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Summer festival diary 2018: the big events and where to buy tickets

Now that summer is in full swing, bringing some of the warmest days we’ve had in years, it’s time to look at the festivals coming up in and around Cardiff in the months ahead.

From music and food festivals to possibly the biggest celebration of Welsh culture of them all, the Eistedfodd, there promises to be something for everyone to enjoy.

With so many festivals happening in the region, we thought it was about time we brought them all together in one place to help you weigh up which ones you fancy most.

It’s a big and busy schedule with festivals for all tastes – taking in music, clubbing, food, theatre, booze, film, culture, comedy, and kids stuff.


Party in the Park

Party at the Park is coming to Cardiff on Friday 28th September. The Grammy Award winning Al Mckay’s Earth, Wind and Fire are headlining and special guests include Tony Hadley, Tapu and Odyssey. The festival will be full of nostalgia and great tunes, you won’t want to miss out.

Date: 28th September 

Venue: Bute Park

Tickets here

Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Festival

Over the past few years fun-lovers have flocked to Cardiff Bay’s urban beach to make the most of the brilliant entertainment and attractions on offer at this time of year, and this summer looks set to be the beach’s busiest and most ambitious yet.  Not only is the beach going to be more realistic than ever, the summer park built around is getting bigger and better by the year.

Date: open until 2nd September 

Venue: Cardiff Bay Barrage 

Tickets: Free


Inside Out Festival

Another banging music event bringing music lovers together. Last year saw Annie Mac and Craig David take to the stage. The line-up for this year is even better with Rudimental already announced as headliners

Date: 28th September 

Venue: But Park 

Tickets Here


Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series

Renowned for its intense racing, the adrenaline-fuelled Extreme Sailing Series returns to Cardiff Bay for the seventh consecutive year.

Cardiff is the sixth stop on the action-packed global circuit, which spans the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams.


Depot Summer Feastival 

Organised by Depot, the street food warehouse on Dumballs Road, the event will be held in the stunning Sophia Gardens. It will start on Friday 17th August and continue every Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday until Sunday 9th September. The SUMMER FEASTIVAL will bring together award-winning street food traders and feel-good entertainment to deliver an unmissable family-friendly celebration of great food and great times.

Date: Launching on the 17th August  

Venue:  Sophia Gardens 

Tickets: Free 


Pride Cymru/Big weekend

PRIDE Cymru is bringing back Cardiff’s Famous Big Weekend and is making it bigger and better than ever before!Due to the success of Pride 2017, PRIDE Cymru will run over three days at Cardiff City Hall Lawns on August Bank Holiday Weekend. Headlining this year include Derrick Barry, Flip & Fill and Sonique


Venue:  City Hall Lawn 

Tickets: £3

Hub Festival

The award-winning festival, which won the Best Festival Award at the recent Cardiff Music Awards, takes place across the city’s ‘music street’ over the August bank holiday weekend, and includes music, art, comedy and performance, as well as a beer festival, street food stalls, a busking stage and a new Cardiff art map.

Date: Fri 24th – 26th August

Venue: Various venues across Cardiff

Tickets: £15 early bird – £25 per adult 


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