Events in Wales
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Take a look at some of the events taking place in Wales over the coming months.
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The UEFA Champions League Finals were held in Cardiff last year, one of the latest - and biggest - major events to take place in Wales. Previous events such as the Ryder Cup, a NATO Summit and the City of the Unexpected festival, celebrating the life and work of Welsh children's author Roald Dahl are examples of how well Wales embraces major events. The Volvo Ocean Race also comes to Cardiff, in 2018!
- 1 January - The fun (and very cold) Barry Island New Year's Day Dip and the Saundersfoot New Year's Day swim take place each 1 January. Fancy dress is optional.
- 13 January - Hen Galan - If you're in the Gwaun Valley in Pembrokeshire the New Year starts on the 13th.
- 24h January - This is St Dwynwen’s Day when we honour our Welsh patron saint of lovers. It’s our very own version of St Valentine’s Day
- Rugby - Natwest Six Nations Rugby Internationals, Principality Stadium, Cardiff
- 14 February - Valentine's Day celebrations across Wales
- 24 February - Rhyl 10 Mile Run
- 29 February - The Crickhowell Walking Festival features 89 guided walks at different levels of duration and difficulty so there is something there for everyone.
- 1 March is St David’s Day (Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant), when we celebrate our national day at events around the country
- 3 March - The Island Race - A beautiful marathon that gives you the unique chance to cross a traffic free Menai Bridge.
- Rugby - Natwest Six Nations Rugby Internationals, Principality Stadium, Cardiff
- 22 - 26 March - Wales national football team have been invited to take part in the China Cup. Wales will take on China in the semi-finals before facing either Uruguay or the Czech Republic in the final or 3rd place play off.
- Cwlwm Celtaidd - Wales' Interceltic Festival, Porthcawl is a family festival of music, song and dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales. It will return in 2019 but keep an eye out for smaller events this year
- 31 March - Anthony Joshua takes on Joseph Parker for 4 heavyweight titles in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.
- 1 - 7 April - Wales International Harp Festival
- 7 April - Foster's Professional Darts Masters at The SSE SWALEC
- 6 - 8 April - Laugharne Weekend Festival - Enjoy a fun-packed weekend of literature, music and comedy
- 14 April - The World Series of Boxing comes to the Newport Centre, where the British Lionhearts take on the French Roosters
- 14 - 15 April - RHS Spring Flower Show, Cardiff
- 14 - 15 April - Battle on the beach, off road cycling event
- 29 April - Newport Wales Marathon is one of the flattest marathons in the UK
- 4 - 6 May - Be entertained at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival
- 26-27 May - The BBC has announced a Biggest Weekend festival in 2018 between across four locations. In Wales, Swansea has been chosen to host an impressive number of international acts including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, 30 seconds to Mars and Liam Payne.
- 10 - 12 May - Focus Wales, Wrexham, 200+ bands plus comedy, arts and film
- 19 - 20 May - Take on the challenge of the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon
- 19 May - Monster Jam at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff
- 24 May - 3 June - Hay Festival of Literature - Britain’s ‘town of books’ is the ideal setting for this literary festival with an international reputation
- 25 - 28 May - How the Light Gets in 2018 - The largest philosophy and music festival in the World
- 27 May - Volvo Ocean Race Village opens in Cardiff Bay
- 28 May - Wales national football international match vs Mexico, Pasedena, California.
28 May - 2 June Urdd National Eisteddfod (Youth Eisteddfod) - Europe’s largest youth arts festival.
- 2 June - Big Walk Wales - get outdoors and enjoy a walk in a variety of locations
- 2 - 3 June Monmouthshire Food Festival in Caldicot Castle
- 6 June 2018 - Cricket 2nd One Day International England v Australia at Sophia Gardens Cardiff
- 8 June - The Festival of Voice returns this year
- Rugby Internationals - Wales take on South Africa and Argentina over 3 games.
