The crowd in front of the main stage at Tramlines Festival. The main stage at Tramlines Festival, shot at night.

Headline Events

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.

To see listings of the most immediate events coming up, head to our dedicated 'What's On' page.

Festival of the Outdoors

Kicking off the outdoor season with a bang! Each March, Festival of the Outdoors offers a full month of events and activities celebrating the Sheffield's great outdoors and its communities. With a really wide variety of events there's something for everyone!

World Snooker Championship

The World Snooker Championship is professional snooker's longest-running, most prestigious, tournament and has been held at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield since 1977.

Open Up Sheffield

On the first two weekend of May each year, Open Up gives people the opportunity to visit artists, creatives, studios and inventive people at the places where they work in neighbourhoods across the city and beyond.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Music in the Round and Ensemble 360 host an annual Festival each May in the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse and other venues around the city to present informal and inventive performances of classical and modern classical music.

Get Together

Get Together - as the name suggests - is a friendly affair. It's about having a great time discovering new music whilst meeting some great people, and also getting to have some tasty food and drink from local producers while you're at it. It's about ditching the attitude that can come with music sometimes, about letting yourself go, and coming together at the same time.


Widely recognised as one of the best documentary festivals in the world, DocFest has been held in Sheffield annually since 1994. The festival presents a vast programme of film screenings, exhibitions, industry events and more.

Sheffield Food Festival

An annual celebration the city’s vibrant food and drink scene, with a host of great local produce and mouth-watering street food!


One of the UK’s longest running, city-based music festivals and a highlight in Sheffield’s music calendar, Tramlines takes place at Hillsborough Park, in July each year.

Art in the Gardens

Held in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens each September, 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.

Off the Shelf

Taking place each October, Off the Shelf presents a varied festival programme, with hundreds of events covering the whole literary spectrum across fiction and nonfiction, poetry, politics, journalism, music, history and science.