Added - Wed - 18 / Apr / 18

About What's on 2018 - Town Centre

Merthyr’s events and festivals

Celebrate with us as Merthyr comes alive with festivals and events celebrating the very best of our town. We are enthusiastic about sharing the things we love with you, whether it’s our local food and drink, our history, our sense of humour or our radical past.

Take a look at our exciting programme and enjoy a taste of the real Merthyr Tydfil.

The Man Engine ~10 April

Celebrate Merthyr’s industrial past with the awesome Man Engine, a colossal moving mechanical 35ft high puppet

Merthyr Comedy Festival ~ 13 & 14 April

Two days of laughter and mirth featuring established stars and rising talent from across the UK

Merthyr Scooter Rally ~ 12 May

A day for nostalgic motorists to indulge in memories of the swinging 60s when scooters were at their most popular

Merthyr Rising ~ 25, 26 & 27 May

A packed three days of music, arts and ideas in the birthplace of the red flag

Pop Up Chilli Fest ~ 23 June

One day of chilli mayhem culminating in the Clash of the Titans chill eating contest

Valleys Ale Trail ~ 14 July

Explore the Valleys and some of the finest local pubs on this unique real ale trail

Tasty Merthyr Tydfil ~ 14 to 21 July

A week long feast of food and drink with pop up restaurants, foodie trails, tastings and demos

Merthyr Food Festival ~ 21 July

Fabulous stalls, tasty cooking demos, delicious local produce and much more

Sunset Cinema ~ 18 August

Relax in comfort to a good film, a tasty bite and a day out with your friends and family

Crownload ~ 25 & 26 August

Chill out to two days of non-stop music, good food and a cooling drink

Merthyr Tydfil Global Village ~ 22 September

Showcasing music, dance and food from across the globe as a celebration of Merthyr’s diverse communities

Christmas Lights Switch-On ~ 17 November

A family friendly day of festive happenings culminating in the switch on of the town’s delightful Christmas Lights

Santa at St Tydfil ~ November/December

Take a break from your Christmas shopping, join Santa in his grotto and delight the kids

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Last Updated - Wed - 18 / Apr / 18