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Upcoming Events in Leeds This Autumn

Published: 6th August 2018 10:53

The Leeds West Indian Carnival is a colourful display of Caribbean culture. Photo by by Bryan LedgardThe Leeds West Indian Carnival is a colourful display of Caribbean culture. Photo by by Bryan Ledgard

The city of Leeds is full of vibrant culture and hosts many community events, festivals and gigs sure to warm the soul as the weather when it turns cold. The summer is the time for taking walks in the parks and the surrounding countryside or sitting outside one of the many bars chatting and people-watching. As autumn approaches get more active about your social life and outings. Here are some of the top events in Leeds for autumn 2018.

Leeds West Indian Carnival

You’ve probably heard of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, but did you know Leeds has a similar style of Caribbean carnival that takes place every year? The Leeds West Indian Carnival is a sensory display of colourful costumes, funky sounds and tantalising smells. Check out the sound systems, parades and events like the King and Queen title shows, all culminating in the Big Leeds Carnival during the last weekend of August. The parade sets off from Chapeltown at 2 p.m. and is a spectacle not to be missed!

Tom Jones Experience

Tom Jones recently toured the U.K., but he didn’t make it to Leeds, and so fans in Yorkshire who couldn’t travel to a gig were left disappointed. Thankfully, the Grosvenor Casino in Westgate has an answer in the Tom Jones Experience: a full night of tributes, food and drink, and of course, a touch of gaming. The event takes place on 29th September from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Lovers of casino games can also play online and benefit from extra bonuses this autumn, such as the live casino VIP party with a $50,000 leaderboard, which is yet another reason lovers of Tom Jones will need to head to Grosvenor!

Light Night

Leeds Light Night is now in its 14th year, and the city has come to embrace it. The audience can enjoy light projections and shows on iconic buildings like the Town Hall in early October as well as installations, exhibitions, giant structures, street performances and mouth-watering food. A festival atmosphere is guaranteed. The best way to see everything you want to see is to grab a map online and make your way around the city on foot or by bus.


As the nights are getting longer and darker, Oktoberfest is here to lift our spirits. Though much bigger across Germany, Oktoberfest Leeds on South Bank Depot is gaining traction as a sell-out event. Join in the fun by booking tickets for a set time slot and head down to South Bank for Bavarian beer, laughter and plenty of Oomph band music. Can’t get enough of the German touch? The German Christmas market takes place in November, marking the transition into winter with cute festivities and mulled wine.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is one of Britain’s favourite autumn events, and in Leeds, thousands of people take to the parks to soak in the warmth of the bonfires and watch millions of dollars’ worth of fireworks blown up in a matter of minutes. The biggest and best is probably Roundhay Park, though there are smaller bonfires in many of the towns outside of Leeds. Get on your hats, gloves and scarves and join in the fun.

Leeds International Film Festival

The film was allegedly invented in Leeds in 1888. Back then, it was only a bunch of moving pictures, but Leeds has kept its identity as a creative hub for film culture ever since. The Leeds International Film Festival is a testament to that. The festival showcases the best new and classic films from across the world in cinema venues such as the Town Hall, Hyde Park Picture House and Everyman. Also, there are film events across the city in the first half of November.

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