Events in Bangor
In the mood for partying? You’ve come to the right place. Bangor goes all-in when it comes to festivals and celebrations, be it sport, music or art. If you’re visiting for the weekend from neighbouring Aberystwyth or Wrexham or are planning to buy your new home here, you’ll be pleased to know that Bangor has plenty going for it. Below we’ve put together a list of some of the best events held in and around the city.
Bangor Music Festival
The Bangor Music Festival celebrates music in its purest form. The festival has been held annually since 2000 and takes place for two days in February. This charitable organisation provides a platform for new talents as well as showcasing artists of the highest calibre. The festival also includes workshops and lecturers to enrich and educate the North Wales community about the importance of music.
Bangor Gin & Fizz Festival
Local gin, craft tonic and live music. It doesn’t get much better than this, right? Bangor Gin & Fizz Festival occurs every July and brings the best distillers to this beautiful part of Wales. General admissions include a branded glass to take home, Gin sampling, fizz bar serving prosecco and live music all night long, among other souvenirs.
Llangolen International Musical Eisteddfod
A little further afield in Llangollen, this festival is worth the extra miles and is a must if you’re visiting Bangor. Established in 1947, the festival was first conceived as a celebration of peace and European friendship post-war. Today, it is a space to learn about new cultures that turns into a jazz-indie-rock venue at night. A great way to kick off the Welsh summer!
Barmouth Food Festival
Held in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park, Barmouth Food Festival is held every July and is home to tasty local food and drinks. Explore the stalls along the harbour and join the Barmouth Taste Trail. There is always live music by Welsh and English bands and various playground areas for children to enjoy.
Anglesey Agricultural Show
This is North Wales’ top agricultural event, held annually in August at Mona Showground. The event organises competitions for horses, sheep and pigs, as well as workshops for crafts and horticulture.
Man vs Mountain
Fancy a bit of adrenaline? Held on the first weekend of September in Snowdonia, Man vs Mountain is an adventure run from Caernarfon to Llanberis, from sea level up to Snowdon summit. Competitors will start at the majestic Caernarfon Castle all the way up to the top and will then descend through Dinorwick Quarry.
Ring O’ Fire
This is for all marathon lovers out there. The 135-mile journey around the Isle of Anglesey is a challenge like no other. The race is staged over three days and follows the rugged coastline of Anglesey, framed by the dramatic Snowdonia peaks. If you want to run a shorter distance, you can take part in the first stage of the marathon for around 35.7 miles.
Gwledd Conwy Festival
Home to stalls from all over the country, cooking demonstrations and workshops for adults and children, it’s no surprise that Gwledd Conwy Festival is among Wales’ most popular events. There are also various craft and visual art acts to keep everyone entertained.