The past 12 months have been huge here in Wales. From Royal visits to qualifying for the World Cup there have been plenty of big dates for you to note down in your diary – and the 2023 calendar is looking just as busy. With gigs, festivals, sporting events, competitions, and more planned throughout the country there’s plenty to look forward to.

There are a huge range of dates for you to put in your calendar for the upcoming year as Wales is set to host a number of artists on their tours. With big names in music, from Harry Styles to Fatboy Slim, coming to play in Cardiff to Peter Kay’s sell-out tour there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout 2023.

As well as the return of some major cultural events that have become regulars in the diary – like the Royal Welsh Show and the Llangollen Eisteddfod – a whole host of different music festivals will also be held across the country throughout the year. So, from entertainment to sport, here are some of the unmissable events coming to Wales in 2023.

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New Year’s Day swim Saundersfoot

The New Year’s Day swim at Saundersfoot is returning for the 37th time. The last swim attracted 2,000 swimmers. Thousands flock to the pretty village every year to take part in the event, many of whom have donned some interesting costumes. Find out about other New Year’s Day swims here.

The 1975

Ross MacDonald of The 1975

The 1975 are taking their At Their Very Best tour to the Cardiff International Arena on Tuesday, January 17. The tour was announced in September in anticipation of their album Being Funny in a Foreign Language. The tour will continue throughout the UK and Ireland before finishing on January 30 in Belfast. The gig marks the band’s first time back in Cardiff since the pandemic. They were last in the city in February 2020 just weeks before Wales went into its first lockdown and before any coronavirus cases had been confirmed. Find out more here.

Six Nations

Wales hosted Italy in the last Six Nations but will face Ireland and England at home this time around

The Guinness Six Nations home games will be taking place in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on February 4 and 25. The city centre is set to be packed with fans as Wales take on Ireland and England at the stadium. The annual competition contested is by the national teams of Wales, England, Scotland, France, Ireland and Italy. Find out more here.

Fatboy Slim

Appearing at the Cardiff International Arena, the renowned DJ and producer will be coming to the city as part of his latest UK tour. He’ll be playing in the capital on Friday, March 24. He will also be performing in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Brighton, and Bournemouth as part of the tour. You can find out more here.

Laugharne Weekend

Dylan Thomas’ boathouse in Laugharne

The annual literary and arts festival returns between March 24-26 and there are already a range of performers on the line-up for this coming year. Comedians Stewart Lee and Isy Suttie are on the list of acts as well as American singer PP Arnold. The small-scale festival takes place across the town’s clubs, churches, and halls. Find out more here.

Machynlleth Comedy Festival

The festival that attracts some of the biggest names in comedy is returning for 2023. The festival is set to take place between April 28-30. Past acts have included Stewart Lee, Nish Kumar, and Josh Widdicombe but, as well as comedy, there’s a whole host of other events to keep you amused across the weekend. Find out more here.


Paramore playing at Reading Festival in 2012

The legendary American rock band will be coming to the Cardiff International Arena on Saturday, April 15, as part of their upcoming UK and Ireland tour. The tour was announced alongside the band’s new album This Is Why. Five UK dates, including Cardiff, were announced as part of the tour. The band will also be performing in Glasgow, Manchester, London, and Birmingham, but their appearance in Cardiff marks their first of their UK dates. Find out more here.

Focus Wales

The Wrexham festival showcases three days of music with more than 250 artists across 20 stages. Taking place between May 4-6 this year will mark the 12th instalment of the festival and is set to welcome around 20,000 people to the north Wales city. In addition to the variety of music acts the festival is also set to host film screenings and arts events. Find out more here.

Snowdonia Half Marathon

On May 14 the Snowdonia Half Marathon will mark its 11th anniversary. The scenic but tough route starts and finishes in the village of Llanrwst, taking runners across the dramatic scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The route takes participants up Llyn Geirionydd, up and over to Llyn Crafnant, back down to Trefriw, before heading to go up Forest Hill and back down to the finish via Gwydyr Castle. Find out more about the event here.

