Festivals in Newcastle

Newcastle comes alive with a fantastic programme of festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating music, art, food and different culture

Firework display at quayside

Music festivals

The Evolution Festival is an ever expanding outdoor festival based down at the Quayside featuring headline artists such as Tinie Tempah, Plan B and Deadmau5.

There is also the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, a weekend of live music at Tynemouth Priory and Castle. The festival has recently included artists such as Paul Weller and Lawson. 

In addition, the UK's biggest jazz festival, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, takes place in the spectacular surroundings of The Sage Gateshead. 

Other music festivals in the city include:

Other festivals

As well as music festivals, there are a variety of other events happening in the NewcastleGateshead area throughout the year including:

  • the annual EAT! Festival which provides food adventures, and champions local producers, restaurants and culinary talent
  • winter festival  that transforms the city with outdoor skating rinks, enchanted parks and fireworks on New Year’s Eve
  • an annual comedy festival bringing a variety of acts to the city's many comedy venues
  • the annual Northern Pride festival celebrates diversity and equality

In addition, Chinese New Year, the Newcastle Mela, and !VAMOS! are just three of the many festivals taking place that celebrate different cultures.