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The 7 quirkiest cultural events in Cardiff this summer

Whether you want a reason (or need an excuse) to celebrate everything prosecco, or you just want to check out the latest rustic eateries in the city centre, Cardiff has a lot to offer.

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Cardiff’s cultural scene is second to none. Being home to a rich literary heritage, a booming alternative music scene and over 100 areas of natural wonder, Cardiff is an epicentre for all generations to explore. Like most cultural hotspots, there is no better time than the summer to celebrate uniqueness, individuality and diversity.

Marina Dinnock from the Festival Bureau understands the importance of these events.

“It’s a great opportunity to do something different,” explains Dinnock. “I find it crazy how many people don’t attend these events. Whether it’s raising money for local charities or having a drink with friends, locals should really get out of their comfort zones and explore what this fantastic city can offer.”

With this in mind, and with exams on the horizon, its always a good idea to have something planned to celebrate the end of the semester. Lucky for you, Inter Cardiff have handpicked seven of the quirkiest cultural festivals that you really won’t want to miss out on this summer.

7. Beer Fest Bendigendig

This weekend is packed with some of the finest brewed beers, ales and street foods in Canton. Located in one of Cardiff’s most up and coming cultural scenes, Beer Fest is the perfect event if you love keg beers, hip-hop music and spending time with plenty of like minded people.

Dates: 4th-6th May 2018

Cost: £4.00

Where is it? The Boiler House, Unit D, Paper Hill Road, Cardiff, CF11 8DH

For more information, click here.

6. Crazy Cat Carnival

Perhaps the quirkiest event of them all, the Crazy Cat Carnival celebrates everything related to our feline friends. Whether you want to splash the cash on the latest crazes and wacky inventions in pet care or fancy getting to know the volunteers at local rescue centres, this event is purr-fect for all you cat lovers (excuse the awful pun).

Date: 7th July 2018

Cost: £12.00- £23.00

Where is it? Tramshed Cardiff, Clare Road, Cardiff. CF11 6QP

For more information, click here.

5. Pizza and Prosecco Festival

As part of its UK tour, the annual Pizza and Prosecco Festival is stopping off at the Welsh capital. Featuring over 20 types of prosecco, a variety of fizz based cocktails and plenty of rustic wood fired pizzas, this event is the perfect time to sample some of the best local delicacies in a fantastic creative space. Every ticket includes entry, a free cocktail, a prosecco bible and a slice of rustic pizza of your choice.

Date: 27th May 2018

Cost: £15

Where is it? DEPOT, 22 Dumballs Road, Cardiff, CF10 5FE

For more information, click here.


Cwtch festival is back at St Fagan’s for its fifth year in a row. Celebrating the quirkiest of Welsh weddings, the event is full of inspiration, workshops, live music and food and drink samples for soon-to-be weds to sample. Whether you want to get inspiration for your own weddings, or are going for the fun of it, Cwtch promises to be a fun day out in one of the most beautiful spots in Cardiff.

Date: 22nd April 2018

Cost: £6

Where is it? St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, CF5 6XB

For more information, click here.

3. Great British Gin Festival

The UK’s biggest gin festival is back and raring to go. No matter how obscure your taste buds may be, the festival is set to have over 100 gins from across the world to tempt your pallet. With a VR Gin Distillery, cocktail demonstrations by gin experts and plenty of stands with free samples, this event is ideal if you love a tipple, or two, of gin.

Date: 28th July 2018

Cost: £15.00

Where is it? Portland House, Cardiff, CF10 5EQ

For more information, click here.

2. Christmas in July

The Christmas season; you either love it or you hate it. But for those of you who are having withdrawal symptoms from the festive season and can’t get enough of the mistletoe and wine, then why not go along to Bier Keller’s Christmas in July event?  An evening that promises to celebrate everything from turkey canapes and eggnog to some of those legendary Christmas tunes. Though it may not be to everyone’s taste, it cannot be denied that Bier Keller will have pulled out all the stops to make sure you have a Christmas (in July) that you’ll never forget.

Date: 19th July 2018

Cost: Free

Where is it? Bierkeller, Wood Street, Cardiff, CF10 1LA

For more information about the event, click here.

1. Welsh Hearts May Day Carnival

If you don’t have any plans for the bank holiday Monday, then why not help the Welsh Hearts Charity raise some money for community healthcare facilities. Featuring activities from face painting to rides to bouncy castles, this child friendly carnival is a great day out for all the family.

Date: 7th May 2018

Cost: Free

Where is it? Llandaff Rowing Club, bridge Road, Cardiff, CF5 2PT

For more information, click here.