Events Schedule

There are loads of exciting events taking place in Leicester – have a look below at some of the great things going on in our city this year.


Events sponsored by BID Leicester

Light Up Leicester

Light Up Leicester
5-8 March
Light Up Leicester will offer a digital take on traditional light festivals, with each of the seven large-scale installations interacting with people through sound or sensors, reacting to light, temperature or humidity levels, or responding to data, thanks to an internet connection. Find out more >>


Luminarium

Architects of Air Luminarium
15-19 April

Since 1992 more than three-million visitors in over 40 countries have been welcomed into Architects of Air’s monumental luminaria and we are delighted to host it in the city. A luminarium is a sculpture which people enter for an encounter with the radiant colour that comes simply from daylight shining through the luminarium’s fabric, creating a phenomenon of light. Find out more >>>


More city events…

For full event listings for the city, go to the Visit Leicester website.

Leicester Comedy Festival
5-23 Feb, Various Venues

Touted as “one of the best comedy festivals in the world” by The Guardian, Leicester Comedy festival has a long tradition of bringing some of the country’s biggest TV names along with the most innovative emerging comedy talent to Leicester. Find out more >>

St George’s Festival
Orton Square and Cultural Quarter
18 April

Events inlude maypole dancing, dragon hunting and a knights and princess parade – a great family day out.
Find out more >>

Knife Angel
Cathedral Gardens
2 – 29 May

See the Knife Angel in Cathedral Gardens – an impressive artwork with a serious message, the 3.5 tonne angel is made of 100,000 blades and makes a powerful statement about knife crime. Check the Leicester Cathedral website for more details >>

Leicester Riverside Festival
Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens
6 & 7 June

Spread over four areas, this free two-day festival features fun on and off the water. Find out more >>

Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Leicester City Centre
August TBC

Dubbed as the largest multi-cultural event in the East Midlands, the colourful carnival celebrates the traditions of the Caribbean. Find out more >>

City Festival
Jubilee Square
21 – 31 August

The Dome will be back in Jubilee Square this August – enjoy a 10 day programme of performances ranging from family friendly activities to music and comedy evenings. Find out more >>

Leicester Pride
Victoria Park
September TBC

Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Festival is a colourful and vibrant event celebrating diversity and freedom of expression. Find out more >>

Gaia
Leicester Cathedral
16 October – 6 November

Luke Jerram’s Gaia comes to Leicester Cathedral. Measuring 7m in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. There will be a programme of events to celebrate Gaia in Leicester. Check the Leicester Cathedral website for more details >>

Diwali
Golden Mile and Leicester City Centre
November TBC

Diwali celebrations in Leicester are famously some of the best in the UK and some of the biggest outside of India. Enjoy a full programme of events in Leicester along with top tips for how best to enjoy the Festival of Light in the city. Find out more >>

Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display
Abbey Park
November TBC

Be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest bonfire and firework display at the city’s official celebration. Find out more >>

Christmas in Leicester 2020
Leicester City Centre
November and December TBC

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in Leicester. From the magical lights switch on to late-night shopping, theatre, festive dining and activities for all the family, there’s loads of fun to be had in the city. Find out more >>

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