Cambridge Art & Culture

Festivals and fetes to enjoy around Cambridge this summer

by stephaniehiggins
31 May 2018 · 3 min read
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Cambridge is not an area which many traditional associate with festivals, with many instead considering the many opportunities to enjoy the local waterways of architecture of this historic city. Yet the summer months bring a number of great events to the district – here’s our pick of the very best…

Big Weekend

7th – 9th July

This festival includes a range of activities and performances during a weekend celebration in the heart of Cambridge. It all takes place outdoors and kicks off on Friday 7th July 2018 with music and revelry for everyone to enjoy. On Saturday, there’s the French Market, and opportunities to enjoy gaming, sports and other entertainment activities for all ages. Sunday brings community choirs and the Cambridge Mela, which celebrates Asian culture. One of the true highlights of the summer, this is a perfect way to see a very vibrant side of Cambridge while staying at the Tamburlaine.

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Cambridge Comedy Festival

18th – 21st July

Launched in 2007, the Cambridge Comedy Festival is considered by many comedians as a big ‘warm up’ for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Both well-established and unknown comics perform here each year, and some have gone on to become major names in the comedy world.

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Cambridge Folk Festival

2nd – 5th August

One of the most significant music festivals of its kind, the Cambridge Folk Festival is one of Europe’s biggest events on the folk calendar, as well as one of the longest-running. First started in 1964, this family-friendly festival has become a staple of Cambridge life, and attracted widespread music press. Ideal for spending the day listening to great music before enjoying a meal at one of the restaurants in Cambridge.

Buskers and Street Performers Festival

12th – 14th June

Busking and street performance are very popular in Cambridge, and this festival celebrates the art form. Launching in 2008, the three-day festival encourages performers to showcase their performance skills and honours an art form which dates all the way back to the medieval era. There’ll be live music and entertainment throughout the festival dates all over the city, and visitors can accompany their visit with enjoying a local afternoon tea in Cambridge.

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Cambridge Summer Music

5th – 21st July

Having been a Cambridge mainstay for nearly fourty years, this classical music festival has many fans, and helps promote the world and works of classical to an audience of thousands. This year’s event will feature soloists, orchestras and chamber ensembles demonstrating their skill and passion for classical music. There is a programme of events to download at the official website.

Midsummer Fair & Market

20th – 25th June

This historic fair has taken place for nearly 800 years and is still going strong in the 21st century! With traditional entertainment such as rollercoasters, roundabouts and dodgems as well as hot dogs, toffee apples and delicious candy floss, this is the country’s oldest travelling fun fair – as well as one of the largest and most popular. An accompanying traditional market sells shoes, clothes and china.