Hat Fair is a free family-friendly festival of Street Performance and Outdoor Arts. The festival takes place every year during the first weekend of July across the historic city of Winchester. Friday and Saturday are jam-packed with arts and culture all around the city centre, with an all-day picnic on the Sunday with some of the world’s most spectacular street performers. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, and best of all it’s free to attend. The festival is the UK’s longest continually running Outdoor Arts festival in the UK.
Founded in 1974 by Jonathan Kay, Hat Fair inspires and is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces within the city of Winchester. The aim of the festival is to shine a light on the city, transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.