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101 Festivals in London

From food festivals to free events, find out where to have fun in the capital with our comprehensive festival guide. 

Food Festivals  

1) Eat dishes from London's hottest restaurants at Taste of London in Regent's Park. 14-18 Jun 2017
2) Discover top eats and masterclasses at one of the three Foodies Festivals running throughout the year. Various dates
3) Enjoy cooking demonstrations from culinary experts, artisan food stalls and live music at BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace. 2017 TBC
4) Get your caffeine fix with The London Coffee Festival at Old Truman Brewery. 6-9 Apr 2017
5) Find chef-led events and restaurant-hopping menus at the London Restaurant Festival. 1-31 Oct 2016
6) Chow down on hog roasts, pies and cakes at the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square. Apr 2017 TBC
7) Feast on French food, drink and culture at the Bastille Festival in Borough Market. Jul 2017 TBC
8) Prepare yourself for a weekend filled with BBQ, live music, workshops and more at Meatopia. 2017 TBC
9) Try top dishes from Soho’s leading restaurants at Soho Food Feast. 2017 TBC
10) Get set to indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Show. 14-16 Oct 2016
11) Enjoy expert talks, health-based activities and vegan treats during VegfestUK. 22-23 Oct 2016

Film Festivals

12) Discover the best in short film at the 13th London Short Film Festival. 6-15 Jan 2017
13) Watch independent and art-house films at Sundance London. 2017 TBC
14) See the best gay movies from around the world at the LGBT Film Festival. 2017 TBC 
15) Catch alternative films by the hottest new filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival. 21 Sep-2 Oct 2016
16) Get set for the latest movies, red carpet premieres, workshops, talks and gala events at the BFI London Film Festival. 5-16 Oct 2016
17) See South Asian independent films at the London Asian Film Festival2017 TBC
18) Watch a film under the stars with a drink and picnic at Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. 2017 TBC
19) From Alexandra Palace to Crystal Palace Park, visit some of the capital’s most spectacular locations with The Luna Cinema. Until 25 September 2016
20) Catch a film with a view at the Rooftop Film Club. Until 30 Sep 2016
21) Scare yourself silly at the terrifying British Horror Film Festival. 22 Oct 2016

Music Festivals

22) Expect a fantastic line-up of summer concerts in the magical setting of Kew Gardens at Kew the Music. 2017 TBC
23) Love new music, arts and nature? Then don’t miss Caught by the River Thames at Fulham Palace. 2017 TBC
24) See a stellar line-up of global hit makers at Lovebox in Victoria Park. 2017 TBC
25) Join revellers at Finsbury Park's Wireless Festival where Calvin Harris, Chase & Status and Drake have previously headlined. 2017 TBC
26) See music superstars perform at British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Jul 2017 TBC
27) Discover up-and-coming talent at Bushstock. 2017 TBC 
28) Dance away to the likes of previous artists Little Mix and Craig David at Capital FM's Summertime Ball. 2017 TBC 
29) Croon along to musical legends at Greenwich Music Time, past performers include Seal and David Gray. Jul 2017 TBC
30) Experience summer nights of memorable music at Hampton Court Palace Festival. 2017 TBC
31) Take your pick from a selection of music stages, pop-up performances, silent disco and even a giant waterslide at Alexandra Palace’s Summer Festival. 2017 TBC
32) See EMF and Echobelly performing at Indie Daze indoor music festival. 1 Oct 2016
33) Find impressive music acts, performances and activities at Citadel Festival. 2017 TBC
34) See the cream of the world’s electronic music scene at South West Four. 2017 TBC
35) Join East London's cool kids for the popular Field Day music festival. 3-4 Jun 2017
36) Boogie on down to some of the biggest names in blues, rock and soul music at Bluesfest. 28-30 Oct 2016

High Culture

37) Experience the greatest classical music festival on earth at BBC Proms in the Park. 2017 TBC
38) Enjoy an Indian classical music concert at the magical Darbar Festival. 2017 TBC
39) Explore South Asian culture at the Southbank Centre's Alchemy Festival. 2017 TBC
40) See great live music events at the Spitalfields Summer Music Festival. 2017 TBC
41) Watch world-class artists and emerging stars at the EFG London Jazz Festival. 11-20 Nov 2016
42) Immerse yourself in live music, comedy, art, poetry and more at Meltdown Festival at South Bank Centre. 2017 TBC 
43) Enjoy a series of language-themed events including talks, concerts and a lively street party with the Bloomsbury Festival. 19-23 Oct 2016
44) Explore the capital’s museums and galleries after hours with Museums at Night. 27-29 Oct 2016
45) Learn all about the Great Fire of London with a series of exhibitions, events and workshops across the capital. Various dates
46) Catch live music, one-off performances and immersive art at MERGE Bankside. 24 Sep-7 Oct 2016

Retail Therapy 

47) Shop on a traffic-free Regent Street every Sunday in July during Summer Streets. Jul 2017 TBC

Drink in the Atmosphere

48) Sup a pint at pop-ups and masterclasses during London Beer Week. 2017 TBC
49) Celebrate your favourite grape-based tipple with London Wine Week. 2017 TBC
50) Quaff discounted cocktails across the capital during London Cocktail Week. 3-9 Oct 2016
51) Sample spirits from across the globe at The Spirit Show. 9-10 Dec 2016

