Outdoor Cultural Events

Coronavirus update: unfortunately this year's Leeds West Indian Carnival and Black Music Festival have been cancelled.

The city’s ever-expanding programme of outdoor events, arts festivals and celebrations is not one to be missed, with Light Night a jewel in our cultural crown. Light Night turns the entire city into an art installation, with light shows, projections, installations, exhibitions, street performances and more taking over the city centre.
Leeds is also the home of the oldest running Caribbean Carnival in the UK, the Leeds West Indian Carnival is a vibrant invasion of the senses with colour and music entertaining crowds every August Bank Holiday. And not forgetting the Millennium Square Summer Series taking place in the heart of the city during July and August bringing music and cinema and the start of the UK’s friendliest Pride.

Leeds Waterfront Festival

27th June 2020 - 28th June 2020

Leeds Waterfront

Millennium Square Summer Series

17th July 2020 - 9th August 2020

Millennium Square

Black Music Festival

30th August 2020 - 30th August 2020

Potternewton Park

Leeds West Indian Carnival Parade

31st August 2020 - 31st August 2020

Potternewton Park

Light Night 2020

1st October 2020 - 2nd October 2020

Leeds