Major Festivals and Events
Cambridge and the surrounding areas offer a vibrant an eclectic selection of festivals and eye-opening events throughout the calendar year. With something for everyone, you'll want to return to the city over and over again to experience everything this amazing city has to offer.
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Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It has become hugely popular attracting ten thousand people, many of whom return year after year.
The Festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. The best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with more contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters and even the odd pop star.
Make the most of summer days in the city’s beautiful open spaces. Organised by Cambridge City Council, Summer In The City is an exciting range of fun activities taking place from June to September in Cambridge.
Midsummer Fair is one of the country’s oldest and biggest travelling fun fairs and markets. Jazz and Brass in the Parks is a series of six Sunday concerts throughout the summer weeks that take place in Cambridge’s beautiful leafy parks. One of Summer In The City’s main highlights is of course the Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece!
Strawberry Fair is the free music and arts festival in the heart of Cambridge. Each year, on the first Saturday of June, Strawberry Fair transforms Midsummer Common into a visual extravaganza where fair-goers of all ages enjoy an abundance of eclectic, sometimes eccentric activities and entertainment.
The Cambridge Comedy Festival was launched in 2007 with the aim of recreating a micro version of the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival experience in Cambridge. Its unique appeal is that it is a Festival of Previews and brings a host of names known and unknown to the city for a pre-Edinburgh warm-up.
The annual Cambridge Film Festival - the third longest running film festival in the UK - is a celebration of film – past present and future. It's a chance to relive and enjoy past glories, but also to see what’s happening in film right now, and reveal new talents who will shape the future of cinema.
The Buskers & Street Performers Festival was created with two main objectives; to celebrate & educate - to celebrate and showcase the variety of talent we have in Cambridge’s city centre and to educate the busking community on the importance of following the ‘Street Performers Code of Practice’.
This charity race follows in the heroic footsteps of the famous film “Chariots of Fire”. Teams of six runners, each run a 1.7 mile course in relay format following the unique and picturesque route starting and finishing at Queens' Green and covering the city centre, Trinity College, Clare College, King's College and crossing the River Cam.
Welcome to Cambridge Literary Festival, one of Britain's friendliest and freshest literary festivals. Twice each year Cambridge Literary Festival welcomes some of the world's freshest thinkers to celebrate with us the power of words in all their forms. From novelists, poets, editors and critics, to scientists, politicians, historians and entertainers, we showcase the most exciting reflections of the world we live in today.