It’s bank holiday time! And even though the weather hasn’t been great lately we’re not going to let the clouds dampen our spirits. There’s about a month left of summer and we plan to make the most of it. This week promises to be a corker, with festivals and parties galore.
As usual we set out to whittle the options down to a list of the five best things going on in Cardiff, but this weekend there is so much stuff happening we ended up including it all.
The Extreme Sailing Series/Cardiff Harbour Festival – 24th – 26th August
The Extreme Sailing Series is coming to the Bay this weekend as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival. It will be the series’ sixth stop as part of their world tour. This is the seventh year running that the Series has come to Cardiff, and there’s a reason punters can’t get enough of it. As well as the extreme sailing there will be also be fun activities, live entertainment, food stalls and bars.
Where – Cardiff Bay
Tickets Cost – Free
Pink Beach Club – 22nd – 26th August
As we announced last week, Cardiff’s first Pink Beach Club is coming soon. Very soon, in fact. The club will be opening on Wednesday. It’s going to be built on the Cardiff Bay Barrage by a team of young mothers, recently skilled up thanks to Pinkspiration, the fantastic company behind the project. Things to look forward to include: two giant pink flamingos, a VIP wall and the UK’s first pink Maserati!
Where – Cardiff Bay Barrage
Entry – FREE
Launch of the Vale Warehouse – 26th August
Drum and Bass, bassline and burgers all in one place? Don’t mind if we do. This Sunday sees the launch of the Vale Warehouse and to mark the occasion the venue are throwing their Bass & Burgers: Bassline and DnB party. Confirmed acts include Flatline and End Game. Great food and great tunes guaranteed.
Where – Vale Sports Arena
Entry – £16 +Booking fee
Pride & Big weekend – 24th – 26th August
Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend keeps getting bigger and bigger; following on from the huge success of last year’s event, Pride will be pulling out all the stops once again with acts like Gabrielle, Derrick Barry, Flip & Fill and Sonique set to wow fans over the course of the weekend. Over 40,000 people are expected to attend, and there’ll be enough food, drink, rides and market stalls for all of the family to enjoy.
Where – Cardiff City Hall Gardens
Entry – £10 a day or £25 for a weekend pass.
Let It Be UK Tour – 21st – 26th August
This spectacular celebration of the Beatles’ career, fresh from its success on the West End, pulls together many of their best-loved songs for a concert you’ll never forget. Follow the band’s rise from four ordinary young lads to global superstars, widely regarded at the greatest band of all time.
Delete Car park party – 26th August
On Sunday Jacobs Car Park will be playing host to one of the best parties in Cardiff this bank holiday, featuring house, techno and garage from local talents and international visitors such as Romania’s highly rated Raresh and Italy’s Francesco Del Garda. Get on your dancing shoes.
Where- Jacobs Market Car Park
Tickets Cost – £15
Hub Festival – 24th – 26th August
Hub Festival is back with a cultural bang, over 150 live music acts are performing over the weekend along with ‘comedy, art, spoken word/poetry, dance, workshops, DJs, performing arts, food stalls & loads more!’ Before the festival proper kicks off on Saturday there is a free welcoming party at the Moon on Friday night to whet your appetite.
Where- Womanby Street
Tickets Cost – £15
Teddy bears picnic at Insole Court – 26th August
On Sunday there will be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the very lovely Insole Court. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon with the family, all you’ll need is food and your cuddly.
Where – Insole Court
Tickets Cost – FREE
2018 Quidditch Premier League Championship- Cardiff Arms Park – 25th August
How can people play quidditch without the technical wizardry behind the films, you ask? A trip to Cardiff Arms Park on August 25th will give you the answer. This marks the start of the second season of the Quidditch Premier League, with local heroes Welsh Dragons due to make their league debut. It promises to be magical…
Where- Cardiff Arms park
Pride Cymru Parade
2018’s Pride Cymru Parade returns with all it’s colour and excitement on Saturday 25th August 2018.
Last years parade had over 7000 participants stretching over a mile long through the streets of Cardiff, we’re confident that this year will be bigger, brighter and louder!
This year the parade has a whole new look starting on North road, a convoy of paraders from all across Wales will make their way in a loop down St Mary’s St and back up Westgate St in our longest and most extravagant parade yet. This year we’re also introducing entertainment points spread across the parade route that will allow visitors to experience a range of talents and take in the festival atmosphere.
Pulse Street Party
Huge events require huge after-parties, and they don’t come much bigger than Pulse Street Party, the Pride after-party that makes sure the day goes long into the night. There’ll be the usual brilliant bar and nightclub, as well as extra bars dotted along the street. Oh, and a great fun fair. Every year Pulse takes over Churchill Way and leaves us wishing we didn’t have to wait another twelve months for the next one.
Dave Pearce and Kris Hill THE Reunion
Radio 1 legend Dave PEARCE is joined by Kris Hill of the iconic Evolution Nightclub alongside the residents of Syndicate Superclub at The Philharmonic club on Sunday 26th August
Where – The Philharmonic
Tickets – £5
DEPOT have really treated us this summer, organising some brilliant events, and their Summer Feastival is going to be one of their best yet. Set in Sophia Gardens, Feastival which started on 17th August and will be open to the public every Friday evening and all weekend until 9th September. There will great food stalls to choose form, including some award-winning food traders such as Brother Thai and Meat & Greek, as well as loads of entertainment. To top it all off – entry is free!
Where- Sophia Gardens
Entry – FREE