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.

CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd September

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.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music

Friday 22nd to Saturday 30th September

Winner of York’s Outstanding Festival of the Year in the Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards, York’s Little Festival of Live Music is one of few music events offering free entry admission, where you’ll be able to discover a wealth of musicians and acts, not just from York, but also further afield.

5pm to 9pm, free entry. Location: big ol’ marquee in Parliament St in the centre of York

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

8th to 12th 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 in the city and has an extensive programme of 300 films, as well as over 30 industry sessions and networking events.

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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