Leicester's Festivals and Celebrations

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Visit Leicester and enjoy some of the region's major festivals and events, ranging from cultural and community celebrations to comedy, music and history. There's something on offer throughout the year. Major festivals in Leicester are listed below, please check with the individual host/venues for further information.

View the What's On Leicester Museums, Galleries & Festivals November 2016 - February 2017

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For more festival and events information, including up to date event times, locations and details, visit the What's On site.

Are you thinking of putting on a festival or event and want to use a space in a park, public space or city centre location? You can find out all you need to know here: Leicester Festivals website

If you would like to benefit by sponsoring our impressive festival programme please email festivals@leicester.gov.uk 


Celebrate Chinese New Year: Sunday 29 January | > kaleidoscopyarts.wordpress.com/chinese-new-year-celebration/
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a free family fun day with traditional music, dance and martial arts.


Farmers Market: Thursday 2 February | >leicestermarket.co.uk
Quality locally produced food, meet the producers and support the local economy.

Leicester Comedy Festival: Wednesday 8 - Sunday 26 February 2017 |  
> comedy-festival.co.uk
An ever growing event, the comedy festival is one of Leicester's major attractions, featuring a whole host of big name established acts together with the hottest new talent around.


Farmers Market: Thursday 2 March | >leicestermarket.co.uk
Quality locally produced food, meet the producers and support the local economy.

Leicester Town and Gown 10k: Sunday 5 March |>townandgown10k.com/leicester
10k run through Victoria Park and the University of Leicester for Muscular Dystrophy Uk

Holi Festival: Saturday 11 March |
The arrival of spring is marked by this 'festival of colour'

St. Patrick's Celebration: Sunday 12 March |
Parade through the city centre from Holy Corss Church to Jubilee Square

Champions League Fanzone Seville: Tuesday 14 March |
Pre-match fanzone on Jubilee Square


Leicester at the Cross: Friday 14 April |
Marking this significant Christian festival on Good Friday

St. George's Festival: Saturday 22 April | >visitleicester.info/stgeorgesfestival
Annual family-friendly festival with music, dance and live performances


The Spark Children's Arts Festival: Monday 22 - Monday 29 May |>sparkfestival.co.uk
Theatre, dance, music, visual arts and digital media events for young people and their families.


Leicester Riverside Festival: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June |>visitleicester.info/riverside
One of Leicester’s biggest free festivals featuring activities on and off the water.


Simon Says...2017: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July |> simonsaysleicester.com
Simon Says… returns to showcase the finest talent from Leicester's music scene and beyond.


Leicester Caribbean Carnival: Saturday 5 August |>leicestercarnival.com
Leicester Caribbean Carnival is a hugely popular multicultural event, celebrating the diverse cultures in Leicester while keeping the cultural traditions of the Caribbean alive.

City Festival: Saturday 12 - Monday 28 August | >
The City Festival celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city with street entertainment, sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more.



Black History Month: October | >visitleicester.info/blackhistorymonth
Celebrate the heritage, history, arts, culture and accomplishments of people across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora.

Diwali Leicester: Sunday 8 - Sunday 22 October |>visitleicester.info/diwali
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India including a fantastic two-week cultural programme.


Abbey Park Bonfire: Saturday 4 November |>visitleicester.info/bonfire
Be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest bonfire and firework display at the city’s official celebration featuring a fantastic family event with live entertainment.

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