Now that dreary Jan is out the way, we thought it would be nice to compile a list of events happening throughout the year to get us excited for the months to come, especially the warmer ones.
Bristol always has so much going on, from comedy shows and gigs to festivals and fiestas. So, whether you’re visiting for the weekend, a student new to the city, or a born and bred Bristolian, we’ve got you covered – let’s jump in!
Bristol Light Festival
Bristol Light Festival is back for its longest run to date, spanning across 10 days (3rd-12th February). The festival illuminates the city in neon colour with a series of commissions from local and international artists which you can follow via a trail through the City Centre. This one is free to attend and is great for all ages.
Bristol Film Festival
Throughout 2023, Bristol Film Festival will be showing many fantastic films at various locations. We’ve popped this one in Febs list due to the weather still being on the colder side of things and what better way to spend your evening than with a classic film and some popcorn!
They’re kicking off the year with their 2023 Vintage Screening series with Groundhog Day on 10th Feb and Notting Hill on 11th Feb. Followed by some Valentine’s screenings of Romeo & Juliet, Dirty Dancing, and Sleepless in Seattle.
Sister Act at Bristol Hippodrome
Have a Joyful, Joyful time at Bristol Hippodrome when you catch a performance of Sister Act, which is running from 6th-18th March.
Catch a gig
If you’re someone who loves catching live music, there is a great selection for you to choose from during March. O2 Academy has performances from the likes of Alex G, Loyle Carner, Daughtry, FKJ and more throughout March, be sure to check out their website for a full list of performers.
Cheese and Cider Festival
Good news for cheese and cider lovers alike because the Cheese and Cider Festival is back on April 1st. Take part in day filled with activities such as cheesemaking workshops, live music, cider tasting sessions and more. Hosted by The Cider Box.
Check out an exhibition
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is always a go-to if you’re looking for something to do and its great for all ages. There are usually some great exhibitions going on throughout the year such as the Rediscovering Black Portraiture by Peter Brathwaite, which will be running from 14th April until 16th July.
Disney’s The Lion King at Bristol Hippodrome
From the 18th May-1st July you can catch a showing of the the multi award-winning production of Disney’s The Lion King. This production has played in more than 100 cities and 20 countries since it hit the stage back in 1997. If you’ve never seen it (or even if you have) this is one to add to your list!
Love Saves The Day
When it comes to festivals Brizzle has some great ones and to kick off the season is Love Saves The Day. Festival goers can dance the day away to a variety of musical performers across multiple stages. It takes place over the May bank holiday weekend (Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th) at Ashton Court.
If yoy’re visiting the city on this weekend and you need somewhere to stay, why not check out our available short stay lets.
Bristol Sounds is one of the city’s biggest and best music events, held at Lloyds Amphitheatre on Bristol’s Harbourside. Previous headliners include Paolo Nutini, Kaiser Chiefs, George Ezra, Elbow and many more. So far the acts announced for 2023 are Jacob Collier, James & guests and A Beautiful Day Out with Levellers. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any further announcements.
Last year an incredible 40,000 people took to The Downs to celebrate Bristol Pride and they’re back once again to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The day starts with a colourful parade which is then followed by a big outdoor stage with music and performers, as well as family areas, silent disco, food and drink plus much more. Last year saw Carly Rae-Jepsen headline – we’re excited to see what’s to come for 2023!
St Pauls Carnival
July is home to St Pauls Carnival and this year it will be celebrating its 55th year! Held on the first Saturday of July, St Pauls Carnival celebrates African Caribbean arts and culture throughout the streets of, you guessed it, St Pauls! This year is set to be its biggest carnival since 2019.
Bristol Harbour Festival
If you live in Bristol you’ll know that Bristol Harbour Fest is one of the biggest days of summer! Bristol’s Harbour attracts over a quarter of a million visitors each year for a series of entertainment from musical performances, dance acts, circus performers and much more. It’s usually a sunny one so if you’re attending be sure to stay hydrated and wear suncream. 15th-16th July.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Another pinnacle event of the Bristol summertime calendar is the International Balloon Fiesta, held at Ashton Court Estate on 10th-13th August. Marvel at over 100 hot air balloons as they take off and fill the sky with colour. This one really is magical to see and the best part, it’s completely free.
Tokyo World is another great festival in Bristol, held over two days in September at Eastville Park. The festival brings people from all over to the city and has become popular with students year after year. Line up TBA.
There will of course be many more fantastic events taking place throughout summer and the months that follow but until then we’ll leave you with the above and update you as further events get announced. Keep your eyes peeled and if there are any events we’ve not mentioned, please let us know, we’re always on the hunt for exciting things to do within our wonderful city!