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York – The City of Festivals

York is known as the City of Festivals with entertaining events happening every month. There’s something for everyone; whether your are looking to entertain the kids, buff up your historical knowledge or just tickle your taste buds. Take a look at the world class festivals yet to take place this year:

Festival of Ideas (5–17 Jun 2018)

festival of ideas

The award-winning York Festival of Ideas returns with over 200 diverse, inspiring and mostly free events under the banner of ‘Imagining the Impossible’.

For more info visit: yorkfestivalofideas.com

Bloom – York’s First Horticultural Festival (5–8 July 2018)


Get ready to experience all things floral during bloom! York’s first horticultural festival will be sprouting in the city this summer to celebrate the 250 year anniversary of the ancient society of York florists, the world’s oldest horticultural society, founded in 1768.

For more info visit: bloomyork.com

York Early Music Festival (6–14 Jul 2018)

early music festival

Power & Politics: From the medieval courts of Avignon to the drama of Beethoven’s revolutionary politics! A fascinating series of concerts, illustrated lectures and workshops all linked together to demonstrate that nothing in this world is new!

For more info visit: ncem.co.uk/yemf

The Great Yorkshire Fringe (19–29 Jul 2018)

yorkshire fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe returns in Summer 2018! The festival has wowed York with three years of festivities on Parliament Street, and for 2017 took comedy, variety and family entertainment to even more locations in the heart of the city.

For more info visit: greatyorkshirefringe.com

Stone Carving Festival (17 Aug 2018)

stone carving

See the ancient craft skills used to preserve the 800-year-old cathedral when York Minster’s Stoneyard opens its doors as part of the cathedral’s international Stone Carving Festival.

For more info visit: yorkminster.org

York Beer & Cider Festival (19–22 Sep 2018)

beer festival

It is everything a great festival should be – forward looking; inclusive; grand in scale and most importantly welcoming. It has the reputation as one of the friendliest beer festivals in the UK and this is reflected in the wide and diverse type of visitors it attracts – not just from the UK but from all over the world.

For more info visit: yorkbeerfestival.org.uk

York Food & Drink Festival (21–30 Sep 2018)


York Food Festival showcases Yorkshire’s finest producers, chefs and cooking. Expect a large market, pop-up bars, street food, chef demonstrations, tastings, dinners, cookery lessons and more.

For more info visit: yorkfoodfestival.com

York Balloon Fiesta (28–30 Sep 2018)


The skies of York will be transformed when a total of more than 40 hot air balloons, from all across the UK, will fly across York while a fun packed festival-style weekend takes place on the ground. Watch the balloons lift off from York’s Knavesmire while exploring the funfair complete with Victorian inspired rides, live music, a beer tent and tasty street food stalls from Yorkshire top vendors.

For more info visit: facebook.com/yorkballoonfiesta/

York Mediale (27 Sep – 6 Oct 2018)


A brand-new UK festival, providing a showcase for leading international digital artists and the best emerging media art talent. The event will present a 10-day citywide celebration of exhibitions, installations, live performances, dance, music and workshops across York.

For more info visit: yorkmediale.com

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (7–11 Nov 2018)

film festival

18 Venues. 300 Films. 5 Days.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a leading BAFTA-Recognised festival that takes place annually in York. It’s a hotbed for fresh ideas and talent discovery and a destination to experience the power and craft of cinema. 300 films in competition, industry speakers, networking and masterclasses.

For more info visit: asff.co.uk

York Christmas festival (15 Nov – 23 Dec 2018)

Christmas Festival

Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine, as fairs, family fun and festival flavours transform York into a festive fairytale.

For more info visit: visityork.org/whats-on/christmas