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Cardiff Events

Pride Cymru

One of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, Cardiff's colourful Pride Cymru (formerly Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras) will march upon Cooper's Field where it will host plenty of entertainment including 10 hours of music. Its annual parade will be a feature a feast of floats and festivities before it arrives at the park where there will be a Cabaret Garden, youth and family zones, a market and a funfair.

Date: 16 August 2014 - 16 August 2014
Venue: Cooper's Field, just behind Cardiff Castle.
Website: http://www.cardiffmardigras.co.uk

Men's Health Survival of the Fittest - Cardiff

Men's Health Survival is a high-octane, urban-based running event with obstacles designed to keep competitors on their toes. The Survival of the Fittest course will take participants from the start line on Cardiff's Roald Dahl Plas, on towards an unforgiving course interspersed with obstacle zones. The event even has a pop-up beer tent to keep the audience and the adrenaline junkie supped up, if they so fancy.

Date: 28 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
Venue: Roald Dahl Plas, near Millennium Centre.
Website: http://www.mhsurvival.co.uk
Cost:

Prices start from £55 to enter. Spectating is free.


Six Nations

With legions of passionate rugby fans to be found around the city, the annual Six Nations contest is an indelible reminder of what the sport means to this country. The Millennium Stadium will host all of the Welsh national team's home games as this international scrum between Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy plays out over six consecutive weeks.

Date: 01 February 2017 - 16 March 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Millennium Stadium
Website: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/home.php
Cost:

Prices vary depending on where fans sit.


Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival

This month-long programme of open-air plays and musicals are held to support and encourage theatre and the arts in Wales. Taking place at Sophia Gardens in the centre of the city, there is even covered seating to ensure the show goes on whatever the forecast and whatever the performance, be it Sweeney Todd or Shakespeare.

Date: 03 July 2017 - 04 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Sophia Gardens
Website: http://www.everymanfestival.co.uk
Cost:

Prices vary depending on choice of show.


Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival

Part of the summer-long Cardiff Festival, the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival takes place on the Welsh Capital's rejuvenated waterfront, Cardiff Bay. Culinary delights from around the world attract gourmands and nibblers alike, with tempting and varied fare. Lavabread, a local speciality of a slimy consistency that's derived from a type of seaweed, is usually on sale. There are other Welsh specialities too, as well as exhibitors from countries such as France, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain and South Africa. Each brings a different flavour to the table and, to help things go with a swing, there is a full programme of performance and musical entertainment.

Date: 11 July 2017 - 13 July 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay.
Website: http://www.cardiff-festival.com
Cost:

Free.


Cardiff Big Weekend

Held in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Big Weekend is purportedly the UK's biggest free outdoor musical festival. A variety of artists from the world of pop, folk and jazz will play out across three days as part of the larger Cardiff Festival, which plays out across the summer.

Date: 01 August 2017 - 03 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Cardiff Civic Centre.
Website: http://www.cardiff-festival.com
Cost:

Free.


Brecon Jazz Festival

Since its debut back in 1984, this international jazz festival has had a knack for attracting the biggest international musicians. Everyone from Jools Holland to Mavis Staples has appeared, as the event takes over several venues around the town. Visitors can also try their hand at workshops and master classes which are often run by jazz legends themselves.

Date: 07 August 2017 - 10 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Brecon, not far from Cardiff.
Website: http://www.breconjazz.com
Cost:

Prices vary depending on choice of concert.


Cardiff Carnival

These annual carnival celebrations, part of Cardiff Festival, take place around Cardiff city centre, bringing the streets to life with floats and music, glitter and glamour. Expect a full day of entertainment, stages, street jams, samba bands, dancers, comedians and other family-friendly entertainment, which will conclude when the colourful Finale Parade winds its way through the streets.

Date: 09 August 2017 - 09 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.swicacarnival.co.uk
Cost:

Free.