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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.

If you would like to submit an event for this page, please contact the Visitor Information Centre at tic@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 864511.

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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.

Herts Big Weekend - enter the ballot!

Ballot open from 9th February to 3rd March 2017
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 9th February to 3rd March.

February Frolics Lambing Event

Saturday 11th February to Sunday 19th February 2017
Live lambing, newborn lamb bottle feeding demonstrations and a full day’s programme of fleecy fun for a baa-rilliant day out. Visitors also have the chance to try fleecy arts and crafts in the Busy Bee Marquee and to enjoy live performances from world-famous characters PETER RABBIT™, Lily Bobtail and Benjamin Bunny in the Peter Rabbit Theatre.

Meet Queen Boudicca at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 19th February 2017
Come along and meet this amazing queen in the Museum galleries. Story telling sessions by Boudicca at 2.30pm and 3.30 pm.

Shazia Mirza UK Tour - ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’

Sunday 19 February 2017 7.30pm
Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, Shazia Mirza takes her new show on tour. ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’ is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides.

MapDance Spring tour 2017@ The Sandpit Theatre

Tuesday 21st February 2017
This year the company has commissioned new works by Shobana Jeyasingh, Lea Anderson, Cai Tomos and Hagit Yakira.

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday 21 February 2017 7.30pm
Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to The Alban Arena stage for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. Encompassing nearly five decade of legendary music and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time.

Spotlight on History: A History of Cassiobury in Watford

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
This talk about the former seat of the Earls of Essex and the much-loved public park will be richly illustrated with fine art from Watford Museum's collections by its Curator Sarah Priestley.

Menopause the Musical

Wednesday 22 February 2017 7.30pm
Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful) Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Levison Wood

Thursday 23 February 2017 7.30pm
Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

Frankenstein @ The Sandpit Theatre

Friday 24th February 2017
A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, stunning theatricality and puppetry from the designers of Warhorse. This production comes from the artistic team behind Blackeyed Theatre's hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula.

Tango Fire

Friday 24 February 2017 7.30pm

Direct from Peacock Theatre, London Season.

Directed by international Tango superstar German Cornejo, Tango Fire features the world’s greatest Tango dancers and musicians. It encompasses and defines Argentine Tango; dance sizzling with sensuality, unforgettable music from the great Tango masters Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. The rawness and sophistication are combined with the seductive and sultry, evoking intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires.

Organ Recital:Richard Pinel

Saturday 25th February 2017
Richard Pinel, a former Organ Scholar at St Albans Cathedral and recently appointed Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge returns to perform for the IOFS.

The Fatback Band Soul & Funk

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm
Pioneers of Dance, Funk, Soul, Rap and R 'n' B, The Fatback Back are the originators of the New York sound that has influenced so many.

I, Claude Monet @ The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 26th February 2017
In this striking film from award-winning director Phil Grabsky, we take a new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words. Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries

Story Time session for the under 7s at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 26th February 2017
Story telling for under 7s. Come and join the museum staff for some fabulous stories, activities and voting for the Children's Book Award. In association with St Albans Children’s Book Group

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

Wednesday 1st March 2017 7.30pm
One of the evergreens of rock, Brit Dave Mason with his band goes back in time to the start of his career with Traffic as well as performing songs that launched his solo career over five decades ago.

Big Event - Grimthorpe and Renovation of the Abbey 1880

Thursday 2nd March 2017
Jane Kelsall will give a talk on the Grimthorpe and Renovation of the Abbey 1880.

Seth Lakeman In Concert

Thursday 2 March 2017 8.00pm
West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman’s eighth studio album ‘Ballads of The Broken Few’ was released in September 2016 with the single ‘Meet Me in the Twilight’ play listed soon after at BBC Radio 2.

Stewart Lee CONTENT PROVIDER

Friday 3 March 2017 8.00pm
After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

DCPG Pottery Open Day @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 4th March 2017
A day of lectures and practical demonstrations from top UK potters; Walter Keeler, Christopher Taylor & Felicity Aylieff.

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Saturday 4 March 2017 1.30pm

Did dinosaurs eat their own families?

Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore?

Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death?

Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur‘). With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs – and more.

Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South

Saturday 4 March 2017 8.00pm
Beckett’s back with a brand-new show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread!

