Isle of Wight events are happening all year round, with something to suit all interests. In total, more than 1,000 local, national and international events and concerts are staged in the Isle of Wight every year, making it the ultimate place to be seen, to compete and to party.
The Isle of Wight festival scene is a huge draw for visitors. The summer months sees music and cultural festivals taking place in June and July, while major sports events are held on the Island throughout much of the year including Cowes Week in August.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, there is also the annual Walking Festival and Cycling Festival to look forward to, not to mention the many local carnivals, celebrations and fetes taking place through the year, confirming the Isle of Wightís reputation as Englandís Carnival Island.
2017 Events include...
Saturday 29th April 2017 - Sunday 14th May 2017
Lace up those walking boots and set off on your very own adventure through the English countryside! The popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns as IsleWalk2017, with local and visiting walkers of all ages and abilities setting off on trails across the Islandís picturesque landscape. Walkers will get up close and personal with the best of the Island's stunning scenery, as they journey from the beautiful chalky cliffs of the west coast to the lush green rolling hills of the east.
Sunday 14th May 2017 - Sunday 14th May 2017
Now in its 27th year Walk the Wight is the Earl Mountbatten Hospice biggest fundraising event of the year, with up to 12,000 people taking part across four different walks. The main walk of 26.5 miles from Bembridge to the Needles at Alum Bay takes in some of the most beautiful sights the Island has to offer.
Friday 2nd June 2017 - Sunday 4th June 2017
During the Festival, Yarmouth's picturesque harbour will be filled with life and colour with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet. On shore there will be a huge range of attractions keeping the thousands of visitors entertained from morning til night all weekend.
Thursday 8th June 2017 - Sunday 11th June 2017
The Isle of Wight festival shot to popularity in the 1970s after appearances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix and The Who. Since 2002, it has been held annually at Seaclose Park. Headliners for 2017 include Arcade Fire, David Guetta, Rod Stewart, The Pretenders and many more.
Saturday 1st July 2017 - Wednesday 30th August 2017
During the summer the Isle of Wight bursts in to carnival season with over 20 of the Island villages and town playing host to a local carnival. Performers, artists, bands, carnival queens and local characters come out to entertain the crowds.
Saturday 1st July 2017
The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, sponsored this year by Cloudy Bay. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world.
Friday 14th July 2017 - Sunday 16th July 2017
The Rhythmtree World Music Festival's is an independent music festival is situated on beautiful farmland close to the famous West Wight Heritage Coast. Now in its fifth year the Rhythmtree has a great reputation for showcasing an extraordinarily diverse mix of world influenced music.
Saturday 29th July 2017 - Saturday 5th August 2017
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
Friday 11th August 2017 - Monday 14th August 2017
V-Dub Island is a family camping festival offering a fun packed weekend for Volkswagen enthusiasts and music lovers alike. With three stages, over 80 bands and DJís youíre guaranteed a music filled weekend.