Providing we stay on track with the Government roadmap, (we’ve got everything crossed!) this summer will see the return of events and festivals, and we can’t wait.

Each year we look forward to a packed programme of vibrant events across the Tees Valley and after a year off in 2020 we are more than ready for them to return.

Here’s a round up of some of the events that you won’t want to miss in summer 2021.

Middlesbrough Mela

7, 8, 14 & 15 August (TBC)

Based in Albert Park, the Middlesbrough Mela is one of the biggest and most spectacular multi-cultural festivals in the North East bringing together live music, delicious food, fashion and lots of family fun.

Follow Mela Boro on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Hullabaloo in the Park

12 – 25 July

We are sure you have missed the magical performances from children’s theatre The Hullabaloo over the last year as much as we have, so we can’t wait to see South Park in Darlington transformed into a child’s dreamland.

Storytelling sessions, a mini pride, interactive play time and outdoor exhibitions will bring back some magic from 12 – 25 July.

Visit the website for more information.

Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)

29 July – 1 August

SIRF returns to Stockton high street this July and brings with it some of the best UK artists and performers for a four day extravaganza.

The 2021 festival will be jam-packed with world class shows – from the magical and quirky performances, to stunning visual experiences, daring dance and spectacular circus – there’s a whole host of free, fun and family friendly entertainment for everyone.

To find out more head to

Darlington Pride Weekender

7 – 9 August

Darlington Pride Weekender is back for 2021. The team is working hard behind the scenes to bring a colourful celebration to the streets of Darlington at the beginning of August.

Keep an eye on their social media for further details.

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2021: Rebirth

28 & 29 August

The Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is set to be re-born for 2021, bringing back another packed programme of open-air performances, immersive experiences, family-friendly activities and art installations over the August bank holiday weekend.

You can also look out for tiny tasters of the festival with Little Waterfront moments which will spread across Hartlepool throughout June.

Get your Hartlepool Waterfront fix at

Mish Mash Festival

28 & 29 August

The ultimate family friendly festival is set to return to Darlington Market Square this August. As its name suggests, Mish Mash brings together the perfect mix of dance, amazing music from around the world and unique workshops.

The launch event in 2019 saw the festival doused in glorious sunshine, so let’s hope for the same for 2021!

Check in with Enjoy Darlington for more updates coming soon.

Last Train Home Festival

4 September

It’s all aboard for the Last Train Home Festival which pulls into Darlington on 4 September. On board will be four stages at The Forum and The Hullabaloo filled with amazing live music and comedy.

Don’t delay, get your hands on some tickets now at

Festival of Thrift

25 & 26 September

Putting the sass into sustainable living, the Festival of Thrift is back for its free, fun celebration of everyday living with upcycling, recycling, and everything else in between. Unique live performances, delicious food and a series of hands-on workshops will fill the glorious grounds of Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar, this is one festival you don’t want to miss!

Find out more at

More events to look out for this summer

Orange Pip Market
from 31 July

The Northern Festival of Illustration
18 September – 27 November

Darlington R ‘n’ B Festival
10 – 12 September

Make and Mend Festival
12 September

Gathering Sounds Festival
25 September

For more events happening across the Tees Valley this summer and beyond, check out our What’s On page.


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