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Visitors to Oldham will find a varied festival program for the whole family, celebrating the area’s rich cultural mix and the past, present and future of Oldham:-

 There are many great festivals which take place in Oldham throughout the year, these include:

Saddleworth Festival of the Arts (external site) Brings international artists together with local groups for a showcase of art, drama and music.

Whit Friday Brass Band Contests (external site)The world famous Saddleworth and Oldham Whit Friday brass band contests.  

Saddleworth Rushcart (external site) This traditional festival runs over two days, with plenty of Morris Dancing and other festivities to enjoy!

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival (external site) Usually held in July, includes 26 different venues for  avariety of shows in each.Celebrating new and emerging talent and encouraging anyone to take part, whatever thier show may be. See Oldham's Fringe event here.

Diggle Blues Festival (external site) - Usually held in June.  A weekend of free blues performance in the scenic Saddleworth village of Diggle - where the Blues meets the greenery!

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival (external site) - A fortnight of free walks, talks, horse and bike rides across Saddleworth and the wider South Pennines.

Festival Oldham -  This is a yearly weekend festival that takes place in the heart of Oldham, in May, celebrating the very best art and entertainment the town has to offer. With shows, music and street theatre, this festival celebrates Oldham’s past and future and proves itself to be a fantastic event.

Make sure you're a part of all the brilliant festivals taking place in Oldham!

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