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Sweeps Festival, Rochester

This celebrations of folk music and dance returns for the early May bank holiday. The festival often draws in hundreds of Morris dancers, folk bands and street performers, as well as a funfair and market at Rochester Castle. There are also a variety of beers, ales and ciders on offer, free gigs at local pubs and food traders from all over Kent.

Saturday, May 4 to Monday, May 6 in and around Rochester town centre. The festival and its activities are usually free to attend

Canterbury Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Kent. The two-day Pride festival includes a parade, drag artists, singers, an outdoor market, food and drink stalls, an adults-only afterparty and more. The 2023 event saw performances from RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Baga Chipz, Choriza May and Danny Beard and music.

Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 in and around Canterbury city centre. The Pride festival is free to attend, but you will need to register in advance for some of the live entertainment.

Black Deer Festival

The rock, country, blues and Americana festival is returning in 2024 . The full line-up is not yet known but, it has recently been announced that Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow will headline the main stage on Saturday night. There will also be activities to enjoy such as BBQ firepits, music workshops, silent discos and motorcycle displays.

Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online.

Margate Summer Concerts

Outdoor Concerts based at Dreamland in Margate. The first headline gig in June features veteran ska band Madness and lasts until the end of August when Becky Hill will headlines. Artists including Busted, Paloma Faith, JLS, Nile Rodgers, Manic Street Preachers, Status Quo, Jess Glynne and Craig David have been announced with more to come,

The currently available schedule starts on Friday, June 14 and runs until Saturday, August 31 with more concerts expected to be announced later. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online here.

Kent County Show, Detling

Following last year's 100th anniversary, Kent County Show is back again with a packed programme of everything from sheep shearing to showjumping. Activities expected include animal encounters, gardening workshops, tractor displays, dog agility and the food village.

Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7 at the Kent Showground in Detling, near Maidstone.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online here

Leeds Castle Summer Concert

A spectacular day of pomp and ceremony at the Leeds Castle Concert. The classical concert, with crowds of up to 10,000 people, includes a programme of music led by a world-class orchestra and tribute bands, a Spitfire display and fireworks finale. Visitors can find a spot on the beautiful lawn and enjoy a picnic as they watch the entertainment

Capital Voices perform their ABBA concert with symphony orchestras both in the UK and internationally and the vocal line up this year will include; Steve Trowell, Emma Kershaw, David Combes and Annie Skates.

Purchase ten or more tickets and receive a 10% discount.

Saturday, July 13 at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online.

Maid of Stone

The rock show returns this summer for its second year. The debut line-up included Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes and Australian band Airbourne and, while most artists are still yet to be announced for 2024, American rock group Mr Big have been confirmed as headliners. Fans can expect another weekend of live music, outdoor activities, beer and ale bars and festival food.

Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 at Mote Park in Maidstone. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online here.

Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics

Radio presenter Pete Tong brings his Ibiza Classics show to Mote Park in July, featuring a set of iconic summer anthems performed alongside the Essential Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley.

Saturday, July 27 at Mote Park, Maidstone. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online here.  

Broadstairs Folk Week

The week-long folk festival is back for live music, dancers and free entertainment. The event is an annual celebration of local talent and top folk, rock, country and blues artists from all over the UK with gigs taking place in various pubs and indoor and outdoor venues. There are also market stalls, food vendors and workshops.

Friday, August 9 to Friday, August 16 in and around Broadstairs town centre. Some events are free, others are ticketed and can be booked online here

Faversham Hop Festival

Town festival featuring local beers, ciders, food and music. The Hop Festival has been coming to Faversham for more than 30 years and brings hundreds of musicians to the town’s indoor and outdoor stages.

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 in and around Faversham town centre. The festival and its activities are usually free to attend.

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