Festival Summer in the City
AS THE SUMMER WEATHER HEATS UP SO DOES LEICESTER’S FESTIVAL SEASON. HERE’S OUR RUN DOWN OF WHAT’S ON IN THE CITY THIS SUMMER.
RATHAYATRA FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS
Sunday 15 July
The Hare Krishan Festival of Chariots
is one of the biggest processions in the Midlands. The 40 ft chariot, carrying the Deities of Lord Jagannatha will be hand pulled through the city centre celebrated with music, dancing and singing.
LEICESTER CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL
Saturday 4th August
Focusing on the Spanish cultural traditions in Central and South America, The Caribbean and Europe, this year’s theme is ‘It’s Latino fiesta’. The street parade will make its way to Victoria Park to the Carnival Village featuring a large funfair, performances on the main stage and tempting food.
CASTLE CLASSIC WEEKEND
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August
Round 4 and the penultimate race in this year’s British Cycling Road Series brings 120 of the fastest riders in the country back to the streets of Leicester. Along narrow city streets from King Power to Castle over cobbles and around the Mile Straight
LET’S RIDE LEICESTER
Sunday 12 August
A free mass familyfriendly 6 km bike ride for over 12,000 people celebrating Leicester’s streets and public spaces. There’s plenty of entertainment along the route with music, BMX displays, Junk-art Bike Try-out, Spring Zone, Go-Ride and Rickshaws.
Last Sunday of every month
A new monthly free festival celebrating people-friendly streets for families. Arrive on foot, bike, skateboard, roller-skates or bus! Free guided rides and walks including graffiti art walks and rides and heritage walks and rides.
Sign up for organised neighbourhood rides to and from Open Streets at Market Square via letsride.co.uk
Saturday 18 – Monday 27 August
City Festival celebrates everything we love about Leicester – right in the heart of the city. The ten fun-packed days will fill the city centre with street entertainment, sports, culture, music, art and heritage.
Keep up to date with what’s on by visiting visitleicester.info
Saturday 18 August
This spectacular arts festival celebrates the diverse cultures in Leicester with a variety of performances throughout the city centre hosting local, national and international talent.
LEICESTER BELGRAVE MELA
Sunday 19 August
Star Plus and Belgrave Mela invite you to a day of scintillating entertainment and mouth-watering food. Enjoy a host of South
Asian arts and cultural experiences and spot a bargain at the UK’s biggest shopping bazaar.
JOURNEYS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
Friday 17 – Sunday 26 August
From music, digital arts and discussion to cutting-edge performance, Journeys Festival offers celebrates the artistic talents of local and international refugee artists.
Saturday 1 September
Leicester’s LGBT community comes together to parade through the city centre and the celebrations continue on Victoria Park with live music, food, bars, a street market and a funfair.