Festivals in Hertfordshire 2019

We’re teetering on the edge of festival season and with so many fantastic events lined up for Hertfordshire in 2018, it’s the perfect time to start planning your festival calendar. Whether you’re looking for the soundtrack to your summer at one Hertfordshire’s many music festivals, or a sprinkling of culture at an arts festival, it’s time to start booking, planning and hunting down those wellies!

Hertford Arts Festival

5th April - 5th May

Culture vultures need only head to Hertford for a taste of the arts this spring as the annual Hertford Arts Festival will once again be splashing the work of local artists across the town. Stroll along the art trail, peruse the craft market and be sure to check out one of six productions during Hertford Theatre Week from 29th April - 4th May.  

A month of culture

Dogfest

11th - 12th May

Tails will wag for this paw-fect festival in the grounds of Knebworth! Bring along your best friend and join Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding for a jam-packed fur-filled festival with plenty of activities for your and pup to get involved with. 

Paw-fect days out

Slam Dunk

Sunday 25th - 26th May

Offering some of the very best in punk and ska, Slam Dunk is set for their best ever line-up, with Bad Religion, All Time Low and New Found Glory all be taking to the stage, but keep your eyes peeled as even more acts are set to be announced in the next couple of months. 

See the best in punk and ska

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Hertfordshire Festival of Music

13th – 23rd June, Hertfordshire

For a more tranquil pace this festival season, the Hertfordshire Festival of Music will once again be bringing a vibrant collection of classical musicians to almost every town in the county. World-class performers, including a chamber ensemble formed by Steven Isserlis, orchestras and thriving choirs will all be part of a programme usually reserved for the London theatres.

Peruse the programme

Chilfest

6th July 

Grab your legwarmers and perm your hair because this retro 80s festival is set to take you back in Tring! With performances from Hot Chocolate, Bananarama and Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on the cards, it's no surprise this thrilling throwback is a yearly favourite, so get your tickets fast! 

80s gold

Folk by the Oak

14th July

A leafy park, folk music and a summer day, now doesn’t that sound like bliss? Folk by the Oak promises one memorable day of award-winning musicians and up and coming talent. Wander the parkland at Hatfield House and soak up the atmosphere from the intimate Acorn Stage and the lively Main Stage, while listening to a line-up including Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, the Hydra and Heist to name just a few.

Soak up the folk

The Great British Food Festival

20th - 21st July

Foodies, rejoice! The Great British Food Festival is returning to Knebworth for 2019. The 28 acre formal gardens will host a taste of some of the UK’s finest food, with 70 stalls of artisanal produce, chef demonstrations and cookery workshops all being cooked up for this year’s festival. Bring along the family and your four-legged friends to explore the gardens, and whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your appetite!

Tempt your tastebuds

Standon Calling

25th - 28th July

With Rag 'N' Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Kate Nash, this boutique festival in the countryside offers big names and the very best in emerging talent for 2019. Complete with pool, hot tub and a touch of luxury with accommodation ranging from tipis to deluxe suites, it’s safe to say this is not your average music festival, so leave the tent pegs at home.

Answer the call

Meraki Festival

23rd - 25th August

While the line-up is still a closely guarded secret, we can tell you that Meraki Festival will feature three stages of top live music from rock and pop, to folk and soul. Get your tickets fast, because this all-inclusive event takes the festival experience to the next level, with activities including laser tag, roller disco, family-friendly fun and a little R&R in the form of a spa – pure bliss!

Be among the first to bag tickets

Benington Chilli Festival

24th - 26th August

Hot heads, this is the festival for you. 60 stalls of chilli traders, sensationally spiced food and cocktails, chilli plants and plenty of entertainment is all set for this year’s festival, perfect for the chilli aficionados. For the real spice-seekers, it’s time to test your mettle in the infamous chilli eating competition, but get in there quick, because only a select few will have the honour of burning their taste buds.

Check out the chillies

Cool Britannia Festival

30th August - 1st September

Britpop fans, do not miss out on tickets to this! Knebworth Park, the background for so many iconic events in British music, will once again host some of the very best in British rock and dance. Celebrate an epic era with headline acts Basment Jaxx and James and dance your way through the nineties and noughties with artists including the Bluetones, Babybird and Dodgy.

Take me back to the 90s

Enjoy your festival experience in style this summer, ditch the tent and check out the accommodation all across Hertfordshire for a restful night's sleep - we won't tell if you don't.