Festivals in Newcastle

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

Firework display at quayside

Music festivals

Music festivals in the city and region 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
  • a winter festival that transforms the city with outdoor skating rinks, enchanted parks and fireworks on New Year’s Eve
  • Jesterval, 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 on the Town Moor
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated each year in the city's Chinatown

In 2018, the city will host the Great Exhibition of the North, celebrating how the North of England's art and culture, design and innovation has shaped our lives.