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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 and Drink 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. 2017 TBC
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. 2017 TBC
8) Try top dishes from Soho’s leading restaurants at Soho Food Feast. 2017 TBC
9) Get set to indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Show. 2017 TBC
10) Sup a pint at pop-ups and masterclasses during London Beer Week. 13-19 Mar 2017
11) Celebrate your favourite grape-based tipple with London Wine Week. 5-11 Jun 2017
12) Quaff discounted cocktails across the capital during London Cocktail Week. 2-8 Oct 2017
13) Sample spirits from across the globe at The Spirit Show. 9-10 Dec 2016

London Film Festivals

14) Discover the best in short film at the London Short Film Festival. 6-15 Jan 2017 
15) Watch independent and art-house films at Sundance Film Festival: London. 1-4 Jun 2017
16) See the best gay movies from around the world at the LGBT Film Festival. 16-26 Mar 2017 
17) Catch alternative films by the hottest new filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival. 20 Sep-1 Oct 2017
18) Get set for the latest movies, red carpet premieres, workshops, talks and gala events at the BFI London Film Festival. 2017 TBC
19) See South Asian independent films at the London Asian Film Festival9-19 Mar 2017
20) Watch a film under the stars with a drink and picnic at Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Aug 2017 TBC
21) From Alexandra Palace to Crystal Palace Park, visit some of the capital’s most spectacular locations with The Luna Cinema. 2017 TBC
22) Scare yourself silly at the terrifying British Horror Film Festival. 21 Oct 2017
23) Watch some of your favourite movies accompanied by an incredible live orchestra with Film Scores Live. 1 Oct 2016-25 Jun 2017

Outdoor Music Festivals in London

24) Expect a fantastic line-up of summer concerts in the magical setting of Kew Gardens at Kew the Music. 2017 TBC
25) Love new music, arts and nature? Then don’t miss Caught by the River Thames at Fulham Palace. 2017 TBC
26) See a stellar line-up of global hit makers at Lovebox in Victoria Park. 14-15 Jul 2017
27) Join revellers at Finsbury Park's Wireless Festival where Calvin Harris, Chase & Status and Drake have previously headlined. 2017 TBC
28) See music superstars perform at British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Various dates
29) Discover up-and-coming talent at Bushstock. 10 Jun 2017 
30) Dance away to the likes of previous artists Little Mix and Craig David at Capital FM's Summertime Ball. 2017 TBC 
31) Croon along to musical legends at Greenwich Music Time, past performers include Seal and David Gray. 4-7 Jul 2017
32) Experience summer nights of memorable music at Hampton Court Palace Festival. Various dates
33) 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
34) Find impressive music acts, performances and activities at Citadel Festival. 2017 TBC
35) See the cream of the world’s electronic music scene at South West Four. 26-27 Aug 2017
36) Join East London's cool kids for the popular Field Day music festival. 3 Jun 2017
37) Enjoy live performances and street food at the Barbican-run Walthamstow Garden Party2017 TBC
38) Get your dose of rural fun at Lambeth Country Show. 15-16 Jul 2017 
39) Seek out street art and entertainment at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Jun 2017 TBC
40) Hang out at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival for music, art and food events. 12-18 Jun 2017

More London Music Festivals

41) Experience the greatest classical music festival on earth at BBC Proms in the Park. 9 Sep 2017
42) Enjoy an Indian classical music concert at the magical Darbar Festival. Sep-Nov 2017 TBC
43) See great live music events at the Spitalfields Winter Music Festival. 4-11 Dec 2016
44) Watch world-class artists and emerging stars at the EFG London Jazz Festival. 10-19 Nov 2017
45) Boogie on down to some of the biggest names in blues, rock and soul music at Bluesfest. 2017 TBC
46) See acts from the 80s and 90s performing at Indie Daze indoor music festival. 2017 TBC

High Culture Activities in London

47) Explore South Asian culture at the Southbank Centre's Alchemy Festival. 2017 TBC
48) Immerse yourself in live music, comedy, art, poetry and more at Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre. 2017 TBC 
49) Explore the capital’s museums and galleries after hours with Museums at Night. 17-20 May 2017
50) Catch live music, one-off performances and immersive art at MERGE Bankside. 2017 TBC
51) Look out for The Lord Mayor’s Show, a spectacular parade across London followed by dazzling fireworks over the Thames. 2017 TBC
52) Lust after love-themed artworks, pop-ups and shows at the Festival of Love. 2017 TBC
53) Applaud women’s achievements at WOW Women of the World Festival. 8-12 Mar 2017

