Unmissable London Festivals in 2022
We read a lot of emails and scoured the internet for the underdogs, the independent free ones, and big London festivals with DIY spirit.
We categorised our recommendations into two categories:
Free (Is The Magic Number)
7 May | Trafalgar Square
This unique cultural event marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Developed in partnership with London based arts, culture and grass roots Muslim organisations, this vibrant festival brings communities, families and friends together to enjoy the celebrations.
Highlights include: Big acts and Malaysian, Turkish, South Asian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indonesian, and Arabic food.
26 August-11 September 2022 | Multiple Venues
Our ultimate favourite free festival gives you spectacular thrills and spills all over south east London.
15 May | Urban Village Fete
Free workshops, talks and entertainment, eclectic local traders, and spectacular street food near the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula.
27-30 May 2019 | Victoria Park, Mile End
Four days of free events including an outdoor cinema, live music, creative workshops, street food, pop up craft beer bars, and panels & talks.
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2022| Brockwell Park
Do the Lambeth walk to this rather amazing slice of country life in the city.
Highlights: Full programme still to be announced, but expect everything from Samba brass bands to horticultural shows, sheep and owl displays, home grown vegetables, and flower competitions.
16 July | Mountsfield Park Lewisham
London’s best free community festival finally returns to Lewisham, the borough of culture and sanctuary.
Weekends 15 July – 14 August 2022 | National Theatre
Every weekend the South Bank side of the National Theatre sees a takeover by some top culture brands including the hilarious drag antics of The Glory (15-17 July), innovation from HOME Manchester (22-24 July), exciting new work from Hackney Empire Young Producers (29-31 July), rebel dance from Hofesh Schechter (5-7 August), and a final blowout from National Theatre themselves (12-14 August).
25-26 June | Trafalgar Square
See all the key highlights of the West End’s triumphant shows at this free theatre fest.
Cheap & Chic
23-24 April | Ovalspace
Get sweaty at this indie future fest from alt-legends DIY magazine.
10-19 June | Southbank Centre
1-5 June | Southbank Centre
Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as LGBTQI+ club Duckie presents the daytime Posh Club “Official” and late night “Alternative” Royal Command Performances. Delve into a day exploring how punk exploded into popular culture in 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee, including an exclusive screening and panel discussion with Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle on his new Sex Pistols series, Pistol.
Other highlights: Fun-filled performances for all the family with Moxie Brawl’s Punk Alley, Half Moon’s Party and Folk Dance Remixed’s Step Hop House
3 & 4 June | Brockwell Park | From £49.50+fee
Abandon any pretence of civility and let it all go, as this carnival of camp returns to town with an insanely good pop line up.
Highlights: Samantha Fox, Charity Shop Sue, Steps, Sugababes & Kim Wilde.