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calendar icon18 Jun 2024

Find a free festival near you this summer

What would be your outdoor event of choice this summer? A carnival parade, a funfair, a gathering of literature greats or a wet and muddy music festival? Although the hefty price tags that accompany certain events may put you off, there are plenty of free festivities out there, too. So you don't necessarily need to pack away the wellies and sun cream (let's be optimistic) just yet.

Whether it’s music, arts and culture, or something a little more outside the box, we’ve rounded up a selection of free festivals, carnivals and parades near you this summer – although we can’t promise it won’t rain.


East England

East Midlands


North East

North West

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and Humber

Northern Ireland

  • Red Sails Festival, Portstewart – Sunday 21 July to Saturday 27 July (mostly free but some events may charge) 




Some of the bigger-name music festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and Download are happy to give you a free ticket – often worth hundreds of pounds – in exchange for volunteering.

Volunteer jobs typically include stewarding, traffic marshalling, litter picking, recycling or wristbanding.

If you’ve already missed your favourite, pop your name down for next year’s event.

Apply to volunteer through organisations and charities such as DC Services, Festaff, Festival Samaritans, Hotbox, Oxfam and Seed Staff.

You can also check on the festival organiser’s website to see if they want volunteers.

Michelle Kight

Michelle is a qualified journalist who spent over seven years writing for her local online newspaper. Having grown up in some of the North West’s most deprived areas, she has a first-hand and empathetic understanding of what it means to face serious money worries. With a strong interest in mental health issues, she is a keen advocate of boosting the accessibility of financial wellness services.

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