Throughout the year we have some great pop up gems happening around our great city of Cambridge…there’s always something going on…and things not to be missed….we at Things To Do In Cambridge would hate that. So we have put together a month by month guide of whats going on, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Beer Festival – University Social Club, Mill Lane
Run for over 20 years and organised by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) the festival brings you a huge variety of Beers from England and around the world, along with Cider, Perry’s, wines and meads. This is one of the largest Beer festivals in the UK…. you will also find the famous CAMRA Cheese Counter and a great range of other locally produced foods to tempt your appetite. If you love Beer…this is a real must…..I think the team from Things To Do In Cambridge might be tempted by a swift half or two!!
E – Luminate Festival
See some of Cambridge’s most iconic buildings and public spaces illuminated by light – this is a contemporary arts festival and brings together various artists who have put together a series of installations, activities, talks and concerts.
Twilight at the Museums
Explore 14 local museums and collections after dark. This is a free, after hours event for all the family…so bring a torch and get exploring.
Annual rowing race between Cambridge and Oxford University. Cambridge hosts two races a year, the ‘Lent Bumps’ in February and ‘May Bumps’ in June. A number of boats race in single file and attempt to catch and ‘bump’ the boat in front without being caught by the boat behind…..cat and mouse chase!!
Cambridge Literary Festival
This festival brings together an eclectic mix of today’s best writers, thinkers and speakers. So from poetry to politics, fiction, history, hip hop and comedy there really is something for everyone here.
EAT Food Festival
An annual food and drink festival showcasing Cambridge’s delicious independent food scene. Two weeks of events including a huge food and drink fair, pop up super clubs, street food markets, cookery lessons and talks.
June through to September
Jazz and Brass In The Park
On selected Sundays throughout June to September, Jazz and Brass Bands will be playing in parks and open spaces around the city. These events are free – you could even take a picnic.
Free one day music and arts festival held on the first Saturday in June on Midsummer Common.
For over 800 hundred years, a fair has been visiting Cambridge, making this on of the oldest and largest visiting fairs in the country. Everything you would expect is here, dodgems, ghost train, rollercosters and more.
The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival
This is a popular and unique outdoor festival, running throughout July and into August, the plays are set in various College gardens throughout the city. The performances are in full costume and use minimal props and lighting, they general start around dusk so this gives you a totally intimate and atmospheric experience. If you wish you can take a picnic along to have prior to the performance.
Every weekend throughout July, artists from Cambridge and the surrounding areas throw open their studios for this popular annual event. You will also find special exhibitions running throughout the city in studios, galleries and the artists homes. A fun way to discover new artists, many also offer refreshments along the way.
Enjoy a range of activities and performances across the weekend right in the heart of the city on Parkers Piece, featuring an eclectic range of bands for all genres and dance performances.
Cambridge Comedy Festival
Set on Jesus Green, this festival features over 40 shows from some of the worlds finest comedy performers, together with a Beer tent and Street Food vendors.
Outdoor Cinemas can be found at various locations across the city during August and September. Check Visit Cambridge website for details https://www.visitcambridge.org/
Cambridge Folk Festival
This is one of the longest running folk festivals in the world, its renowned for its unique atmosphere and eclectic mix of music. Its set in Cherry Hinton Hall, 15 minutes outside of the city centre.
Dragon Boat Racing
This is an ancient Chinese tradition, a 30 foot boat seats up to 10 people plus a drummer to beat the time, teams then race down the river against one another to gain the best times. As well as the racing there is plenty of bankside family entertainment, including a funfair, inflatables and Chinese Dragon dancing.
Fireworks and Bonfire Night
Cambridge’s biggest and most spectacular firework display on Midsummer Common with bonfire and funfair.
The North Pole
Celebrating the traditions and entertainment of the festive season. There is an indoor ice rink, sky wheel offering stunning views across the city, plus festive foods and crafts. This events runs through to January.
Mill Road Winter Fair
This vibrant winter fair takes place annually on the first Saturday in December. There’s everything here to get you in the festive spirit…craft stalls, amazing food, dancers and street entertainers as well as an incredible street parade along the whole mile long length of Mill Road.