Big Book Tall Tales @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 4th March 2017
Big Book Tall Tales is a story that takes place in a forgotten tattered library. Our Rainbow Caretaker can’t stop talking about all his favourite books while he cleans the forgotten rooms, when suddenly, he finds a 6ft tall book! Bigger than any book he’s ever seen, he tries to read the story…

Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 8th March 2017
During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Annie

Thursday 9 March 2017 – Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm (Saturday Matinee 2.30pm)

Rare Productions Youth Theatre Group bring this classic musical to St Albans.

The heart-warming tale of Annie and her adventures. Deserted in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes to an easier life outside during the Great Depression where tomorrow is always brighter because of hope – and a certain stray dog, Sandy, who tags along for the fun. When she is returned to the orphanage she escapes again and her life is changed when she enters into the world of the millionaire Daddy Warbucks.

Organ Theatre Concert - David Ivory

Saturday 11th March 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 12th March 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Don't Dribble on the Dragon! @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 4th March 2017
My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me... Tom is a toddler with a big, older brother, a secret dragon and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can his dragon’s crazy magic help them put it back together again... or will it only end up making things worse?

Gilbert O’Sullivan In Concert

Sunday 12 March 2017 7.30pm
One of the industry’s true legends, 2017 will mark an astonishing 50 years since Gilbert O’Sullivan made his first foray into the music business with the release of his debut single ‘Disappear’. It launched O’Sullivan on a career that is still thriving five decades later – seeing him dominate the charts in the seventies and continue to enjoy success and acclaim to the present day.

Chemistry Show @ The Sandpit Theatre

Tuesday 14th March 2017
An evening filled with loud noises, flashing lights and lots of mess!

What's the Matter? A Quantum Comedy @ The Sandpit Theatre

Wednesday 15th March 2017
An unexplained cat theft from a physics laboratory leads scientist Smithy on a journey through his own experiment into the subatomic world. The situation becomes charged and it is impossible to stay neutral. Can he find the cat and win over his colleague Sarah in the process? Will the outcome be positive or negative?

Count Arthur Strong ‘The Sound of Mucus’

Thursday 16 March 2017 8.00pm
Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event.

Lee Hurst

Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm
Lee Hurst is back on the road with his next stand up show…

Matt Forde - It’s My Political Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want To)

Tuesday 21 March 2017 8.00pm
Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wednesday 22 March 2017 2pm - Thursday 23 March 2017 1.30pm
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author / illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.

Jon Richardson: The Old Man

Friday 24 March 2017 8.00pm
The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?

Oklahoma! @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 25th March 2017
The first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! set the American musical theatre standard. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, thespirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl.

Organ Recital:Dexter Kennedy

Saturday 25th March 2017
Dexter Kennedy is the 2014 winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres.

Organ Theatre Concert - Keith Nichols

Saturday 25th March 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

The Ultimate Civic Disco

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.00pm

March 2017 sees the long awaited return of “Ultimate Civic Disco” This is the first in a series of events celebrating 50 years of the Civic Disco! The event will be hosted by one of the original Civic DJ’s Graham Kentsley and will see the stage return of local Soul legends “Soulfish” down in the the “soul cellar” guest DJ’s will be playing the very best Dance -Soul -Stax and Motown!

All proceeds from the event will go towards the new St Albans Museum project.

The Bootleg Beatles

Thursday 30 March 2017 7.30pm
The world’s most famous Beatles Tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the sixties, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty ‘Scouse’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry.

The Magic of Motown

Friday 31 March 2017 8.00pm
Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Herts Big Weekend

Saturday 1st April and Sunday 2nd April 2017
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! The ballot for tickets is open from 9th February until 3rd March 2017. If you missed the main ballot for tickets in February, check and bid for returned tickets to great attractions and events on the Herts Big Weekend website.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 1st April 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.

The Sensational 60s Experience

Saturday 1 April 2017 7.30pm

THE TOUR THAT NEVER ENDS

Another explosive tour. For one night only seven legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten.

A Monastery Revealed Guided Walk

Sunday 2nd April 2017
Our city owes its existence to the monastery, which was once the most important in England. From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks.

Naomi’s Wild & Scary

Wednesday 5 April 2017 1.30pm
Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson comes to The Alban Arena in the Spring. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined on stage by ‘Animal Mark’, and some of his scariest creatures.

Champions Of Magic

Friday 7 April 2017 7.30pm
Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 8th April 2017
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?

Organ Theatre Concert - Phil Kelsall MBE

Saturday 8th April 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 9th April 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.

