The biggest outdoor festivals in London 2019
Get your diaries at the ready, as we’ve got a line up of London’s biggest outdoor events to fill the pages and give you a fun-packed year you’ll never forget.
From mouth-watering food festivals to romantic open air movie screenings, 2019 is the perfect time to step outside and enjoy the variety of fun-packed parties taking place on the streets of London.
Get ready to party…
Chinese New Year, February 10
Chinatown, Wardour Street
In 2019, it’s the year of the pig, and the streets of London are once again set to be jam-packed for a huge celebration. Set in the heart of Chinatown, Trafalgar Square, get set for the huge, colourful dragon storming through the streets, as part of the annual parade.
Alongside this, there’ll be live music, all-day entertainment, and a vast amount of traditional foods on offer. You’ll find a variety of stages with unique performances dotted around on the day -so keep your eyes peeled.
The celebration takes place on Sunday, February 10, and the parade starts at 10am.
Open Air Cinema, February 14
Luna Cinema, Natural History Museum
For those who want to treat their partners to something truly romantic this Valentines Day, get those tissues at the ready and get set to fall in love with what’s on offer.
Located at the Natural History Museum, London’s iconic open air cinema, Luna Cinema, will be showing a special screening of the tear-jerking movie, The Notebook.
The event is set to sell out as tickets are on sale for just £27.50, so be sure to book well in advance.
With the backdrop of one of London’s most historic buildings, Luna Cinema provides the perfect setting for a night of love, laughter, tears – and popcorn, of course.
For those who can’t make it on the night, there is a selection of other movie screenings throughout the year and information can be found on the Luna Cinema website.
EID Festival, June 8-9
Trafalgar Square, Central London
Always a huge celebration, why not join the 2019 Eid Festival fun and learn more about Muslim culture in Trafalgar Square?
Free to the public, everyone is invited to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, at this unique annual event in central London.
There’ll be a whole host of tasty foods to try, along with family activities, live music and special entertainment on the main stage.
The full agenda has not been revealed, but you can find out more at www.londoneid.com.
Taste of London, June 19 -23
Tobacco Dock, Regents Park
For those who love fine dining, head to the Taste of London food festival this summer, where you’ll find a huge bunch of city’s top chefs along with some of the UK’s leading food and drink brands.
Over the long weekend, there’ll be professional masterclasses where you can develop your pairing skills and craft your own cocktails, live entertainment, and live cooking demonstrations from the professionals.
For those who want to relax and have a glass of fizz, look out for the Laurent Perrier clubhouse – the festivals exclusive luxury retreat.
Taking place from June 19 to 23, tickets cost £13 and are on sale now.
Pride, July 6-9
Trafalgar Square, Central London
Get the glitter ready for one of the UK’s most anticipated annual street parties, that’s right, we’re talking about London Pride.
From July 6 to 9, over 300 groups and floats will travel from Portland Place station to Trafalgar Square, where there’s a huge sparkling party, music, theatre performances and all the fun you can imagine.
The fun doesn’t stop when the parade ends, either, as the Pride in London fortnight also features more than 60 events over weeks taking place until Sunday July 7.
Check out the Pride in London website for all the details.
British Summer Time, July 5-13
Hyde Park, Central London
If you live in London, you’ll know all about the award-winning festival, British Summer Time Hyde Park.
World-famous artists and rising stars will once again take to the stage in the iconic Royal Park for two weekends of live music; while Open House takes over during the week between the concerts with free summer activities, music and food.
Artists confirmed for 2019 include Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
A variety of tickets are already on sale for various dates in July, so don’t miss out – as they sell fast.
Notting Hill Carnival, August 24-26
Notting Hill, West London
Gracing the streets of Notting Hill since 1966, the annual carnival returns this year, bringing a tropical Caribbean twist to London. Last year, the event welcomed over 1 million visitors, making it the biggest street party in the UK.
This year, expect an explosion of colour, live music, traditional Caribbean food, and more dancing than ever before. Watch the floats take over the streets of West London for this one weekend only extravaganza.
The fun kicks off at 9am on Saturday, August 24, and will end at 10pm on Monday, August 26.
Wimbledon Park Food Festival, August 24-26
Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon
Listed as one of the world’s best food festivals by Conde Nast Traveller in 2018, foodies can expect even bigger things for 2019.
If you fancy catching a spot of tennis whilst enjoying an array of fancy food and drink, Wimbledon Park Food Festival will leave you feeling like a professional player.
Returning for the 5th year in 2019, the festival brings a host of new faces including Masterchef champions and Great British Bake Off finalists.
With an even later festival end time of 9pm on Sunday, guests will also get beers, ales, cider, gin and chocolate wine to sample from a selection of the 45 artisan traders at the event.
Totally Thames 2019, September 1-30
Barge House St, London
For those who love to be by the water, the 2019 Totally Thames festival has a 42 mile stretch of fun, and it’s sure to cause a huge splash in the city.
Brought to life in a month-long season of events, visitors can walk along the Thames to see large-scale art installations, free exhibitions and live performances.
In 2019, there will be a special concert held below river-level, along with an exciting archaeological tour of the river’s surroundings. S
If you want more jet-fueled action, water yourself with water sports and boat parties held from September 1 to 30.
The full line up of events is yet to be announced, but keep checking the website, totallythames.org, in the coming months.
Winter Wonderland, November 23-Jan 6
Hyde Park, Central London
For a true taste of Christmas, head to Hyde Park for a Winter Wonderland like no other. From ice skating to fairground rides, there’s no doubt you’re in for a day of festive fun.
2018 saw Cirque Berserk and the Magical Ice Adventure grace the stage, alongside a live screening of The Snowman. This year, there will be even more enchanting performances and live music across the site, with bands and performers singing everyone’s favourite Christmas songs.
There will be over 100 fairground rides, including the world’s largest transportable roller coaster. For those too young to ride, Santa Land has a traditional fairground with a carousel, Helter Skelter, and vintage games for small children.
The full details will be announced later in the year.