Things to do

August Events and Festivals

Summer brings with it a wealth of fantastic festivals to enjoy across Yorkshire. So whether it's sport, music or dancing you're interested in, 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

A day in the sun at the cricket is always a day well spent. This rings especially true when it’s a day at Scarborough Cricket Festival, an iconic fixture in the County Championship season which year on year attracts one of the biggest crowds of the season. The fans love it at Scarborough almost as much as they players do and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of some of Yorkshire’s most famous players such as Ryan Sidebottom, Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance or England captain, Joe Root.

What’s great about the festival too, is you can pop out at any moment and treat yourself to some delicious fish and chips. A “must do” when visiting the Yorkshire Coast!

This year’s festival sees Yorkshire take on Essex in a 4 day game starting on Sunday 6th August.

Humber Street Sesh, Hull

Now in its sixth year, Humber Street Sesh is a music festival unlike any other – one day, 200+ acts, 20 stages & 30,000 people celebrating the very best emerging talent from the region and beyond. Set in Hull Marina, with a full arts itinerary, food & market stalls there’s something for everyone.

Rediscover your favourite acts and stumble across new ones while also enjoying art exhibitions, family entertainment and the ever-popular silent disco. Drawing crowds of 30,000, Humber Street Sesh celebrates the excellence and diversity of regional musicians and artists, providing a powerful platform for homegrown creative brilliance.

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.

Special Olympics Great Britain, Sheffield

Special Olympics Great Britain is delighted to have chosen the great city of Sheffield to host their 10th National Games from Monday 7 August until Saturday 12 August 2017. It is the largest sports event to take place in GB for people with an intellectual (learning) disability. 

The Games gives athletes the opportunity to achieve and to demonstrate their abilities to the community. It attracts around 2,600 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales. Through participation in this large national competition, participants will acquire the confidence and social and life skills that will help their inclusion in society.

This will be the second time that the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games have been held in Sheffield – the last time was in 1993.

Tribfest, Sledmere House

Launched in 2007, Tribfest aims to give families an affordable, fantastic, fun weekend away.

Held in the beautiful surroundings of Sledmere House it’s a great time to relax with fellow festival friends, old and new, whilst listening to great music and comedy across 6 stages.

Last year they booked 56 top tribute bands, 24 playing the main stage, and 32 in the VIP Big Top. With the world’s best tribute bands, they have the ultimate fantasy festival line-up, chosen to cover a wide range of genres and age groups so everyone knows some of the music, or better still, all of it!

Leeds Carnival

Move over Notting Hill, Leeds is home to the longest running West Indian carnival parade which this year celebrates its 50th 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, 2017 marks the milestone 50th 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

The concept behind the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival is to provide the highest level of chamber music within historical buildings which themselves celebrate the rich history of the area, one of our country's most stunning and panoramic landscapes.  Simplicity and accessibility both in terms of repertoire and of price have been contributory factors in the festival being such an immediate phenomenon.  

This also erases any hint of elitism as the festival believes such music should be for everyone; the potential power of music to bind locals and visitors together regardless of religion or politics is also a great motivation and many have commented on the informal yet passionate ambience.

Known for capacity audiences and a particularly friendly, inviting atmosphere this festival has been nominated twice for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award, shortlisted in only its second year. 

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 11th 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.