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Five unmissable 2024 events in Middlesbrough

From world-class gigs to major art festivals to huge sporting occasions, 2024 in Middlesbrough is already shaping up to be packed full of exciting events.

If your calendar is looking empty, we’ve selected some of the most significant events taking place over the next 12 months…

Middlesbrough Half Marathon and Junior Race
Lace up those trainers, as a brand new running event is making its debut this year. Taking place on Sunday 3 March, the Middlesbrough Half Marathon aims to establish itself as a significant fixture in the town’s annual calendar. Starting in Centre Square, the route will take in Albert Park, passing by the Riverside Stadium, before looping around the docks and finishing back at Centre Square.

The Junior Race will take place on the same day around the Centre Square and aims to celebrate fitness, community spirit, and the town’s vibrant culture.

Don’t miss out – early bird places are now available to book here. 

Take That
Pop giants Take That will once again ‘Shine’ at the Riverside Stadium. Back in 2019, more than 30,000 music fans flocked to see the Manchester legends, now the trio – Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are returning to Teesside on Friday 24 May.

The UK-wide stadium and arena tour will celebrate the release of their ninth studio album, where Take That will be joined by very special guest, Olly Murs.

Limited tickets remain, secure your seats here. 

Back for good: Take That return for a headline show at the Riverside Stadium.

Back for good: Take That return for a headline show at the Riverside Stadium.

James Arthur
The second major act to perform at the Riverside in 2024 is Middlesbrough born singer-songwriter, James Arthur. The X Factor winner’s homecoming show on Saturday 8 June will be his biggest headline show to date, with support from McFly and Lauran Hibberd.

The tour news follows the announcement of his fifth studio album, Bitter Sweet Love – out on 26 January.

Snap up your tickets for the show here.

Middlesbrough Art Week
The region’s largest contemporary arts festival returns for its seventh year in 2024. Formerly the weekender, MAW will take over various venues across the town between 26 September – 5 October.

Popular for attracting hundreds of fantastic international artists, you can expect a packed programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, events and lots more!

The 2024 programme hasn’t been released yet, but keep your eyes on their website for all the latest updates.

Twisterella Festival has become a jewel in Teesside's social calendar Credit: Victoria Wai.

Twisterella Festival has become a jewel in Teesside’s social calendar Credit: Victoria Wai.

Twisterella Festival
Middlesbrough’s award-winning multi-venue music event, Twisterella Festival is back for 2024!

Renowned for booking the best up-and-coming UK bands and artists – save the date for the next festival on Saturday 12 October.

We’re eagerly awaiting the line-up to be released, but this event is a must-attend as you might just find your new favourite band.

Keep up-to-date with what’s on in Middlesbrough throughout the year, by visiting our online guide.