Major festivals and events

Find out more about our annual events - Herts County Show, Harpenden Carnival, the Alban Pilgrimage, St Albans Folk Festival, CAMRA St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans 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 the Events search list.

Hertfordshire Open Studios

Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017 Why not extend the summer holiday mood with a self-guided tour of some of Hertfordshire's finest artists, craftmakers and artisans? Artists are opening their doors for the biggest county-wide art event in Hertfordshire - Herts Open Studios. This annual autumn show, organised by Herts Visual Arts, runs for three weeks and entry to participating exhibitions is free.

CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Wednesday 27th September to Saturday 30th September 2017 The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town at the end of September so book your beer and cider holiday now and pay us a visit to enjoy the vast selection of drinks on offer. The number of real ale on offer runs into the hundreds and is complimented by a vast selection of real ciders and perries, bottle conditioned beers and a large selection from around the world.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2017

Wednesday 27th September to Saturday 7th October The St Albans Food & Drink Festival will return this autumn to showcase the fantastic range of food, drink and produce available throughout St Albans District. With so many excellent eateries providing fabulous food and delightful drinking holes, the festival is a great time to try something new or different.

The Herts 10k

Sunday 8th October 2017 The Herts 10k is a charity run, raising funds for Grove House Hospice. The route starts in Rothamsted Park and heads out towards Redbourn, along the Nickey Line and coming back into Rothamsted Park allowing runners to enjoy some glorious sights of the district's countryside.

St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 4th November 2017 Come and enjoy a spectacular event full of fantastic fireworks, food and fun for the whole family! Taking place in Verulamium Park, this amazing public display was started over 25 years ago in order to reduce firework accidents at home. Over the years it has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities. This year’s nominated charities are Earthworks St Albans and Waverley Driving Group RDA as well as other charities supported by St Albans Cathedral.

St Albans Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017 German-style Christmas Market in St Albans selling high quality gifts and products. Browse beautiful handmade gifts while enjoying a mug of mulled wine in the Christmas atmosphere. The event will take place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral.
Further information: visit our Christmas Market section and find out more about the products, entertainment, and how to be involved.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Sunday 26th November 2017 A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town's Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On

Sunday 26th November 2017 Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

St Albans Mummers

Tuesday 26th December 2017 (Boxing Day)

For over 40 years the St Albans Mummers have performed their unique adaptation of George & The Dragon on Boxing Day in various locations in the City Centre.