Cader Idris Race

Another one for the runners’ calendar, Ras y Gader (the Cader Idris mountain race) is set to take place on May 20. One of the toughest fell races in Wales, the event starts and finishes in Dolgellau, climbing almost 3,000ft from sea level to the summit of Pen y Gader. The race is made up of a range of terrain from flat tracks behind Gwernan lake to the boulder fields of the final ascent. Find out more here.

Hay Festival

Hay-on-Wye is famous for the Hay Festival and the many book shops in the town

The huge literary festival returns to the book town of Hay-on-Wye for 10 days of talks and events featuring some of the world’s greatest writers and performers. Set on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, the festival takes place just a short drive or walk away from Hay-on-Wye where there are plenty of bookshops for literature lovers to explore. The festival takes place between May 25 and June 4. Find out more here.

In It Together Festival

In It Together 2023 will see performances from a wide range of singers, musicians, and bands

The In It Together Festival comes to Margam from May 26-28 with a variety of music. With many more still to be announced the line-up so far features The Kooks, Anne-Marie, James Bay, Jake Bugg, The Vamps, UB40, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, and James among many more. Find out more information here.

Urdd Eisteddfod

Mistar Urdd

One of Europe’s biggest youth festivals, the Urdd Eisteddfod takes place in Llandovery in Carmarthenshire between May 29 and June 3. The festival attracts around 90,000 visitors every year. It’s the eighth time that Carmarthenshire has hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod but it’s the first time the event will be visiting Llandovery. Find out more here.


Coldplay’s Chris Martin performing on stage at Wembley Stadium

Coldplay will be in Cardiff on June 6 and 7 for their Music of the Spheres tour. The band is coming to the city as part of their world tour and will also visit Manchester, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The band previously visited the capital on the A Head Full of Dreams tour following a 17-year gap after they brought their debut album Parachutes to Clwb Ifor Bach and Cardiff University’s Great Hall. Find out more here.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys will tour in 2023

The Swansea.com Stadium will play host to the British band’s UK and Ireland tour on June 12 as the Sheffield band pays their first visit to the stadium. The tour is in support of its seventh studio album, The Car, which came out in October. The Car comes four and a half years after their last album Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino and 16 years after their smash-hit debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The band will be supported by The Hives and The Mysterines. Find out more here.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Harry Styles is bringing his Love On tour to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Having now established his solo career, and having had his previous concerts postponed due to the pandemic, the pop star will be appearing at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Tuesday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 21. Find out more here.

Peter Kay

Peter Kay has returned to touring for the first time in 12 years

One of Britain’s best-loved comedians, more than 100,000 people joined the online queue for Cardiff tickets to see Peter Kay. Both Cardiff dates that were announced sold out within minutes for the comedian’s first tour in 12 years. He will be performing at Cardiff International Arena on June 16 and 17. Find out more here.

Wales Airshow

The Red Arrows in 2022

Across two days in July some of the world’s best pilots visit Swansea Bay for a spectacular display of aerial acrobatics. Featuring the incredible Red Arrows, as well as jets and helicopters, the weekend has plenty to keep spectators entertained. Swansea Prom is packed out for the event every year with around 200,000 attending. As well as entertainment taking place in the skies the prom is transformed with food and drink trucks, entertainment, and more. The event this year will take place across July 1 and 2. Find out more here.

Love Trails Gower

Love Trails on the Gower Peninsula inn 2022

Love Trails is taking place between July 6 and 9 in 2023 with trail running, beach trips, and laid-back music sessions as part of the daytime agenda while festivalgoers can dance under the stars to a selection of DJs and live acts until the early hours of the morning. Find out more here.


Held deep in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, just minutes from some of the UK’s finest coastlines, Westival will take place between July 20 and 24. The festival, which is strictly for those aged 18 or over, offers a shuttle bus to the beach, an eclectic line-up of performing artists, and beautiful views. Find out more here.

Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show will return in July

The Royal Welsh Show returns for another year in July and is set to take place between July 24-27 in Llanelwedd. One of the major events in the British agricultural calendar, it returned in 2022 for the first time since 2019. The show will feature a range of livestock, activities, entertainment for spectators, and a huge array of food and drink across four days. With a 12-hour programme for each day of the show there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Find more here.

