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Vibrant festivals, live gigs, contemporary theatre, and unusual rural events, Leicester and Leicestershire has lots to entertain you!

Leicester boasts a diverse range of entertainment. From live music and performances at De Montfort Hall to city festivals including the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. If you need some laughter in your life, visit the Leicester Comedy Festival held each February. 

But it's not all about big festivals and performing art productions – visit The Musician for intimate performances from live bands, or as you are walking around the city centre look out for street performances. If you're a major film buff, watch in style at Leicester's Cinema de Lux or Phoenix

In the county you can experience quirky and traditional rural festivals and live music performances. Enjoy the many food festivals taking place all year round such as the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Artisan Cheese Fair, ChocFest or PieFest. Outdoor ampitheatres, concerts in castles to the bizarre Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking and our very own GlastonBudget – ideal if you missed those essential tickets to Glastonbury! The award-winning Loughborough Town Hall is the place to be if you enjoy live performances and panto's, or visit Conkers or Calke Abbey for live musical performances in magnificent surroundings (don't forget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

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 September 2018>

Forthcoming festivals:

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Sat 1 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

'Art Windows' is a highly successful annual collaboration between Harborough Artists Cluster and local shops and businesses in Market Harborough. Each year we exhibit artwork in a trail of shop/business windows throughout September.

Market Harborough


Mon 3 Sep - Mon 22 Oct 2018

8 week workshop course to learn new skills and create something beautiful.

Market Harborough


Thu 6 Sep - Thu 25 Oct 2018

8 week workshop course to learn new skills and create something beautiful.

Market Harborough

Leicester International Music Festival

Thu 20 - Sat 22 Sep 2018

There are a few new faces this year and a slightly larger team. I’m delighted to bring such a fantastic group of great musicians to Leicester and we are all looking forward to sharing a voyage of discovery with you.



Fri 21 - Sat 22 Sep 2018

The 16th annual beer festival with almost 100 different cask & craft beers and ciders, with music and food.

Melton Mowbray

Autumn Festival

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Sep 2018

Join the Arboretum for a celebration of all things Autumn, at this new for 2018 event featuring entertainment, crafts and a food fair.

Burton Upon Trent


Sat 22 Sep 2018

Our bubblicious Bubble Rush family fun run returns. Bubble Rush is coming back to Leicester, on Saturday 22 September 2018... and you won't want to miss this fantastic family-friendly 5k event.



Sat 22 - Sun 23 Sep 2018

We celebrate the fantastic legacy of Gerry And Sylvia Anderson in this very special weekend.



Sat 22 Sep 2018



Last updated January 2018