Here is a summary of some of the main events. Comprehensive event listings can be found at www.welcometosheffield.co.uk

Fright Night - Britain's Biggest Halloween Party 

The Fright Night event put on by the Yellow Bus Events Company has been running since 1999. It has been held annually since then, starting in Endcliffe Park and now to Sheffield's city centre where the whole area is closed off to ghosts and ghouls. The event has seen over 30,000 visitors in past years and looks to be even bigger this year with Fargate, Barkers Pool, Surrey Street, Norfolk Row, The Winter Gardens, The Peace Gardens, Leopold Street, Leopold Square and Orchard Square hosting all sorts of activities, rides and attractions. This year there will be stilt walkers, street artists, Star Wars characters, Giants, children's activities, haunted taxis and buses, a climbing wall and a lot more. See http://www.yellowbusevents.co.uk/frig... for more details.

Food & Drink Festival - May

Sheffield Food & Drink Festival sees stalls around the City Centre celebrating local producers, chefs, brewers and others locally in the food & drink business. For more details see http://www.sheffieldfoodfestival.org/

Beer & Cider Festival at Kelham Island Industrial Museum - October

Organised annually by volunteers from the Campaign for Real Ale, this showcases over 150 traditional craft beers and ciders from around the UK including many from local brewers and some not often seen in local bars. The event also includes live music, games and stalls. For more details visit www.camra.org.uk.

After Dark Fireworks at Don Valley Bowl (5th November annually)

The After Dark event put on by the Yellow Bus Event Company has been running since 1996. It has been held annually since then at Don Valley Grass Bowl next to Don Valley Stadium and Sheffield Arena. The night plays host to up to 18,500 visitors and has fun fair rides, food stalls, a huge bonfire, fire spinners, a live music stage and of course a fireworks display set off to music. A licensed bar is located in Ice Sheffield which borders the event. Transport is made easily available by the tram system of Sheffield which has a station alongside the Bowl, there is also car parking at the Arena. See http://www.yellowbusevents.co.uk/afte... for more details.

 Grin Up North - Sheffield Comedy Festival (October Annually)

Grin Up North - Sheffield Comedy Festival is staged by Sheffield Comedy Festival Ltd and has been running since 2005. It has been held annually since then at various Sheffield theatres, bars and stages. This year's festival is to be the biggest yet with over 75,000 people expected. The festival has confirmed acts such as Jimmy Carr, Dylan Moran, Jo Brand, Michael McIntyre, Frankie Boyle, Lee Evans, Eddie Izzard, Ross Noble, Simon Amstell, Rhod Gilbert, Andy Parsons, Alistair McGowan and more. To find out more, click here.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Over 30 balloons are tethered at all times in Graves Park for this festival that occurs towards the end of July. Watch balloons ascend or wander through displays of specialty balloons. The highlight of the weekend is a "Hot Air Balloon Magical Glow Night," during which balloons flicker and glow in choreographed time along with special music and culminates in a fireworks spectacle. Other events include puppet theaters, fire jugglers, and a marching band. A licensed bar and a food court provide refreshments. A number of bus lines serve the park. See this page for details.

Tramlines free music festival - July

Held at the end of July, this three day free music festival sees up to 180,000 descend on the city for a weekend of music. Taking in venues from shop fronts, pubs, clubs to three outdoor stages it gained national accreditation in 2011 when it won urban festival of the year, beating off the Camden crawl, in the city and leeds live.

With a varied range if music cared for from world, through blues to the big hitting indie, rock and dance acts its well worth a visit for the very warm friendly atmosphere. The acts are generally unsigned, however national and international djs and bands have graced the weekend.  Check out www.tramlines.org for more information.