The first York International Balloon Fiesta, launched in 2017. Photo: Richard McDougall YorkMix

York Residents’ Festival 27-28 January 2018

This is your chance to explore your city and be a tourist for the weekend – for free!

Organised by Visit York, this annual festival is their way of saying a huge ‘thank you’ for the warm welcome you give to York’s 7 million visitors.

Jorvik Viking Festival 12-18 February 2018

The annual Jorvik Viking Festival is recognised as the largest Viking Festival in Europe and is a celebration of York’s Viking heritage.

It takes place in February Half Term and has a programme of family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments. It attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year from across the world.

York Literature Festival 15-16 March 2018

With an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry, this festival lines up some of the best known faces from UK literature and broadcasting.

It also features music, comedy, cinema and theatre.

York Open Studios 14-15 & 21-22 April 2018

Representing some of the best artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city, each year York Open Studios selects from applicants to provide an opportunity for the public to visit artists’ studios and exhibitions.

Fashion City York 16-22 April 2018

Fashion City York is here to tell the world how great York is for fashion shopping & to support local talent in the industry.

From big brands to independent retailers, international designers to home-grown labels, York has something to offer every fashion-savvy shopper out there.

Easter Festival 30 March – 2 April 2018

If it’s family fun you’re after this Easter, then look no further than York. There’ll be free activities galore at the York Easter Family Festival!

Eboracum Roman Festival 1-3 June 2018

The armies of ancient Rome are marching on York again this summer as part of a new festival complete with military parades, siege weapon demonstrations, guided walks and expert speakers.

The Eboracum Roman Festival will be based in the York Museum Gardens where there will be fighting displays and children’s army drills from members of six Roman Legions, a Roman camp showing domestic Roman life and stalls selling themed goods.

York Festival of Ideas 5-17 June 2018

With over 180 events, including talks, performances and exhibitions, the Festival is an event for all ages and interests.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe 19 July – 29 July 2018

The village green will be back in Parliament Street and with it the very best comedy, family shows and music for your summer.

Early Music Festival 6-14 July 2018

The York Early Music Festival is an English arts festival devoted mainly to classical music from the 18th century and earlier.

The performances are at various venues such as York Minster, the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York and the National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s, Walmgate. In December there is also a Christmas Early Music Festival.

York Food and Drink Festival 21-30 September 2018

York Food Festival showcases Yorkshire’s finest producers, chefs and cooking. Expect a large market, pop-up bars, street food, chef demonstrations, tastings, dinners, cookery lessons and more.

Mediale 27 September – 6 October 2018

The first York Mediale will celebrate, showcase and demonstrate the world’s leading artists and technologists. It will bring the beautiful city to life with mind blowing art, performances, workshops and installations.

York International Balloon Fiesta 28-30 September 2018

Returning for its second year, the balloon festival fills York’s skies with colour and spectacle. There will also be a Victorian funfair, live music and food and drink, based on Knavesmire.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 7-11 November 2018

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is a celebration of independent film from around the world.

Taking place early in November in unique and iconic venues across the historic city of York, the festival invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience.

York Christmas Festival 16 November – 22 December 2018

The York St Nicholas Fair brings magical stalls and merriment to Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodging.

York Early Music Christmas Festival 8-16 December 2018

The York St Nicholas Fair brings magical stalls and merriment to Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodging.