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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Festival of Debate

Tue. 16 April 2024 — Sat. 25 May 2024

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change. With talks on big social, political, environmental and economic issues. Come back soon for details of the 2024 programme.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 17 May 2024 — Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Nine days of intimate and inviting classical music performances for all ages.

Sheffield Food Festival

Sat. 25 May 2024 — Mon. 27 May 2024

Peace Gardens

Three (hopefully) sunny days of food, food and more food.

Sheffield Life, Loss and Death Festival

Wed. 1 May 2024 — Fri. 31 May 2024

"Death is part of life. Let’s talk about it." A month-long series of free creative workshops, exhibitions, talks and more, exploring why conversations around life, loss and death matter. Organised by Compassionate Sheffield.

Crossed Wires Festival

Fri. 31 May 2024 — Sun. 2 June 2024

Bringing some of the UK's top names in podcasting from your headphones to the stage for one weekend. With Adam Buxton Show and Self Esteem, Brown Girls Do It Too, TalkArt, Uncanny, Katherine Ryan, and more. Plus free fringe events in Bethel Chapel.

Mosfest

Sat. 8 June 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

A family music festival with a charity fundraising heart, returning for the final time in 2024.

Jazz on the Park

Sat. 15 June 2024

Weston Park, S10 2TP

An outdoor music and arts festival, coming to Weston Park and its iconic bandstand. With live acts, DJs, A/V installations, food traders and a roller-disco. Organised by Footprints Jazz Club and Mondo Radio in aid of low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

Sheffield DocFest

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Showroom

The world of documentary film descends on Sheffield each June. With fascinating factual films, innovative storytelling exhibitions and inspiring talks. Come back soon for our guide to the 2024 festival.

Migration Matters Festival

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sat. 22 June 2024

A celebration of culture, compassion, and the positive impact migration and refugees have in Sheffield. Held on and around Refugee Week each June, this year's festival features headliners Amadou & Mariam, Sirens of Lesbos and Roger Robinson.

Blueprint Festival

Fri. 28 June 2024 — Sun. 30 June 2024

SteelYard Kelham, The Yard, Bardwell Road, Neepsend, S3 8AS

Three immersive days of house music, curated by legendary Haçienda DJ Graeme Park. With Greg Wilson, Todd Terry, Norman Jay MBE, Fat Tony, Jon Pleased Wimmin, K-Klass, Lottie, HiFi Sean, Smokin Jo, and many more.

Children's Media Conference

Tue. 9 July 2024 — Thu. 11 July 2024

Showroom

The UK’s premier event for everyone in kids TV, media and entertainment. With a free exhibition, Playground, bringing together interactive digital art and maker activities for children to play with.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 20 July 2024 — Sun. 21 July 2024

Don Valley Bowl

Dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond.

Sheffield Transformed Festival

Fri. 19 July 2024 — Sun. 21 July 2024

SADACCA, 48 Wicker, S3 8JB

A celebration of left-wing politics and arts. With chance to hear new ideas, take part in discussion, enjoy art, be creative, and get together at a party.

Future Now Festival of Creativity

Mon. 22 April 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

A showcase of work by Sheffield Hallam University’s graduating artists, designers, filmmakers, animators, writers, architects and performers.

Tramlines

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music. Lineup for 2024 coming soon.

Sharrow Festival

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Sharrow Festival has been a special part of its local community since 1996. Join in the family-friendly celebration of the area's culture and diversity – 2024 details to come.

Chance To Dance

One big day of music and movement in the city centre each summer. Come back soon for details for 2024.

Sheffield Fayre

Mon. 26 August 2024

Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, S2 2PL

Celebrating its 21st year, Sheffield Fayre is bringing family fun to the beautiful Norfolk Heritage Park once again this August bank holiday. Expect kite flying demos, brilliant food, rides, a 50s-inspired vintage village, woodland crafts and more.

Rock N Roll Circus

Thu. 29 August 2024 — Sat. 31 August 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

Roll up, roll up! Part music festival, part circus, the Rock N Roll Circus is coming back to town. With headliners Richard Hawley, Becky Hill and Milburn. Plus aerialists, stilt walkers, fortune tellers and more.

Sheffield Heritage Open Days

Fri. 6 September 2024 — Sun. 15 September 2024

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 28 September 2024

Float Along music festival returns to Sheffield city centre to do it all again for the third year running. This year's lineup includes: Shame, Antony Szmierek, Fat Dog, Scaler, Snapped Ankles, and more.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 19 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and performances. Organised by folks from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with local artists and creatives.

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Fri. 27 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

A celebration of fiercely independent filmmaking, showcasing raw, bold and passionate films from around the world.

Sensoria

Thu. 3 October 2024 — Sun. 6 October 2024

Sheffield's festival of film and music. Expect a truly unique mix of performance, live film scores, screenings, exhibitions, and music industry activity.

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 24 October 2024 — Sun. 27 October 2024

Showroom

Sheffield’s horror film festival returns for its 16th year in 2024. Getting you spooked just in time for Halloween.

Off the Shelf

Sheffield's festival of words, taking place each October. Look out for our guide to the writer talks, workshops and events in the 2024 programme in coming months.

No Bounds

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Returning in October to bring together music, visual art and technology. 2024 dates and lineup TBC.

Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Kelham Island Museum

Sheffield CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) know a thing or two about good beer, cider and perry. Join them for their 48th festival in October 2024 – details TBC.

Classical Weekend

One big celebration of classical music. Bringing classical music to concert halls, gardens and public spaces across the city, every other year. Returning in 2025.