5 unmissable things to do in Cardiff this year


Cardiff Castle

The Welsh Capital is a place that is always bouncing, with a hive of activity, both residents and tourists visiting this incredible city looking for something to do, won't be disappointed with Cardiff always delivering. From live music to family experiences, to history and castles and side-splitting comedy, whatever your vibe Cardiff has you covered.

But, with so much on offer, it can often be hard to decide what the best option actually is. Don’t worry, that’s where I come in. I've got a list of the five unmissable Cardiff events that you need to attend before the year's end.

So scroll down, and check out what’s on offer, Cardiff will undoubtedly surprise you!

1. Rhod Gilbert | Hoof Cancer

When: Saturday 9th September - Sunday 10th September 2023

Where: Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

Velindre Fundraising and their Patron Rhod Gilbert are putting on their latest Hoof Cancer Right Where It Hurts gig at Wales Millennium Centre.

This will be the third Hoof Cancer gig Velindre Patron Rhod has hosted. The event will raise funds for Rhod’s next Velindre trek which takes place in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains from 5 October. This will be the sixth Velindre trek Rhod has led, following on from the 2013 Kilimanjaro Trek of a Lifetime, Patagonia in 2015, Peru in 2017, Nepal in 2019 and Cuba in 2022.

The Morocco trek will be particularly poignant as it will be the first trek that Rhod has led since his cancer diagnosis in May 2022. Rhod is a true Welsh hero, and this will be a special gig for both him and his fans!

Rhod Gilbert

2. Oktoberfest Cymru 2023

When: Saturday 30th September 2023

Where: VSA Warehouse in Cardiff

Cardiff Oktoberfest 2023 is back, and we couldn't be more excited! You and your pals can embrace all things Bavarian and have endless boozy fun as the festival comes to Cardiff's VSA Warehouse. The day will be complete with a beer hall atmosphere, table service by waitresses in traditional German dress, authentic German food, live entertainment from Bavarian Oompah bands, a sausage-eating contest, and, of course, authentic Oktoberfest beer. Plus, the venue will be fully dressed up in Oktoberfest style, promising a truly immersive experience. Get your lederhosen ready and grab your tickets for this unforgettable event. Don't miss out on Cardiff Oktoberfest 2023!


3. Life of Pi

When: Tuesday 17th - Saturday 21st October 2023

Where: Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

Based on the global phenomenon and winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide, Life of Pi is the acclaimed and hugely popular adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope, and the theatrical version is coming to the Wales Millennium Centre for 5 days in October.

Winner of every major play award including five Oliviers. Jaw-dropping visuals, magic and world-class puppetry combine in a unique and breathtaking theatrical event that is a true wonder to behold. Don’t miss its short stint in town!

Life of Pi

4. Llais Festival 2023

When: Wednesday 11th - Sunday 15th October 2023

Where: Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

Don't miss out on Llais Festival 2023 - a musical celebration curated by Welsh Music Prize winner and Mercury Prize nominee, Gwenno - which celebrates all things Welsh music across 5 days of pure entertainment.

With events including a special tribute to Joni Mitchell called "Both Sides Now," featuring an all-female lineup including Cardiff's own Charlotte Church, Laura Mvula, ESKA, and Gwenno, backed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Bat for Lashes, who will also rock the stage with her iconic hits; The Unthanks who will host an all-day event showcasing their acclaimed albums; as well as a packed schedule of free workshops and oh so many more music events across the Wales Millennium Centre!

Llais Festival 2023

5. Christmas Light Trail at Bute Park

When: Friday 24th November 2023 – Monday 1st January 2024

Where: Bute Park in Cardiff

Head down to Bute Park this festive season as their award-winning Christmas Light trail, the most popular light trail of its kind outside London returns once again in 2023. Secure your tickets early for this enchanting experience, featuring an extended route with captivating visuals and original audio compositions. Enjoy dynamic choreography and intelligent design amidst awe-inspiring illuminations. Our fully accessible route and delectable street food from local vendors ensure a magical, unforgettable evening. Don't miss the joy of Christmas at Bute Park, where lights and creativity converge in a spectacular display. You can read our review of last year's Christmas Light trail here

Bute Park light trail

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