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Celebration Festivals

Leeds sure knows how to party and what better reason than to celebrate something?


Leeds West Indian Carnival is Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival parade. What started in the 1960’s as one man’s remedy for West Indian homesickness is now the perfect blend of jaw-dropping costumes, infectious tropical rhythms, mouth-watering food and entertainment for everyone. Held annually on the last Monday in August, this stunning display of colour and sheer joy winds its way through the streets of Leeds, presenting the very best of West-Indian carnival culture.


The ‘must not miss’ event onthe city’s LGBT* calendar is definitely Leeds Pride. Thousands come to the city for a diverse line up of mainstream and LGBT* acts at Millennium Square, a march through the centre of Leeds and the biggest parties until the early hours. A true celebration of Leeds’ diversity and equality, it’s the biggest event of its kind in Yorkshire.

One of the costumed troupe dancers who took to the streets at Leeds Carnival 2014 - Image by Terry J
Leeds Pride Parade


The Leeds Chinese Community Association is once again hosting a Chinese New Year Festival for the 2016 arrival of the “Year of the Monkey.” This year’s event, taking place on Sunday 14th February at Leeds Town Hall, will be a day of excitement and celebration giving you a real taste of China. There will be spectacular theatre performances of Dancing, Music, Chinese Calligraphy, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Plus trade stands offering a variety of Chinese Food, Crafts, Beauty and Face Painting.

Magical Leeds is the winter celebration to really get you into the spirit of the season. Once more the city of Leeds is offering a spectacular jam-packed programme of unique cultural events to give visitors a more magical festive experience than ever before.
Whether it’s hunting for treasures at enchanted Christmas markets, getting lost in a world of bewitching ballet or uncovering tracking down all the reindeers on the Magical Leeds Reindeer Trail, a short break in Leeds is guaranteed to get visitors in the mood for a spellbinding Christmas.

There’s even more to celebrate too...

Chinese New Year Festival – 9th February 2016

Irish History Month – 2nd-19th March 2016

Otley Carnival – 18th June 2016

Leeds LGBT* Pride – 7th August 2016

Leeds West Indian Carnival Celebrations – 21st-29th August 2016

Headingley Festival of Ideas – TBC October 2016

Magical Leeds – TBC October 2016–Feb 2017

Otley Christmas Tree Festival – 7th-10th December 2016

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