A-Z of Free Festivals in London this Summer 2017

It’s nearly time for summer to pulsate through the city and free festivals in London give space for the community to P-A-R-T-Y for free.

Crystal Palace Overground Festival | 12-18 June | All around Crystal Palace

Head on the Gingerline to the original home of the spectacular popular entertainment Crystal Palace for a programme packed full of free events, music and markets.

Crystal Palace Overground Festival - Free London Festivals

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival | 23 June – 8 July | All around Greenwich & Docklands

The one and only Greenwich + Docklands Festival returns to give London dazzling spectacle & extraordinary everyday adventures.

Lambeth Country Show | Sat 15 & Sun 16 July 2017 – 12 noon-8pm | Brockwell Park

Escape to the country (IN LAMBETH!) with a free fair packed full of horticulture, reggae beats and farmyard fun.

lambeth country show

Lewisham People’s Day | Sat 8 July 2017 | Mountsfield Park, Catford/Hither Green

A remarkably chilled out community festival with live music, stalls & zany acts aplenty.

Lewisham People's Day

London Bridge City Summer Festival | 1 June – 31 October | London Bridge City

London’s finest amphitheatre has a programme worthy of the gods including theatre with a Russian flavour, outdoor cinema featuring contemporary classics Harry Potter, Top Gun, Fame & Labyrinth & activities galore such as fitness & dance classes.

London Bridge City Free Festival

River Stage at the National Theatre

Not much info yet on the NT’s hip way of spending summer on the South Bank.

the river stage

Walthamstow Garden Party | Sat 15 & Sun 16 July | Lloyd Park, Walthamstow

E17 gets a terrific alfresco shindig mixing together music, theatre, dance, circus, film, spoken word, crafts and family fun.

walthamstow garden party

image © Gar Powell-Evans

West End Live | Sat 24 June 11am – 6pm
 & Sun 25 June 12noon – 6pm | Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross

LIFE IS A HAPPY SONG! When you discover your inner ‘Dancing Queen’ at this free West End showcase.

west end live

Did we miss one of the finest free festivals in London? If so please leave a comment below…

Rupert Dannreuther


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.