VP & DMH – Outdoor Events

This page lists the outdoor events taking place on Victoria Park and in De Montfort Hall Gardens.

Caribbean Carnival is an annual event celebrating caribbean culture, which started in 1985 and is usually held on the first Saturday in August. It includes a parade around the city centre and Highfields followed by a festival on Victoria Park.

Eid Prayer & Festival is a biannual Muslim event celebrating Eid al-Fitr (the Feast of Breaking the Fast) which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) which honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son. The dates vary from year to year.

Leicester Pride is a free annual LGBT pride event, which started in 2001, and is usually held on the first Saturday in September. It includes a parade through the city centre, a festival on Victoria Park, then continues into the evening in Leicester’s gay bars and clubs.

Outdoor Event Schedule

2023Sun 01 Oct09:15Run Leicester Half MarathonVictoria Park
Sat 02 Sep12:00-20:00Leicester PrideAbbey Park
Sun 27 Aug14:00Summer Outdoor Theatre: David Walliams’ Bad DadDMH Gardens
Sat 26 Aug18:00Summer Outdoor Theatre: Sense and SensibilityDMH Gardens
Sat 05 Aug12:00-21:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
Sat 22 Jul11:45-23:00Fake FestivalVictoria Park
Sun 09 Jul09:30/11:30Race For LifeVictoria Park
Sun 25 Jun15:00-16:00Bands In The Parks, 2023: Ratby Co-operative Mid BandVictoria Park
Sun 28 May15:00-16:00Bands In The Parks, 2023: New Orleans Hot ShotsVictoria Park
Fri 21 Apr09:00-19:00Eid Prayers & FestivalVictoria Park
Mon 17 Apr16:45/19:00Circus StarrVictoria Park
Sun 05 Mar11:00-13:00Run For RedfernVictoria Park
Sun 29 Jan09:00Run For AllVictoria Park
2022Sun 13 Nov11:45Remembrance Day ServiceVictoria Park
Sun 30 Oct09:00Run Leicester Half MarathonVictoria Park
Sat 29 Oct08:00-20:00OktoberfestVictoria Park
09-12 Sep10:30-19:30Inflatable Adventure WorldVictoria Park
Sat 03 Sep12:00-20:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
Sun 21 Aug15:00Pride & PrejudiceDMH Gardens
Sat 20 Aug15:00Awful AuntieDMH Gardens
Fri 19 Aug19:00Romeo & JulietDMH Gardens
Sun 14 Aug11:00-19:00Inner City World CupVictoria Park
Sat 13 Aug12:00-23:00Fake FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 06 Aug12:00-21:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
Sun 31 Jul15:00-16:00Bands in the Parks: Fleckney Silver BandVictoria Park
Sun 24 Jul10:00-16:30Race for LifeVictoria Park
09/10 Jul09:00-19:00Eid Prayers & FestivalVictoria Park
Sun 05 Jun15:00-16:00Bands in the Parks: New Orleans Hotshot Jazz BandVictoria Park
Sun 22 May10:30-18:00Help the Homeless: Charity FundayVictoria Park
03-26 May10:00-15:00Walk Leicester: Walking Sports FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 14 May10:00-17:10Beautiful Smiles: Opening EventVictoria Park
Mon 02 May09:00-19:00Eid Prayers & FestivalVictoria Park
2021Sun 14 Nov09:30-12:15Remembrance Day ServiceVictoria Park
Sun 31 Oct09:15-12:15Run Leicester Half MarathonVictoria Park
Sun 17 Oct11:45-14:00Race for LifeVictoria Park
Sat 02 Oct12:00-23:00OktoberfestVictoria Park
Fri 01 Oct18:00-23:00The Big Nineties FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 11 Sep12:00-16:00Enter Edem: Lost LegendsVictoria Park
Sat 04 Sep12:00-21:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
Sun 29 Aug15:00-16:00Bands in the Parks: Soar Valley Misic Centre BandCANCELLED
Sat 28 Aug19:00-21:0021st Centruy ABBADMH Gardens
Tue 24 Aug19:00-21:00HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & SullivanDMH Gardens
Sun 22 Aug11:00-19:00Inner City World CupVictoria Park
20-22 Aug10:30-19:30Inflatable Adventure WorldVictoria Park
Sat 14 Aug12:00-23:00Fake FestivalVictoria Park
Wed 11 Aug19:00-21:00A Midsummer Night’s DreamDMH Gardens
Sat 07 Aug11:00-21:30Caribbean CarnivalOnline
Sun 25 Jul15:00-16:00Bands in the Parks: Syston BandVictoria Park
Tue 20 Jul09:00-19:00Eid Prayer & FestivalVictoria Park
2020Sun 08 Nov08:30-12:30Remembrance Service & ParadeVictoria Park
Sun 11 Oct09:15-15:30Leicester MarathonVictoria Park
Sat 05 Sep12:00-20:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
Sun 30 Aug17:00-19:00HMS PinaforeDMH Gardens
Sat 29 Aug11:00-14:00The Foam RunVictoria Park
Sun 23 Aug17:00-19:00 Little WomenDMH Gardens
Sun 16 Aug17:00-19:00 A Midsummer Night’s DreamDMH Gardens
Sun 09 Aug09:30-11:30Asda Foundation Leicester 10kVictoria Park
