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.

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.*

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.

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!

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.

Redbourn Classics Motor Show

Saturday 15th September 2018 Classic Vehicle Show plus Village Fête with family entertainment, BBQ, food stalls, charity stalls, and a raffle.

CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 29th September 2018 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 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.

Heritage Open Days

Thurs 6th to Sun 10th September and Thurs 13th to Sun 16th September 2018 Each September for one weekend, St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings normally closed to the public. It is a once-a-year chance to discover our architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

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.