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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. 2017 will ve the carnival's 50th anniversary so expect even more 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 2017 arrival of the “Year of the Rooster.” This year’s event, taking place on Sunday 29th January 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 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...

Chinese New Year Festival – TBC February 2018

Irish History Month – TBC March 2018

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 2017 – February 2018

Otley Christmas Tree Festival – 6th-9th December 2017