It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2021.
Whether you’re glad to see the back of this year or if you’re feeling anxious about what might come in the new one, we hope this guide can give you something to look forward to.
Here’s a run down of all the big events and festivals that are happening in York in 2022.
What’s new in York for 2022?
York St. John University’s new Creative Centre launches in February with a programme of events that are open to the wider public.
The plans to transform College Green into York Minster’s pocket park will hopefully come to fruition in the new year, and the major conservation project at Clifford’s Tower may be completed so it can once again open to the public.
Here at YorkMix we are wishing all our readers a safe and happy 2022.
York Holocaust Memorial Day
The 2022 theme is One Day – there will be a special online event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day featuring talks and short films with keynote speaker Lucy Adlington.
York Residents Festival
York Residents Festival is back! A whole weekend to say thank you to the residents of the city complete with dining and retail offers, behind the scenes tours and more.
York Winter Comic Con
Enjoy plenty of fun geekiness at the York Winter Comic Con. There will be special guests, traders, attractions and more.
That JORVIK Viking Thing
The Vikings return in 2022! Learn about York’s viking history with nine days of online fun and education.
Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy
A brand new exhibition coming to York Art Gallery that will explore the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers, known as the Bloomsbury Group.
York Ice Trail
The UK’s biggest outdoor Ice Trail is back for 2022! The city centre will be transformed as spectacular ice sculptures take over the streets of York.
York Fashion Week
York’s most fashionable festival is back – featuring workshops, talks and more.
York Literature Festival
Calling all literature lovers – this is the festival for you. From spoken word to poetry, this is a celebration of all things lit. Previous quests have included Mark Gatiss, Michael Palin and Lucy Worsley.
York Restaurant Week
York Restaurant Week celebrates the fantastic food and drink scene in York – with a whole host of deals for your favourite eateries.
York Blues Festival
A whole music festival dedicated to blues in York! Held at The Crescent, this will be the third year of the extremely popular event.
York Chocolate Festival
Who doesn’t love chocolate? With demos, tasting events and more this festival is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.
The racing season kicks off at York Racecourse with the Dante Festival! Grab some friends, head out into the sun and enjoy a day of excitement.
York Spring and Food Festival
After a successful debut in 2021, the York Spring and Food Festival is back. Featuring a vintage funfair, yummy street food, gift stalls and more.
York Taster Festival
A taster for the main Food and Drink Festival in September!
York Festival of Ideas
A festival of free events to ‘educate, entertain and inspire’. From theatre to exhibitions to family-friendly activities and much more.
After two years of postponement due to Covid let’s hope that York Pride can make a comeback in 2022 in all its fabulous glory – in what will be the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride in the UK.
John Smith Meeting
Informal party highlight of the year with betting excitement and summer fun.
York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge
Time for another battle on the Ouse as once again teams will compete for the Challenge Trophy and more prestigious awards in this exciting water race.
The largest maze in the UK will return in 2022 with all the family fun! Any guesses for what the design might be this year…
Time to celebrate all things Yorkshire with a whole host of events in the city centre.
Yorkshire Ebor Festival
Sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days!
York Unleashed Comic Con
More nerdy fun at York Racecourse as the main Comic Con event returns for another year.
York Walls Festival
A festival that celebrates York’s community and heritage and all that goes on within and without the world-famous Bar Walls.
Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge
After two years this crazily fun go-cart race down one of York’s most iconic streets is back!
YorkMix Family Raceday
Our first YorkMix Family Raceday in 2021 was a fantastic day – and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2022! There will be fun for all the family with racing, entertainment and (hopefully) sunshine.
York Book Fair
With over 100,000 books to browse through, this is any readers dream. There will be rare, antiquarian and secondhand books, as well as prints, maps and more.
Heritage Open Days
Explore some of York’s most iconic venues – for free!
York Balloon Fiesta
Yorkshire’s biggest hot air balloon festival is back! Expect hot air balloon launches, children’s entertainment, live music, tribute acts, food and drink, and more.
York Food and Drink Festival
The tastiest festival in York! York Food and Drink Festival aims to celebrate local and regional food and drink complete with live demos, tastings and stalls.
This will be your last chance to visit York Races in 2022.
Rugby League World Cup
The Rugby League World Cup is finally here – and York is one of the host cities! The LNER Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals.
Get out those running shoes as the Yorkshire Marathon is back. For runners of all abilities – it’s time to smash your PB.
Do you dare to enter Hallowscream? Get ready for a fright or two…or fifty…This is what nightmares are made of.
Yorktoberfest brings beer, bratwurst and all things Bavarian to York Racecourse! After a successful debut in 2021, lets hope the fest will be back for 2022.
The biennial arts festival is scheduled to return in 2022 with what will surely be more innovative exhibitions and events.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
See some of the best new short films from around the world. The festival also includes talks from guest speakers, masterclasses, and much more.
Cazoo UK Snooker Championship
Snooker is back once again at York Barbican! Who will battle it out to win that coveted trophy?
York Christmas Festival
There’s no better time to be in York than at Christmas. Lets hope the Christmas Markets and other festivities make a welcome return in 2022.