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 >>


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 >>

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 >>

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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