Stand-out events include a new festival in Whitby inspired by the storytellers past and present who have fallen under the town’s spell, and Scarborough hosting the national Armed Forces Day event for the first time.
1. Festival time
Coastival, Friday February 21 to Sunday February 23
Trailblazing town-takeover of live music and street art.
Scarborough TOP SECRET Blues Festival, Scarborough Spa, from Friday March 20 to Sunday March 22 International Festival with many bands from the USA, including the Grammy Award winning blues and gospel singer Mike Farris. The weekend will also include the UK Premier of Kaz Hawkins new stage show Memories of Etta, first performed at the Cognac Blues Festival, France, last year. The festival takes over the Spa Scarborough and offers the best of blues, R&B, classic soul, Americana, and roots. Tickets: 01723 821888
3. Punk day
Scarborough Punk Festival, Scarborough Spa, Saturday March from 1pm to 11pm Celebrating Punk in all its forms, Scarborough Punk Festival will host a stellar line-up consisting of Punk legends, as well as the most talked about upcoming bands. Confirmed so far 999; Menace; The Kingcrows; Peter and the Test Tube Babies; Hot Rockets; the Ramonas; the Vibrators; Chelsea; Hung Like Hanratty and TV Smith Tickets: 01723 821888
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4. Out of this world
Sci-fi Scarborough, Scarborough Spa Complex, Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5 Festival run by fans for fans, which gets bigger each year, and stars sci-fi heroes from film, TV and gaming worlds. Guests this year include Jill Halfpenny, Frazer Hines and Clem So. Tickets: 01723 821888