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Summer events and festivals in Wales

[Green Man Festival]

At our food festivals you can sample unique and traditional Welsh produce, in fact, there is, a food festival somewhere in Wales most weeks. If you love music, come to one of our music festivals. We have indoor and outdoor events for fans of pop, rock and classical music. There is plenty for those who enjoy books too. Our cultural literature festivals include the famous Hay Festival in mid Wales.

[Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly]

Here is a list of festivals taking place during June, July and August below.

Festival

About the event

Where

2018 dates

The Hay Festival

World famous literature event in the border town of Hay on Wye

 Hay on Wye, mid Wales

24 May - 3 June 

Urdd National Eisteddfod

One of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals with over 15,000 children and young people competing.

Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

28 May - 2 June 

Fire in the Mountain

See some of the best folk music acts in the world in mid Wales.

Cambrian Mountains

1 - 3 June 

Monmouthshire Food Festival

Watch demonstrations from Monmouthshire chefs and enjoy local fresh produce. 

Caldicot Castle

2-3 June

Beyond the Border

Celebrating the Year of the Sea, a 2-day Birthday Barnstormer celebrating 25 years of the very best international performance storytelling featuring some of the finest musicians and storytellers from Wales and the world, including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy and India.

St Donats Castle, South East Wales

9-10 June

Festival of Voice

Festival of Voice is back for its second instalment. Enjoy 11 days of contemporary music, theatre, talks, unique collaborations, one-off events and more.

Various venues across Cardiff 

7-17 June 

Gregynog Festival

The oldest running classical music festival in Wales. Each year has a unique theme.  This year’s festival theme is Pageantry.  

Gregynog Hall, mid Wales

as well as Aberystwyth, Chirk and Harlech. 

18 - 30 June  

Snowdonia Rocks and Zip World Rocks

Day time: Snowdonia Rocks is a 20km hike which will take in the views of the spectacular Devil’s Kitchen.

Night time: Zip World Rocks is an evening of quality music and entertainment curated by Mike Peters of the Alarm, presented with the impressive backdrop of Penrhyn Quarry.

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Bangor

23 June

Wales Airshow

The free Wales Airshow returns to Swansea Bay. Featuring breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes.

Swansea

30 June to - 1 July 

Tafwyl

Welsh language festival in our capital city.

Cardiff

30 June to - 1 July 

The Gower Festival

Enjoy music from all around the world in a variety of venues.

Various across the Gower

2 - 14 July

Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod

Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.

Llangollen

3 - 8 July 

Caerleon Arts Festival

Art, theatre, music and more, including “The Winter’s Tale” in the Amphitheatre.

Various venues in Caerleon

5 - 15 July

Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival

A free food festival that will tantalise your taste buds with a range of food and drink. Enjoy chef demonstrations and a range of fresh produce to buy. 

Cardiff Bay

6-18 July

Penarth Chamber Music  Festival  

Annual festival. Enjoy live music at a number of concerts in Penarth.

 

Penarth

12-15 July

Llanfyllin Music Festival


Royal Welsh Show

The festival at St Myllin's Church will include music from the Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble. 


The biggest and best attended agricultural event of its kind. The annual show is the shop window for Welsh farming and food production. It's a real celebration of all things rural.

Llanfyllin, Powys


Llanelwedd, Builth Wells

13 - 22 July 


23-26 July 

Monmouth Festival

A free nine day music festival held in the beautiful historic Welsh border town Monmouth.

Monmouth

27 July - 4 August 

Steelhouse Festival

Officially the UK’s highest music festival, this unique event is held in the spectacular surroundings of Hafod-y-Dafal Farm on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons. 

Ebbw Vale

27 - 29 July 

Llandudno Jazz

Has featured in the Telegraph's UK's best summer music festivals list. 

Llandudno, Gwynedd

27 - 29 July

The Big Cheese

A free weekend festival packed with entertainment, music, food, drink and of course, cheese! 

Caerphilly 

27-29 July

Festival Arts Theatre company's 50th anniversary 

Performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream in an atmospheric undercroft or enjoy Paintbox, an engaging evening of poetry, music and prose, this year on the theme of Painting. The Land of Green Ginger will entertain younger members of the family.

Bishop's Palace, St Davids31 July -  16 August

The National Eisteddfod of Wales 

A celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival alternates between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 trade stands and stalls.

Cardiff

3 - 11 August 

Maes B

Showcases the best of the Welsh music scene and takes place during National Eisteddfod week.

Cardiff

8 - 11 August 

Solarsphere

Combining the science of astronomy with the backdrop of a music festival.

Builth Wells, mid Wales

10 - 13 August 

Anglesey County Show and Pembrokeshire County Show

A choice of two county shows held in August, featuring all things agricultural plus crafts, exhibitions and entertainment.

Mona Showground, Anglesey

The Pavilion, County Showground, Withybush, Haverfordwest

14-15 August

14- 16 August

Cardigan River & Food Festival

Local produce including rare breed meat and award winning cheeses plus cooking demonstrations and a full programme of river events.

Cardigan, south west Wales

18 August 

Taste of Monmouthshire

Experience Monmouthshire's finest award-winning chefs and artisan foods

Shire Hall, Monmouth

18-19 August

Green Man Festival

An alternative folk festival in the Brecon Beacons.

Glanusk near Crickhowell, south east Wales

16 - 19 August 

Castell roc

Music festival taking place in a historic setting.

Chepstow Castle

16 August - 2 September

Presteigne Festival

Music and arts festival

Presteigne, Powys on the Herefordshire/Powys border

23 - 28 August 

Pride Cymru Big Weekend3 days of pure party atmosphere and extravagant entertainment in the heart of the capital, celebrating and promoting the importance of LGBT in the community as well as bringing more than 200,000 people together in celebration in our capital city.Cardiff24-26 August