Leicester - festivals

Up to date information about festivals in Leicester is on our festivals page

The Diwali Lights celebrations

The Diwali Lights are a feature of the Belgrave Area of Leicester.

Join the largest celebrations outside of India. Diwali lights switch-on, Belgrave Road, Cossington Street Recreation Ground, Sunday 8th October 2006.

Diwali Day Celebrations, Cossington Street Recreation ground, Saturday 21st October 2006, 6.45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Annual Festivals

Leicester Festivals web site - This site is a gateway for information on festivals and outdoor events held in the city.

Leicester Comedy Festival

The biggest comedy festival in the UK - 10th to 19th February 2006

See their web site

Caribbean Carnival

August - in the City centre and Victoria Park

Photogallery of the 2005 Caribbean Carnival - click here

Gay Pride

The annual festival for the gay and lesbian community takes place in June in the city centre and on Victoria Park. A free event open to everyone. web site

Riverside Festival


Bede Park & Mile Straight, Western Boulevard, Leicester. Narrow boat rides, market stalls, food stalls, face painting, live music, puppet show, viking re-enactment, and much more. See the web site

a narrow boat moored at the side of the canal for the Riverside Festival

a large river cruiser moored up for inspection at the Riverside Festival

cruiser moored for the Riverside Festival

See our Waterways page.

Black History Season

October to November, with events taking place at various venues. A festival to celebrate the achivements of African and African Caribbean people across the diaspora. See the web site for more information.


This Hindu festival precedes Dwali and begins in November.

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