Isle of Wight What's On Guide: 2023 Events OnTheWight

Current and Upcoming Festivals

Dark Skies Festival 2023

Fri 17 Feb 2023 - Sat 18 Feb 2023

A celebration and promotion of the Isle of Wight’s Dark Skies.

Talks, interactive activities, and installations will engage and inspire young and old. Likeminded organisations, schools, and the IW college, will work together to highlight the Island’s dark skies, the importance of preserving and enhancing them for the health and wellbeing of people and nature.

Raising awareness of Dark Skies on the Isle of Wight. Astronomy, nocturnal wildlife and insects, photography, science, art, heritage, and culture will be explored within the festival, supporting the Isle of Wight’s application to become a ‘Dark Skies Park’.

Ventnor Fringe Festival 2023

Fri 21 Jul 2023 - Sun 30 Jul 2023

Ventnor Fringe returns for 10 days in July 2023 to celebrate creativity in all its forms !

Full programme to follow once all acts are confirmed - April 2023

A wonderland of pop-up bars and boutique venues, featuring more than 300 artists from across the world!

During this unique Island tradition, the Isle of Wight’s southernmost town is totally transformed into a whole world of pop up venues and bars in every conceivable space, hosting over 100 different shows.

Pick and choose which ticketed events to see or simply explore the many free events on offer.


Past Festivals


Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2022

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival will be held On 6 – 9th October, 2022. Over 45 speakers have been confirmed and include Lynda La Plante, Jeremy Bowen, Richard Ingrams, Tracy Borman, Robert Hardman, Joanne Harris, And Alan Johnson.

Harp on Wight 2022

The Harp On Wight International takes place between 28th October 2022 - 1st November 2022. See the Website for the latest news.

Heritage Open Days 2022

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Ventnor Bicycle Film Festival 2022

7th-11th September at Ventnor Arts Club

Screenings £10 each

Open Studios 2022

Individual opening dates will vary

Ventnor Fringe Festival 2022

Ventnor Fringe Festival returns for another year, with music, comedy, theatre and loads more.

Platinum Jubilee

Celebrating seventy years of Queen Elizabeth being on the throne

Long to Reign: Jubilee on Screen

Long to Reign: Jubilee on Screen is a series of eight British feature films showcasing the changes in British society from 1952 through to the 2020s.

IW Children's Festival 2022

The Isle of Wight Children’s Festival is an exciting an fun-packed event made entirely for families.

The 2022 Festival sees one of the Island’s most prolific arts organisations, Ventnor Exchange, team up with the High Street Heritage Action Zone, working together to create a truly unique experience for young people in the area.

It’s affordable too, with loads of free events promised and all ticketed shows £8 or under.