Events in Wales
Here's a selection of just some of the festivals and events taking place in Wales.
January - March events
See in the New Year in Cardiff, Calennig, which is Welsh for "New Year celebration/gift", with lots of bands and a great funfare.
Barry Island New Year's Day Dip
In February and March it's the RBS Six Nations Rugby Internationals Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
1 March is St David’s Day (Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant), when we celebrate our Patron Saint at events around the country.
Cwlwm Celtaidd - Wales' Interceltic Festival, Porthcawl A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales
Cardiff 2016 - World Half Marathon 26 March 2016
Laugharne Weekend Festival - Enjoy Literature, music and comedy
Focus Music Festival, Wrexham
RHS Flower Show, Cardiff
Big Walk Wales
Enjoy a walk in the beautiful Welsh countryside or coast during May.
Hay Festival of Literature
Britain’s ‘town of books’ is the ideal setting for this literary festival with an international reputation.
Urdd National Eisteddfod (Youth Eisteddfod)
Europe’s largest youth arts festival. Pembrokeshire.
Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon
Cardiff Singer of the Year takes place every 2 years, when classical singers from around the world compete in the Welsh capital.
Man Versus Horse
Extreme Sailing, Cardiff Bay
Tafwyl, Welsh language festival
British Speedway, Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Beyond the Border in St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan, Welsh International Storytelling Festival.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is one of Wales’s major annual events - a truly international festival of music, dance and song.
Sesiwn Fawr (Big Session) in Dolgellau, a weekend of Celtic bands, rock, pop and beer.
Wakestock in Abersoch, Llŷn Peninsula, Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival.
Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, Britain’s most popular agricultural show.
The Big Cheese in Caerphilly is one of the largest free gatherings of re-enactments, entertainers, music and folk dancing.
St Davids Folk Festival Enjoy a friendly family occasion, this year’s festival is located in the grounds of the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the Close of St Davids Cathedral.
National Eisteddfod of Wales, this cultural gathering is dedicated to Welsh, Britain’s oldest living language but non-Welsh speakers are very welcome.
Brecon Jazz Festival is an International festival attracting the top names from the world of jazz.
Anglesey County Show another great agricultural Show.
The Green Man Festival is an alternative 3 day folk festival in the Brecon Beacons.
Glass Butter Beach a music, action sports and beach lifestyle festival in Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula.
World Bog Snorkelling Championship in Llanwrtyd Wells, competitors snorkel the length of a peaty murky trench in a Mid Wales bog.
Powerboat P1 Superstock Series, Cardiff Bay
Open Doors events - in September many buildings in Wales not normally accessible to the public will be throwing open their doors to visitors. Takes place throughout September. Programme available in August.
Abergavenny Food Festival with local produce and international delicacies, celebrity chefs, masterclasses, tastings and street stalls.
Festival No 6 in the Italianate village of Portmeirion
Beaumaris Food Festival
Elvis Festival in the seaside town of Porthcawl is the biggest Elvis festival in Europe, attracting Elvis tribute acts from all over the world.
Iron Man Wales
Tour of Britain - Stage 3 - September
Swn Festival in Cardiff, a 3 day music festival showcasing the best of new music coming in and out of Wales.
Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea, talks, performances, exhibitions, readings and music with a Dylan Thomas theme. The festival takes place each year from 27 October - 9 November at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. (details of the programme available on the Dylan Thomas website in September)
Rugby - the Dove Men International Series takes place
Cardiff Half Marathon
Iris Prize Festival
Snowdonia Walking Festival
Artes Mundi (held every 2 years)
November and December events
Wales Rally GB final round of the World Rally Championship. North Wales.
Rugby - autumn internationals in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Royal Welsh Winter Fair
Christmas markets and events – There are a variety of Christmas markets and events throughout Wales including Cardiff Christmas Market, Swansea Christmas Market, Llandudno Christmas Fayre and Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival.
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland - Outdoor ice skating and family entertainment on Cardiff’s City Hall Lawn.
Swansea Winter Wonderland - Visit Santa and his reindeers and soak up the festive atmosphere.
Caerphilly Christmas Fayre
Tenby Boxing Day Swim
Nos Galan Road Races, New Year’s Eve
Events take place throughout the year at Cadw sites throughout Wales, that include many of our castles.
Events given for general information. Please check with the official sites for details.
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