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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. 2018 will be the 51st carnival, expect 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


Leeds Chinese Community School will once again host a unique event; Chinese New Year Celebration: Rhythm of China, to celebrate the 'Year of the Dog'.
This year’s event, taking place on Monday 5th February at 7pm at Leeds Town Hall, will be a day of excitement and celebration giving you a real taste of China. Showcasing music performed by the Chinese Traditional Music Orchestra consisting of 60 talented young people originating from Guang Zhou, China. Local artists along with youth music groups will also be performing to celebrate this remarkable occasion.

Make it Leeds this Christmas 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 exploring the UK's largest lantern festival, a short break in Leeds is guaranteed to get visitors in the mood for a spellbinding Christmas.

There’s even more to celebrate too...

LGBT+ History Month - February

Chinese New Year Celebrations - TBC 2019

Chinese New Year Festival – TBC 2019

Irish History Month – TBC March 2019

Headingley Festival of Ideas - TBC May 2018

Otley Carnival – 16th June 2018

Leeds LGBT* Pride – 4th & 5th August 2018

Leeds West Indian Carnival Celebrations – Parade 27th August 2018. More events TBC

Make it Leeds this Christmas – October 2018 – January 2019

The Leeds Gathering - TBC November 2018

Otley Christmas Tree Festival – TBC December 2018