Whether you’re a foodie, gig-goer, or bookworm, Wales has a festival for you. From the world famous annual literary and cultural festivals hosted in Hay-on-Wye, music festivals for fans of genres including rock and classical, and even events celebrating low-impact slow living, Wales has a festival for everyone.
Fans of music, literature and philosophy can fill their cup with a visit to the world-renowned Hay-on-Wye. Nestled on the border between England and Wales, this town plays host to a number of highly renowned festivals. Listen to some of the best philosophical minds speak at HowTheLightGetsIn before taking in a comedy set on-site. Hay Music will appeal to fans of classical music, whilst literary lovers can hear from internationally prestigious authors and thought-leaders at the annual Hay Festival, the world’s leading festival of ideas.
Foodies Festival and Brecon Beacons Food Festival bring together some of the best food and drink producers alongside celebrated chefs and food champions, whilst fans of all things sustainable and slow living will appreciate time spent at The Good Life Experience, Fire in the Mountain, and Green Gathering – which is also the UK’s original off-grid festival.
When it comes to music festivals, Wales covers every genre. Those who want to dance to alternative beats – think drum & bass, ska, and gypsy – will get their fill at Balter Festival, whilst In It Together Festival draws in an impressive host of international names. Lovers of underground music festivals will get a kick out of Pembrokeshire-based Westival or woodland-situated Gottwood, whilst Big Love Festival combines the very best of a house party with festival vibes. Don’t forget Steelhouse Festival, which brings 10,000 fans of classic rock together in the Welsh valleys to get headbanging.
For people who appreciate a little of everything, there are plenty of options. Landed Festival combines music, art, and entertainment in a beautiful Welsh country estate, whilst Llangollen International Eisteddfod brings performers together in a memorable cultural event. That’s not to mention the feel-good The Big Retreat Festival, or the now-legendary Machynlleth Comedy Festival, which welcomes a top-quality line up into the heart of Wales.
At wales.org, we’ve collated all of the very best Welsh festivals into one list. Find updates on all upcoming local events, alongside details about the highlights of each festival. If you’re running a festival in Wales that you can’t see listed, get in contact to add it to our schedule.