and there will be a procession through the High Street, live music on stage, and lots of stalls and side shows. In the main arena there will be Wild West themed acts, including a lasso & whip-cracking show and line dancing workshops!

St Albans Half Marathon

Sunday 10th June 2018
A community focused event, St Albans Half Marathon aims to raise money for local charities and organisations as well as put on a great day out for all the family. Those looking for a challenge can take on the scenic Half Marathon or Walking Half Marathon, which takes you on a challenging but rewarding route through the country lanes of St Albans.

St Albans Folk Festival

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018
St Albans Folk Festival will take place from 15th to 17th June with the main events on Saturday June 16th. These will include a Day of Dance, free showcase performances, sessions, singarounds, workshops and a festival concert featuring The Dovetail Trio, Granny’s Attic, Watford Folk Club song competition winner, Julian Mount and a New Roots finalist.

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.

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. Food stalls, creative and sporting activities, live music, performance and more: and all of it is free!

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.

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!

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'.

Wheathampstead Village Weekend

Sunday 15th July 2018* (provisional date)
Village Day happens every year on the second weekend in July. There will be a parade through the village followed by stalls and activities on the Marford Playing Field.

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.

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. We’re family-friendly, with lots to keep the little ones entertained, and we have a range of special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. The activities at Meraki are all-inclusive – once you’re through the gates, you can enjoy all of our festival features for no extra cost!

French Market

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.

Hertfordshire Open Studios

TBC 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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