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Events in Bradford & District

There’s no shortage of high quality events and festivals happening in the Bradford district. Whatever time of year you visit there will be something to inspire, entertain and excite.

The moment you set foot in Bradford & district you’ll discover inspirational things to see and do. There’s a flourishing arts scene... fascinating exhibitions... energetic theatres... compelling events... plus stacks of live music to keep you enthralled.

Haworth plays host a a wide range of themed events throughout the season, from the Haworth 1940s to the quirky Steampunk Weekend and magical Christmas in Haworth.

If literature is your passion, walk in the footsteps of the Brontë family at the historic Brontë Parsonage Museum. Booklovers will be spoilt for choice at Bradford Literature Festival & Ilkley Literature Festival.

Saltaire Festival takes place annually in September, a feast of music, theatre, comedy, heritage, art, sculpture, food and drink, and so much more. There are numerous arts events during the year brought to you by Saltaire Inspired -  Makers Fair, and the Saltaire Living Advent Calendar .

You’ll find the hottest creative talent around showcased in our many galleries too. Be sure not to miss popular festivals at the National Science + Media Museum - Yorkshire Games Festival, the Bradford Science Festival, and Widescreen Weekend.

Discover Great Events in and Around Bradford


From June to September, look out for Summer Unlocked, a family-friendly programme of free cultural and sporting events and activities taking place across the Bradford District throughout the school holidays including:

Cultural Highlights

David Hockney: A Year In Normandie

Wed 4 May - Sun 18 Sep 2022


Fri 19 Aug 2022

Saltaire Festival

Fri 9 - Sun 18 Sep 2022

Ilkley Literature Festival

Fri 7 - Sun 23 Oct 2022

Beer & Music Festival

Thu 13 - Sun 16 Oct 2022

Widescreen Weekend

Thu 13 - Sun 16 Oct 2022

Jack and the Beanstalk

Sat 10 Dec 2022 - Sun 22 Jan 2023

Ilkley Beer Festival

Fri 10 - Sat 11 Feb 2023