Eclectic Camden – It’s Festival Season

Camden Town Market with the Canal, cloudy sky.

London is about as an eclectic capital city as you’ll find anywhere in the world. A heady melting pot of nationalities, cultures and customs and beliefs that has a uniquely global attraction. And so it is that every summer Londoner’s get to enjoy a cacophony of festivals. New sights, experiences, sounds, flavours and activities to broaden our minds and help us unwind.

So what’s on in 2017? Well, as ever, we’ve done the legwork, so take a quick gander this post and we’ll reveal some of the established and more unusual festivals that’ll be gracing the good borough of Camden this summer…

Food, Music, Entertainment, you name it, you’ll find a festival for almost everything in every corner of London over the summer. Here’s our pick of a few of the quirkiest in or around Camden.


With so much cultural diversity, you can get just about every food, from very corner of every continent in London. But finding these fabulous backstreet The Evening Standard has the answer – and it is Capital-wide, throughout June.  From an evening with Tom Parker-Bowles, Matthew Fort and Tim Hughes at the J Sheeky on 7th June, Atlantic Bar in Soho, to a workshop on PR for Food Startups here in Camden, you can discover something for every taste and palette over on the London Food Month website.


Camden is renowned as a location for Live Music – with the legendary Roundhouse being a favourite of big name acts. But it’s also got more than its fair share of smaller live music venues. With that, you’ll find music festivals for just about every genre – kicking off with Camden Rocks, which takes place this very weekend. 250 bands playing over 25 venues – find out more here.

Later in the month it’s the Return to Camden Town Festival – presents a festival of traditional Irish song and Dance. Who knows, perhaps Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl might come true for you.

Performance Art

Camden’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe is… erm.. the originally titled Camden Fringe.  Predictable name aside, think of it as the younger, more easy going cousin of the established northerner.  Set up to create an event that didn’t require an expensive decamp to Caledonia, it’s now in its eleventh year. You’ll find all manner of performance art taking place from 31st July all the way through to 27th August, across 23 venues. Whether you’re a fan of the unpredictability of Improv, the originality of comedic mime, or musical versions of classic English literature, there will undoubtedly be something of interest.  Bear in mind the fringe is a chance for both up and coming and established acts to experiment with new material, so don’t expect everything you go and see to be flawless. Get on over to the official website to search up what’s on – by genre, date or both!

Other Exhibitions

Art and History exhibitions are happening all over London all of the time. Whilst not strictly festivals – here’s our pick of some of the more interesting…

The Art of the Brick: DC comic book heroes is an exhibition taking place at the Doon Street Car Park. On until September it includes over 120 exhibits – created by acclaimed Lego artist Nathan Sawaya – of DC Comic Super-heroes and villains, incorporating  over 2 million lego bricks.

Down at the British Museum you’ll find the exhibition, Places of the mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850–1950, celebrating the work of UK landscape artists in the wake of the death of one of the most acclaimed of them all J W Turner. If you like English landscapes, you’ll love this. It’s Free Too.