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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.

Folk Festival Dancing

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

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.

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,

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!
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