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Free Festivals in London 2019

29 March 2019 | Billie Manning

Festivals you can enjoy without burning a hole in your pocket

Lambeth Country Show
Got a big marrow you want to show off? Or got a penchant for a prize-winning owl? Lambeth Country Show has all of the fun of a country show in the heart of the capital, from horticultural shows to animal displays (including sheep and owl) as well as home grown vegetable and flower competitions. There’ll also be music stages with local and international talent from disco to ska, so there’ll be something for all the family to enjoy, all for the price of a tap water.

Lambeth Country Show Festival London
Image © Lambeth Country Show via Facebook

Notting Hill Carnival
Carnival is one of the biggest dates in any Londoner’s diary, having been going since 1959 and now attracting more than a million revellers every year, and you can enjoy it for the price of zero quid. Celebrating everything Caribbean culture, this is the place to come to dance your feet off to some bashment and enjoy the incredible colourful costumes of the parade groups. Sunday is family day, with smaller crowds and family-friendly floats, whereas Monday is all about spectacular festivity. Carnival isn’t ticketed, so you can just turn up whenever, though be sure to grab a carnival map and plan your journey around closures.
25 – 26 August 2019

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is an outdoor theatre and performing arts festival where almost all the shows are free and do not require a ticket. Last year saw over 100 shows come to the festival and highlights coming up in 2019 include a theatre version of Moby Dick, Les Voyages (a show from one of France’s most acclaimed circus companies) and a family-oriented puppetry show.
21 June – 6 July 2019

Greenwich + Docklands International Theatre Festival
Image © Greenwich + Docklands International Theatre Festival via Facebook


All Points East: In The Neighbourhood
All Points East is one of London’s best music festivals, with a sizzling hot line up in 2019. The In The Neighbourhood festival is All Points East’s little, less expensive sister, taking place on the second May Bank Holiday and across the May half term. Visitors to Victoria Park can expect outdoor cinema screenings, kids’ activities and theatre as well as live music, none of which you’ll have to pay for. Result!
 
Pride in London
Pride has evolved a lot since its inception as a protest for LGBT+ rights in the 1970s, and nowadays around a million people each year come to celebrate LGBT love and culture. Though you have to apply to join the parade as part of a group, you can cheer marchers on and enjoy celebrations at the main stage in Trafalgar Square, the women’s stage in Leicester Square and of course, parties on the streets of Soho.
6 July 2019

Pride in London Parade

Image © Pride in London via Facebook
 
Walthamstow Garden Party
Produced by the Barbican, this community-focused festival sees big talents coming to East London. Last year had Toots and the Maytals performing (for FREE! For FREE!), so this year’s special guests are sure to be very exciting. Apart from music, guests can enjoy acts as diverse as circus and spoken word, as well as dance and arts and crafts.
13 - 14 July 2019

Feria de Londres
Returning to the UK for its third year, Feria de Londres will be bringing the Andalusian carnival spirit to London over the last weekend of May. Colourful ‘casetas’ will be popping up on the South Bank, serving up delicious Spanish tapas, refreshing cocktails and live Spanish music. Throughout the weekend, there will be chances for everyone to fully immerse themselves in the celebrations. Flamboyant dancers from London’s best flamenco schools will lead Sevillana dance lessons and flamenco rhythm workshops, while kids can enjoy face painting and fan making.
24 - 26 May 2019
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