Some of Sheffield's biggest annual events and festivals are internationally renowned in their own right, attracting audiences to the city from across the globe. Here you'll find the landmark events that happen in the city each year, from sporting events like the prestigious World Snooker Championship to cultural festivals such as DocFest and Tramlines.
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Summer 2021 saw our biggest season of events yet, with outdoor activities combining seamlessly with cultural events and music festivals. Watch this video to get a snapshot of what goes on over summer in Sheffield - and see you for the 2022 edition...
Taking place over one weekend each summer, Cliffhanger is Sheffield’s inner-city festival dedicated to celebrating the great outdoors, with a host of adventure activities spread across the city centre.
Sheffield DocFest is the UK's leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects.
Tramlines is one of the UK’s longest running, city-based music festivals and the highlight in Sheffield’s year-round calendar of music events and festivals. Taking place in July each year at Hillsborough Park, the festival presents some of the biggest names in music from a broad spectrum of genres.
Presenting a special weekend of music, art, technology and dancing in October each year, No Bounds is Sheffield’s wildly innovative festival, perfectly welding past and present.
An annual celebration, in brilliantly inventive fashion, of classical and modern classical music, organised by Music in the Round and featuring Ensemble 360. High profile guest performers draw the crowd whilst family events keep everyone participating.
A festival which seeks to highlight emerging music from artists about to breakthrough, Get Together focuses on enjoyment, good times, and friendly folks. Held across the University of Sheffield's venues, but with some additional twists thrown in for good measure.
Off the Shelf Festival of Words is one of the largest literary festivals in the UK, attracting some of the best-known names in literature and media to Sheffield each year.
Taking place over ten days each September, Sheffield Walking Festival presents a whole host of enjoyable walks for a range of abilities, with plenty to see and discover along the way. The festival celebrates all sides of Sheffield with over 30 routes of varying lengths and themes.
The city’s largest free to attend event, Sheffield Food Festival is a large market-style event that celebrates the city’s vibrant food and drink scene, showcasing great local produce and mouth-watering street food.
Held on the first weekend of September each year, Art in the Gardens is arguably the largest outdoor art market in the North of England, with artists, craft makers and visitors coming from across the UK.