Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Wales

Town procession, Conwy
St. David's Day celebrates Wales' patron saint, and the proud Welsh spirit.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, see the sites for Visit Wales and Visit Britain.
  • Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals in England, Scotland, and across Europe


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

Through January 2:  Cardiff Winter Wonderland

January 25:  St. Dwynwen's Day (celebration of Welsh patron saint of love)

March 1:  St. David's Day (national day; parades, closures)

March 2–3:  North Wales Choir Festival, Llandudno

March 29–April 1:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 6:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 24–27:  HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay-on-Wye (literature/philosophy-focused festival with speakers and musicians)

May 27:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

June 8–9:  Conwy Pirate Festival

June 22–23:  Pride Cymru, Cardiff (LGBT+ pride parade)

June 23:  Dragon Ride (bike race)

July 2–7 (likely):  International Eisteddfod, Llangollen (folk songs, dances)

July 6–7:  Wales Airshow, Swansea Bay (military aircraft show)

July 6–7 & 12–14:  Conwy River Festival (nautical events)

July 13–14 (likely):  Tafwyl Fair, Cardiff (arts, culture, food)

July 20:  International Snowdon Race (race to the top of Mt. Snowdon and back down)

August 9–11 (likely):  Brecon Jazz Festival

August 15–18:  Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons National Park (contemporary music)

August 25 (likely):  World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Llanwrtyd Wells (snorkeling race through a peat bog)

August 26:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

September 21–22:  Abbergavenny Food Festival

October 8–13:  Iris Prize, Cardiff (LGBT+ film festival)

November 5:  Bonfire Night (a.k.a. Guy Fawkes Night; fireworks, bonfires, effigy-burning of 1605 traitor Guy Fawkes)

November 10:  Remembrance Sunday (two minutes of silence at 11:00 to remember WWI dead, people wear poppies on lapels)

Mid-November–December:  Cardiff Winter Wonderland

November 30 (likely):  Caerphilly Christmas Market

December 25–26:  Christmas holidays (closures)