Soak up the heat in Cardiff this summer at the hottest events which the city has to offer and plan your perfect summer.

Festival Frolics

This Summer the Welsh Capital will seemingly spring to life with vibrant spectacle as the streets and venues of our city of culture fill with song and dance in celebration of our communities diversity; Welsh
art and culture; and world-class sporting events.


The Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Festival is coming back bigger and better than ever before – in a new waterfront location near Cardiff Bay Barrage, Alexandra Head – and packing even more attractions into the summer holidays. The 9 weeklong event, which opens on July 06 will host it’s largest-ever range of family entertainment until the kids return to school, with much more on offer for teenagers. The increase in size means in addition to hosting its usual attractions, the Beach will boast large scale attractions such as a Big Wheel, Roller Coaster, big water spraying arches, movie nights, and a marquee area where visitors can enjoy the best in street food.

Head on down to Wales’ biggest celebration of equality and diversity! On august 24th – 26th Pride Cymru will be hosting 50,000 people in the Welsh capital to celebrate the LGBT+ community! The most colourful event in Cardiff’s calendar will be turning the City Hall Lawn and surrounding streets into a carnival of diversity, with funfair rides, amusements and entertainment from some of the UK’s biggest names in musicSo come on down, and celebrate our city’s vibrant and diverse culture and community.

The Volvo Ocean Race Festival runs until June 10th. If this World-class sporting event arriving on Welsh shores for the first ever time in history isn’t already exciting enough, the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff stopover Festival will host a large variety of entertainment, themed attractions, artisan street food, and bars. With a packed 2-week programme planned, here’s a taste of what you can find: The Globe Cinema; Race Boat Experience; National Marine Aquarium Workshops; Citrus Arts performance; Shipwrecks – The Receivers of the Wreck; Organised Kaos Youth Circus – Circus Workshops; Lunchtime Music; Water Sports Activities; Military Festival of Music; Sunset Sessions and so much more on offer! Follow the link to find out more and plan your visit.

A festival we can all be proud of and take part in, Tafwyl is Cardiff’s annual Welsh arts & culture festival. It’s essentially a huge Welsh party! A family friendly festival, with a lively mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food & drink; there is something to suit all tastes and all ages. What’s even better, entry to Tafwyl is completely free & open to all. So whether you’re a Welsh speaker or not, or if you are Welsh or not, doesn’t matter; You are invited to celebrate Welsh culture, art, and heritage in this inclusive festival. The event is 9 days in total: a fringe event held all around the city in museums, libraries, cafés, bars & art centres for 7 days, ending with the main event over a weekend in the historic and picturesque grounds of Cardiff Castle.

If Tafwyl wasn’t enough for you culture vultures out there, The Eisteddfod 2018 is going to be hosted by the Welsh Capital for the first time in over 10 years! This is going to be a momentous occasion for Cardiff as the Eisteddfod is the largest celebration of Welsh language and culture on the calendar and is truly a celebration not to be missed, that will fill any Welsh person with pride for their nation’s cultural accomplishments. This year will be a whole new experience to the traditional festival held in a field. Exploring a new concept, using some of Cardiff’s top quality arts and culture venues, and working to attract a wider audience to the festival, and to the Welsh language in Wales’ capital city. Held in Cardiff Bay, the area will be transformed into a welcoming and wonderful Maes.

Gluttony Guide

Cardiff Bay

Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

Take a sunny stroll through Mermaid Quay and discover a wealth of waterside eateries, from Mexican tapas at Las Iguanas to modern Italian cuisine at Carluccio’s. You’ll find both light-hearted lunches and evening meals to suit all budgets. For entertainment while you eat, try the Comedy Carousel at the Glee Club.

Get in the summer holiday spirit and take a water taxi to and from the city centre
For hazy afternoons in the city centre, wander along St. Mary Street and get your summer-time seafood fix at Le Monde‘s Brasserie. Or experience sunshine in a pastry case at Pieminister‘s flagship restaurant, with their somerset cider pie. Move on to dessert served with a dollop of gossip at these city centre hotels The Hilton, Park PlazaParc Thistle. They offer the finest selection of afternoon tea in the city. Or indulge in a cheese platter at Madame Fromage in the Victorian surroundings of the Castle Arcade.

Later, quench your summer thirst at the alfresco drinking hub of the city, Mill Lane. Or make the most of the sun long into the evening at Buffalo‘s beer garden – their 241 menu boasts 20 cocktails. And if you fancy learning something new this summer, indulge in a cocktail masterclass at Soda Bar.

Get back to Nature

Bute Park

Bute Park

Fancy a change of scenery this summer? Unlike most cities it won’t take you long, as Cardiff is one of Europe’s most green and compact. Occupying an ideal city centre locale, Bute Park offers prime picnic spots.

Stock up on alfresco snacks at Wally’s Deli in the Morgan Arcade
Or take a leaf out of a summer romance novel and hire a boat on Roath Park Lake, located just outside of the city centre.

Discover Cardiff’s progress from a small settlement to the modern capital city it is today through a variety of trails and tours, both professional and self-guided. Explore Wales’ Coastal Path or soak up Cardiff’s history on The Cardiff Bay Circular Trail. Here you can admire the Norweigan Church, a cultural landmark thanks to Roald Dahl. But don’t forget, Welsh summer holiday spots situated outside of the capital are all easily accessible from Cardiff. Discover more of what Wales has to offer here.

All the World’s a Stage

Brecon Jazz

Brecon Jazz

Jazz it up between 10 and 12 of August at Brecon Jazz. Big name international headliners, street performers and intriguing crossovers are all prominent features of this summers event in the beauty of the Brecon Beacon, only an hours drive from Cardiff.

This summer the Festival of Voice comes to the Welsh Milenium Centre and other smaller, quaint, and unique venues such as St. Johns Church to bring you an international arts festival in Wales’ capital city that celebrates the voice in all its forms. The Festival of Voice is about discovery through participation and immersion – about finding voices.

This year the festival will host the likes of the legendary singer songwriter Patti Smith, Voices of protest: Billy Bragg, as well as one-off, stand alone experiences such as the eagerly anticipated Gruff Rhys and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The festival of voice is quickly making a name for itself as one of the most highly anticipated events in Cardiff’s cultural calendar.

Stylish in the City

Castle Arcade, City Centre Source

Castle Arcade, City Centre

Indulge your retail therapy in true Cardiff style. Whether you’re searching for quirky souvenirs, perking up your summer wardrobe or simply wiling away an afternoon window-shopping. From the vast high street experience at the St.David’s Dewi Sant to the stunning Victorian arcades, it’s not hard to see why Cardiff is the 6th best shopping destination in the UK. Or you can grab a designer outfit on a shoestring at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Bridgend, only a 20 minute drive out of Cardiff.

These Dates are a Keeper

Cardiff is a sporting capital, home to world-class stadium and host city to major tournaments, including the Rugby World Cup 2015 and UEFA Champions League final 2017. On 27 May – 10 June Volvo Ocean Race will make it’s first ever stopover in Cardiff – a world renowned yacht race. From July you’ll be spoiled for choice as the T20 cricket tournament comes to the Swalec Stadium in Sophia Gardens. Or head to Cardiff Bay for Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series for some August bank holiday fun.

Download our visitor map or visit our Tourist Information Centre to make the most of your summer visit to Cardiff.