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]
About the event
World famous literature event in the border town of Hay on Wye
Hay on Wye, mid Wales
24 May - 3 June
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
See some of the best folk music acts in the world in mid Wales.
1 - 3 June
Watch demonstrations from Monmouthshire chefs and enjoy local fresh produce.
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
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
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
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
The free Wales Airshow returns to Swansea Bay. Featuring breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes.
30 June - 1 July
Welsh language festival in our capital city.
30 June - 1 July
Enjoy music from all around the world in a variety of venues.
Various across the Gower
2 - 14 July
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.
3 - 8 July
Art, theatre, music and more, including “The Winter’s Tale” in the Amphitheatre.
Various venues in Caerleon
5 - 15 July
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.
Annual festival. Enjoy live music at a number of concerts in Penarth.
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.
Llanelwedd, Builth Wells
13 - 22 July
A free nine day music festival held in the beautiful historic Welsh border town Monmouth.
27 July - 4 August
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.
27 - 29 July
Has featured in the Telegraph's UK's best summer music festivals list.
27 - 29 July
A free weekend festival packed with entertainment, music, food, drink and of course, cheese!
|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 Davids||31 July - 16 August|
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.
3 - 11 August
Showcases the best of the Welsh music scene and takes place during National Eisteddfod week.
8 - 11 August
Combining the science of astronomy with the backdrop of a music festival.
Builth Wells, mid Wales
10 - 13 August
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- 16 August
Local produce including rare breed meat and award winning cheeses plus cooking demonstrations and a full programme of river events.
Cardigan, south west Wales
Experience Monmouthshire's finest award-winning chefs and artisan foods
Shire Hall, Monmouth
An alternative folk festival in the Brecon Beacons.
Glanusk near Crickhowell, south east Wales
16 - 19 August
Music festival taking place in a historic setting.
16 August - 2 September
Music and arts festival
Presteigne, Powys on the Herefordshire/Powys border
23 - 28 August
|Pride Cymru Big Weekend||3 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.||Cardiff||24-26 August|
|Cardiff Harbour Festival||Extreme Sailing returns to Cardiff Bay. As well as racing, the event will provide shore-side entertainment for the whole family during the August bank holiday weekend. Spectators can enjoy live music, fun activities, bars, food stalls and expert commentary of the racing, while taking advantage of the perfect viewing spot from the free-to-enter public Race Village.||Cardiff Bay||25-27 August|