Arts, culture and events
We deliver four main events that are part of Luton’s annual events calendar, as well as those linked to national celebrations and a range of arts and cultural activity across the town.
We work with partner organisations to make Luton a place where arts, culture and creativity brighten the lives and life chances of everyone in Luton.
Autumn highlights this year included Diwali and our popular fireworks display. Still to come is our spectacular Christmas event, Lighting up Luton, with special guests Peppa Pig and George announced in October..
The delivery and coordination of arts and culture activity is embedded within the Luton 2040 team, advancing the Luton 2040 outcome of ‘transforming lives throughout arts, culture and heritage’. See the arts, culture and the creative industries page to find out more about our strategic vision.
At the Bandstand
A programme of music, arts and cinema events located in our Wardown Park Bandstand - back in 2024.
Summer at Hat Gardens
Come back in 2024 for an unforgettable summer, with music and yoga, outdoor cinema, storytelling and Super Saturdays.
Hat Gardens Christmas festive fun
Join us on Saturday 9 December for our first ever Christmas event at our new pocket park on Bute Street.
Lighting up Luton - an annual celebration when our Christmas lights are switched on by special guests.
St George's Day
Entertainment and activities for our popular St George’s Day celebrations.
Desi Fest Luton
Returning in 2024 to celebrate the music, art and culture of Southern Asia.
Diwali in Luton
Celebrating the Hindu Festival of Lights in October.
St Patrick's Festival
Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.
Commemorate, celebrate and educate about the arrival and contribution of the Windrush generation.
Luton International Carnival
Bringing the joy of carnival to the streets of Luton the town's biggest free family event.
Black History Month
Come together during October to celebrate the positive role of Black people in shaping our communities.
A chance to remember those who gave so much in the service of their country.
Commemorated every year, marking the end of World War 1 on 11 November.
One of Luton’s most popular events, bringing communities together to enjoy entertainment in the sky.
Step Forward Luton
There are lots of exciting events happening in Luton, and Step Forward Luton is your go-to-source. Whether it’s Luton Carnival, Diwali or Pride, check the Step Forward Luton ‘what’s on guide’ to find an event that sparks your interest.
Local events organisations
The Culture Trust Luton
A Luton based charity showcasing high quality arts and cultural events across multiple sites.
The Hat District
Creative, work, show and share spaces in the restored hat factories of Luton.
Luton Music Service
The lead organisation of the Luton Music Education Hub – ‘The Mix’.
Find out about events held in Luton libraries such as Happy Baby Group.
Events and programmes such as henna art, animation, dance and beat-boxing.
Organise a street party
Find out about hosting your own event.