Style of the City lists its top 10 must-go-to events this July, in and around Cardiff. With the weather promising sunshine for the next few weeks, these events are perfect to enjoy and experience with family and friends!

  1. Cardiff Food & Drink Festival
Photo credit: www.visitcardiff.com

The city’s original celebration of home grown produce and irresistible street food celebrates its 20th birthday this year. The annual fair promises to offer food lovers a mouth-watering experience. Sample a variety of food from local, national and international producers at the fair. You’re able to relax with live music in the background, stroll around and enjoy the sights, tastes and vast array of food.

Venue: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff

Date: Friday 5th– Sunday 7th July 2019

Time: Friday July 5th: 12:00pm – 10:00pm                                                                                        Saturday July 6th 11:00am- 10:00pm                                                                                     Sunday July 7th 11:00am – 7:00pm

  1. The Paul Stephenson Event
Paul Stephenson

The contemporary artist, Paul Stephenson, will be appearing in Cardiff this weekend to showcase his latest collection, created in collaboration with one of Andy Warhol’s original master printers, Alexander HeinriciLocal art fans are able meet Paul Stephenson at Castle Fine Art  in St David’s, and learn about the inspirations and techniques behind his latest body of work, After Warhol. The collection will then be on display in the gallery for a further week.

Venue: Castle Fine Art, St Davids Way, Cardiff, CF10 2ER

Date: Saturday 6thJuly 2019

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

  1. Race for Life
Photo credit: www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

Sunday July 7that Bute Park, Cardiff, the annual Race for Life will begin. The 10K stats at 9.00am and the 5K begins at 11.00am. It’s not too late to sign up! Prices range from £14.99 for adults and £10.00 for children; however, children under the age of 6-years-old (Girls and boys) have free entry and no registration needed. Or if you aren’t running, dancing or walking, make sure you go out to support such an amazing cause!

Visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org for more information and to sign up!

Venue: Coopers Field – Bute Park, Off North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3ER

Date: Sunday 7th July 2019

Time: 10K at 9:00am and 5K at 11:00am

  1. Nile Rodgers at Cardiff Castle
Photo credit: www.efestivals.co.uk

Grammy award-winner Nile Rodgers will headline a one-off gig at Cardiff Castle this summer, joined by his iconic disco band, CHIC. CHIC and Rodgers have a string of top 10 pop hits to their name, including Everybody Dance, Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Dance, Dance, Dance and Good Times.There’s still final release tickets available to purchase.

Visit ticketmaster.co.uk for more information and tickets

Venue: Cardiff Castle, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB

Date: Friday 12th July 2019

Time: 5.30pm – 11.00pm

  1. Penarth Summer Festival
Photo credit: www.penarthtowncouncil.gov.uk

The famous Downhill Derby will be back again at the festival, with plenty of entertainment, street food, games and live music. Saturday evening will once again close with fireworks from the pier and Sunday is Penarth’s traditional carnival day with plenty of free fun family activities to choose from.

Venue: Penarth Esplanade

Date: Saturday 13th July – Sunday 14thJuly 2019

Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

  1. The Big Walk
Photo credit: prostatecymru.com

The Big Walk returns to Cardiff for its sixth-year next week. This challenge was created to raise funds for Wales’ leading prostate health charity. The Big Walk starts inside the iconic Principality Stadium, Cardiff. There are two routes for participants to choose from this year: the shorter route (equivalent of a half marathon) finishes at The Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge; the longer route (equivalent of a marathon) finishes at Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend.

Sign up today at www.prostatecymru.com/thebigwalkor go to support!

Venue: Principality Stadium, Westgate St, Cardiff CF10 1NS

Date: Saturday 13th July 2019

Time 8:30am-6:30pm

  1. James Acaster
Photo credit: www.wmc.org.uk

The award-winning comedian, James Acaster, brings his brand-new show, Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, to the Wales Millennium Centre.  James explains how the show’s name was created, “One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn’t very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious. It was 4am.

I then changed the name of a WhatsApp I was a part of to COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 because I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of my life and about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show. Come along.”

Venue: Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff CF10 5AL

Date: Saturday 13th July 2019

Visit www.wmc.org.uk for more information and tickets.

  1. Cardiff Bay Beach
Photo credit: www.visitcardiff.com

Cardiff’s action-packed beach is back on the waterfront at Roald Dahl Plass this Summer. The beach includes a huge child-friendly sandy beach with traditional deck chairs, a shallow water play area, a variety of rides and games and a giant wheel with views across the bay. Entertainment is also included with live music, great food and drink!

Venue: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff

Date: Saturday 20th July – Sunday 1stSeptember 2019

Times: Sunday-Thursday: 10:am-8:00pm                                                                      Friday-Saturday: 10:am-10:00pm                                                                               (Exception on Sunday 1stSeptember 2019: 10:am-6:00pm)

  1. Aqua Park in Cardiff Bay
Aqua Park, Cardiff

The floating inflatable Aqua Park, in Cardiff Bay, has a variety of challenges for adrenaline junkies to enjoy! The Aqua Park includes climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, slides, blast bags and monkey bars, which makes it the ultimate day out for families, large groups, adults and children over the age of 8+. The activity costs £20 per person, which includes a wetsuit. It’s the perfect way to cool off from this Summer’s heat!

Venue: Aqua Park Cardiff, Cardiff Bay Barrage CF10 4LY

Date: Open 7 days a week, until Monday 9thSeptember 2019

Times: Opening times may vary; online booking is essential to avoid disappointment

  1. Kinky Boots
Photo credit: www.wmc.org.uk

Kinky Boots, the show that has won every major Best Musical award, comes to Cardiff this July. This magnificent musical includes songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper and is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. The show celebrates the story of two people who have nothing in common, or so they think! The adventure takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Venue: Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff CF10 5AL 

Date: Monday 22nd July – Saturday 3rdAugust 2019

Visit www.wmc.org.uk for more information and tickets.

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