From rock music to opera, beer, food and drink, history, Pride and even a yarn bomb!

There’s a real summer of festival fun in Leicester and Leicestershire in 2024. Coming up over the next few months, there are festivals for lovers of rock, classical, opera and electronic music, food and drink, beer, medieval history, the great outdoors and many more.

A few of the highlights of the festivals taking place in the city and county this year include:

Nevill Holt Festival

1-26 June 2024

Welcoming a lineup of internationally renowned artists to Leicestershire for this brand new Festival. Leicestershire’s answer to the Hay Festival is packed with opera performances, classical music, theatre, art, jazz and contemporary music, alongside conversations with leading novelists, historians, broadcasters and artists.

Discover more about the Nevill Holt Festival

Download Festival

14-16 June 2024

Download Festival is the home of rock and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which has been the home of rock and metal since the '80s. This year's event attracted giants of rock and metal like Queens of the Stone Age, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold and many more, plus some of the hottest new acts on the scene.

Rock out at Download here

Leicester Print Festival

22-23 June 2024

The annual Print Festival is back and bigger than ever, celebrating all things printmaking at the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

Find out more about Leicester Print Festival

Leicester Beer Festival 2024

From 4-6 July 2024

The Leicester Beer Festival is the biggest and best celebration of real ale in the region and will be at its new home, Abbey Pumping Station, this summer.

Book your Beer Festival tickets in advance now!

Timber Festival

5-7 July 2024

Step into an incredible weekend festival of music, performance, debate and reflection in the National Forest. Timber invites you to stand up and be counted as we rethink our relationship with trees and forests.

More Timber Festival info here


6 July 2024

Leicester’s own indie combo headline their own Summer Solstice event, playing tried-and-tested piledriving electro-rock anthems in front of tens of thousands of rabid fans in Leicester’s Victoria Park. Support comes from the Kaiser Chiefs!

Get your Kasabian tickets today

Cosby Yarn Bomb 2024

10-31 July 2024

Cosby's annual summer yarn bomb event is celebrating its sixth year with an uplifting outdoor trail of over 50 textile art installations created by the community around the theme of 'Fun and Games, Mischief and Mayhem'.

More info about the Cosby Yarn Bomb here

Leicester Food Festival

10-11 August 2024

Set to be the biggest food event of the year, the Leicester Food Festival will be making its debut at Abbey Park this August, creating a paradise for food and drink lovers.

Early bird Food Festival tickets available here

Bosworth Medieval Festival 2024

17-18 August 2024

This two-day event attracts thousands of visitors, re-enactors and traders from across the UK featuring battle re-enactments by the combined forces of the Wars of the Roses Federation, including The Battle of Bosworth as the finale on both days.

Get your tickets for the Bosworth Medieval Festival here

Leicester Pride

31 August 2024

Leicester Pride is Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival and will be taking over Abbey Park to conclude our summer of festivals!

All the info on this year’s Pride here

For more information on the events and festivals taking place in Leicester and Leicestershire in 2024, visit

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