Tickets go on sale on 8 January for the eighth annual BookFest from 12 February to Saturday 3 March with a programme of events to suit all ages from bestselling crime author Peter James a full day of MysteryFest and Teddy Bears’ picnics for

Do you know your Wampus Cat from your Bowtruckle?  Test your Harry Potter knowledge with quiz night on Friday 26 January from 19.30 at Central Library £5 per person maximum 6 per team. 

Icebreaker Festival - Southsea Friday 2 & Saturday 3 February.  Portsmouth's premier unsigned music festival returns, acts gearing up for the two-day event include Richard Morris, Is Bliss, Arcade Hearts, Foxer visit the website for listings:

'Funnier than the Black Death' - Spamalot will be on at the New Theatre Royal from 20-24 February visit the 'what's on' section of the website for tickets and details of other acts throughout the year:

During the Easter holidays there will be a range of children's activities in Guildhall Square and the transformed D-Day Story will reopen in the spring.

There's lots going on in May - for Star Wars lovers there will be a May the Fourth event in Guildhall Square with screenings of star wars films on the Big Screen.  

The Rural and Seaside Show will be on Castle Field from 5-7 May and the annual Mayor Making ceremony takes place in the Guildhall on 15 May.  Mutiny Festival is also back for a 5th year at the King George V playing fields from 26 & 27 May.

In June there will be a range of commemoration events for D-Day including the Royal British Legion's D-Day Memorial Service on 6 June at the D-Day Memorial, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea and an Armed Forces Day community event - 30 June, Southsea Common.

Hampshire Farmers Market will be in Portsmouth and Southsea throughout the year for and search Hampshire Farmers Market.  Hotwalls Studios are open throughout the year and has a range of courses and events for budding artists, check on their website or sign up to their newsletter to keep updated:

Portsmouth International Kite Festival is back on Southsea Common on 11&12 August followed by the hugely popular Victorious Festival - 24th-26th August with Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Shed Seven and the Lightning Seeds lined up for Friday night and more acts to follow, for details and tickets visit: 

 David Walliams' Awful Auntie is a must see for families at the King's Theatre from 12-16 September and for older audiences the 60+ Festival returns to the city from 1-12 October.

Pound the city's streets in October with 20,000 other runners and take part in the prestigious Great South Run with events over the weekend 20- 21 October.

As the nights draw in again there's still plenty of free outdoor activities in Portsmouth including the annual Portsmouth City Council fireworks display on Wednesday 7 November, King George V playing fields.

Remembrance events will take place throughout the latter part of the year culminating in the Remembrance Sunday service and parade on Sunday 11 November in Guildhall Square.  We'll also take part in national events to mark the centenary of WWI, including bell ringing and beacon lighting ceremonies.

The city's Christmas lights switch-ons will take place throughout the city during November: 
Southsea precinct on 15 November, Commercial Road on 22 November and Cosham precinct on 28 November and the ice rink will also be back for the festive period with a Christmas market.

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "This year promises to be another busy year with lots of events to suit all age ranges and interests throughout the entire year.  Whether its music, theatre, film or food that you're interested in Portsmouth has it all in 2018."