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Created as a one-day spectacular, Carnival is a bustling hub of events staged on the last Saturday in July. With global music and dance stages, themed food zones, a theatre of food, art and craft workshops, street theatre and a Carnival stage, this family-friendly day is a true party in every sense of the word.

First staged in 2019, we’ll be back again on the last Saturday in July 2022, kicking off with a large street parade throughout the centre of Harrogate before heading to the Valley Gardens. It’s free for everyone to attend and celebrate the diversity, colours, costumes, sounds and flavours from the four quarters of the world, right here in Harrogate.

Harrogate International Festivals team up with local artists, community groups, local food suppliers and street food from further afield to serve up a fantastic array of fayre from across the world. And the parade weaving its way through the town centre is a great opportunity to see the quality of independent and chain stores, restaurants and bars that make Harrogate a superb place to eat, drink and shop all year round.

“Think Rio in Rhododendrons, parade in the petunias, sounds in the sun colonnades, food in the flora and dancing in the dahlias, and you will begin to get a taste of what the day holds in store for visitors.” ­
Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive, Harrogate International Festivals

Carnival is being brought to Harrogate courtesy of Harrogate Borough Council and Your Harrogate, and we are very much looking forward to bringing back this world party to our beautiful park.

Harrogate Festivals makes this town playful and pleased to shake its booty!

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Carnival is being brought to life through Harrogate Borough Council and Your Harrogate.

“A carnival is a celebration, a festival and more over one big party – and that’s what Harrogate will be staging on the last Saturday in July.”
Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive, Harrogate Borough Council

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