What’s On in Croydon

Find out what to do in Croydon with our guide to the best events in the lively South East London area.

Whether you’re looking for things to do in Croydon today or want to discover what’s on in Croydon this weekend, you’ll find plenty of events to take your fancy in this happening suburb.

What’s On in Croydon

Croydon Heritage Festival, 24-30 June

Celebrate Croydon’s unique history and heritage with more than 150, mostly free events taking place across the area for the Croydon Heritage Festival. Organised by the Whitgift Foundation, the festival returns for 2017 with the theme of "evolution", and explores how Croydon has grown from a Roman dwelling to the urban space it is today. Look out for talks and tours around historic parts of the borough, as well as film screenings, photography exhibitions and a centrepiece installation of origami crocuses in the town centre.

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Purley Festival, 26 June-2 July

Discover local music talent across three outdoor stages at the Purley Festival. Alongside the live music, festival highlights include a park cinema experience, silent disco, climbing wall, street cocktails, a range of performance artists and an area especially for kids. Bring along a picnic, soak up the buzzing atmosphere and enjoy a fun, free day out with all the family.

Croydon PrideFest, 15 July

Celebrate love in London as the PrideFest parade returns for the second year, winding its way through central Croydon. You’ll also be able to enjoy other free LGBT+ events and activities, from live music in The Queen’s Gardens, to food and drink in Boxpark. Check back nearer the time for more details.

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Croydon International Mela, 30 September

Take part in a colourful celebration of South Asian culture at the Croydon International Mela. Experience a vibrant festival atmosphere across Croydon as you watch live performances of traditional and contemporary music and dancing. Plus, take part in family activities and enjoy something delicious from the outdoor food and drink stalls. Check back nearer the time for more details.

Dance Umbrella: Croydon, 14 October

Spend an afternoon watching free live dance performances and join in the family activities at The Queen’s Gardens in Croydon, as part of Dance Umbrella's city-wide festival. Watch French dancer Satchie Noro move in unison with a 40 foot (12 metre) shipping container in her extraordinary show Origami, inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding.

Oktoberfest Croydon, 27-28 October

Enjoy a fun weekend of traditional Bavarian-style entertainment, food and drink inside one of Europe’s largest beer tents at Oktoberfest Croydon. The world-famous celebration is new to Croydon for 2017, and you'll find the town’s Wandle Park given a Bavarian makeover with authentic oompah bands, traditional German fare and plenty of steins of beer.

Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, March/April 2018 TBC

Watch exciting contemporary theatre at the Croydonites Festival, which brings local creative talent and dynamic performance work from around the UK to Croydon’s independent theatre venues, such as Matthews Yard and Turf gallery. Past line-ups have included an ensemble by author Zella Compton and immersive theatre from Jamal Harewood.