Sat 08 Aug12:00-23:00Fake FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 01 Aug12:00-20:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
25-26 Jul11:00-19:00 Inner City World Cup Victoria Park
Sun 12 Jul10:00-16:00Race for LifeVictoria Park
Fri 10 Jul05:30-07:00Sunrise City 5k eventVictoria Park
Sat 20 Jun15:30-22:30Kasabian – Solstice IIVictoria Park
Sun 24 May09:00-20:00Eid FestivalVictoria Park
22-31 May13:00-21:00Billy Bates FunfairVictoria Park
2019Sun 10 Nov08:30-12:30Remembrance SundayVictoria Park
TBATBACircusVictoria Park
Sun 06 Oct09:15-15:30 Leicester MarathonVictoria Park
Sat 14 Sep12:00-16:00Raucous RacesVictoria Park
Sat 31 Aug13:00-20:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
Thu 29 Aug19:30-21:00The 8th Leicester City Summer 5k seriesVictoria Park
Mon 26 Aug17:00-23:00Gigs in the Gardens: Bardi Symphony OrchestraDMH Gardens
Sun 25 Aug17:00-23:00 Gigs in the Gardens: Years & Years + supportDMH Gardens
Sat 24 Aug17:00-23:00 Gigs in the Gardens: Demons of Ruby Mae + supportDMH Gardens
Fri 23 Aug17:00-23:00 Gigs in the Gardens: Groove Armada + supportDMH Gardens
Sun 18 Aug17:00-23:00 Gigs in the Gardens: Kaiser Chiefs + supportDMH Gardens
Sat 17 Aug17:00-23:00 Gigs in the Gardens: Busted + supportDMH Gardens
Fri 16 Aug17:00-23:00 Gigs in the Gardens: Bugzy Malone + supportDMH Gardens
Wed 14 Aug11:00-16:00Children Centre Summer ActivitiesVictoria Park
09-14 Aug09:00-16:00Eid FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 10 Aug12:30-23:00Fake FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 03 Aug12:00-20:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
Thu 25 Jul19:30-21:00The 8th Leicester City Summer 5k series Victoria Park
Mon 22 JulTaste of ThailandVictoria Park
Sun 07 Jul10:00-16:00Race for LifeVictoria Park
Thu 27 Jun19:30-21:00 The 8th Leicester City Summer 5k series Victoria Park
Sat 01 Jun10:00-19:00University of Leicester & England RFU O2 Touch Rugby TournamnetVictoria Park
31 May – 07 Jun09:00-16:00Eid FestivalVictoria Park
Thu 30 May19:30-21:00 The 8th Leicester City Summer 5k series Victoria Park
Sat 25 May18:00-21:00Walk for Children of WarVictoria Park
17 May – 02 JunFunfairVictoria Park
Fri 10 May05:30-07:00Sunrise eventVictoria Park
Sun 05 May09:00-13:00Colour Blast DashVictoria Park
Sun 24 Mar12:00-14:00Fly Kites not DronesVictoria Park
Thu 07 Mar09:15-12:00Town & Gown 10kVictoria Park
2018Sun 11 Nov08:30-12:30Remembrance SundayVictoria Park
Sun 14 Oct09:15-15:30Leicester MarathonVictoria Park
TBC08:30-12:00Battle of Britain Parade & ServiceVictoria Park
TBCTBCCircusVictoria Park
Sat 01 Sep13:00-20:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
21-23 Aug09:00-16:00Eid FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 11 Aug12:30-23:00Fake FestivalVictoria Park
Sat 04 Aug12:00-20:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
Sun 08 Jul10:00-16:00Race for LifeVictoria Park
11-18 Jun09:00-16:00Eid FestivalVictoria Park
04-13 MayBilly Bates FunfairVictoria Park
Sun 29 Apr09:00-13:00Colour Blast DashVictoria Park
2017Sun 12 Nov08:30-12:30Remembrance SundayVictoria Park
Sun 15 Oct09:15-15:30Leicester MarathonVictoria Park
18-25 SepCircusVictoria Park
Sun 17 Sep08:30-12:00Battle of Britain Parade & ServiceVictoria Park
Sat 16 Sep09:00-15:00Kids Run (Junior Inflatable Course)Victoria Park
Sat 02 Sep13:00-20:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
Sat 05 Aug12:00-20:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
29-30 Jul12:30-23:00Simon Says Music FestivalDMH Gardens
Sun 09 Jul10:00-16:00Race for LifeVictoria Park
24/25/26 Jun09:00-16:00Eid FestivalVictoria Park
Wed 21 Jun09:00-17:00Charity Zip Wire fundraising eventVictoria Park
26 May – 04 JunBilly Bates FunfairVictoria Park
Sun 30 AprColour Blast DashVictoria Park
2016Sun 13 Nov08:30-12:30Remembrance SundayVictoria Park
Sun 23 Oct09:30-15:30Leicester MarathonVictoria Park
TBC OctCircusVictoria Park
Sun 18 Sep08:30-12:00Battle of Britain Parade & Service Victoria Park
10/11/12 Sep08:00-16:00Eid PrayersVictoria Park
Sat 03 Sep13:00-20:00Leicester PrideVictoria Park
Sat 20 Aug08:30-TBACity Festival: Clash of DrumsVictoria Park
Sat 06 Aug12:00-20:00Caribbean CarnivalVictoria Park
23-24 Jul12:30-23:00Simon Says Music FestivalDMH Gardens
Sat 16 Jul10:00-16:00Follow 2016DMH Gardens
Sun 10 Jul10:00-16:00Race for LifeVictoria Park
04/05/06 Jul08:00-16:00Eid PrayersVictoria Park