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Singer on stage at Lancashire Festival.

Make summer 2019 one to remember...

With summer just around the corner, it's time to take a peek at things to do in Preston. On top of exciting activities and outdoor adventures, there are all kinds of events suitable for adults, kids, and families.

See what takes your fancy out of the exciting line-up of festivals, fetes, markets, and more, taking place between June and September.

Don't forget, there are even more events throughout the summer that can be found on our What's on Calendar.

Caribbean Carnival 2019

Preston's annual Caribbean Carnival is back Sunday 23 June. The largest and longest running celebration of culture in the city begins with a procession from Moor Park, down Deepdale Road, around the Deepdale area, and back to Moor Park Avenue. The procession will be followed with an array of entertainment and food suitable for the whole family

FestivalsBand performing in front of crowd during Rockprest.

Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival

Thursday 30 May - Saturday 8 June, £0 - £12.50

With a brilliant blend of both local and international musical talent, the Preston Jazz & Improv Festival provides ten days of entertainment for avid jazz fans.

Preston Rocks & Prestfest

Saturday 22 June, £0 +

Clear your calendar for this full day of entertainment on the Flag Market. Kicking off with a fashion show presented by Mark Wright and followed by an evening of live music, you won't be disappointed.

Lancashire Science Festival

Saturday 29 June, Free

Interested in science? Whether you're young or old, the Lancashire Science Festival is a free and rewarding day out for those interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and more.


Saturday 29 June - Sunday 30 June, Free (booking fee applies)

Don't miss the UK's biggest rock tribute festival. The impressive line-up of tribute acts, alongside fairground rides and food and beer stalls, will have you rockin' all weekend.

Hopfest 2019

Friday 5 July - Sunday 7 July, £4 - £6

Enjoy a weekend of great beer, gin, Prosecco, and music at the annual Hopfest. The annual festival is also a hotspot for networking and will include tasty food and a fancy dress touch Rugby.

The Continental Beer & Cider Festival

Thursday 18 July - Sunday 21 July, £0 - £8

The highly anticipated Continental Beer & Cider Festival returns for 2019 with an extensive mouth-watering selection of drinks and food by the river.

The Lancashire Festival

Saturday 20 July, £0 - £5

A great summer day out for the whole family, the Lancashire Festival will see Avenham & Miller Parks packed with live music, entertainment, food and drink stalls, fairground rides, and more.

The Plungington Gin Festival

Friday 9 August - Sunday 11 August, £0 - £5

Gin lovers rejoice with the Plungington Hotel's annual Gin festival. The weekend will feature craft beer, live music, and an outdoor country kitchen, all in the Plungington Hotel's fantastic garden.

Youth Music Festival

Saturday 24 August, Free

Head to Preston Flag Market to catch some of the region's most talented young musicians performing for the crowds throughout the day.

Preston Comic Con 2019

Saturday 31 August, £4 - £12

Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in memorabilia and collectibles from your favourite TV shows, graphic novels, and films. There will also be a number of exciting guests making an appearance, so make sure you grab an autograph!

Feast for Peace

Saturday 31 August, Free

Eat great food, dance together, an listen to fantastic music at Preston's annual Feast for Peace on the Flag Market. The Larder and Preston Food Partnership are teaming up with the Harris to celebrate the amazing food heroes of WWI.

Fetes and Markets

Stall selling headbands with flowers on during a summer festival.Plant Sales on Avenham & Miller Parks

Various dates throughout June, Free entry

With the warmer weather upon us, why not treat yourself to some new plants for your garden. The Avenham & Miller Park plant stall will be selling a variety of plants throughout June.

Makers Market

Second Saturday of every month, Free entry

Whether for a browse or a shop, head to Preston's Flag Market for some fabulous local produce, including a variety of edible goodies and gifts.

Masa Record Fair

Various dates in June and August, Free entry

Perfect for die hard music fans, the Masa Record fair takes place in both June and August. Make sure to pay the stalls a visit at the Box Market and pick up some records, tapes, CDs, and all things music related.

Galloway's Summer Fair

Saturday 15 June, Free entry

Galloway's has plenty family fun to look forward to. The day will include a bouncy castle, magic show, face painting, stalls, food and drink, and more.

St Catherine's Yellow Day

Sunday 23 June, Free entry

St Catherine's ever-popular Yellow Day garden fete features live entertainment, stalls, games, food, and much more. The fete makes the perfect day out for all the family and will include the charity's sponsored fire walk.

Preston Fire and Ambulance Station Open Day

Sunday 7 July, Free entry

Support your local fire station at their free open day, with fairground rides, vintage vehicles, birds of prey, and demonstrations to look forward to.

Preston Pulse Community Celebration Day

Saturday 27 July, Free entry

Taking place at three venues over the day - Preston Markets, the Harris Museum, and the Flag Market - Preston Pulse will feature food, fun, and facts as well as stalls celebrating the city's culture.

Family Fun Day for North West Air Ambulance

Sunday 28 July, Free

Bring the family along for a day packed with fun. Expect stalls, face painting, kid's workshops and fun fair, and much more.

Moor Park Get Together

Sunday 4 August, Free

Preston's annual get together on Moor Park returns for the summer. There will be plenty fun for the whole family, including circus skills and arts and crafts.

More summer eventsChildren playing with bubbles on Miller Park during a summer's day.

The summer fun doesn't end there... You'll also find fantastic family entertainment every Saturday in the city centre with the Preston this Summer programme.

On top of this you'll also find a sizzling selection of individual events taking place throughout the city.

For a full list of what's on over summer 2019 see What's on June - September.