Kingston Welcomes Korea in 2015 was the first British festival to engage at depth with a culture other than its own, and the first to demonstrate that international commerce and culture go hand in hand.
Kingston Carnival is one of the biggest carnivals this side of Notting Hill, attracting thousands of visitors to enjoy a traditional parade, food stalls, children’s activities and two live music stages.
The International Youth Arts Festival is the largest celebration of youth arts in the country.
The Food Festival, organised by Kingstonfirst, celebrates the best regional and international produce and cuisine.
Kingston Regatta, an annual event since 1857, features around 275 races including dragon boat racing. It is run by Kingston Rowing Club, founded in 1858.
Kingston hosted part of the Prudential RideLondon Festival featuring 150 world class cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.