Fab Festivals in York – What’s On and When – I like to update this festival post every year with new festivals and dates. As ever, please do check with the individual venue to get the most current info! The Festivals are organised in date order so you can find the right time of year for you. If I am missing one, please let me know.
York Resident’s Festival
29th – 30th January 2022
York Resident’s Festival is organised as a way of saying thank you to residents for the warm welcome they give to York’s 6.9 million visitors each year, with attractions opening up their doors free of charge for the weekend. The festival encourages residents to explore their own city and experience it in a different way – discovering a range of attractions, tours and unique events right on their doorstep.
York Ice Trail
5th and 6th March 2022
The biggest outdoor Ice Trail in the UK will be returning for two days on 5th and 6th March 2022 with forty magnificent ice sculptures transforming York’s city centre. This year’s theme will be ‘fantastical fiction and fairy tales’ with sculptures ranging from spectacular unicorns and magic mirrors to famous magical characters from books, films and cartoons.
York Restaurant Week
March 7th – 13th 2022
York Restaurant Week is a “celebration of the vibrant food and drink scene in York city centre. For a whole week restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, hotels, and street food vendors offer fantastic fantastic savings on set menus all priced at £5, £10, £15 or £20.
Diners have access to a wide variety of dining experiences, ranging from afternoon tea to a full three course meal. It’s a great opportunity to try somewhere new, and an affordable way for families and friends to dine out together.”
2nd and 3rd April 2022
A new spring festival is being brought to York this April to showcase local talent in the city in the form of musicians, performers, comedians and much more. Organised by Make It York, YorkLife will see over 30 local performers and organisations join together on Parliament Street over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd April for residents to enjoy.
York Chocolate Festival
14th to the 18th April 2022
York has a proud heritage in chocolate making and celebrates with a Chocolate Festival in April. The festival including the markets and demos are FREE entry. Specific events are at various prices (which can be found on the website programme). The festival market, bars, food factory and demonstrations are located on Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square. Events such as wine tastings, dinners, trails etc are city wide.
Jorvik Viking Festival
Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June 2022
There’s always lots to see and do at the Jorvik Viking Festival. From Storytelling to ‘Have-a-Go’ Sword Combat and Archery. One of the many things to do in York February half term.
Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances. Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.
York Food and Drink Festival
23rd September to the 2nd October 2022
York Balloon Fiesta
23rd – 25th September 2022
50 hot air balloons taking to the skies above York, a live music stage featuring some of the UK’s best tribute acts, arena stunt show and falconry display and so much more will help make York’s biggest family-friendly weekend at the end of August, when York Balloon Fiesta returns with more free things to do than ever before.
Dates to be announced soon
York is set to enjoy beer, bratwurst and all things Bavarian when a brand-new event – Yorktoberfest – comes to York Racecourse this October. The residents of York and beyond will be invited to eat, drink and be merry-go-round at the Clocktower Enclosure on the Knavesmire, where a giant Bavarian-styled beer tent and traditional funfair will set a festive scene.
York Festival of Christmas – St Nicholas’ Festival
York is a lovely place to visit at Christmas and it’s Dickensian-like streets really put on a festive show. There are places to visit Santa, at least two pantomimes to attend and of course the fabulous York Christmas Fair.
Visiting York at certain times of the year? Have a look at our ‘What’s on in York’ guide.