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 8th September to Sunday 30th September 2018 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 26th September to Saturday 29th September 2018 A four day event being held at the Alban Arena in St Albans, United Kingdom. Up to 450 different beers on sale across ten bars. Up to 300 cool, cask-conditioned real ales, 80 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world. Live music from The Landlords Thursday evening, Swan Vesta Social Club Saturday lunchtime and The Overtures Saturday evening.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2018

Wednesday 26th September to Monday 8th 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.

St Albans Remembers

October and November 2018 St Albans Remembers will provide information on events held to commemorate Remembrance Sunday 2018 and the WW1 Centenary in 2018.

Poppy Field

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2018 A stunning projection of poppies will fill the Nave of St Albans Cathedral for two nights only, as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary. The Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Entry will be free and will provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 3rd November 2018 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 Lights Switch On

Sunday 18th November 2018 Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

Meraki Christmas Festival

Friday 30th November to Saturday 22nd December A winter wonderland with an ice bar, funfair rides, a high-tech Santa’s Grotto and a variety of live entertainment, incorporating St Albans Christmas Market.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Sunday 25th November 2018* (provisional date) 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.

Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 2nd December 2018 Experience the best of Redbourn at their annual winter festival. Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. 70+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas; seasonal music showcasing the best local talent; Yule raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses, plus Santa Claus!

Carols on the Hour

Saturday 15th December 2018 Take a break from the last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoy this special St Albans Cathedral event. Each service lasts just 30 minutes, enough time to sing some uplifting carols with the Cathedral Choirs. Everyone is welcome to come and sing and experience the true meaning of Christmas at these hourly Carol Services from 11am to 4pm. No tickets required and admission is free.

St Albans Mummers

Wednesday 26th December 2018 (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.