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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.

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

Ayletts Butterfly Corner

Saturday 14th July 2018 - Sunday 16th September 2018
Walk amongst free flying tropical Butterflies and exotic plants and look out for Butterflies emerging in the Puparium... Back by popular demand - Ayletts are delighted to announce that Butterfly Corner is NOW OPEN!

Willows Farm Summer Spectacular

Saturday 21st July to Sunday 2nd September 2018
A programme packed with shows and activities designed to make the most of your day, there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied. From the Peter Rabbit™ Adventure Playground, Mr Tod's Lair (new for 2018), summer sports day races and live shows, as well as meet and greets with Peter Rabbit™ and his friends.

Summer Holiday activities at St Albans Museum + Gallery

Until 31st August 2018
A wide variety of activities throughout the summer holidays, including free drop-in Make and Do craft sessions, Museum Explorers, Screen Printing workshops and more.

Summer Holiday activities at Verulamium Museum

Until 29th August 2018
A range of activities throughout the school holidays, including Verulamium Puzzlers, make a mosaic, and Meet the Romans!

Fit For Sport Activity Camp

Monday 30th July to Friday 31st August 2018
This summer, the experienced and fully qualified team will be delivering a wide range of activities to keep your children happy and healthy all week long. From sports and games to arts and crafts, each day offers something different for children aged 5 - 12 years old, providing childcare in a safe and supportive learning environment, making sure your children have fun, make friends and keep moving during the holidays!

Summer activities at St Albans Cathedral

Monday 30th July to 31st August 2018
Family fun in this spectacular building during the summer holidays. Enjoy the Graffiti Trail, Family Discovery Mornings, Wax Sculpture Drop-In Sessions, plus Children's Explorer Guides & Bag!

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.

Summer activities with Sophie Sunflower at Ayletts Nursery

Weekdays from 6th August to 24th August 2018
Sophie Sunflower invites you to join in the Summer Fun at Aylett Nurseries! Great children's activities to keep your little ones entertained this Summer!

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.

St Albans Vegan Fair

Monday 27th August 2018
Happy news for all vegans, vegan-curious or those who enjoy trying new things – St Albans Vegan Fair will have more than 60 stalls with a vast range of vegan snacks, hot foods, desserts, drinks, cooking ingredients, ready-made meals, spices, vegan clothing, jewellery and accessories.

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.

St Albans Comic-Con

Sunday 2nd September 2018
A brand new Comic-Con for St Albans and the surrounding area! Fun for the entire Family and a little something for everyone. Guests from Film & TV will be on hand as well as artists from your favourite Comics, Memorabilia & Specialist Traders, a Gaming Zone, Movie Props/Vehicles and a fantastic Cosplay competition.

Awards Ceremonies for graduates of the University of Hertfordshire

Monday 3rd September to Tuesday 11th September 2018
We would like to extend a warm welcome to those graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in September 2018.

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.

Moonlight Walk

Saturday 15th September 2018
Take part in this 10 mile sponsored walk around the streets of St Albans under the light of the moon. All proceeds from the event are going to Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

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.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Arts and Crafts sale

Saturday 29th September 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 29th September 2018
Amadeus Chamber Orchestra with James Murray (conductor), Jennifer Wigram (leader) and soloist: Polina Makhina (violin) Purcell School concerto competition finalist

St Albans Organ Theatre - Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 30th September 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

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 Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 14th October 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Poppy Field

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2018
A stunning projection of poppies will fill the Nave of St Albans Cathedral for two nights only, as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary. The Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Entry will be free and will provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

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 Organ Theatre - Robert Wolfe

Saturday 10th November 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 11th November 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On

Sunday 18th November 2018
Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

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.

Meraki Christmas Festival

Friday 30th November to Saturday 22nd December
A winter wonderland with an ice bar, funfair rides, a high-tech Santa’s Grotto and a variety of live entertainment, incorporating St Albans Christmas Market.

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.