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by admin
November 7, 2018
Category:   Blog

A heads-up on some of the biggest annual events in Sheff…

Tramlines Festival
Where: Hillsborough Park
When: July
It’s the big’un. Sheffield’s own inner-city festival celebrated its 10th birthday in 2018 by moving to a new 40,000 capacity home in Hillsborough Park and inviting the likes of Noel Gallagher, Craig David and De La Soul along to the party. The whole city goes into party mode and live music can be found pretty much everywhere. The afterparties are usually pretty tasty too.

Sheffield Food Festival
Where: Spread across the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate
When: May
If you’re into your grub and vibrant atmospheres, this mouth-watering celebration will go down a treat. Last year around 40,000 visitors flocked to the city centre to try a vast selection of street food, try out the various pop-up bars, and enjoy the live music/DJ sets on offer. However, that’s just a small snippet of what they’ve got going on. Head to the website for the full lowdown.

Where: Various venues in and around city centre
When: June

The UK’s biggest documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest is an internationally acclaimed celebration of the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling in all its forms, including film, series, audio, interactive technology, augmented reality, virtual reality and live events. Thousands of film delegates arrive from all over the world and festivalgoers can experience everything from world premieres to cutting-edge VR installations.

Sensoria Festival
Where: Various city centre venues
When: September/October

Now celebrating its eleventh year, Sensoria is an innovative festival which brings a number of unique events spanning music, film and digital to interesting locations across the city. In 2018, some of the festival’s eclectic events included an outdoor film screening of classic Beatles animation Yellow Submarine by Sheffield quays, a live performance from the superb International Teachers of Pop and Synthfest UK.

Sheffield Pride
Where: Endcliffe Park and various city centre venues
When: July

The city’s biggest annual celebration of our LGBT+ scene with thousands joining the parade on Ecclesall Road and then into Endcliffe Park for a day of live music, DJs, drag performances, workshops and more. The party always continues through to the wee hours via local institution Dempseys and newcomer Queer Junction.

No Bounds
Where: Various city centre venues
When: October
A celebration of pioneering  music, art, technology and dancing, this event from the creative force behind one of the city’s finest underground venues, Hope Works, aims to explore the spontaneous, the joyfully unexpected and the sensory rich. It sees the very best cutting-edge DJs and artists brought to Sheffield venues brimming with character.

Steel City Beer and Cider Festival
Where: Kelham Island Museum
When: October

Set amongst the atmospheric and industrial settings of Kelham Island Museum, you can expect more than 200 real ales and beers, a vast selection of craft, continental bottles, and traditional ciders – with the added bonus of street food and market stalls, classic pub games and live music.

Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Where: Various venues
When: October

One of the UK’s largest literary festivals, Off the Shelf brings the biggest names in literature and arts to the city for three weeks of events spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history, science, politics, art, journalism and more. Previous years have welcomed the likes of David Mitchell, Sandi Toksvig, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jamie Oliver, Katie Adie, Tony Robinson and Owen Jones – to name just a few.

Melanin Fest
Where: Various venues
When: October

Sheffield’s first Black History Month festival was launched in 2017 by social enterprise Our Mel, which aims to celebrate and showcase cultural identity through music, film, arts and education. Last year Melanin Fest hosted 43 events across the city, including exhibitions, seminars and live performances, to promote black talent and explore the journey of black people through history.

Peace in the Park
Where: The Ponderosa
When: June

A free music festival uniting the city’s diverse community via live performance, art, activities and top-notch food and drink across a number of stages and stalls. It’s volunteer-run, raises money for a number of charities and promotes peaceful living. Good vibes all round.

Also check out:

Outdoor City Weekender // March

Sheffield Beer Week // March

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival // March

Snooker World Championship // April-May

Film and Comic Con Sheffield // August

Festival of the Mind // September

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