Stratford Literary Festival
Held in October, the UK's biggest annual equestrian event, with jumping, mounted sports and dressage.
The world's greatest collection of pooches on parade, held every March at the National Exhibition Centre.
One of the largest and most colourful celebrations of gay and lesbian culture in the country, held in May.
The UK's largest free arts festival features visual arts, dance and music in venues across the city in September.