The Cardiff Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and everyone's invited to the party. Making summer in the city even more spectacular, the Festival runs all the way from 1 June to 30 September.
With so much going on throughout the summer, there really is no bad time to be in Cardiff. Our Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff provides the perfect base for getting out and discovering all the great goings-on in the Welsh capital, while this guide to the hottest tickets in town makes it easy to start planning your trip now.
X Music Festival (12-13 June)
The latest addition to Britain’s summer festival calendar, X Music Festival will be held in Cardiff’s gorgeous Bute Park. 30,000 revellers are expected to attend the premier year of what will soon be one of Cardiff’s most iconic music events. Weekend tickets start at £44.90, with VIP tickets available at £59.90. Confirmed performers include renowned Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, American rapper Ja Rule and UK Dance Chart-topper Sub Focus.
Tafwyl Week (4-11 July)
Cardiff’s Welsh language festival is a celebration of Welsh culture, encouraging people to use the Welsh language outside work and school. Comedy shows and gigs will be taking place throughout the week, but the highlight of the festival is the two-day long Tafwyl Fair, which for 2015 will run from 4-5 July. The fair will be held just outside the iconic Cardiff Castle in Bute Park. Expect stalls selling delicious local produce, live performances by local pop and acoustic acts, family activities, children's games and workshops covering literature, art, cookery and dance.
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival (10-12 July)
This free event is a favourite with foodies, and is considered to be one of the highlights of the annual Cardiff Festival. Local and international food and drink producers are on hand offering samples, street food, and tasty morsels to take away. Last year's event attracted 70,000 visitors, so you might want to arrive early to make sure you get your pick of freshly-made treats. Once you’ve had your fill, you can sip on a glass of bubbly from the Champagne bar and enjoy live music from the bandstand.
Pride Cymru (15 August)
Described by last year's attendees as "the best event ever", Pride Cymru is a celebration of equality and diversity. The festivities begin with the colourful Welsh Pride Parade, which marches straight through Cardiff city centre, while the later festival takes over Coopers Field in Bute Park. The main stage is guaranteed to attract some big names, with previous acts including Collabro, Stooshe and the newly reunited Eternal. Throughout the day, you can expect to see some exciting up-and-coming artists, fierce drag queen performances, cheerleaders and local dance troupes. Other attractions include funfair rides, an arts and crafts market, and a tempting array of street food stalls. There will also be a Family Zone for those who are visiting with children, and a social hub for LGBT people looking for advice on the day.