events and festivals

Events and Festivals

We often feel festive in St Albans 

January 2015

24-25 January - Residents First Weekend
A chance for local people to enjoy free entry to attractions, Residents Feasts offers at cafés and restaurants, 2-for-1 on leisure activities, and the Residents Raffle.

February 2015

17 February - St Albans Pancake Race
Held at noon on Shrove Tuesday, with a traditional running race and the Flippin' Walkers race.

March 2015

TBA - St Albans Music City
Music City 2014 featured a host of gigs at regular venues around the District as well as workshops and special events.

Harpenden Easter Funfair

May 2015

Beating the Bounds
The ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds will be re-enacted starting from Kingsbury Watermill in St Michael’s Village at 1400 hrs. The procession, led by the Mayor and officers of the District Council, will follow the medieval boundary of the town as defined in 1327. The route is just over 2 miles and takes around 2.5 hours. Free.

Grove House Midnight Walk
A 10 mile women’s Midnight Walk around St Albans, raising money for Grove House. To register and for more information visit the website. Web:

23 and 24 May - Hertfordshire County Show - Redbourn
The Hertfordshire County Showground is the setting for a variety of events throughout the year including the Herts County Show. Web:

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June 2015

TBA - St Albans Summer Music
A collection of six St Albans-based musical organisations, presenting concerts and dance events. Participants include: The St Albans Folk Festival, St Albans Symphony Orchestra, St Albans Chamber Choir, Tony Wigram Festival of Music, Carillon Chamber Choir and Hertfordshire Philharmonia. More information. Download brochure(PDF)

6 June - Harpenden Carnival - Harpenden High St and Rothamsted Park
A procession of floats sets out from Bowers Way Car Park and congregates in Rothamsted Park for judging to take place. Other attractions include children’s entertainment, stalls and displays. Web:

14 June - St Albans Half Marathon
St Albans’ major sporting event, raising funds for local charities. In addition to the half-marathon there is a Walking Half Marathon, 1.5 Mile Children’s Fun Run and 5k Healthy Hearts Jog. Web:

Harpenden Common Discovery Day
An opportunity to find out more about the common and the countryside, investigate the nature trails or simply have a picnic. There will be a wide range of free activities for the whole family to enjoy including falconry, bug hunts and much more. Web: Tel: 01582 768278.

Art on the Common - Harpenden Common
A wide variety of local artists to exhibit their work including paintings, jewellery, greeting cards, ceramics and sculptures. Tel: 01582 620961. Web:

20-21 June - Alban Weekend
Celebration weekend surrounding St Alban's Day - Included street entertainment, art and craft activities, food stalls, live music and the Alban Pilgrimage

28 June - Larks in the Parks
Join your neighbours for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Music, workshops, games and much more will be on offer so bring a picnic and come and join in. Larks take place in 1) Batford Springs, Harpenden 2) Fleetville Recreation Ground, Hatfield Rd 3) London Colney Community Centre, Caledon Rd 4) Victoria Playing Field, Folly Lane and 5) Roestock Park, Admirals Close. Free entry. 12noon to 5pm.

July 2015

Wheathampstead Village Weekend - Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead
Details TBC - talent show, music. Web:

8 to 18 July 2015 - St Albans International Organ Festival
Biennial international event. Web:

12 July - Harpenden Highland Gathering- Rothamsted Park, Harpenden AL5 2HU
Believed to be the largest Highland Gathering outside Scotland, the participation of pipe bands, Scottish dance competitions, haggis-hurling and caber-tossing ensures that the true spirit of the Highlands is brought to Harpenden. A great day out for the family. Web:

Summer Sounds
Showcasing the finest musical delights from the local scene, in the fragrant surroundings of Clarence Park. From jazz, blues and folk to Indie, singer-songwriters and DJs, the soundtrack to your summer is right here! Web:

Race for Life - Verulamium Park, St Albans
Why not enter with your friends, family and colleagues and make a great day out this summer? Web:

22 July - Classics on the Common- Harpenden Common
A unique evening of classic cars on the Common. Web:

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September 2015

10 to 13 September - Heritage Open Days
St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings that are normally closed to the public. Read about last year's event.

Hertfordshire Open Studios
Meet local artists, browse through their work and perhaps buy something that pleases you, as over 150 artists across the District open their studios and welcome you. Web:

30 September to 3 October - St Albans CAMRA Beer Festival
St Albans is the home of CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale. Come and sample over 300 varieties of real ale plus ciders and perries at the biggest beer festival in Hertfordshire. Web:

Wed 23 Sept to Mon 5 Oct - St Albans Food and Drink Festival
St Albans has a long history of excellent pubs and restaurants. The Food and Drink Festival celebrates this and there will be plenty to eat and drink throughout the 12 day festival. Web:

October 2015

11 October - Herts 10K
Find out more about this charity event, one of the fastest growing regional 10k events in the country, if you’re a keen runner or walker and enjoy a challenge. Web:

The Big Draw
In line with the National campaign for Drawing, there will be a series of creative art workshops at venues across the district. Open to all ages, there is also the “Big Draw” event at the end of the month, which will be a fun day out for all the family. Web:

St Albans Fashion Week
St Albans very first Fashion Week. Packed with events and activities, Fashion Week culminates in a spectacular fashion show in the Cathedral on the longest catwalk in Britain. Vote for your favourite fashion and beauty retailers in St Albans Fashion and Beauty awards. Web:

November 2015

St Albans Firework Display - Verulamium Park, St Albans
The largest public display in the south of England, this veritable panoply of pyrotechnic craft is organised by St Albans Cathedral in aid of local charities. Box office tel: 01727 844488

Butterfly World Fireworks Event - Butterfly World, St Albans
Free parking, food and drink stalls, fireworks and music synchronised for a perfect evening's entertainment. Gates open at 5.00pm, display starts at 6.30pm

St Albans Literary Festival. Details tba. Web:

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On - St Peter's Street, St Albans
An afternoon and early evening spectacular of pantomime stars, street entertainers and fun and games for children, marks the start of Christmas shopping in St Albans. Separate events also take place in Harpenden, Southdown and London Colney. 

St Albans Christmas Market
The festive-style market returns to the grounds of St Albans Cathedral.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival
A spectacular event encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping. Web:

December 2015

26 December - Boxing Day - St Albans Mummers
Traditional play by St Albans Mummers held at various locations in the city centre. For further details, contact the St Albans Tourist and Information Centre on 01727 864511.

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