What’s On in York in August?  Whether you are visiting the city or, like me, you live here it’s always good to have a list of what’s on so you can plan your month ahead! 

As always, things are subject to change, so do check with the individual venue to make sure of the most up to date details. 

Fancy something a bit different?  Have a look at these York Tours.

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The Mansion House, York

The Wizard Walk of York

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Click here to book tickets for The Wizard Walk of York.

The Magic Hatter is bringing his award-winning entertainment to the streets, with his Wizard Walk of York.

“Magic, mystery, comedy and excitement plus a dash of York’s history…the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family!”

Public tours are running on selected evenings, starting from the bottom of The Shambles opposite The Golden Fleece. Pre-booking required.  Private tours are available for birthdays, school groups, brownies, cubs and more. A wonderfully whimsical tour that wizard fans will go Potty for!

Wizard Wand Kits are also available, subject to availability. A handcrafted wand and instructions for seven tricks that young witches and wizards can learn at home. Plus a FREE printable certificate!  To check days, times and book online visit the wizarding website at www.wizardwalkofyork.com.

** Note from Nikki: If you have younger kids with you, there is no better tour for you.  We have seen The Magic Hatter many, many times when the kids were little and wholeheartedly recommend him. ** 


Paint Date at Howl

Howl, 7 Castlegate, York on the 31st August

Enjoy an evening of wholesome fun at a relaxed wine bar in the city centre! Gather some friends, bring a date, or come independently- this event is for everyone. Let your creative side out with your drink of choice in hand and great tunes on the speakers.

Small plates, sharing boards, cheese and charcuterie, and other snacks are available all evening too. It’s just £10pp which covers all painting supplies, including a mini canvas with an easel for you to display your masterpiece at home.

For more information or to book visit https://www.howlyork.co.uk/events 


A Midsummer Day’s Dream

National Centre For Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Magic, Fairies, Dreams and Celebrations at the National Centre for Early Music.  Perfect for children aged 7-11.

On a beautiful Midsummer Day in August, let us Dream about fairies in a faraway forest. Let us be transported to a world full of magic. Let us dance, rejoice and celebrate with music.

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl whilst also helping his master play a trick on the fairy queen. Will all this crazy chaos have a happy ending? Join us in the NCEM gardens to find out! 

William Shakespeare’s classic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being reimagined, in a celebration of York’s glorious summer-time and the musical backdrop of the NCEM. This 45-minute adaptation will be packed full of music and interaction allowing children to engage in the action of the play. So grab a boom-wacker and immerse yourself in this summer celebration of Shakespeare.

This production is produced by Four Wheel Drive, a York based theatre company.

Ticket prices:

£9.00 (£7.00 under 16)

£26.00 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)

Tickets can be purchased using the following link: https://www.ncem.co.uk/events/a-midsummers-day-dream/

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Sonnets at the Bar.  The Bar Convent, Blossom Street, YORK.

August 11-19 2023

York Shakespeare Project is delighted to bring its popular Sonnets at the Bar back to the secret garden of The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, Blossom Street, from August 11-19.

“The invitation is as warm as ever”, says this year’s director, Tony Froud.  “On a summer’s evening, it has always proved a lovely experience.  While sipping your complimentary drink in the convent’s delightful garden setting, sit back and enjoy a taste of Shakespeare that is both entertaining and accessible”.

Sonnets at the Bar runs from Friday 11 – Saturday 19 August (except Monday 14), at 6pm and 7.30pm, plus 4.30pm on Saturday 12 & Saturday 19 August.

Tickets are available online:  Sonnets at the Bar 2023 | York Theatre Royal or from the York Theatre Royal Box Office (01904 623568).

Ticket prices: £10 and £5 (14-17).  The price includes a drink.

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BBQ Masterclass at The Grand

Various Dates in July, August and September

The Grand, York has teamed up with BBQ experts, Weber, to launch a series of Weber Academy classes

Adding to the hotel’s already state-of-the-art cookery school, the classes showcase the best in BBQ excellence. The sessions cater to cooking enthusiasts at all levels and offer a diverse range of skills, from grilling the perfect burger to making pizzas and even chocolate fondants. It’s sure to make alfresco dining even more exciting this summer.

