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Major Festivals & Events in Harrogate & District

Here you will find some of the biggest events in each of our six towns and city, covering the best of the musical and visual arts, comedy, food and drink, literature and agriculture.

The Landmark Events

If you want to know what the big events are taking place in and around Harrogate look no further, from the biggest of the Festivals to the biggest of the shows, from the most festive of Christmas markets the most unique of town races, be it sheep or beds it’s all here.

In Harrogate these events are often big national festivals that bring together the very best of a genre in one place for a unique showcase of a particular musical or literature style. 

In the smaller towns these are large community events that fill the town and show case the surrounding countryside and way of life.

You will also find events celebrating our history and heritage throughout the year including 1940s weekends and Heritage Open Days where you can explore some of the historical gems that usually off limits.

All Year round

From the early spring and the events such as the Tour de Yorkshire and the Harrogate Spring Flower show its all go in the Harrogate District!

So check out the events below and see what you couldn’t bear to miss when you visit.

Harrogate has a strong Festival scene, the most prominent are listed here but you can find the full list on our festivals page.

Through the summer months there are agricultural shows and local fates and fairs almost every weekend, but the big ones are quite spectacular and none is bigger show than the Great Yorkshire Show in July.

As the year draws to a close the festive season gets underway, first with the Harrogate Christmas Market, then following events take place across the district from the late night shopping in the towns to carol services in the Ripon Cathedral and other venues.

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  1. Great Knaresborough Bed Race

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    Great Knaresborough Bed Race

    Type

    Carnival

    Knaresborough

    The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is one of the most spectacular community events held in the UK.

    It was first staged in 1966 and have been never cancelled. 90 teams of six runners and a passenger take part in the glorious fancy dress pageant that comprises the first half of the event, before...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jun 2017 To 10 Jun 2017
  2. The Northern Aldborough Festival

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    The Northern Aldborough Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Boroughbridge

    The Northern Aldborough Festival was born in 1994, centred around the picturesque village of Aldborough near York. It has fast established itself as one of the most prestigious classical music events in the country and was recently described by the Times as ‘well on its way to being one of the...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jun 2017 To 1 Jul 2017
  3. Great Yorkshire Show

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    Great Yorkshire Show

    Type

    Exhibition

    The very best of rural life will be celebrated at the 159th Great Yorkshire Show.

    TV stunt horses will make their debut in the main ring while some famous faces will be making an appearance across the showground.

    RAF Falcons will perform a parachute display for the first time while...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Jul 2017 To 13 Jul 2017
  4. Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally

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    Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Masham

    A fabulous celebration of our heritage with over 800 glorious entries. Something for everyone, Children's entertainers, stalls, fair, cookery theatre, displays, arena entertainment and much more.

    A festive weekend that takes over the pretty market town of Masham with fun for all the family!

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2017 To 16 Jul 2017
  5. Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

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    Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

    Type

    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming,...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jul 2017 To 23 Jul 2017
  6. 1940's Wartime Weekend

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    1940's Wartime Weekend

    Type

    Historic

    Pateley Bridge

    1940's Wartime weekend in Pateley Bridge 29th to 31st July 2016. Live music, swing dances, organised teas and wartime displays over the weekend.

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2017 To 30 Jul 2017
  7. The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

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    The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival returns for another year bringing the very best of professional and amateur Gilbert & Sullivan productions from around the world, including 4 new productions from the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

    The Festival offers a feast of Topsy Turvy...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Aug 2017 To 20 Aug 2017
  8. St. Wilfrid's Day Ripon

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    St. Wilfrid's Day Ripon

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    This procession around The City of Ripon is in honour of Ripons' Patron Saint: Saint Wilfrid.

    In 1108 King Henry 1 granted permission to the city to hold a fair to mark the birth of the Saint on 30th July and Ripon has held on to this tradition.

    The Parade is led by an Actor playing the Saint on...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017
  9. FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

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    FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

    Type

    Festival

    Knaresborough

    10-day annual festival of art, entertainment, music, shows, plays, dance performances, children's attractions, a free picnic, exhbitions and other events that turn this market town magenta! See 80 different events, workshops - something for everybody.

    More details will made available through...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2017 To 20 Aug 2017
  10. Ripley Show

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    Ripley Show

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    With competitive events, demonstrations, competitions, country activities and trade stands, there really is something for everybody at the Ripley Show.

    The Show takes place in the shadow of Ripley Castle near Harrogate and is a traditional country show in a beautiful location. Come and visit us...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Aug 2017 To 13 Aug 2017
  11. NiddArt Trail

    NiddArt Trail

    Type

    Exhibition

    Pateley Bridge

    This trail of local artisan crafts and artists runs from Middlesmoor and Stean, near the source of the Nidd, through the thriving artistic hub of Pateley Bridge and Bewerley, past Summerbridge, Dacre, Darley and Hampsthwaite, with some scenic detours, enroute to Ripley and historic Knaresborough....

    Dates

    From:
    18 Aug 2017 To 28 Aug 2017
  12. Heritage Open Days: Free to Explore

    Heritage Open Days: Free to Explore

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Harrogate

    Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

    Free of charge and right...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2017 To 10 Sep 2017
  13. Ripon International Festival

    Ripon International Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Ripon

    The City of Ripon's now established International Festival brings the best of the Arts to Ripon and the surrounding area. This year's performers of note include London Mozart Players, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Kathryn Tickell, Red Priest, The Busch Piano Trio, The Carnival Band and Ferio Saxophone...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  14. Harrogate Flower Shows

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    Harrogate Flower Shows

    Type

    Show / Display

    Harrogate

    Harrogate Autumn Flower Show will be sending plant postcards from across the globe as it invites visitors to travel the world in their garden.

    A new exhibition tracing the ancestry of many of our most popular plants will form the centre piece for this year’s theme, Postcards from the Hedge...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2017 To 17 Sep 2017
    From:
    26 Apr 2018 To 29 Apr 2018
  15. Pateley Bridge Walking Festival

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    Pateley Bridge Walking Festival

    Type

    Show / Display

    Pateley Bridge

    The popular walking festival in the heart of Nidderdale returns for its fifth year, featuring some of the most popular walks from previous years and some new routes just for this year.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  16. Nidderdale Show

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    Nidderdale Show

    Type

    Show / Display

    Pateley Bridge

    Nidderdale's Big Day Out is a classic and timeless event and includes many varied events such as sheep dog trials, a dog show, show jumping, livestock classes, cookery demonstrations, trade stands and an exhibtion cricket match.

    ‘Pateley Show’, as the Nidderdale Show is affectionately known,...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Sep 2017 To 25 Sep 2017
  17. Masham Sheep Fair

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    Masham Sheep Fair

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    Masham

    Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year. 

    The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for Yorkshire charities, and filling the town with sheepy...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2017 To 1 Oct 2017
  18. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Harrogate Comedy Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The 8th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival (1st-16th Oct 2016) features handpicked acts from across the globe to the town. With acts from Australia, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Europe it’s a comedy festival with an exciting international twist.

    The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble,...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Oct 2017 To 16 Oct 2017
  19. Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

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    Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, launched in 2012, has become the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit thanks to its stellar line-up of literary names in beautifully intimate settings.

    Hosted over a long weekend in the grandeur of Harrogate’s Crown Hotel, this year’s Festival...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 22 Oct 2017
  20. Countryside Live

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    Countryside Live

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Animals galore, fabulous food and a host of hands-on activities for all ages are just some of the ingredients for the annual Countryside Live which is held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate in October.

    The countdown is on as tickets are about to go on sale – from Monday 1 August –...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2017 To 22 Oct 2017

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