Summer of festivals 2018

2018 Summer of Festivals. One Borough; One CommunityIn 2015 we held a number of events across the borough to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

They were so well received, and enjoyed by around 100,000 people, that we made 2016 and 2017 even bigger and better.

We plan to make 2018 the best year yet!

Events programme 2018

  • One summer
  • Over 10 free events
  • Have the time of your life!

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Council events:

Barking Folk Festival

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June

Barking Town Square, Abbey Green and Abbey Ruins

A family-friendly festival celebrating folk music and dance from around the globe, complete with workshops, family fun and sensational street theatre. The evening concert in the beautiful setting of Abbey Ruins showcases the best names in folk music.

Eastbrookend Country Fair

Sunday 24 June

Eastbrookend Country Park

Escape to the Dagenham countryside for a day of family fun at the Eastbrookend Country Fair, with plenty of shows, entertainment and activities that celebrate the joys of nature and country living.

Steam and Cider Fair

Saturday 30 June

Old Dagenham Park

Enjoy traditional entertainment and attractions to reflect the borough’s rural and industrial heritage with steam engines, a classic car show, animals, arena acts and the popular Cider Stage featuring Country and Western favourites.

One Borough Festival

Saturday 21 July

Parsloes Park

This community focused event is back and promises to be even bigger and better.

This year is themed ‘Heroine of the Stage’ to mark the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote. The stage programme will be dedicated to the best of musical theatre.

Thrilling entertainment, dance, street theatre, family fun, and more; you name it we have something for all the family.

Roundhouse Music Festival

Monday 27 August

Central Park

A retro 70s rock concert with a modern twist to celebrate the rich musical history of the borough’s Roundhouse pub which has played host to some of the world’s most famous rock bands.

Don’t miss our BIG headliner, unbelievable tribute acts and the final of the Roundhouse Unsigned Competition.

Youth Parade

Sunday 16 September

Barking Park to Abbey Green

Our fifth annual youth parade to celebrate the borough’s inspirational young people and the positive contribution they make.

The parade culminates with a great family friendly event showcasing a number of clubs, groups and activities aimed at young people.

The event is also jammed packed with free family entertainment, workshops, rides and attractions.

Partner events:

Ticket prices apply for events marked *


(by Creative Barking and Dagenham)

Saturday 7 July

Dagenham Village

DAGFEST was the first festival created by local residents – the Cultural Connectors – and is now an annual summer festival with a village feel. In 2018 expect more outstanding circus, dance, street performance and music.

Now That’s a Festival *

(by Actz Media and ADS Events)

Friday 24 August

Central Park

More information will be available about this event shortly.

Now That’s a Festival *

(by Actz Media and ADS Events)

Saturday 25 August

Central Park

Big name music concert that promises to take you on a nostalgic musical journey!

With food, drink, entertainment, fairground rides, shopping and fashion shows.

R&B Sunday *

(by Actz Media and ADS Events)

Sunday 26 August

Central Park

More information will be available about this event shortly.