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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, 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.
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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 (national day; parades, closures)

March 4–6:  North Wales Choral Festival, Llandudno

April 15–18:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 2:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 14–15:  Conwy Pirate Weekend

May 26–June 5:  Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (literature-focused festival with speakers and musicians)

June 2:  Spring Bank Holiday (closures)

June 2–5:  HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay-on-Wye (philosophy and music festival)

June 18–19:  Tafwyl Fair, Cardiff (arts, culture, food)

July 2–3:  Wales Airshow, Swansea Bay (military aircraft show)

July 7–10:  International Eisteddfod, Llangollen (folk songs, dances)

July 8–10 & 16–17:  Conwy River Festival (nautical events)

July 16:  International Snowdon Race (race to the top of Mt. Snowdon and back down)

August 5–7 (likely):  Brecon Jazz Festival

August 18–21:  Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons National Park (contemporary music)

August 27–28:  Pride Cymru, Cardiff (LGBT+ pride parade)

August 28:  World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Llanwrtyd Wells (snorkeling race through a peat bog)

August 29:  Summer Bank Holiday (closures)

September 17–18:  Abbergavenny Food Festival

October 11–16:  Iris Prize, Cardiff (LGBT+ film festival)

October 21–23 (likely):  Conwy Feast (food festival featuring a laser show projected onto the castle)

Mid-November–December:  Cardiff Winter Wonderland

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

November 13:  Remembrance Sunday (two minutes of silence at 11:00 to remember WWI dead, people wear poppies on lapels)

December 3–4 (likely):  Caerphilly Christmas Market

December 25–26:  Christmas holidays (closures)