Fab Festivals in York – What’s On and When – I like to update this festival post every year with new festivals and dates. 2021 is a little unusual but I’ll do my best! 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
Usually the last weekend in January
York Resident’s Festival will return in 2022. The event 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 February 2022
The biggest outdoor Ice Trail in the UK will be returning for two days on 5th and 6th February 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.
Jorvik Viking Festival
Usually in February
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 in February 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 Restaurant Week
Usually in March
For obvious reasons, York Restaurant Week has not yet been able to take place during 2021, “however we’re optimistic and excited that the event will be able to return later in the year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, stay safe and 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.
Usually in June
(Previous info) Save the date whilst the team behind Bloom! put together another jam-packed programme of events, pop-up gardens, installations and more, for each and every one of you to enjoy next summer at BLOOM!
Expect show-stopping temporary gardens, floral installations, a window dressing competition, a plant & flower market, workshops, talks, exhibitions and a sculpture trail around some of York’s most beautiful green spaces….
York Food and Drink TASTER Festival
10th to the 12th June 2022
York Food and Drink Festival
17th to the 26th September 2021
York Balloon Fiesta
Dates to be announced – usually the last weekend in September
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 September, when York Balloon Fiesta returns with more free things to do than ever before.
28th – 31st October 2021
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 from 28th – 31st October, 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.