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Comedy Festivals

52) Enjoy a moo-vellous programme of circus, comedy and kid's shows beneath a giant upside-down purple cow at the Udderbelly Festival2017 TBC
53) Be wowed by top cabaret and burlesque performers at London WondergroundUntil 25 Sep 2016
54) Laugh along with Edinburgh preview acts at the Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival2017 TBC
55) Marvel at acrobats, puppetry and more at the International Mime Festival. Jan 2017 TBC 
56) Catch stand-up comedy, magic, music and more at Just for Laughs London. 2017 TBC

Love and Laughter  

57) Lust after love-themed artworks, pop-ups and shows at the Festival of Love2017 TBC
58) Celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest at the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival. 25 Sep 2016
59) Applaud women’s achievements at WOW Women of the World Festival. 8-12 Mar 2017

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Architecture and Design Festivals

60) See the latest design trends at the London Design Festival. 17-25 Sep 2016
61) Explore London’s architectural treasures at Open House London. 2017 TBC
62) Discover great design at the London Festival of Architecture. 2017 TBC 
63) Catch the latest trends, catwalk shows and talks from industry insiders at London Fashion Weekend. 22-25 Sep 2016

Ship Ahoy

64) Take a cruise on a magnificent Tall Ship with Sail Royal Greenwich. 12-16 Apr 2017
65) Cheer on teams racing dragons down a river at the London Dragon Boat Festival. 2017 TBC

Free Festivals

66) Celebrate Chinese New Year, the biggest celebrations outside Asia, in London's Chinatown. Jan 2017 TBC
67) Join revellers at London's biggest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival27-28 Aug 2017
68) Enjoy music, theatre and film screenings in an al fresco setting at the summer-long London Bridge City Summer Festival. 1 Jun-31 Oct 2016
69) Go mad for all things river-related at Totally Thames 2016. 1-30 Sep 2016
70) Watch performances from top West End musicals at West End LIVE. Jun 2017 TBC 
71) Join revellers at the vibrant Pride in London parade, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Jul 2017 TBC
72) See a huge selection of vehicles from past, present and beyond at the Regent Street Motor Show. 5 Nov 2016

Culture Club

73) Eat worldly foods and hear live music at the free Eid festival, which marks the end of Ramadan. 2017 TBC
74) Join in the fun at Mela, Europe's largest outdoor South Asian festival. 2017 TBC
75) Enjoy a dose of contemporary Arab culture at Shubbak. 2017 TBC 
76) Experience Irish culture at the St Patrick’s Day Parade, which features floats and bands. Mar 2017 TBC
77) Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with fun-filled events in Trafalgar Square. 16 Oct 2016
78) Bop along to African drummers, singers, acrobats and dancers at Africa on the Square. 15 Oct 2016
79) Get set for martial arts, origami, traditional Japanese food and all-day performances at Japan Matsuri. 25 Sep 2016
80) Celebrate the Sikh New Year with turban tying displays, spiritual music and food stalls at Vaisakhi. Apr 2017 TBC 
81) Join in the Jewish festival of lights in Trafalgar Square at Chanukah in the Square. Dec 2016 TBC 
82) Appreciate Russian song and dance at Maslenitsa Festival across London. 2017 TBC 

Live Like a Local 

83) Enjoy live performances and street food at the Barbican-run Walthamstow Garden Party2017 TBC
84) Get your dose of rural fun at Lambeth Country Show. 2017 TBC
85) Seek out street art and entertainment at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Jun 2017 TBC
86) Hang out at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival for music, art and food events. 2017 TBC

Flower Power

87) Admire vibrant horticultural displays at Chelsea Flower Show23-27 May 2017
88) Be wowed by flowery installations and community activities at the Chelsea Fringe2017 TBC
89) Admire gorgeous blooms and horticultural displays at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. 4-9 Jul 2017
90) Find everything from food and live music to workshops and events at London's floating garden, Farmopolis. Various dates

Festivals for Kids and Families

91) Keep youngsters happy with literature, art, dance and theatre at Imagine Children's Festival at Southbank Centre. Feb 2017 TBC
92) Watch fireworks sparkle in the night sky at the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. 4-5 Nov 2016

Festive Fun

93) Don’t miss Winter Wonderland for its ice rink, huge Christmas market and fun-packed rides. 18 Nov-2 Jan 2017 
94) Hear Christmas carols and music at the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival. 13-24 Dec 2016
95) Browse festive markets and see seasonal performances at Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. 11 Nov–25 Jan 2017
96) Pick up gorgeous gifts at the Spirit of Christmas Fair. 31 Oct-6 Nov 2016
97) Eat, drink and be merry at Taste of London Winter. 17-20 Nov 2016
98) Soak up the magical atmosphere during Christmas in Leicester Square. 11 Nov-8 Jan 2017
99) Welcome in 2017 at the New Year’s Day Parade. 1 Jan 2017

Book Ahead 

100) Be inspired by leading authors at the Greenwich Book Festival. 2017 TBC
101) Bookworms can celebrate the power of words at the London Literature Festival. 5-16 Oct 2016