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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.

The Counterfeit Stones

Friday 25th May 2018
Now in their 27th year, these prank-stars continue to deliver the best “mock ‘n’ roll” show on the circuit.

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.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 26th May 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

High Sheriff of Hertfordshire’s Charity Concert

Saturday 26th May 2018
Pupils from the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts are proud to have been asked to perform an amateur concert version of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ® Dreamcoat at St Albans Cathedral, for the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire’s Charity concert.

We’ve Only Just Begun

Saturday 26th May 2018
“We’ve Only Just Begun” is a celebration of the Carpenter’s music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 27th May 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.

Historic Pubs of St.Albans

Sunday 27th May 2018
For centuries, the innkeepers and publicans of St Albans have provided hospitality for pilgrims, travellers, market traders and locals alike.

Lee Nelson

Sunday 27th May 2018
Due to huge demand, Lee is extending his smash hit tour for a second (and final) time, adding an extra 30 dates to his huge 150 show run.

Historic St.Albans

Monday 28th May 2018
St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English history. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City – hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks.

There's More To The Tudors

Monday 28th May 2018
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, an era of unprecedented social, religious and political change. How did the dissolution of our powerful monastery impact on the people of St Albans and its economy? You may be surprised how many of the 16th century buildings have survived – though some may be in disguise!

Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Wednesday 30th May 2018
Mark Todhunter - Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Jolly Journeys!

Thursday 31st May 2018
St Albans Cathedral holiday activities for children

Abbey Line Community Rail Fun Day

Thursday 31st May 2018
The 2nd Community Rail Fun Day event is on 31st May 2018. Join in an afternoon of fun activities for all the family from 11am to 3pm at the St Albans Abbey Car Park.

Folk at the Maltings - Rosie Hodgson and Rowan Pigott with Elizabeth and Jameson

Friday 1st June 2018
Folk at the Maltings presents a concert featuring Folk at the Maltings: Rosie Hodgson and Rowan Pigott with Elizabeth and Jameson

St Albans Organ Theatre - Arts and Crafts sale

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Some delightful crafted items on sale at the organ theatre where you can see some fascinating musical instruments.

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).

Digswell Arts Trust Open Studios

Saturday 2nd June 2018 - Sunday 3rd June 2018
An exciting opportunity to meet your local artist community, visit their individual studio spaces and purchase affordable works of art.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Discover Wheathampstead Guided Walk

Sunday 2nd June 2018
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

Sunday 3rd June 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.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 3rd June 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Sunday 3rd June 2018
Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road?

Indoor Craft Fayre

Saturday 9th June 2018
A range of traditional and modern craft and fayre stalls including tombola, art and craft, home-made goods, cakes, jams, plants and much more!
Free Entry
A lovely event to pop into for all the family!
If you are interested in joining us as a stallholder please contact via WelwynHarmonyChorus@gmail.com for details

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!

Fishpool Street

Saturday 9th June 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

St Albans Organ Theatre - Chris Stanbury

Saturday 9th June 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

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.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 10th June 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.

A Monastery Revealed

Sunday 10th June 2018
From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks. How did the people live under this rule, and what was daily life like for the monks?

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 13th June 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

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.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 16th June 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 16th June 2018
A monthly event from April to August bringing together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Visitors to the social can quench their thirst with a locally brewed beer and cider, or indulge in a chilled glass of Prosecco from the licensed bar - there’s something for everyone’s tastes. A DJ at the event will bring a relaxed atmosphere and assortment of music from all genres for visitors to the event.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 17th June 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.

Gorhambury House Talk

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

Rothamsted Festival of Ideas

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Sunday 24th June 2018
Rothamsted is celebrating 175 years of leaps in science and discovery in 2018.

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.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

Twenty_Outfits at Kingsbury Barn

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Twenty_Outfits is a fashion charity experience aiming to inspire others to love second hand clothes, to be individual, to reduce waste and most importantly, to raise money for charity.

Alban Street Festival - part of Alban Weekend

Sunday 24th June 2018
Showcasing our inspiring community, celebrate all that is fun, free and fabulous about St Albans at the Alban Street Festival. Food stalls, creative and sporting activities, live music, performance and more: and all of it is free!