Forget “nothing to do in Luton”! This July, our town is bursting with exciting free events. From music at Hat Gardens to festivals in Wardown Park, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your guide to making the most of the month right here in Luton.

Summer Sounds at Hat Gardens

Tuesdays (9 – 23 July) | 12pm – 1:45pm | Hat Gardens, Bute Street

Spice up your lunch break with free live music every Tuesday. Enjoy performances from local performers: Smokin Whiskers (9 July – mixed soul and country), Cherise (16 July – jazz, soul, and R&B), and Niv Hammond (23 July – mixed jazz).

Grab your lunch and soak up the sun while listening to great tunes.

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Pride in Luton Festival 2024

Saturday 6 July | 1pm – 10pm | Hat District

Celebrate diversity at this day-long festival featuring three stages of live entertainment, food and craft markets, family activities, and educational stalls.

A perfect way to show your pride and support for the LGBTQ+ community.

pride in luton

Turkfest 2024

Sunday 7 July | 11am – 6pm | Stockwood Park

Experience the vibrant Turkish culture right here in Luton! Enjoy delicious cuisine, traditional music, lively dances, and more.

A great day out for the whole family to explore Turkish heritage.


The Short Tail Trail

6 July – 12 September | Various locations in Luton

Follow the trail of 90 uniquely decorated hare and tortoise sculptures around town. A fun, family-friendly way to explore Luton and enjoy public art.

Don’t forget to download the app and share your selfies with #TakeAShelfie!

short tail trail

Steel Pan Workshop

Saturday 13 July | 12pm – 3pm | Market Hill

Get rhythmic at this hands-on workshop! Learn the basics of steel pan playing and make some music in the sun. Perfect for all ages and skill levels.

And it doesn’t stop there! Luton Council has a whole host of other free activities this summer. Check out their ‘Summer in Town’ page for more events.

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Music at the Bandstand – Rob Mach and Friends

Sunday 14 July | 2pm – 6pm | Wardown Park

Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the beautiful setting of Wardown Park. Part of a summer concert series sponsored by Luton Rising.

music at the bandstand

Desi Fest 2024

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July | 12pm – 8pm | Wardown Park

Immerse yourself in South Asian culture at this two-day festival. With talented artists performing across two stages, a range of activities, and a celebration of unity and diversity, it’s set to be an unforgettable weekend.

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From music lovers to culture enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone this July in Luton. So grab your sunglasses, gather your friends and family, and make the most of these fantastic events right on your doorstep.

For more summer fun, check out our what’s on guide for other exciting happenings in Luton. Enjoy your summer!

About the Author
Laura Redmond

Laura is a passionate supporter of the Step Forward Luton campaign and a Place Activation and Marketing Coordinator. Armed with a journalism degree and unwavering love for her university town, she believes there's more to Luton that meets the eye. From charity work to market management, Laura's professional journey has explored every corner of Luton. When she's not busy being a marketing maven, she's lacing up her walking shoes to explore the town's green spaces or unearthing Luton's hidden foodie gems.