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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 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.

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,

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.

Folk Festival Dancing

Saturday 24th June 2017
Free event 11am - 3pm

According To Arthur…

Saturday 24th June 2017
According to Arthur… is an inspirational and heart-warming tale of an old man who re-engages with the outside world and the adventurous life he once led, performed by the respected Paddleboat Theatre Company.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 24th 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.

Eid in the Park

Sunday 25th June 2017
SCT will be hosting it’s 3rd year Eid in Park event. Where the Muslim community invite everyone to join in our festival to mark the end of Ramadan and the day of Eid Al Fitr.

Harpenden Farmers Market

Sunday 25th June 2017
The Harpenden Farmers Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of every month.

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
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!

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 promotes the diversity of excellent local music from the St Albans district whilst also offering inspirational performance and participatory opportunity to complement the International Organ Festival.

The International Organ Festival itself runs from 10th to 22nd July.

St Albans Ride and Dine Experience

Wednesday 28th June 2017
Discover the beautiful countryside around St Albans with on an electric bike tour. The tour visits the Ayot Greenway, Shaw’s Corner and travels along the Chilterns Cycleway. The tour is followed by a British Tapas meal at the award winning Rose and Crown in Sandridge.

Childwickbury Arts Fair

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017
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!

Mini Meraki Festival

Saturday 1st July 2017
Free event 10am - 4pm

Heartwood Forest Guided Butterfly Walk

Saturday 1st July 2017
Join the Woodland Trust and Herts Butterfly Conservation to find out more about the captivating world of butterflies at Heartwood Forest on this guided walk. This leisurely walk through newly planted areas of forest aims to witness a vivid display of summer butterflies. Target species include Skippers, Marbled White, blues and browns. Handy tips will be provided by our walk leader to help you learn how to identify individual species.

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?

Love Classics on Stage

Saturday 1st July 2017
Adoramus returns to the Alban Arena with a programme designed to take you deeper into the subject of love. The programme will feature some sparkling favourites including Verdi’s ‘Anvil Chorus’, ‘Wedding Music’ from ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Seasons of Love’ from ‘Rent’, Scene from ‘Swan Lake with music from ‘Aspects of Love’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

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

Wednesday 5th July to Sunday 9th July 2017
The fourth international St Albans Film Festival will take place in 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. There will be open-air cinema in Abbey Orchard from 5th to 8th July.

Dog Day with Glendee Rescue

Saturday 8th July 2017
Free event 10am - 4pm

Heartwood Forest Summer Festival

Saturday 8th July 2017
The Heartwood Forest Summer Festival is back for 2017! A family favourite, the Summer Festival celebrates Heartwood Forest, the local community and dedicated volunteers.

Wheathampstead Village Weekend

Saturday 8th July and Sunday 9th July 2017
Village weekend happens every year on the second weekend in July. Events start with the "Wheathampstead's Got Talent" show, followed by a Picnic on the Meads with live music. On Sunday the festivities continue with a parade through the village followed by stalls and activities on the Marford Playing Field.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 8th July 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.

Organ Theatre Concert - David Redfern

Saturday 8th July 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

St Albans Farmers Market

Sunday 9th July 2017
Expect to find local specialities, mouth watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and game, dairy produce, freshly baked cakes & bread and hand crafted goods. Plus entertainment and refreshments.

Harpenden Highland Gathering

Sunday 9th July 2017
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 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
The 29th St Albans International Organ Festival has announced its programme and, as you would expect from this prestigious event, many internationally recognised stars will be performing. Talented local artists also feature heavily, including St Albans teenager Julian Trevelyan, Harpenden-based Amici Voices, St Albans Cathedral Choir, St Albans Bach Choir and the St Albans Mosaic Chamber Choir.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 12th July 2017
Join in for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by Plunge into the Pirate Pool by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves.

A Curious Conversation - Pop Up Museum

Thursday 13th July 2017
A Curious Conversation - Pop Up Museum at St Paul's Church, Fleetville

Mini Meraki Festival

Saturday 15th July 2017
Free event 10am - 4pm

A Curious Conversation - Pop Up Museum

Saturday 15th July 2017
A Curious Conversation - Pop Up Museum at The Maltings

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?

M Festival

Saturday 15th July 2017
Marlborough Science Academy's annual music festival returns for its 8th year, with a fantastic line-up of local music talent - The Monster Hits; Alexis Kings; Billington & Quinn; Magician's Nephew, and many more!

IOF Charity Concert - Handel's Messiah

Saturday 15th July 2017
HANDEL Messiah
Sponsored by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
Proceeds from the concert will be split between the High Sheriff’s Fund, St Albans Cathedral and the International Organ Festival.

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.

Curling and Skittles on the Mall

Saturday 22nd July 2017
Free event 10am - 3pm

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 22nd July 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 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.*

Harpenden Farmers Market

Sunday 23rd July 2017
The Harpenden Farmers Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 23rd 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.

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!
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