What’s On in York in May?  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.  Links to venues can be seen below highlighted in red.  

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.

whats on in May in York

Bottomless Afternoon Sea at Pearly Cow

Saturday 20th May 12.00pm-3.30pm

Pearly Cow is devoted to respecting what thrives nearby offering only THE best produce from land and sea. And Afternoon Sea is no exception.

They’re putting on an incredible layered spread of the best quality seafood alongside a bottomless supply of QV wines rosé.

They’ve teamed up with our friends over at Quatre Vin wines to bring you a fantastic afternoon filled with tiers of fresh seafood (think oysters, smoked salmon scones and garlicky scallops. Plus some added extras like old school prawn cocktails and a bowl of mussels) alongside a bottomless supply of their QV Côtes de Provence Rosé. It’s a match made in (seafood) heaven!

All for £50 per person

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York Coronation Ball

Assembly Rooms, York, YO18QG – Sunday the 7th of May


Hosted by His Majesty’s Sheriff of York at the Grand Assembly Rooms, this promises to be a fitting royal celebration to mark the King’s Coronation and formal accession to the Throne.

Built in 1730 by Lord Burlington as the hottest venue in Georgian Yorkshire, the Assembly Rooms is the perfect location for this auspicious occasion, having previously played host to the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Ball in 1953.

Enjoy a sparkling wine reception under the glittering chandeliers, before taking your seat at the banqueting table for a wonderful 3 course dinner.

After we have sung the national anthem and toasted ‘The King’, you can relax in the many decadent spaces this majestic building has to offer, or dance the night away to the 20-piece Big Band 106.

Dress to impress, Black Tie and Ball Gowns. Decorations and badges of offices may be worn.

Click here for more information.

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Sunday Night Jazz in the Restaurant at Pearly Cow

Sunday 21st May 6-9pm

Alongside their full menu, to pair perfectly with an evening of live jazz, Pearly Cow have put together an unmissable fixed menu:

  • 2 steaks
  • 2 sides
  • 2 sauces
  • AND a bottle of wine

All for just £85

If you haven’t heard, Pearly Cow is our new concept restaurant that resides in No.1. It serves the highest quality ingredients that are always sourced from the surrounding land and sea. They keep it simple by cooking over fire, or serving on ice to always put nature first.

Once a month they’ll be welcoming our good friends the Karl Mullen Jazz Trio in to play your requests as well as classics by Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Nina Simone and songs from the Great American Songbook.

You can even choose your cut from fillet, sirloin or ribeye. And there’s a choice of sides too including skin on fries, charred greens or chicory salad.

This event is going to be a sell-out. So we’d recommend getting booked in QUICK!

Click here to buy tickets for the Jazz evenings at Pearly Cow.

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What Festivals are on in York in May?

At the moment I can’t see any festivals taking place in May.


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

Clifford St, York YO1 9SW


Heathers The Musical at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £13
+ £3.80 transaction fee
TUE 9 MAY – SAT 13 MAY 2023

Heathers The Musical


That'll Be The Day at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £30
+ £3.80 transaction fee
SUN 14 MAY 2023

That’ll Be The Day


Richard E Grant at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £29.64
+ £3.80 transaction fee
FRI 26 MAY 2023

Richard E Grant


Tim Vine - Breeeep! at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £29.43
+ £2.25 transaction fee
SAT 27 MAY 2023

Tim Vine – Breeeep!


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

St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD

There’s lots going on at The Theatre Royal in May.


Sun 30 Apr


Thu 11 May


Tue 16 May – Sat 20 May


Fri 19 May – Sat 20 May


What’s On at The York Barbican in May?

Paragon St, York YO10 4AH

Here are some of the highlights at The York Barbican, but please check their listings for lots more events.

 Tue 02 May 2023


Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2023 celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac.

 Fri 05 May 2023


Scottish Comedy Award Winner Gary Meikle returns to York Barbican with his third live show, or 2.5 as he’s calling it!

 Sat 06 May 2023


Britain’s oldest boy band, combined age 401 (and three-quarters), have announced new tour dates for 2023.

Level 42

 Mon 08 May 2023


Performing the classics plus brand new songs from the album ‘Love and Money’.

Event Announcement

 Fri 12 May 2023


This date is sold out. EXTRA DATE on sale 31 May 2023.

Event Announcement

 Sat 13 May 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.

 Thu 18 May 2023


Morgan Wade didn’t write to be a sensation, for critical acclaim or massive concert tours. She wrote to speak her truth, to save her own life – and perhaps throw a rope to others struggling with the weight of a world moving too fast, loves where you fall too hard and nights that, good or bad, seem to go on forever.

 Fri 19 May 2023


“Adventures, expeditions, and journeys have helped shape and mould me. They have strengthened me emotionally, physically, and mentally and armed me with the skills for life.” – Ben Fogle

 Sat 20 May 2023


York’s local symphony orchestra concludes its season of concerts with a flourish, and welcome back violinist Nicholas Wright in the sumptuous Korngold violin concerto. Bernstein’s overture to Candide starts proceedings and the concert concludes with one of Rachmaninov’s best known works, his second symphony.

Event Announcement

 Sun 28 May 2023


Tom Allen has finally moved out of his parent’s house, which has been great news for him, and even better news for his latest stand-up tour as he’s eager to share his life updates.

 Wed 31 May 2023


Due to extremely high demand, we are bringing you a second Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals date! A spectacular line-up of not just one, not two, but 10 of the world’s best professional dancers will be hitting the road next year for the 2023 official Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals UK Tour.



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

Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA


What’s on at York Racecourse?

Wed 17 – Fri 19 May

Dante Festival 2023

Saturday 22nd May

May Spring Saturday

whats on in York in May



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