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Kirkstall Festival 2024: All you need to know about times, parade, stalls and entertainment

This year’s Kirkstall Festival is set to draw the crowds thanks to a mix of the annual grand parade, activities, stalls, food, drink, entertainment and a fun fair.

The 45th annual Kirkstall Festival will be held in the idyllic grounds of the 12 century Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday, 13 July, and is open from 11am until 5pm.

The festival has now been a mainstay in the Leeds social calendar since 1981, attracting up to 25,000 people of all ages each year to the Abbey grounds. It’s run entirely by volunteers.

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Crowds are expected at Kirkstall Festival this Saturday. Photo is of the 2019 event.

Parade times

The Festival parade will be leaving Hesketh Road at 11am – an hour earlier than last year – to arrive at the Abbey by around 11.45am

There is likely to be heavy traffic and extra delays in the area between 11am and 12pm due to the procession.

Check out the parade map below:


Music performances booked for the 2024 festival include: Andrew Metheven, City of Leeds Youth Training Orchestra, Colour of Light, Fiesta Mestisa, Gary Stewart, Indigo Slink, Kinaara, LS18 Rocks, Armley’s Mik Artistik, Music From The Attic, Naomi Kelly, Pick n Mix, Roots Alive, Sam Thornton, Socially Distant and Vig Vam Bam.


Activities on festival day include:

Here’s a brief guide to the day’s activities – a full programme is available on the day which people are encouraged to buy and support the festival.

Traffic, parking and travel

The latest guides on how to get to the festival can be found here, but attendees are encouraged to use public transport where possible.

Buy a programme

Attendees are asked to buy a programme from sellers on the day for £3. The festival heavily relies on programme sales to be sustainable in future years.

More information

More information can be found via the Kirkstall Festival website.

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