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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.

Herts Big Weekend - enter the ballot!

Ballot open from 9th February to 3rd March 2017
The Herts Big Weekend returns 1st and 2nd April 2017 for its second year! A fantastic, free opportunity encouraging Herts residents to experience tourism on their doorstep. Herts residents can apply for as many tickets as they like at www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk from 9th February to 3rd March.

February Frolics Lambing Event

Saturday 11th February to Sunday 19th February 2017
Live lambing, newborn lamb bottle feeding demonstrations and a full day’s programme of fleecy fun for a baa-rilliant day out. Visitors also have the chance to try fleecy arts and crafts in the Busy Bee Marquee and to enjoy live performances from world-famous characters PETER RABBIT™, Lily Bobtail and Benjamin Bunny in the Peter Rabbit Theatre.

Meet Queen Boudicca at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 19th February 2017
Come along and meet this amazing queen in the Museum galleries. Story telling sessions by Boudicca at 2.30pm and 3.30 pm.

Shazia Mirza UK Tour - ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’

Sunday 19 February 2017 7.30pm
Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, Shazia Mirza takes her new show on tour. ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’ is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides.

MapDance Spring tour 2017@ The Sandpit Theatre

Tuesday 21st February 2017
This year the company has commissioned new works by Shobana Jeyasingh, Lea Anderson, Cai Tomos and Hagit Yakira.

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday 21 February 2017 7.30pm
Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to The Alban Arena stage for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. Encompassing nearly five decade of legendary music and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time.

Spotlight on History: A History of Cassiobury in Watford

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
This talk about the former seat of the Earls of Essex and the much-loved public park will be richly illustrated with fine art from Watford Museum's collections by its Curator Sarah Priestley.

Menopause the Musical

Wednesday 22 February 2017 7.30pm
Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful) Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Levison Wood

Thursday 23 February 2017 7.30pm
Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

Frankenstein @ The Sandpit Theatre

Friday 24th February 2017
A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, stunning theatricality and puppetry from the designers of Warhorse. This production comes from the artistic team behind Blackeyed Theatre's hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula.

Tango Fire

Friday 24 February 2017 7.30pm

Direct from Peacock Theatre, London Season.

Directed by international Tango superstar German Cornejo, Tango Fire features the world’s greatest Tango dancers and musicians. It encompasses and defines Argentine Tango; dance sizzling with sensuality, unforgettable music from the great Tango masters Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. The rawness and sophistication are combined with the seductive and sultry, evoking intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires.

Organ Recital:Richard Pinel

Saturday 25th February 2017
Richard Pinel, a former Organ Scholar at St Albans Cathedral and recently appointed Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge returns to perform for the IOFS.

The Fatback Band Soul & Funk

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm
Pioneers of Dance, Funk, Soul, Rap and R 'n' B, The Fatback Back are the originators of the New York sound that has influenced so many.

I, Claude Monet @ The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 26th February 2017
In this striking film from award-winning director Phil Grabsky, we take a new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words. Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries

Story Time session for the under 7s at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 26th February 2017
Story telling for under 7s. Come and join the museum staff for some fabulous stories, activities and voting for the Children's Book Award. In association with St Albans Children’s Book Group

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

Wednesday 1st March 2017 7.30pm
One of the evergreens of rock, Brit Dave Mason with his band goes back in time to the start of his career with Traffic as well as performing songs that launched his solo career over five decades ago.

Big Event - Grimthorpe and Renovation of the Abbey 1880

Thursday 2nd March 2017
Jane Kelsall will give a talk on the Grimthorpe and Renovation of the Abbey 1880.

Seth Lakeman In Concert

Thursday 2 March 2017 8.00pm
West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman’s eighth studio album ‘Ballads of The Broken Few’ was released in September 2016 with the single ‘Meet Me in the Twilight’ play listed soon after at BBC Radio 2.

Stewart Lee CONTENT PROVIDER

Friday 3 March 2017 8.00pm
After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

DCPG Pottery Open Day @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 4th March 2017
A day of lectures and practical demonstrations from top UK potters; Walter Keeler, Christopher Taylor & Felicity Aylieff.

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Saturday 4 March 2017 1.30pm

Did dinosaurs eat their own families?

Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore?

Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death?

Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur‘). With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs – and more.

Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South

Saturday 4 March 2017 8.00pm
Beckett’s back with a brand-new show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread!

Big Book Tall Tales @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 4th March 2017
Big Book Tall Tales is a story that takes place in a forgotten tattered library. Our Rainbow Caretaker can’t stop talking about all his favourite books while he cleans the forgotten rooms, when suddenly, he finds a 6ft tall book! Bigger than any book he’s ever seen, he tries to read the story…

Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 8th March 2017
During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

Annie

Thursday 9 March 2017 – Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm (Saturday Matinee 2.30pm)

Rare Productions Youth Theatre Group bring this classic musical to St Albans.

The heart-warming tale of Annie and her adventures. Deserted in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes to an easier life outside during the Great Depression where tomorrow is always brighter because of hope – and a certain stray dog, Sandy, who tags along for the fun. When she is returned to the orphanage she escapes again and her life is changed when she enters into the world of the millionaire Daddy Warbucks.

Organ Theatre Concert - David Ivory

Saturday 11th March 2017
Theatre Organ Concert

Don't Dribble on the Dragon! @ The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 4th March 2017
My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me... Tom is a toddler with a big, older brother, a secret dragon and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can his dragon’s crazy magic help them put it back together again... or will it only end up making things worse?

Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 12th March 2017
Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments.

Gilbert O’Sullivan In Concert

Sunday 12 March 2017 7.30pm
One of the industry’s true legends, 2017 will mark an astonishing 50 years since Gilbert O’Sullivan made his first foray into the music business with the release of his debut single ‘Disappear’. It launched O’Sullivan on a career that is still thriving five decades later – seeing him dominate the charts in the seventies and continue to enjoy success and acclaim to the present day.

Chemistry Show @ The Sandpit Theatre

Tuesday 14th March 2017
An evening filled with loud noises, flashing lights and lots of mess!

What's the Matter? A Quantum Comedy @ The Sandpit Theatre

Wednesday 15th March 2017
An unexplained cat theft from a physics laboratory leads scientist Smithy on a journey through his own experiment into the subatomic world. The situation becomes charged and it is impossible to stay neutral. Can he find the cat and win over his colleague Sarah in the process? Will the outcome be positive or negative?

Count Arthur Strong ‘The Sound of Mucus’

Thursday 16 March 2017 8.00pm
Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event.

Lee Hurst

Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm
Lee Hurst is back on the road with his next stand up show…

Matt Forde - It’s My Political Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want To)

Tuesday 21 March 2017 8.00pm
Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.
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