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Cardiff Festival Guide

If you are looking for events in Cardiff over the spring and summer, here are some of the festivals the city plans to host in 2018. From food and drink to music and literature, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in Cardiff this festival season.

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

The Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival takes place from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th April 2018, from 11am until 8pm on Saturdays, with the main venue being Cardiff City Hall. This is the sixth year of the festival, catering for children from the age of three and upwards. It incorporates more than forty ticketed events held at various venues across the city including Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff Central Library, the Reardon Smith Theatre situated in the National Museum Wales, Cardiff Story and Cardiff Castle. There is also a programme of school events that are held midweek and free craft sessions.

Ticket prices range from £2 to £5.

Welsh Vegan Festival

The Welsh Vegan Festival runs from 10.30 am to 5pm on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Tramshed, Clare Road, Cardiff, CF11 6QP. There are around one hundred stalls, mostly showcasing vegan food, although there will also be clothing, beauty, wellness and charity stalls for visitors to the festival to browse. In addition to the stalls, talks will also take place throughout the day. The festival aims to promote sustainability, a vegan diet and animal welfare. Profits from the festival will go to the animal charity that organises the event and helps to re-home and care for rescue animals.

Tickets are £3 on the door, although VIP tickets can be booked by email to

Depot in the Castle

This summer’s awesome Depot in the Castle festival takes place this year on Saturday, June 2nd 2018. The event is held in the grounds of Cardiff Castle and is a family festival with no age restrictions so there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained including Daisy’s dressing up box, many children’s activities and plenty of glitter. A wide range of street food will be available from the food stalls. There will be live music from the Fratellis and Sister Sledge with plenty of support from acts such as Fleetmac Wood and The Hackney Colliery Band.

Early bird tickets have already sold out, but standard tickets are available for £37.43, kids tickets for 12 to 17-year-olds are £16.50 and under 12s are free when accompanied by an adult.

Cardiff World Gin Day Festival (with Vodka and Rum)

The Spirit Festival is a travelling festival that visits Cardiff on Saturday June 9th 2018. The festival takes place in Cardiff City Hall with an afternoon session from 12 midday until 4.30pm and an evening session running from 6pm until 10.30pm.

In addition to showcasing more than 140 Gins, Rums and Vodkas, the festival will provide opportunities to ask the master distillers any questions you may have, taste the spirits and enjoy master classes.

There will also be live performances and visitors can purchase food and the spirits of their choice. This festival offers an ideal opportunity for groups of friends to meet up and enjoy sampling new and exciting spirits. Make sure you take something back for your designated driver too.

Tickets which include entry, a glass, guide, a badge and a £5 token cost £11 and can be booked online.

Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

The Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival is a free event and will be held at Roald Dahl Plass in the city from 6th - 8th July 2018. In addition to stalls from over 100 food and drink producers, there will be free entertainment for everyone. Both homegrown produce and street food from around the world will be celebrated in the Farmers’ Market, Producers’ Fayre and Street Food Piazza so visitors will be able to sample a wide range of different tastes. Stalls include Tukka Tuk, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, Science Cream, Joe’s Ice Cream, Calabrisella, Meat and Greek and many more.

Inside Out Festival

This year’s Inside Out Festival will be held on Saturday September 30th in Bute Park, North Road, Cardiff. It is an over 18s only music event with the emphasis on DJs and electronic dance producers from across the dance music spectrum. Headliners include Radio 1 favourite Annie Mac and Craig David’s TS5. Other artists booked include Lethal Bizzle, Rewire Varski The Stickmen and Drum and Bass stalwarts Fabio & Grooverider.

Ticket are not yet on sale so keep your eye on the festival’s Facebook page for announcements.

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