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 9th April 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Historic Pubs of St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 9th April 2017
For centuries, the innkeepers and publicans of St Albans have provided hospitality for pilgrims, travellers, market traders and locals alike.

New Jersey Nights

Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm

Direct from the USA the international smash hit show New Jersey Nights comes to the UK as part of their world tour.

The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time.

Dick & Dom Live!

Monday 10 April 2017 10am & 2pm

The legends of Children’s TV, Dick and Dom are about to be unleashed on a theatre near you!

Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet, the performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches.

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Robin Hood

Wednesday 12 April 2017 3pm & 7pm and Thursday 13 April 2017 3pm
Anton Benson Productions are proud to bring the fun and frolics of panto to Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood and his Merry Men battle to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Will Robin seize the day and win the hand of his fair Maid Marion?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Friday 14th April 2017
An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 15th April 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.

Living The Dream Easter Showcase

Saturday 15 April 2017 6.30pm
Students aged 5 – 18 from the Living the Dream School of Performing Arts perform in their annual Easter showcase with street dance, contemporary dance, acting, musical theatre and singing.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 16th April 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.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Monday 17th April 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.

Coaching Inns Guided Walk

Sunday 16th April 2017
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were fifteen inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for over 2,000 horses – imagine the smell!

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Monday 17th April 2017
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?

Dire Straits Experience

Wednesday 19 April 2017 7.30pm
Chris White and Terence Reis collaborating again for The Dire Straits Experience. Joining them is a stellar band of some of the finest professional musicians the UK has to offer.

An Audience With Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe

Friday 21 April 2017 7.30pm

Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever.

Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour.

Discover Redbourn Guided Walk

Sunday 23rd April 2017
During the coaching era, Redbourn became known as a Street of Inns and boasted at least 30 inns and public houses. This walk explores the area around the historic High Street, St Mary’s Church and Almhouses.

Cinderella

Saturday 22 April 2017 2.30pm
Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present the classic tale of Cinderella, one of the best-known rags-to-riches fairy tales of all time. A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 22nd April 2017
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?

Trumpet and Organ Recital:Crispian Steele-Perkins & Anne Page

Saturday 22nd April 2017
Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and organist Anne Page bring an exhilarating programme of music to St Albans. A rare opportunity to hear these admired musicians in concert - one of the highlights of this concert season.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 23rd April 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.

Victorian St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 23rd April 2017
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)!

Monty Python's Spamalot

Tuesday 25 April 2017 – Saturday 29 April 2017 7.45 pm
St Albans Musical Theatre Company, SAMTC, are now proud to present their new production of the award winning show “Spamalot”. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur along with his squire, Patsy and a selection of knights, who go on an epic quest to find the Holy Grail.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 29th April 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.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 30th April 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.

Discover Wheathampstead Guided Walk

Sunday 30th April 2017
This is a traditional site of the Catuvellauni, the local Iron Age tribe, but it eventually became part of the monastic Estate of Westminster.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Sunday 30 April 2017 7.30pm
On an on-going “hand-luggage only” world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and foot-tapping music. Always doing the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers’ own all-original compositions.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Monday 1st May 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.

A Monastery Revealed Guided Walk

Monday 1st May 2017
Our city owes its existence to the monastery, which was once the most important in England. From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 6th May 2017
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?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 7th May 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.

Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 7th May 2017
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

Discover Harpenden Guided Walk

Sunday 7th May 2017
An infamous spy, a lane nicknamed after the smells from the brewery and the local artist who painted royalty and presidents – these are just some of the places you will see and people you will hear about on this walk through the village and common.

Historic Pubs Of St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 7th May 2017
This walk traces the changing fortunes of many establishments – some long gone, others re-invented and those that remain virtually unchanged by time.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 13th May 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 Charity Cycle Ride

Sunday 14th May 2017
The Rotary Clubs of St Albans organise this charity cycle ride event. There are 4 routes around Mid-Hertfordshire; 10 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles and 40 miles. This event welcomes everyone to take part from adults, children and young people and families. The ride starts and finishes at Oaklands College.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 14th May 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.

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 14th May 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 14th May 2017
An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 20th May 2017
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?

Organ Recital:Franz Josef Stoiber

Saturday 20th May 2017
Franz Josef Stoiber, renowned organist of Regensburg Dom returns to St Albans with a programme of arrangements and improvisations.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 21st May 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.

Beating the Bounds

Sunday 21st May 2017
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.

Coaching Inns Guided Walk

Sunday 21st May 2017
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were fifteen inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for over 2,000 horses – imagine the smell!

