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York Mystery Plays

The plays present the religious history of the world tackling such grand themes as the mystery of God's creation, the birth, death and resurrection of Christ and the Last Judgement. They are a wonderful example of medieval drama and are part of a dramatic tradition that was revived in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. Performed every four years in various venues around York including among the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, on the stage of the York Theatre Royal and on traditional wagons drawn through the city's streets the performances attract large and enthusiastic crowds

Date: 02 August 2012 - 27 July 2012
Venue: Various venues around York.

Gunpowder Plod

The Gunpowder Plod is York's unique answer to the 5km run. Set to pyrotechnics, fires installations and live music performances, every kilometre will offer more entertainment and dazzle.

Fittingly, in the city which was once home to Guy Fawkes, the event will culminate in York's biggest ever fireworks show. The event is presented by Rat Race Adventure Sports, which is the largest operator of adventure events in the UK. Visitors can either run the 5km or just enjoy the show with family and friends.

Date: 05 November 2012 - 05 November 2012
Venue: York Knavesmire

From £12.50

Jorvik Viking Festival

Viking mayhem and madness invade the streets of York.

Date: 11 February 2017 - 19 February 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Streets of York.

York Festival of Science and Technology

The York Festival of Science and Technology celebrates the exciting science, technology, maths and innovation.

Date: 11 March 2017 - 20 March 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues in York.

York Roman Festival

York Roman Festival commemorates and celebrates York's Roman history throughout the city.

Date: 01 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)

York Races

Raced at one of Europe's premier tracks, the York Races season runs from May to October and is an integral part of the UK's horseracing scene. Some of the biggest races held here include the renowned Ebor Festival in August and the popular October Meeting, the finale of the season.

Date: 16 May 2017 - 18 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: York Racecourse.

York Carnival

The York Carnival is a fun May Day weekend event for all the family. Entertainment takes place throughout the city with musical performances, morris dancing, a traditional May Pole, street theatre, buskers and there are plenty of food and drink stalls to keep eveyone well fuelled for the day. The carnival begins with the parade at Minster Gardens and continues through the day. First held in 2004, the event has already proved itself something of a favourite with both locals and visitors to the historic city of York.

Date: 16 June 2017 - 16 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues and locations in York.

Most events are free. Some evening events are ticketed.

York Early Music Festival

Celebrates music from the medieval times to the 18th century at the National Centre for Early Music and various other venues in York.

Date: 06 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: NCEM and various venues in York.

Ebor Festival

World class racing meets with high society for the Ebor Festival, the jewel in the crown of York Racecourse. The course, known as the Knavesmire, has been a favourite amongst racegoers since it was founded in 1731. The Ebor Festival every August features a combination of the very best horses with a sense of tradition and style. Tradition features strongly in the totesport Ebor handicap, one of the most famous races of the festival and first run in 1843, while day of style is the Ladies Day. In between there are some first class races.

Date: 22 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: York Racecourse