Reasons to Go · Events/Festivals
Wales today is host to a huge range of events that make a great excuse for visiting - whether you're a sports fan or hankering for some serious culture.

Free concert, Millennium Centre foyer, Cardiff

A packed program of events is happening in the “Land of Song” throughout the year. We’re celebrating just about everything - classical music and pop, fine arts and fine food - and holding festivals, fairs and sporting events in our small towns and in world-class facilities like the new Millennium Centre.

January 2 - 7
Swan Lake on Ice
Wales Millennium Centre,  Cardiff
Performed to Tchaikovsky's glorious music by 26 Olympic World, European and National Championship Skaters.

January 11 - 15
New Year Exploring Snowdonia's Mountains
Plas Tan y Bwlch,  Blaenau Ffestiniog
Explore the unique heritage of the Snowdonia National Park through a series of walks in the mountains to appreciate the special qualities of its varied landscapes.

January 13 - 14
Saturnalia Wobble/ Ramble
Llanwrtyd Wells
A feast of Roman drinks, foods and frolics, walking and mountain biking.

February 3 - June 3
Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millenium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre,  Cardiff
The Welsh National Opera are performing a number of productions, including Madam Butterfly, Khovanshchina, Carmen, Redflight Barcud, Dolffin, Wild Cat, The Damnation of Faust, The Seven Deadly Sins, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Four Sacred Pieces and Belshazzar's Feast. Please check website for dates and further details.

March 1
St. David's Day
Special celebrations are held throughout Wales to commemorate the Patron Saint, St David.

March 2 - 4
Celtic Festival of Wales
Trecco Bay,  Porthcawl
Wales' biggest Celtic music festival. See folk bands and dancers from all over the Celtic world.

March 17
Rugby - Wales v England Six Nations Championship
Millenium Stadium,  Cardiff
Following a disappointing result in last year's fixture, Wales will be aiming to repeat their victory of 2005.

March 24 - 25
Saundersfoot St David's Day Food Festival
The Festival is a two-day event of music and food. It's focal point is the "Cawl Cooking Championship of the World".

April (Date To Be Confirmed)
Gourmet Food Festival
Llanwrtyd Wells
Annual Festival aims to exhibit the finest food products that Wales has to offer. The weekend is packed with activities, events, entertainment and, of course, fine food and drink.

April 20 - 22
RHS Spring Flower Show
Spend the Easter weekend at this prestigious show a showcase of spectacular floral displays and inspirational show gardens set against the magnificent backdrop of Cardiff Castle.

May (Date To Be Confirmed)
Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza
Old time street fair with steam engines, street entertainers and stalls in the streets of Llandudno.

May 25 - June 3
Hay Festival of Literature
Britain's "town of books" is the ideal setting for this literary festival with an international reputation.

May 26 - June 3
St Davids Cathedral Festival
St Davids Cathedral,  St Davids
Annual festival of classical music.

June 9
Man vs Horse Marathon
Llanwrtyd Wells
A 22 mile race of man against horse through scenic Wales.

June 9 - 17
Cardiff Singer of the World
Premier singing competition in the world. Young performers (aged 18-36) demonstrate their prowess in the disciplines of opera or concert music.

June 29 - July 1
International Ceramics Festival
Britain's leading ceramics event. It offers teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs alike the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known craftspersons from Wales, Britain and many countries worldwide.

July - August (Date To Be Confirmed)
Cardiff Summer Festival
International summer festival featuring the best in street theatre, live music, children's entertainment, comedy and including the Celtic Festival of Food and Drink.

July 6 - 8
Bluegrass Festival
Bodlondeb Park,  Conwy
18th International Bluegrass Music and Dance Festival - concerts, workshops, dancing and displays.

July 6 - 8
Wales International Festival of Storytelling
St Donats Castle,  near Cardiff
Festival dedicated to promoting understanding of the world's pre-literature and oral traditions, bringing together some of the finest storytellers and tradition bearers from around the world.

July 10 - 15
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
One of Wales' major annual events, a truly international festival of music, dance and song with with 2,500 overseas competitors plus many more from the UK.

July 23 - 26
Royal Welsh Show
Llanelwedd,  Builth Wells
One of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe, bringing together the farming industry and rural community in a celebration of the best of British Agriculture with a unique and very special 'Welsh' flavour.

July 28 - 29
The Big Cheese
This popular event has something to offer all the family and is a free extravaganza of traditional street entertainment, re-enactments, dance, food and craft stalls plus much more.

July 28 - August 4
Aberaeron Bicentenary Festival
Aberaeron's Bicentenary will be celebrated with a number of events including a Venetian Night and Fireworks, Town Trail and a gala celebration featuring Welsh stars. See website for further details.

August (Date To Be Confirmed)
Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival
Faenol Estate,  near Bangor
Four nights of star-studded concerts with the mountains of Snowdonia as their backdrop.

August (Date To Be Confirmed)
Brecon Jazz Festival
This small market town plays host to its annual international festival attracting the top names from the world of jazz.

August 4 - 11
National Eisteddfod of Wales
Wales' most important cultural gathering and Europe's biggest traveling festival this year comes to Mold.

August 27
World Bog Snorkelling
Llanwrtyd Wells
Competitors have to snorkel two lengths of a 60 yard trench cut through the peat bog in the quickest time possible!

September (Date To Be Confirmed)
Cardiff Mardi Gras
The ninthth annual Cardiff-Wales Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras.

September 15 - 16
Abergavenny Food Festival
This popular event celebrates local and regional food and drink, attracting enthusiasts of all ages from all over Britain.

October 27 - 28
Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival
Food and Drink festival featuring Welsh products, demonstrations and children's entertainment.

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