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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

Beautiful Alice Summer of Love Party

Saturday 21st July 2018
A new venue for Beautiful Alice this year, with a more intimate experience promising our package of fun, love, colour and eclectic sunshiny festival vibes and keeping in line with their founding philosophies. Tickets are limited to 500 only so get yours quick!

Fishpool Street

Saturday 21st July 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?

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 21st July 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.

St Albans Race for Life

Sunday 22nd July 2018
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 reserved for BLUE BADGE HOLDERS ONLY. Other drivers will need to use the city centre multi-storey car parks.*

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 22nd July 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.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Sunday 22nd July 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?

Gorhambury Silver Collection

Wednesday 25th July 2018
Silver specialist Jeffrey Lassaline will give a rare insight into selected silver works of art in the Gorhambury Collection.

Classics on the Common

Wednesday 25th July 2018
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.

UK's Strongest Man 2018

Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018
For the first time ever UK's Strongest Man is coming to England and the host city is St Albans! This family favourite Channel 5 series is the toughest strongman competition in the world. 16 strongmen from across the UK and Ireland come together to pull trucks, flip giant tyres, lift the world famous stones and much, much more in this action packed show for all the family.

Trespassers Welcome: A Scratch Performance for Squatlife by Cardboard citizens

Friday 27th July 2018
As part of Squatlife, Cardboard Citizens presents Trespassers Welcome. Created and performed by St Albans’ homeless community, this thought-provoking Forum Theatre show will ask you to see St Albans through different eyes. A Forum piece Theatre, which provides the audience with the opportunity to ‘stop’ the performance and introduce other issues/ideas, which can lead to interesting and powerful debates in the theatre.HLF funded 250px

Summer Family Festival at St Albans Museum + Gallery

Saturday 28th July 2018
A day of fun, family-friendly activities at St Albans Museum + Gallery, celebrating the launch of the summer holiday programme of events and launching the new family trail: the People and Places of St Albans’ Past.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 28th July 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.

Yoga in the Gorhambury Gardens

Sunday 29th July 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.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 29th July 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.

Family Walk

Sunday 29th July 2018
Why is our city called St.Albans? Why was the Clock Tower built? This walk is for families of primary school age children.

Squatlife St Albans City Centre Walk: Waifs, Vagabonds and Workhouses

Sunday 29th July 2018
Join St Albans Tour Guide, Elizabeth Eastwood, at the West End of St Albans Abbey, where the walk starts, and collect your map. This walk will include the House of Correction, Raynshaw’s Almshouses and the former slums. Elizabeth weaves a fascinating, historical and poignant story of the homeless, which forms part of the Squatlife Exhibition, upstairs in the East & West Galleries of the St Albans Museum & Gallery, and which runs from Saturday 14 July to Sunday 26 August.HLF funded 250px

Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Wednesday 1st August 2018
Mark Todhunter - Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour

Home Sweet Home

Wednesday 1st August 2018
If you were homeless, what would you use to make a dwelling offering warmth and protection?
Join Rose from the St Albans Arts Team as she explores these questions, and using felt, make a cosy shelter to take home.HLF funded 250px

Museum Late: First Impressions

Thursday 2nd August 2018
The first Museum Late event at St Albans Museum + Gallery, on the theme of First Impressions, with food and drink, activities and performances exploring the theme of printing in line with the current exhibition: First Impressions.

Huff, Puff, Blow Your House Down

Saturday 4th August 2018
Can the Three Little Wolves make a shelter which is indestructible? Help construct a home which won’t collapse or be blown down using paper straws and add it to the St Albans street scene.
Suitable for those under 8 years old.HLF funded 250px

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.

Huff, Puff, Blow Your House Down

Wednesday 8th August 2018
Can the Three Little Wolves make a shelter which is indestructible? Help construct a home which won’t collapse or be blown down using paper straws and add it to the St Albans street scene.
Suitable for those under 8 years old.HLF funded 250px

Meraki Festival

Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August 2018
Meraki returns to St Albans for a 2nd year. The festival will feature a line-up of top live music acts across 3 stages. It's family-friendly, with lots to keep the little ones entertained, and there is a range of special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. Artists Announced: All Saints/ Pixie Lott/ 10cc/ Nik Kershaw/ Judge Jules/ Tall Paul/ Danny Rampling/ Seb Fontaine plus more to be announced!

Home Sweet Home

Saturday 11th August 2018
If you were homeless, what would you use to make a dwelling offering warmth and protection? Join Rose from the St Albans Arts Team as she explores these questions, and using felt, make a cosy shelter to take home.HLF funded 250px

St Albans Organ Theatre - Elizabeth Harrison

Saturday 11th August 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 12th August 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

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.