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Events and festivals

Bristol is a lively place with festivals and parties happening every week throughout the city. We thought it'd be a good idea to speak to Jo Bailey of Bailey Balloons, about her favourite bits of Bristol.

Read the interview here

Bristol is proud to host a packed programme of events with an exciting mix of music, literature, entertainment and outdoor fun. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be guaranteed to find an event that suits every taste and age group.

See below for details on forthcoming events. For a full catalogue of what’s on in Bristol, use the Search events tool on the right.

This Month

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-1st Mar 2015

In commemoration of the start of World War I, M Shed presents this major exhibition examining the impact of global conflicts...

Exhibition: Josephine Pryde and Willem de Rooij at the Arnolfini

Exhibition: Josephine Pryde and Willem de Rooij at the Arnolfini

Openings

Date

21st Nov 2014-22nd Feb 2015

This Autumn, Arnolfini presents the work of two acclaimed European artists in an exhibition of key works and brand new...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

29th Nov 2014-22nd Feb 2015

Encounter the rich array of wildlife on our planet in this world-renowned photography exhibition from the Natural History...

Exhibition: Arboretum - The Art of Trees  at the RWA

Exhibition: Arboretum - The Art of Trees at the RWA

Openings

Date

19th Dec 2014-8th Mar 2015

Celebrating Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, the RWA launches its winter programme on a fittingly ‘green’ theme,...

War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome

War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

14th Jan 2015-14th Feb 2015

The National Theatre brings its sell-out production of War Horse, co-directed by Bristol’s Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot to...

WWT Slimbridge Festival of Birds

WWT Slimbridge Festival of Birds

Wildlife lovers can enjoy a packed day of events at WWT Slimbridge’s Festival of Birds

Comedy: Ross Noble - Tangentleman at Colston Hall

Comedy: Ross Noble - Tangentleman at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

6th Feb 2015-6th Feb 2015

the king of improvisational comedy Ross Noble is back!

Out There Music Bristol Winter Concert 2015 at St George's Bristol

Out There Music Bristol Winter Concert 2015 at St George's Bristol

Openings

Date

8th Feb 2015-8th Feb 2015

Out There Music Bristol is a unique assembly of choirs and orchestras performing this winter at St George's Bristol

IBT15: Fog Bridge

IBT15: Fog Bridge

Openings

Date

12th Feb 2015-23rd Feb 2015

Watch Pero's bridge disappear behind a vale of fog.

IBT15 Bristol International Festival

IBT15 Bristol International Festival

Openings

Date

12th Feb 2015-28th Feb 2015

In Between Time returns next February with a world-leading festival of art and performance

After Hours: Love & Luck at At-Bristol Science Centre

After Hours: Love & Luck at At-Bristol Science Centre

Openings

Date

13th Feb 2015-13th Feb 2015

Join At-Bristol for a Valentine's evening with a twist...

The Nightingale and the Rose at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

The Nightingale and the Rose at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

13th Feb 2015-13th Feb 2015

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s poem; The Nightingale and the Rose is an extraordinary evening of immersive entertainment, music...

IBT15: The Storm - Festival Party

IBT15: The Storm - Festival Party

Openings

Date

14th Feb 2015-14th Feb 2015

Will you survive the Storm?   Enter a heart-stopping hurricane of strobe, sound and light.   In Between Time and...

Concert: George Ezra at Colston Hall

Concert: George Ezra at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

17th Feb 2015-17th Feb 2015

One-time Bristol resident George Ezra is coming to the Colston Hall

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

18th Feb 2015-21st Mar 2015

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their...

Romeo & Juliet at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Romeo & Juliet at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

19th Feb 2015-4th Apr 2015

Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece proves that love is a force to be reckoned with.

Scott Matthews at St George's Bristol

Scott Matthews at St George's Bristol

Openings

Date

22nd Feb 2015-22nd Feb 2015

St George's Bristol welcome Scott Matthews who has garnered serious critical acclaim in his 10 year career

Next Month

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-1st Mar 2015

In commemoration of the start of World War I, M Shed presents this major exhibition examining the impact of global conflicts...

Exhibition: Arboretum - The Art of Trees  at the RWA

Exhibition: Arboretum - The Art of Trees at the RWA

Openings

Date

19th Dec 2014-8th Mar 2015

Celebrating Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, the RWA launches its winter programme on a fittingly ‘green’ theme,...

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

18th Feb 2015-21st Mar 2015

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their...

Romeo & Juliet at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Romeo & Juliet at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

19th Feb 2015-4th Apr 2015

Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece proves that love is a force to be reckoned with.

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

Openings

Date

5th Mar 2015-8th Mar 2015

Bristol plays host to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for one explosive weekend in...

The Big Swing - Bruce/Ilett Big Band at Colston Hall

The Big Swing - Bruce/Ilett Big Band at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

6th Mar 2015-6th Mar 2015

Get your dancing shoes on for night of lindy hopping, jiving and jitterbugging at Colston Hall

Circus Geeks at Circomedia

Circus Geeks at Circomedia

Openings

Date

6th Mar 2015-7th Mar 2015

Beta Testing is a hotpotched remix of juggling subculture and influences peforming at Circomedia

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2015 - Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly ft. Huey Morgan at Colston Hall

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2015 - Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly ft. Huey Morgan at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

8th Mar 2015-8th Mar 2015

The legendary Pee Wee Ellis and Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan will inject some funk into the festival!

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Openings

Date

22nd Mar 2015-21st Jun 2015

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine...

