Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Wales

Town procession, Conwy, Wales
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, contact the Visit Britain office.
  • 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.
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2018

May 7:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 24–June 3:  Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (literature-focused festival with speakers and musicians)

May 25–28:  HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay-on-Wye (philosophy and music festival)

May 26–27:  The Biggest Weekend, Swansea (indie/pop music festival)

May 28:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

June 10:  Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales (bike race hosted by Le Tour de France)

June 16–17:  Conwy Pirate Weekend

June 30–July 1:  Tafwyl Fair, Cardiff (arts, culture and food)

June 30–July 1:  Wales Airshow, Swansea Bay (military aircraft show)

July 3–8:  International Eisteddfod, Llangollen (folk songs, dances)

July 14–22 (weekends):  Conwy River Festival (nautical events)

July 21:  International Snowdon Race (race to the top of Mt. Snowdon and back down)

August 10–12:  Brecon Jazz Festival

August 16–19:  Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons National Park (contemporary music)

August 24–26:  Pride Cymru, Cardiff (LGBT+ pride parade)

August 26:  World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Llanwrtyd Wells (snorkeling race through a peat bog)

August 27:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

September 6–9:  Festival No. 6, Portmeirion (music, arts and culture)

September 15–16:  Abbergavenny Food Festival

September 19–22:  Welsh International Four Days Walks, Llanwrtyd Wells (non-competitive celebration of walking)

October 9–14:  Iris Prize, Cardiff (LGBT+ film festival)

October 26–28:  Conwy Feast (food festival featuring a laser show projected onto the castle)

November–January:  Cardiff Winter Wonderland

November 3–4:  North Wales Choral Festival, Llandudno

November 5:  Guy Fawkes Night (fireworks, bonfires, effigy-burning of 1605 traitor Guy Fawkes)

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

December 8–9: Caerphilly Christmas Market

December 25–26:  Christmas holidays (closures)

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

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

Mid-April (weekend):  Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show, Cardiff

April 19–22:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)