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's Festive Fantasia, until 23 December

Marvel at the dazzling series of light and visual installations in North End at Croydon’s Festive Fantasia. The quirky animations are projected at three sites in the area and showcase the skill of local performers, including Royal Ballet dancer Tara-Brigette Bhavani. Watch the remarkable displays between 4.30pm and 9.30pm daily, and enjoy all the festive fun Croydon has on offer including a series of live music events. 

Thornton Heath Festival of Light, 27 January

Experience a sense of the wild as Trumble Gardens in Thornton Heath transforms into a light-filled wonderland as an extension of the Lumiere London light festival. Arrive early in the day to browse the winter market and enjoy a series of live performances, including spoken word and dance, alongside interactive workshops from community arts group CR7Culture. As evening falls, be amazed by the spectacular light installations featuring illuminated foxes, badgers and giant flowers. 

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.

Croydon Heritage Festival, June 2018 TBC

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 2018 with talks, tours around historic parts of the borough, as well as film screenings, photography exhibitions and installations in the town centre.

Purley Festival, June/July 2018 TBC

Discover local music talent across multiple outdoor stages at the Purley Festival. Alongside the live music, you'll find plenty of festival highlights – past events have featured 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, June/July 2018 TBC

Celebrate love in London as the PrideFest parade returns for the third 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.