York Residents’ Festival January

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 February

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 March

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 April

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 April

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 Family Festival April

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 June

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 June

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

The theme for the 2017 event is The Story of Things.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe 21st July – 6th August 2017

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

Early Music Festival July/December

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 September

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.


Aesthetica Short Film Festival November

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.

St Nicholas Christmas Festival November/December

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