We have put together a list of key events happening in Wales. As it’s our Year of the Sea in 2018, there are also a few events with a maritime theme too!
  • 15-16 September 2018
    This is one of the biggest events in UK’s foodie calendar, attracting over 30,000 people to enjoy local and international food, celebrity chefs, master classes and street stalls and entertainment.
  • September 2018 – Dates to be announced
    Barmouth is the perfect venue for this annual walking festival set within the Snowdonia Coast and the Mawddach Estuary and sheltered by the Cadair Idris Range and the Rhinog Mountains. There are walks for all abilities from gentle strolls to hard-core treks and for those looking for a real challenge there’s one of two super walks on offer.
  • 9-10 June 2018
    The biannual international storytelling festival at St Donat’s Castle attracts performers from around the world for a celebration of storytelling, music, poetry, theatre and circus.
  • 9-17 March 2019
    Discover the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains by foot with more than 80 guided walks on offer for all abilities. There are also map reading and navigation courses, talks on local geography and music and dancing to relax.
  • October-November – Dates to be announced
    A literature festival which celebrates the life and work of Dylan Thomas, the famous poet born in Swansea. The event which starts on his birthday and ends on the date of his death is staged around Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre. It features talent from Wales and beyond through talks, poetry, films, exhibitions and performances.
  • 6-9 September 2018
    This unique music, arts and culture festival takes place at the fairytale Italianate village of Portmeirion. The event has staged performances from Grace Jones, Beck, Super Furry Animals and Pet Shop Boys.
  • 7-9 September 2018
    The UK’s friendliest festival is held at Gladstone Library in North Wales, one of the finest residential libraries in Wales. It features talks from the best writing talents, hands-on workshops and the Gladfest Market Place full of crafts, food and book stalls.
  • 7-10 June 2018
    This 4-day electronic music and arts festival held in a secluded wood in the Isle of Anglesey is building rather a reputation on the music scene. It has been described by The Independent as ‘one of the most important boutique festival that UK has to offer’.
  • 16-19 August 2018
    The beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park with its mountains, waterfalls and forests is the setting for the Green Man Festival. It offers a diverse line up of music acts as well as comedy, poetry, science and literature.
  • 26 - 28 October 
    The mighty castle, quayside and medieval streets of Conwy burst into life during this food, music and art festival.
  • 9 June 2018

    In the 1980s someone in Llanwrtyd Wells came up with an idea to race men against horses and a 22 mile (35km) race was devised. Only twice has man beaten horse since. Lots of other quirky events are held throughout the year in this small town including bog snorkelling, real ale wobble or ramble and alternative olympics.

  • 3-11 August 2018
    The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ biggest arts festival which dates back to 1176 and celebrates Welsh language, culture and music. The venue alternates between North and South Wales and the 2018 Eisteddfod will be held in Cardiff Bay. There are music, drama and poetry competitions and hundreds of trade stands to browse.
  • 28-30 September 2018
    Elvis fans descend on the seaside town of Porthcawl for the annual Elvis Festival, celebrating the King.
  • October 2018 – Dates to be announced
    The music festival, Sŵn (sound in Welsh), transforms Cardiff into an adventure playground with bands playing in venues across the city.
  • 14-16 September 2018
    The Good Life Experience was founded by the singer and presenter Cerys Matthews and is a family-friendly celebration of the good life, the simple pleasures of the things that matter – friends, family, the outdoors, books, laughter, poetry and music!
  • 23-26 July 2018
    This is Europe’s biggest agricultural show celebrating rural life and attracting 200,000 visitors every year. There’s a wide variety of activities including livestock competitions and demonstrations; craft stalls; a food hall and exhibitions and countryside sports etc.
  • Race village opens 27 May 2018 – In-port racing 8 June 2018 – Leg Start 10 June 2018
    On 22nd October 2017, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off from Alicante, Spain on a race around the world and for the first time in its history the race will stop in Cardiff. The Volvo Ocean Race festival site, the Race Village, will be located on the scenic Cardiff Bay Barrage. The two week free event will host a variety of entertainment and Volvo Ocean Race-themed attractions. It will also have a Welsh flavour, with Welsh producers offering locally-sourced food and drink.
  • March 2019 - Dates to be announced

    WOWs programme of events brings a selection of films from around the world to cinemas across Wales, as well as film masterclasses and talks from directors.