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Events in Wales

Green Man Festival, Wales
Green Man Festival

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

April events

Laugharne Weekend Festival - Enjoy Literature, music and comedy

Focus Music Festival, Wrexham

RHS Flower Show, Cardiff

May/June events

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

Gregynog Festival

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


July events

Tafwyl, Welsh language festival

Gemau Cymru

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.


August events

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


September events

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

Etape Cymru

Tour of Britain - Stage 3 - September


October/November events

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.