Hertfordshire County Show

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017
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.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 27th May 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.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 28th May 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.

Victorian St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 28th May 2017
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)!

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Monday 29th May 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.

Medieval Lives Guided Walk

Monday 29th May 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 Steam and Country Show

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017
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).

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 3rd June 2017
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?

Discover Wheathampstead Guided Walk

Saturday 3rd June 2017
This is a traditional site of the Catuvellauni, the local Iron Age tribe, but it eventually became part of the monastic Estate of Westminster.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 4th June 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.

A Monastery Revealed Guided Walk

Sunday 4th June 2017
Our city owes its existence to the monastery, which was once the most important in England. From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks.

Art on the Common

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017
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 10th June 2017
Harpenden Carnival is organised by the Harpenden Round Table,with a wide range of entertainment, craft stalls, a fun fair, bouncy inflatables, BBQ, children’s activities along with food and drink.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 10th June 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 Half Marathon

Sunday 11th June 2017
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.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 11th June 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.

Musical Sunday Afternoon - Queens Birthday Special

Sunday 11th June 2017

Queens Birthday Special

Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 17th June 2017
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?

The Alban Pilgrimage - part of Alban Weekend

Saturday 24th June 2017
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.

St Albans Folk Festival

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017
St Albans Folk Festival will take place on June 24th and 25th with the main events on Saturday June 24th. Local dance groups and guests from further afield will be dancing in the City Centre; . Singers and musicians will be giving free performances in City Centre pubs and the Courtyard Café;and the day will end with a special concert in the Maltings Arts Theatre,

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 25th June 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.

Alban Street Festival - part of Alban Weekend

Sunday 25th June 2017
Celebrating all that is fun and fabulous about St Albans, the festival will be staged on a closed to the traffic St Peter’s Street from 12-6pm and feature a range of creative excitement for our residents and visiting guests to take part in and enjoy.

Coaching Inns Guided Walk

Sunday 25th June 2017
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were fifteen inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for over 2,000 horses – imagine the smell!

IOFringe

Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 9th July 2017
The IOFringe, curated by the St Albans Arts Team, is an eclectic programme to complement the International Organ Festival – the theme for 2017 is ‘Heroes’ remembering music icons who we lost in 2016.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 1st July 2017
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?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 2nd July 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.

Victorian St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 2nd July 2017
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)!

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

Friday 7th July to Sunday 9th July 2017
The fourth international St Albans Film Festival will take place over the weekend of 8th – 9th 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.

Organ Theatre Concert - David Redfern

Saturday 8th July 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 9th July 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.

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 9th July 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Medieval Lives Guided Walk

Sunday 9th July 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 International Organ Festival

Monday 10th July to Saturday 22nd July 2017
This biennial festival is centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and in other churches and buildings in this beautiful historic city. The festival attracts leading musicians and performers from around the world together with very best young organists who come to compete in the two competitions.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 15th July 2017
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?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 16th July 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 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.*

Coaching Inns Guided Walk

Sunday 23rd July 2017
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were fifteen inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for over 2,000 horses – imagine the smell!

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.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 29th July 2017
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?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 30th July 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.

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.

Organ Theatre Concert - Dr. Kevin Morgan F.R.C.O

Saturday 12th August 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 13th August 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Awards Ceremonies for graduates of the University of Hertfordshire

Monday 4th September to Saturday 16th September 2017
We would like to extend a warm welcome to those graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in September 2017.

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.

Organ Theatre Concert - Kevin Grunill

Saturday 9th September 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival

Saturday 23rd September - Monday 2nd October 2017
The St Albans and Harpenden Food & Drink Festival showcases 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, culminating in an exciting street festival with Chef’s Theatre on Sunday 1st October.

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.

Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 1st October 2017
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

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.

Organ Theatre Concert - Andrew Nix

Saturday 14th October 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

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.

Organ Theatre Concert - Robert Wolfe

Saturday 11th November 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 12th November 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch

Sunday 19th or Sunday 26th November 2017
Entertainment throughout the city to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

St Albans Christmas Market

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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.

Dance Organ Day No. 5

Saturday 25th November 2017
Dance Organ Day No. 5

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.

Organ Theatre Concert - John Mann

Saturday 9th December 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Organ Theatre - The Mechanical Instrument Christmas Special

Sunday 17th December 2017
Organ Theatre - The Mechanical Instrument Christmas Special

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.

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