London Comedy Festivals

54) Enjoy a moo-vellous programme of circus, comedy and kid's shows beneath a giant upside-down purple cow at the Udderbelly Festival2017 TBC
55) Be wowed by top cabaret and burlesque performers at London Wonderground2017 TBC
56) Laugh along with Edinburgh preview acts at the Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival2017 TBC
57) Marvel at acrobats, puppetry and more at the International Mime Festival9 Jan-4 Feb 2017 
58) Catch stand-up comedy, magic, music and more at Just for Laughs London. 2017 TBC

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Architecture and Design Festivals

59) See the latest design trends at the London Design Festival. 16-24 Sep 2017
60) Explore London’s architectural treasures at Open House London. Sep 2017 TBC
61) Discover great design at the London Festival of Architecture. 1-30 Jun 2017
62) Catch the latest trends, catwalk shows and talks from industry insiders at London Fashion Week. 17-21 Feb 2017
63) Marvel at a spectacular array of vehicles at The London Classic Car Show at ExCeL London. 23-26 Feb 2017

Sailing Festivals

64) Take a cruise on a magnificent Tall Ship with Rendez-Vous 2017. 13-16 Apr 2017
65) Cheer on teams racing dragons down a river at the London Dragon Boat Festival. 15 Jun 2017

Free London Festivals

66) Celebrate Chinese New Year, the biggest celebrations outside Asia, in London's Chinatown. 29 Jan 2017
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. 2017 TBC
69) Go mad for all things river-related at Totally Thames 2017. Sep 2017 TBC
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. 8 Jul 2017
72) Shop on a traffic-free Regent Street every Sunday in July during Summer Streets. Jul 2017 TBC

Cultural Experiences

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. 17-19 Mar 2017
77) Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with fun-filled events in Trafalgar Square. 2017 TBC
78) Bop along to African drummers, singers, acrobats and dancers at Africa on the Square. 2017 TBC
79) Get set for martial arts, origami, traditional Japanese food and all-day performances at Japan Matsuri. 2017 TBC
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. 24 Dec 2016-1 Jan 2017
82) Appreciate Russian song and dance at Maslenitsa Festival across London. 2017 TBC 
83) Celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest at the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival. 2017 TBC


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Flower Shows in London

84) Admire vibrant horticultural displays at Chelsea Flower Show23-27 May 2017
85) Be wowed by flowery installations and community activities at the Chelsea Fringe20 May-4 Jun 2017
86) Admire gorgeous blooms and horticultural displays at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. 4-9 Jul 2017
87) Find everything from food and live music to workshops and events at London's floating garden, Farmopolis. Various dates

Festivals for Kids and Families

88) Keep youngsters happy with literature, art, dance and theatre at Imagine Children's Festival at Southbank Centre. Feb 2017 TBC
89) Watch fireworks sparkle in the night sky at the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. Nov 2017 TBC
90) Little ones can embark on an illuminated adventure during the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens. 19 Jan-26 Feb 2017

Christmas Fairs and Festivals

91) Don’t miss Winter Wonderland for its ice rink, huge Christmas market and fun-packed rides. 18 Nov 2016-2 Jan 2017 
92) Hear Christmas carols and music at the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival. 13-24 Dec 2016
93) Browse festive markets and see seasonal performances at Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. 11 Nov 2016-25 Jan 2017
94) Pick up gorgeous gifts at the Spirit of Christmas Fair. 2017 TBC
95) Set out on a mile-long trail through beautifully illuminated botanical gardens with Christmas at Kew. 23 Nov 2016-2 Jan 2017
96) Eat, drink and be merry at Taste of London Winter. 2017 TBC
97) Soak up the magical atmosphere during Christmas in Leicester Square. 11 Nov 2016-8 Jan 2017
98) Welcome in 2017 at the New Year’s Day Parade. 1 Jan 2017

London Literature Festivals

99) Be inspired by leading authors at the Greenwich Book Festival. 2017 TBC
100) Bookworms can celebrate the power of words at the London Literature Festival. 2017 TBC
101) Join some of your favourite childhood authors at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival. 13-14 May 2017