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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. 2020 will be the 53rd 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


Join the Chinese New Year celebrations in Leeds. This year is the year of the rat and falls on Saturday 25th January 2020. 

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 cosy around the fire in a viking tipi, 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 2020

Chinese New Year Celebrations - Dates in January & February 2020

Irish History Month –  March 2020

St. Patrick's Day Parade - TBC 2020

Headingley Festival of Ideas - TBC 2020

Otley Carnival – Saturday 20th June 2020

Beeston Festival - Saturday 27th June 2020

Leeds LGBT* Pride – Sunday 2nd August 2020

Leeds West Indian Carnival Celebrations – August 2020

Make it Leeds this Christmas – October - January

The Leeds Gathering - TBC 2020

Otley Christmas Tree Festival – TBC December 2020