What's On in Cardiff
This capital city boasts more than coastal views and that lush Welsh accent. Known to be a stomping ground for all manner of loud and raucous nightlife, there's plenty of things to do in Cardiff that don't just involve having a strong drink (granted that this is always a good thing). We're here to make sure you make the most of this eccentric Welsh city with our list of the best events in Cardiff at your fingertips.
Last updated on 24th July 2017
Looking for something fun and frivolous to do this week in Cardiff? Join Dead Canary every Thursday night as not only is there a Thursday only menu of tiki creations and cool cocktails, get familiar with one of the best bars in the city alongside music and must-try mixology.
The Swalec Stadium is set for something truly delicious this Summer with the Cardiff Rum Festival. Head on over for not only some of the finest rum the globe has ever seen, there's street food, cocktails, classes, workshops, tasters and plenty more.
Dempsey's is well known as a destination in Cardiff for some of the finest live music in the city, so what does their week on week offering boast? Join them every Wednesday night in the city as they promise some of the best live jazz in the business.
Some refuse to sit down and others refuse to stop dancing. If you branch yourself in with the latter, why not try your hand at salsa every week in Cardiff as their beloved Salsa Social night promises live band and more moves than most can muster.
Hankering for something funny to do this weekend in Cardiff? What about some of the finest comedy in the city? Join The Glee Club every Saturday night as their beloved stand-up stage churns out some of the finest names and jokes in the industry.
Cardiff is not short of hidden gems when it comes to a night out, but what about one of the finest, vintage cocktail bars in the city? Join Lab 22 every Monday night as you not only throw back a selection of prohibition inspired cocktails, there's live jazz to boot.
A night of pure, Hip Hop and R'n'B appreciation is what's on in Cardiff every Monday night at the incredibly Buffalo club. Pumping out a playlist of the biggest throwback artists like Sean Paul, Craig David, Destiny's Child and R Kelly get ready to get hot and sweaty on the dance floor of this club night in Cardiff. Snoop Dogg will be at large with his 'Gin and Juice'.
Dirrrrrrty POP. You'll find the biggest Saturday night event in Cardiff at the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach venue where they dedicate their three floors to a big love for all things of the pop music persuasion as well as some soul, funk and blues appreciation. Floor hop until you find the jams you're after and lose yourself in the crowd until 4am.
Taking place this July in Tramshed, The Great Cardiff Gin Festival will be a huge day of gin-filled antics. There will be more than 120 different types of gins from around the world which you can learn about, and most importantly, try.
What could be more perfect for a summer's evening than the Open Air Cinema at Cardiff Castle. The event will be taking place at the iconic venue under the stars; grab a picnic blanket and watch Top Gun, Grease or Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Inspired by All Souls Day, a celebration of the dead in Latin America, a lively Festival of the Dead celebration is taking place at Cardiff University's Student Union this October. Alongside a skull head procession, the night will feature acrobats, stunning light shows and decorative costumes.
For a night out in Cardiff that's certain to leave a lasting impact on you, head to Outre at Clwb Ifor Bach. Taking place in October, the team behind this massive club night have pulled together a great line-up of urban DJs, including the likes of President T, Ms Banks and Sonny Double One & Chew. Whether you love all things Kendrick Lamar or are more of an Artful Dodger fan, this event will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
With massive steins of beer, delicious German food, and a live oompah band, Cardiff Oktoberfest is promising all the fun of the original. The four-day event is taking place this September and has a variety of tickets, from student Thursdays through to corporate tables.
From raceltte wheels through to gooey mac 'n' cheese, Cheese Fest is landing in Cardiff and bringing with it a whole host of dairy goodness. Get down to the Tramshed for the two-day festival which will also have talks and craft beer pairing masterclasses.
The UK's largest only adults-only ballpit is coming to Cardiff with all 250,000 balls. Dip, dive and play in the balls, munch on jelly and ice cream from the kids party buffet and watch your favourite cartoons in the screening room.