Running from July until September, and led by The Grand’s Cookery School Director, Marc Williams, guests will depart the class ready to cook up a feast for family and friends. 

Click here for more details of The Grand, York cookery classes.

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York River Art Market

Dame Judy Dench Walk, York

 5, 6, 12,13, 19 & 20 August 2023

The award winning YRAM enters its  8th year this Summer , it is situated all along Dame Judi Dench Walk , besides the Lendal Bridge side of The River Ouse and the beautiful Museum Gardens.Each of the 6 x events host a ‘different variety ‘ of over 30 x indie artists/makers (so each event has something new to see ) . 

Dates for YRAM 2023 are 5 ,6 12,13, 19 & 20 August 

Find out more on the York River Art Market’s Facebook page.

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Chocolate Bar Making 

10 Castlegate, York YO1 9RG

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York Cocoa House

Book tickets to Make Your Own Chocolate Bar

How would you fancy making your own chocolate bar at York Cocoa Works?  We recently visited and did their Manufactory Tour as well as making our own chocolate.  It was interesting, informative and great fun!

See our review of York Cocoa Works here.


York Georgian Festival

St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 9QL

3rd – 6th August 2023

This summer, the glorious Georgians are taking over the city of York! With the fabulous fashions of dashing dandies, extravagant feasting and romantic country dancing, there is a vibrant tale of a golden social scene hidden within the brickwork of York’s abundant 18th century architecture.

With so much to celebrate, York Mansion House is proud to be collaborating with some of the city’s much-loved museums, venues and historical experts to bring you York’s first ever Georgian Festival.

Dust off your petticoat, powder your best wig and join us for an exciting plethora of engagements at Fairfax House, Bar Convent and more. Learn to dance the minuet, discover Georgian family life with Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary, solve the mystery of tricky Dick Turpin’s missing corpse in an immersive murder mystery night and take a peep behind-the-scenes with York’s curators.

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What’s on at The Bar Convent During the York Georgian Festival

3rd to the 5th August

The Secrets Of Our Georgian House

Thursday 3rd Aug- Saturday 5th Aug
Discover the architectural changes made to the front of the house during the Georgian period which helped to hide the identity of the sisters and disguise the construction of an illegal Catholic chapel. Explore the hidden layers of meaning inside the chapel, and don’t miss the opportunity to see the three beautiful Georgian vestments designed and worn for the opening mass, on display together for the first time since 1769.
Please note: On Saturday 5th Aug, the Chapel is open from 2pm-5pm

Special events:

Private View

Thursday 3rd Aug, 5:30pm-7pm
See the stunning Georgian vestments designed for use in our illegal chapel, finally reunited in their original home. Includes a glass of fizz and an introduction to the house with Special Collections Manager, Dr. Hannah Thomas.
Book your tickets here.

Expert Talk

Secrecy & Survival: Georgian York Through The Eyes of a Catholic Convent
Saturday 5th August, 12.30-1.30pm
£10pp Includes admission to the Bar Convent Exhibition following the talk.
How did the sisters run an illegal convent without being caught? How did they construct a secret Catholic chapel? What did the people of York think was happening on C18th Blossom Street? Join our Special Collections Manager Dr. Hannah Thomas as we delve in to the archives to find out more.


What Festivals are on in York in August?


What’s On at The Grand Opera House in August?

Clifford St, York YO1 9SW


Winnie The Pooh at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £13
+ £2.25 transaction fee
TUE 1 AUG – WED 2 AUG 2023

Winnie The Pooh


The Rolling Stones Story at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £13
+ £3.80 transaction fee
THU 3 AUG 2023

The Rolling Stones Story


Bridesmaids of Britain at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £31.75
+ £3.80 transaction fee
SUN 6 AUG 2023

Bridesmaids of Britain



What’s On at The York Theatre Royal in August?

St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD

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What’s On at The York Barbican in August?

Paragon St, York YO10 4AH

At the moment The York Barbican does not have many listings, but please check their site for lots more events.


 Sat 12 Aug 2023


Bringing the best live stand-up to York, featuring comedians from shows such as Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and many more.



What’s On at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in August?

Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA

At the moment The Joseph Rowntree Theatre does not have any listings, but please check their site for lots more events.




What’s On for the Kids in August?

Have a look at our post on things to do with kids in York.

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