- 8th - 10th June - The Volvo Ocean Race come to Cardiff Bay - 8 June 2018 In-Port Race, 10 June leg start
- 9th June - Man Versus Horse event
- 22 June - 1 July - Enjoy classical music at the Gregynog Festival
- 30 June - 1 July - Tafwyl, Welsh language festival
- 30 June - 1 July - The Red Arrows and international aircraft put on an awe-inspiring Wales Air Show at Swansea Bay.
- Cardiff Open Theatre in Sophia Gardens
The Merchant Of Venice (21 June – 30 June)
Stand Up in the Park (24 June) comedy event
- Cardiff Open Theatre various dates in July
- 3 - 8 July - Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is one of Wales’ major annual events - a truly international festival of music, dance and song.
- 6 July 2018 - Cricket 2nd IT20 England v India
- 8 July - Velothon Wales, a great road cycling event where professionals and non-professionals can take on the course.
- Gemau Cymru, a multi sport event for the young athletes
- 13 - 15 July - Glass Butter Beach a music, action sports and beach lifestyle festival in Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula
- 21 July - Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix, Principality Stadium, Cardiff
- 23 - 26 July - Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, Britain’s most popular agricultural show
- 27 - 29 July -The Big Cheese in Caerphilly is one of the largest free gatherings of re-enactments, entertainers, music and folk dancing
- 3 - 11 August - National Eisteddfod of Wales, this cultural gathering is dedicated to Welsh, Britain’s oldest living language but non-Welsh speakers are very welcome
- 14 - 15 August The Anglesey Agricultural Show another great agricultural show
- 16 - 19 August - Green Man Festival is an alternative 3 day folk festival in the Brecon Beacons
- 26 August - World Bog Snorkelling Championship in Llanwrtyd Wells, competitors snorkel the length of a peaty murky trench in a Mid Wales bog
- Throughout September Open Doors events take place with many buildings in Wales not normally accessible to the public will be throwing open their doors to visitors.
- 1 - 2 September - Beaumaris Food Festival offers fabulous food, live music and great family fun.
- 6 - 9 September May - Wales national football team play its first ever UEFA National League matches vs Ireland and Denmark
- 6 - 9 September - Festival No 6 takes place in the Italianate village of Portmeirion.
- 9 September - Take on the challenge of Iron Man Wales in Pembrokeshire
- 13 September - It's Roald Dahl Day
- 14 - 16 September - The Goodlife Experience
- 15 - 16 September - The Abergavenny Food Festival features local produce and international delicacies, celebrity chefs, master classes, tastings and street stalls.
- 22 September - 6 October - Swansea International Festival offers two weeks of music and arts events
- 28-30 September - Elvis Festival in the seaside town of Porthcawl is the biggest Elvis festival in Europe, attracting Elvis tribute acts from all over the world.
- 4 - 7 October Wales Rally GB
- Swn Festival in Cardiff, a 3 day music festival showcasing the best of new music coming in and out of Wales
- 7 October - Cardiff Half Marathon - shown live on the tv and with record numbers year on year, this is the 2nd largest half marathon in the UK
- 9 - 14 October Iris Prize Festival Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize
- 16 October - Wales national football team come up against Ireland away in the UEFA National League
- Snowdonia Walking Festival
- 27 October 2018 until 24 February 2019- Artes Mundi 8, international art exhibition
- 27 October - Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea, talks, performances, exhibitions, readings and music with a Dylan Thomas theme.
- 16 November Wales national football team come up against Denmark at home in the UEFA National League
- 26 - 27 November Royal Welsh Winter Fair celebrate Christmas and witness the finest prime stock show in Europe
- Cardiff Christmas Market
- Swansea Christmas Market
- Llandudno Christmas Fayre
- Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Festival
- Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland - Outdoor ice skating and family entertainment on Cardiff’s City Hall lawn including the New Year's Eve party
- Waterfront Winterland in Swansea - Visit Santa and his reindeer and soak up the festive atmosphere
- Caerphilly Christmas Fayre is one of Wales's largest Christmas markets, with plenty of entertainment
- Tenby Boxing Day Swim
- Nos Galan Road Races, New Year’s Eve
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- National Museums - events and exhibitions
- There's plenty going on at our National Museums throughout the year.
Events details are given for general information. Please check the official sites for details.