Fforest Gather

Wales’ smallest festival is back for another year between July 24-30 and July 31 – August 6. The festival has just 200 tickets per week. It promises to be a new kind of holiday, with “adventures, creativity, making, growing, simple pleasures, good people, good food and good times.” There’s also unique accommodation and camping for those who want to stay at the festival. Find out more here.

Steelhouse Festival

Set on a breath-taking location on a mountaintop in Ebbw Vale, Steelhouse Festival features international classic rock music across three days in July. The 2023 festival is set to take place between July 28-30. The festival, which was originally established in 2011, has bands such as The Answer, Blues Pills, Florence Black, and The Vintage Caravan lined up for this year. Find out more here.

Llangollen Eisteddfod

Artist Luke Jerram’s artwork Bridges, Not Walls, covering the Llangollen Bridge in 2021

The exact dates of the eisteddfod are yet to be confirmed however it will be held in the week commencing July 3. The annual event takes place in the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen with six days of music and folk dance from all over the world. The event has been running for 75 years, returning for the first time since the start of the pandemic last year. Find out more here.

Cardiff Food and Drink Festival

Yum yum!

The Cardiff Food and Drink festival takes place in Cardiff Bay with a huge range of stalls to visit as well as live music. The festival returned after a two-year hiatus in 2022 and brings together the best local produce, traders, and food to Roald Dahl Plass. The dates for the 2023 festival have yet to be confirmed. Find more here.

The National Eisteddfod

Dawnsio Qwerin group showcasing their dancing abilities in front of the Eisteddfod sign in Tregaron, Ceredigion, in 2022

The National Eisteddfod will take place in Boduan, Gwynedd, between August 5-12. Celebrating the Welsh culture and language the event welcomes everyone. There are plenty of competitions to enter ahead of the event and plenty of tents full of entertainment, music, and more for all ages across the week. Find out more here.

Green Man

The Green Man Festival returns to the Glanusk Estate between August 17-20. The family-friendly festival, set within the stunning surrounds of the Brecon Beacons National Park, includes comedy, relaxation zones, food areas, and talks in addition to a great range of music. This year’s line-up has yet to be announced but you can find out more about the festival here.

Between the Trees

Taking place in Candleston Park, Merthyr Mawr, the festival is held in ancient woodland over the bank holiday weekend between August 25-27. There’s a line-up of indie, contemporary, and traditional folk music across the three days as well as Words in the Woods, which features a medley of authors, speakers, and poets. The festival also features debates and talks from knowledgeable naturalists and academics as well as wellbeing and mindfulness sessions and arts masterclasses. Find out more here.

World bog-snorkelling championships

Not for the faint-hearted

This year marks the 35th annual world bog-snorkelling championships. The unique event attracted 170 participants on a blisteringly hot August day in 2022 with people coming from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Ireland, Finland, Poland, South Africa, and the USA to take part. The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog and, as well as the unusual event, features food and drink stalls, crafts, and live music. This year’s event takes place on August 27. Find out more here.


Swimming through the chilling waters is just the start

The renowned triathlon will be taking place in Tenby on September 3. With a stunning sunrise swim on the sandy North Beach kicking things off participants then embark on a bike course across the Pembrokeshire coastline before a town-centre run in Tenby. The annual event is among the most challenging on the Ironman calendar. Find out more here.

Cardiff Half Marathon

Runners focused while completing the 2022 Cardiff Half Marathon

The countdown has begun for the Cardiff Half Marathon which will return to the city on October 1, 2023. The massive event has sold out every year and the October 2022 race saw 25,000 people running the route. In 2023 the race will be marking its 20th year and organisers say a “big celebration” is planned as a result. “Expect a festival of activity and special commemorative finishers items to mark the milestone,” the entry page reads. Find out how you can take part in the event here.

Coral Welsh Grand National

The biggest race of the year in Wales, the Coral Welsh Grand National is scheduled to take place the day after Boxing Day every year at Chepstow Racecourse. The racecourse has been home to the event since 1949 and attracts thousands of spectators each year as well as some of the finest long-distance chasers to compete for the big prize. Find out more here.