There are two major events in Cardiff this weekend – the Cardiff Harbour Festival and Cardiff Mardi Gras. Details of both are below, as well as other events taking place across the city over the next two days.
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Cardiff Harbour Festival kicks off this afternoon, with an action packed weekend in the Bay which includes the Extreme Sailing Series – the UK leg of the inshore racing event. The festival begins today at 1.45pm, and will go through to Sunday with highlights including the British Fishcraft Championships, a continental market in Roald Dahl Plas, street performers, and even a best dressed pirate and sea creature competition. In the Extreme Sailing Series, eight teams will battle each other in 40ft catamarans on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The racers often come within touching distance of the shore, giving spectators a chance to see the speed and skill of the sailors up close. A full programme of festival events across the whole weekend can be found here.
Saturday sees Mardi Gras return to Cardiff, billed as Wales’ largest celebration of diversity and equality. This year the event will include the first ever Mardi Gras parade, setting off from Dumballs Road, through St Mary Street and High Street before arriving in Coopers Field for the main event at 12.30pm. Gates for the 10-hour celebration in Coopers Field open at midday, with a line-up including The Freemasons, Marcus Collins, Abel the Kid and Ruth Lorenzo. An adult ticket for the day costs £6, five-16-year-olds £3, and under 5s go free. For full details of the line-up, ticket prices and timings, visit the Cardiff Mardi Gras website.
If you’re in town for the Mardi Gras, take a stroll down to St Mary Street Market. It runs from 11am to 5pm outside the entrance to Cardiff Indoor Market, with changing vendors including vintage clothing, unusual antiques, jewellery, and artisan foods.
The Cardiff Story will open its latest city showcase exhibition on Saturday. The showcase – a changing exhibition looking at different Cardiff communities – will be taken over for the next three months by Deafblind Cymru, looking at what life is like for people with both sensory impairments. Find out more about the exhibition here.
We reported earlier this week on Cardiff artist Rachel-Helena Walsh’s new exhibition at Milkwood Gallery. Based on a friendship Rachel discovered in 20 years worth of letters in a charity shop, the Norman and Judith exhibition explores how Rachel tracked down details about the lives of the two letters writers and uncovered their stories. More details can be found here.
The weekly Roath Real Food Market, held at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street, will run from 9.30am to 1pm.
Eastern Leisure Centre in Llanrumney will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Sunday with a free family fun and community day between midday and 4pm. Activities during the afternoon will include sessions from Welsh Athletics and Badminton Wales, gymnastics demonstrations, martial arts, break dancing, trampolining, a climbing wall and a pool party with inflatables.
Cardiff Storytelling Circle will hold its latest meeting in Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday night from 8pm. Pop along to share and listen to a selection of stories.
Riverside Market will be on Fitzhamon Embankment from 10am to 2pm.