Every Cardiff Festival You Must Attend This Summer

Every Cardiff Festival You Must Attend This Summer

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Summer has arrived and there’s nothing more enjoyable than going to a festival during the warmest months of the year. From food and music to beaches and parks, we’ve unearthed every Cardiff festival worth visiting this summer.

So, whether you’re a foodie, fancy a tipple or enjoy a day at the beach, there’s a Cardiff festival just for you.

Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival

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When: 27 June – 03 August

Where: Sophia Gardens

Cardiff is a city that knows how to make the most of the warmer weather.

Spend some of those long summer nights enjoying the open-air theatre in the stunning Sophia Gardens, where the Everyman Theatre Group will be putting on some fantastic performances of classic and modern productions. From Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to Jesus Christ Superstar, you won’t want to miss this Cardiff festival.

So, grab your seat on the grass and enjoy some superb talent underneath the stars.  

Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

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When: 5 – 7 July

Where: Roald Dahl Pass

For all you foodies visiting the capital this summer, there is one Cardiff festival you cannot afford to miss: the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival.

The event draws in crowds of up to 60,000 visitors every year and it’s only getting bigger. With vendors like The Dough Thrower, who made our 2019 bucket list, and others like Tukka Tuk Indian street food, you can get your fabulous foodie fix from this festival.

Hundreds of international and local vendors will descend upon the capital to sell their mouth-watering wares this July.

This is your chance to sample the best traditional Welsh food in addition to some culinary delights from far away lands.

Vintage for Victory Festival

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When: 12 – 14 July

Where: Whitchurch Library Gardens

If the romance and glamour of a bygone era intrigues you, then the best event you could attend this summer is Whitchurch’s Vintage for Victory Festival.

This amazing celebration of everything retro is the perfect opportunity to don your favourite vintage get up and soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy performances from retro-inspired bands, dance lessons which teach you how to Jive and plenty of food trucks selling delicious food.

This is a weekend of full on vintage fun and the best-kept secret on the Cardiff festival calendar.

Cardiff Bay Beach Festival

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When: 20 July – 1 September

Where: Cardiff Bay

The beach is back for 2019.

Once again, Cardiff Bay will be transformed into a bustling beachfront this summer – and will host a season-long festival where people will flock to celebrate the sunshine. Come along and take a bounce on the bungee trampolines, tumble around in the whacky water zorbs or simply recline in a deck chair and sock up the seaside atmosphere.

You’ll be able to pick up a tropical beach-themed cocktail and catch one of the many live performances taking place on the main stage.

This is an exciting city event that lasts all summer long.

Cardiff Rum Festival

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When: 28 June – 29 June

Where: Portland House

Rum is the official drink of summertime and is known for being a staple ingredient in any tropical themed drink.

If you like a taste of paradise in your cocktails, then one Cardiff festival you must attend this summer is the Cardiff Rum Festival.

Designed to teach rum lovers more about the wide variety of flavours out there; a never-ending list of different types of rum will be available for tasting. Combine all that with relaxing chillout zones, top quality food and a soundtrack provided by a range of bands and DJ’s – and what you have is all the ingredients for a truly tasty rum based festival.

National Eisteddfod of Wales

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When: 2 – 10 August

Where: Cardiff Bay

Wales, as a nation, is proud of its culture and heritage.

National Eisteddfod makes sure that everything Wales is proud of is celebrated with gusto – in particular, the historic Welsh language.

The rest of this amazing Welsh festival encompasses music, art and literature from all over the country. Indeed, during August, National Eisteddfod will take pride and place in the Cardiff festival calendar.

A variety of live performances will take place over the week. Not only is National Eisteddfod a festival which promotes a strong communal spirit, but it also gives visitors a glimpse at the much-loved Welsh traditions that the nation is so proud of.

Maes B

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When:7 – 10 August

Where: Cardiff Bay

Following up from the National Eisteddfod is the official after party: Maes B

Here, a collection of over 20 Welsh speaking acts will take to the stage to entertain audiences over the weekend. This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Maes B is a Welsh music festival that delivers a fresh and exciting live music experience. For those who love and embrace all kinds of music, then this is the festival for you.

Pride Cymru Big Weekend

When: 24 – 26 August

Where: City Hall Lawns

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Thanks to the success of Pride Cymru 2017, the capital is hosting another fabulous event, combing Cardiff’s Big Weekend with the annual pride celebrations.

This amazing celebration promises to bring the city and its visitors together under a multicoloured banner of love this August bank holiday.

Live music, funfair rides, street performers and a larger than life parade will bring over 40,000 people of all ages, genders and sexualities together to promote awareness and respect.

Pride Cymru 2019 is an important and exciting Cardiff festival not to be missed this summer.

HUB Festival

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When: 23 August – 25 August

Where: Womanby Street

Every August bank holiday, HUB Festival take over venues across Womanby Street and put on a festival like no other.

HUB Festival brings all the amazing music Cardiff has to offer together, on one street over one weekend. From Rock to Reggae and Folk to Funk, HUB Festival is not to be missed as the summer draws to a close.

This is an exciting, independent event that promises to be sensational.

Where To Stay During Cardiff Festival Season

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During festival season, there’s no better place to stay than The Exchange Hotel.

The Exchange Hotel is a building bursting with history, charm and character and therefore ideal for an overnight stay. This luxury hotel is an architectural masterpiece and while it’s been lovingly restored, it’s also leading the way in entertainment and comfort.

Perfect for those romantic weekends away or cosy stays with friends, The Exchange Hotel is a must stay for those who love Cardiff.

Sound exciting? Our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 02920 107050 or book here today.