City Festival

City Festival banner: Tangle

City Festival 2015
Saturday 22 - Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
Various venues

The City Festival, held in August, celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city and this year it will be even bigger and better.  Taking place over ten fun-packed days, sites across the city centre will be filled with entertainment including sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more.

Incorporating well-established favourites like Leicester Belgrave Mela, Ride Leicester Festival, Journeys Festival, Sports Fest, City Music Festival, Old Town Festival and Cosmopolitan Carnival. Plus there will be some exciting new events for 2015 including Open House Circus Extravaganza, Flavours of Rugby, Summer Art Trail,
a major international street project from Australia, Tangle plus events to mark the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth and the 800 year anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

With an array of free activities including sports, culture, music, art, heritage and much more the City Festival provides a great reason to stay local this August!  

Festival Brochure

Full details of all events taking place at the City Festival 2015 will available in a free brochure – available from Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate, local libraries, and city centre shops, bars, and venues from w/c 27 July.

Download the City Festival brochure or read our electronic City Festival magazine You'll need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website*.

Check out the City Festival events & activities or you view the events each day on the diary.

Travelling to the City Festival

There are many venues hosting activities across the ten day festival. View the City Festival 2015 map to see where events are taking place.

For information about how to get to Leicester, see our dedicated travel section.

We also recommend the Choose How You Move website, which can help you plan your journey within the city and county.

By Bike

To visit the festival by bike, visit Choose How You Move  for cycle route maps in Leicester.

Secure bike parks will be available at Sky Ride on Sunday 30 August.

The Town Hall Bike Park will open extra days on Sunday 30 & Bank Holiday Monday 31 between 9am - 4.30pm. Normal charges will apply: 50p for up to 60mins and £1 for the day. 

On Foot

If you would like to travel to the festival on foot, please visit Walkit where you can plot your route right from your door.

By Bus

For information on travelling to the festival by bus please telephone Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

By Car

Why not try registering with LeicesterSHARE. You may find other people taking the same journey who you can carshare with, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.

For further information on travelling into the city centre visit Plan Your Trip into Leicester.

Need further information?

Pop in or call us at Visit Leicester to find out how we can help you enjoy the City Festival even more, see Visit Leicester.

The City Festival is organised by Leicester City Council. For information regarding the organisation of the festival email festivals@leicester.gov.uk or telephone 0116 454 3600.

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> View photographs of the City Festival 2014 on facebook

> View Leicestershire TV's video featuring highlights of the City Festival 2014