The Mayor's Thames Festival

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This celebration of London and its epic watery backbone is the city's biggest free open-air arts festival. Expanding this year to a ten-day stretch in September, it's a huge, family friendly affair featuring live music, art, dance, installations, a carnival, river races, spread across the Thames itself and various roads, bridges and public spaces stretching alongside the river. One of the highlights is always the fireworks finale, grand enough to make November 5th scamper away in shame. And as this bumper pack of fun comes for free, you've got no excuse to miss out.

Family-focused free riverside fun, with much more than just music.