Although there is a York Festivals website run by the City Council, they’ve failed to update it since 2015. We thought it might be useful if we put a list together of festivals in York coming up over the next year.

Eboracum Roman Festival

1st to 4th June 2017

The Romans return! After the success of the first Eboracum Roman Festival in 2016, which saw more than 28,000 people attend, the festival will be returning this June with a packed programme of displays, exhibits, events and activities suitable for all ages.

The Eboracum Roman Festival will be based in the York Museum Gardens with a number of exciting events including military parades, siege weapon demonstrations, a camp showing what domestic life was like during the period, as well as stalls selling themed goods.

The Yorkshire Museum, home some of Britain’s most treasured Roman artefacts, will be running various activities and workshops over the course of the weekend, with additional events taking place at venues across the city. There will also be a series of guided walks and talks by leading experts.

City of York Folk Weekend

2nd to 4th June 2017

Two days and three nights of FREE music, song and dance at the Black Swan Inn.

Marquee concert stage / Rolling Folk Club / Musicians Sessions / Singarounds / Friday Night Ceilidh / Morris Dancing / Indoor Concerts / Poems & Pints Hour / Workshops and more.

Real Ales / Beer Garden / Choice of Hot Foods

More info here

York Festival of Ideas

6th to 18th June 2017

A diverse range of over 150 free events, with this years theme being “The Story of Things”. Although hosted by the University of York, these events take place at venues across the city. The 2017 programme hasn’t been released yet but is due in early May.

Great Yorkshire Fringe

21st July to 6th August 2017

Primarily a comedy festival – one that takes Edinburgh as its inspiration – the Great Yorkshire Fringe also has music, theatre, cabaret and kids events. The main stages are two large temporary marque structures on Parliament Street, smack bang in the centre of town – so you can catch a show or two and grab a beer and bite to eat after. Most of the line-up for this year has already been announced. There are plenty of big names off of the telly, plus some familiar faces from the UK comedy circuit – but you also get the more quirky and eccentric acts too.

Atlas Festival

29th and 30th July 2017, Scampston Hall nr. Malton

Atlas is a celebration of music, food, drinks, and entertainment from around the world. Appealing to globetrotters, seasoned travellers, those with a love of dreaming of faraway lands or those who just want to experience a festival showcasing something a little different.

There are several countries to explore, and with over 60 different classes, workshops, musicians, performers, inspirational speakers, outdoor activities, films, and secret areas to keep you entertained all weekend, there really is something for everyone.

Website Here

CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

September 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

This four day festival is a celebration of quality booze and the pleasures of gentle intoxication in a warm tent. Exact dates are yet to be announced, however a new location on the Knavesmire proved popular last year and the festival will probably be held here again in 2017.

York Food & Drink Festival

22nd September to 1st October 2017

Focusing on local produce and chefs, the York Food & Drink Festival is a mixture of education and celebration. You can watch cooking demonstrations, sample food in local restaurants (at a small cost) or shop in the market. There is also live music – and possibly theatre – of an evening after 5pm in Parliament Street.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

8th to 10th November 2017

Exploring new and innovative short-form cinema, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival has gone from strength to strength over recent years. Curated by York-based arts magazine Aesthetica, the festival is spread across multiple locations across the city and has an extensive programme (last year 400 short films were screened).

Jorvik Viking Festival

12th to 18th February 2018

Europe’s largest Viking Festival returns in 2018 for a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage. Vikings from across the globe will descend on York for the 34th Jorvik Viking Festival to experience over a hundred events exploring different aspects of Norse culture; expect living history encampments, walks, talks and lectures together with dramatic combat performances, all leading up to the spectacular finale as the city is transformed for the 2018 February Half Term.

York Literature Festival

March 2018

This annual festival promotes the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry – however, the programme also features music, comedy, cinema and theatre. 2017 saw sixty events spread across two weeks with some famous names on the bill including Michael Palin and Mark Gatiss.

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