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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.

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.

The Devil’s Passion

Thursday 6th April 2017
Award-winning playwright Justin Butcher turns his pen to the greatest story of all. The Devil's Passion is a one-man play offering a radically fresh perspective on the Passion of Christ. Performed in the stunning Nave of St Albans Cathedral, this is an unmissable experience.

No Petticoats Here, performed by singer and musician Louise Jordan

Thursday 6th April 2017
No Petticoats Here tells the stories of extraordinary women who lived during the First World War through original songs. Included are Salisbury’s aspiring author Dorothy Lawrence who travelled to France on a bicycle dressed as a soldier, the women footballers banned by the FA and the so-called single ‘surplus women’.

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.
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