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Events and Festivals

We often feel festive in St Albans 

January 2017

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 2017

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


March 2017

TBA - St Albans Music City
Music City 2017 featured a host of gigs at regular venues around the District as well as workshops and special events.

Harpenden Easter Funfair


May 2017

Beating the Bounds - 21st May
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.

27 and 28 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: www.hertsshow.com


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June 2017

St Albans Steam and Country Show 3rd-4th June
Our annual event showcases Steam Engines, Vintage Vehicles, Classic Cars and more. The event brings excitement and education to the general public. Admission from £5More information.

10 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: harpenden.roundtable.co.uk

11 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: www.stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk

10-11 June - 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: www.harpenden.gov.uk

24-25 June - St Albans Folk Festival
St Albans Folk Festival will take place on June 24 and 25 2017, with the main events on June 24. Once again, this will be the Albantide weekend. As in 2016, it will include a Day of Dance, free showcase performances, sessions and singarounds in City Centre pubs and other venues and workshops and the Festival concert in the Maltings Arts Theatre. www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

24-25 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 - 9 July - IOF Fringe
A host of exciting free Fringe events to compliment The International Organ Festival. The IOFringe promotes the diversity of excellent local music from the St Albans district whilst also offering inspirational performance and participatory opportunities. See their Facebook page for more info and events.

30 June - 2 July - Childwickbury Arts Fair
Enjoy a unique gallery experience amidst the fabulous atmosphere of the Childwickbury Arts Fair, and buy original art directly from the artist. Hot food and events. childwickburyarts.com


July 2017

7 - 9 July - St Albans Film Festival St Albans Film Festival returns this month for its fourth outing. Schedule and venues t.b.c. www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

8 - 9 July - Wheathampstead Village Weekend - Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead
Details TBC - talent show, music. Web: www.wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk

9 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: www.harpenden-lions.co.uk

10 to 22 July - St Albans International Organ Festival
Biennial international organ festival and competitions featuring the world's greatest performers at venues across St Albans and London.  Ticket and details: www.organfestival.com

23 July - 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: www.raceforlife.org

26 July - Classics on the Common- Harpenden Common
A unique afternoon and evening of classic cars and bikes on the Common. Web: www.classicsonthecommon.com


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August 2017

11 - 13 August - Meraki Festival
A three day summer festival featuring top live music acts at Herts County Showground. Family fun and events also. Info and tickets merakifestival.com

September 2017

7 to 10 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.

9 Sep to 1 Oct - 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: www.hvaf.org.uk

27 -30  September - 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: stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk

23 Sept to 2 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.


October 2017

8 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: www.herts10k.com

23 - 29 October - St Albans Fashion Week
St Albans Fashion Week returns for its 5th year. 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: stalbansfashionweek.com


November 2017

4th November - 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

19/26 Nov (date t.b.a.) 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. 

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

26 November - 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: www.harpenden.gov.uk


December 2017

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.

Information on this page provided by St Albans City and District Council


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