Things to do

August Events and Festivals

Yorkshire Day may have been right at the start of August but that isn't the end of celebrations in the county this month! There's a whole heap of festivals to keep the party going on all throughout August and we've got you covered. 

Check out our run down of great things to see and do this month:

Welcome to Yorkshire Scarborough Cricket Festival

The annual Scarborough Cricket Festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world, and over the years has played host to some of the world's greatest cricketers.

The ground, situated at North Marine Road, has seen large crowds of holiday makers watching first class cricket since 1876 - and with the stands built right to the boundary edge, it offers exceptional views and unique atmosphere.

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Racing Festival, York

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Racing Festival sees sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days. The festival is the racecourse’s oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races.

The jewel in the crown is the Juddmonte International on the Wednesday, this is the richest race of York Racecourse’s season, ranked number one of all thoroughbred horse races in the world 2012 – 14. It was famously won by Frankel, considered by some the as the best thoroughbred in history.

Also, not to be missed is the ever popular Ebor Fashion Lawn, where style and elegance can be found in abundance.

Tribfest, Sledmere House

Tribfest truly is the world's biggest, and best, tribute band music festival!

The heatwave's here and the sun's come out, it’s time to look forward to August and Tribfest number 12.

They’ve got the full lineup booked and it’s a fantastic and varied mix across all 7 stages. There’s something for everyone with bands from the 60s, to current chart acts. We truly are a festival for the full family!

Ticket sales are through the roof and they look forward to seeing you all again in the fields of East Yorkshire. Make sure you get your tickets quick to avoid missing out.

Leeds Carnival

Move over Notting Hill, Leeds is home to the longest running West Indian carnival parade which this year celebrates its 51st anniversary.

Started in 1967 as an antidote to the yearning for the Caribbean culture and heritage of a group of West Indian students in Leeds, 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Half a century later and still led by pioneer founding member Arthur France, they are rightly proud to be one of the North’s biggest and most adored annual events.

Today it is the perfect blend of jaw-dropping costumes, infectious tropical rhythms, mouth watering food, Caribbean Culture and entertainment for everyone.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

This festival celebrates great music through friendship, landscape, history and architecture, taking audiences on a journey throughout the North York Moors National Park, stirring the musical spirit within us all. 

Over 40 musicians, 2 weeks, 10 churches, around 50 chamber works, come along and experience this friendly and passionate environment within one of this country's most spectacular regions. Please feel free to join their mailing list and attend the events outside of the festival as they approach a landmark tenth anniversary this year. 

Everyone is welcome - music is for all.

Leeds Pride

Leeds Pride is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans life. Running since 2006 and is now the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK’s friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGB&T community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as First Direct, Sainsbury’s and Asda.

Over the Leeds Pride weekend there will be a whole host of events celebrating love, equality, sexuality and gender identity across the city. This is the 12th year that Leeds Pride has taken place and it undoubtedly makes a huge contribution to the local economy with thousands of people choosing to visit the city on Leeds Pride weekend.

National Festival Circus, Lightwater Valley

Visitors to Lightwater Valley will have the chance to run away to the circus – at least for a few hours – as part of the National Festival Circus from the 8th – 12th August.

The National Festival Circus is a magical mix of laughter and excitement. Slapstick clowns, balancing equilibrilists, fast tempo juggling, baffling magic, high flying diabolos, mesmerising spinning hoops and bucketfuls of fabulous fun.

The show is presented authentically within a traditional Big Top and this year is particularly special as it’s the 250th anniversary of the circus.

Over the next few months, the Great Exhibition of the North takes place. This is a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.

The country’s biggest event in 2018, it will pack a programme of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences into 80 days.

Find out how you can get involved here.