8 brilliant festivals that are ON in Camden this summer

With the latest lockdown extension inevitably disrupting some bigger events elsewhere, these local favourites are still very much on the green list
Highgate Festival

From Pearly King’s and Queens riding e-bikes to open the event, plus a programme of art and music, eco talks to history walks, this fittingly quirky annual community celebration promises all sorts of cultural delights from around Highgate, both IRL and online. 19-27 Jun, more info


Hampstead Summer Festival


The beautiful surrounds of Keats House make for this year’s Covid-era version of the big annual local event, including an art fair, a family-friendly garden party and two ticketed open-air productions of Twelfth Night. 26 Jun – 04 Jul, more info


Heath Hands: 150th anniversary fun day


Conservation group Heath Hands are celebrating 150 years since the passing of the Hampstead Heath Act of 1871, which was the beginning of the protection of these vast urban open spaces, which have proved a vital lifeline to so many of us Camdenists during lockdown. Join them for a free day of live music, art, kite flying, tai chi and nature activities at the Parliament Hill Bandstand 1-5pm, Sun 27 Jun, more info


Taste of London


Ten days of feasting in Regent’s Park, including cooking masterclasses, DJs and live music and a myriad of culinary creations hailing from across the world to enjoy. 7-11 & 14-18 July, more info


Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival


Having switched successfully to an online programme last year, the annual event is preparing a flexible return to the real world and its mission to push the boundaries of operatic forms. Everything from topless sword-fighting sopranos to an unmissable introduction to Singlr, the world’s first operatic dating app from the powerful mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg. 27 Jul – 26 Aug 2021, more info


Heritage Live


These big name gigs from the likes of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, James, Culture Club and David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra were scheduled to be among the first live events in London following the original ‘freedom day’ date. Luckily they’ve been bumped back to August largely intact (only Nile Rogers and Chic have have to postpone until next summer). Tickets are still available for all the new dates. 19 – 22 Aug, more info


York Rise Street Party


Dartmouth Park’s annual get-together is back, with a day of craft stalls, food, music from Dig it Sound System and increasing silliness into the evening including the Dad’s Disco Danceoff. 12 Sep, more info


How The Light Gets In


The world’s largest philosophy and music festival will bring the grounds of Kenwood House alive with ideas, debate, music, food and comedy for a weekend long journey to the very frontiers of thought. Expect a world class line-up of leading thinkers, razor-sharp comedians and brilliantly talented musicians across various stages. 18–19 Sept, more info

This feature was first published in print guide Camdenist Presents Unlockdown, and distributed to all 270,000 residents in the borough for free.

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