April

Romeo & Juliet at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Romeo & Juliet at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

19th Feb 2015-4th Apr 2015

Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece proves that love is a force to be reckoned with.

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Openings

Date

22nd Mar 2015-21st Jun 2015

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine...

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Oct 2015

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods in Bristol to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla...

Bristol Blue Whale

Bristol Blue Whale

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Dec 2015

People across the city can help to create a life-size 'sculpture' of a blue whale that will be made primarily of recycled...

Lady Boys of Bangkok at Castle Park

Lady Boys of Bangkok at Castle Park

Openings

Date

17th Apr 2015-25th Apr 2015

The hottest, funniest production this side of Bangkok is back with their brand new show ‘Beauties and the Beats’.

Bespoked - The UK Handmade Bicycle Show

Bespoked - The UK Handmade Bicycle Show

Openings

Date

17th Apr 2015-19th Apr 2015

Bespoked - The UK Handmade Bicycle Show is Europe’s leading Handmade Bicycle Show, celebrating the craft of beautiful...

Comedy: Jimmy Carr - Funny Business at Colston Hall

Comedy: Jimmy Carr - Funny Business at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

18th Apr 2015-18th Apr 2015

One of the hardest working comedians in Britain is coming to the Colston Hall

The Producers at Bristol Hippodrome

The Producers at Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

27th Apr 2015-2nd May 2015

Award winning comedian Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers at Bristol Hippodrome

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion 2015

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion 2015

Openings

Date

30th Apr 2015-9th May 2015

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, the spectacular event showcasing the South West's culinary skills and musical talent, returns to...

May

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Openings

Date

22nd Mar 2015-21st Jun 2015

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine...

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Oct 2015

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods in Bristol to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla...

Bristol Blue Whale

Bristol Blue Whale

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Dec 2015

People across the city can help to create a life-size 'sculpture' of a blue whale that will be made primarily of recycled...

The Producers at Bristol Hippodrome

The Producers at Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

27th Apr 2015-2nd May 2015

Award winning comedian Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers at Bristol Hippodrome

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion 2015

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion 2015

Openings

Date

30th Apr 2015-9th May 2015

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, the spectacular event showcasing the South West's culinary skills and musical talent, returns to...

Bristol Walking Festival 2015

Bristol Walking Festival 2015

Openings

Date

1st May 2015-31st May 2015

Get out and about with the UK’s largest urban walking festival.

Bristol Food Connections Festival 2015

Bristol Food Connections Festival 2015

Openings

Date

1st May 2015-9th May 2015

Bristol Food Connections is a revolutionary food festival that takes place across the entire city and celebrates Bristol's...

Bristol Folk Festival

Bristol Folk Festival

Openings

Date

2nd May 2015-3rd May 2015

Bristol Folk Festival will undoubtedly excite festival connoisseurs, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and well...

Mayfest 2015

Mayfest 2015

Openings

Dates

15th May 2015-24th May 2015

Bristol’s unique annual festival of contemporary theatre.

Love Saves The Day Festival 2015

Love Saves The Day Festival 2015

Openings

Date

23rd May 2015-24th May 2015

A great two day festival right here in the heart of Bristol….

VegFest Bristol 2015

VegFest Bristol 2015

Openings

Date

23rd May 2015-24th May 2015

The two-day festival is officially the world's biggest veggie event and the 2015 show looks even bigger and better than...

Jersey Boys at the Bristol Hippodrome

Jersey Boys at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

26th May 2015-13th Jun 2015

Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side...

Bristol 10k 2015

Bristol 10k 2015

Openings

Date

31st May 2015-31st May 2015

Bristol's popular 10k race starts and finishes on Bristol's historic Harbourside and includes passing under Brunel's famous...

June

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

Openings

Date

22nd Mar 2015-21st Jun 2015

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine...

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Oct 2015

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods in Bristol to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla...

Bristol Blue Whale

Bristol Blue Whale

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Dec 2015

People across the city can help to create a life-size 'sculpture' of a blue whale that will be made primarily of recycled...

Jersey Boys at the Bristol Hippodrome

Jersey Boys at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

26th May 2015-13th Jun 2015

Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side...

Let's Rock Bristol 2015

Let's Rock Bristol 2015

Openings

Date

5th Jun 2015-7th Jun 2015

A family-friendly music festival with legends from the 80s at Ashton Court Estate.

Comedy: Jimmy Carr - Funny Business at Colston Hall

Comedy: Jimmy Carr - Funny Business at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

5th Jun 2015-5th Jun 2015

One of the hardest working comedians in Britain is coming to the Colston Hall

Exhibition: Balance  - Human Being on a Living Planet at Bristol Shopping Quarter

Exhibition: Balance - Human Being on a Living Planet at Bristol Shopping Quarter

Openings

Date

8th Jun 2015-13th Jun 2015

Balance - Human Being on a Living Planet is an exhibition featuring images of the natural world which encourage us to...

Bristol Festival of Nature 2015

Bristol Festival of Nature 2015

Openings

Date

13th Jun 2015-14th Jun 2015

Explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world at the UK’s largest natural history event.

Bristol's Big Green Week 2015

Bristol's Big Green Week 2015

Openings

Date

13th Jun 2015-21st Jun 2015

A celebration of inspirational green thinking and ideas

Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Day at Weston-Super-Mare Seafront

Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Day at Weston-Super-Mare Seafront

Openings

Date

20th Jun 2015-21st Jun 2015

The Weston Air Festival will be a two day international air show in 2015, building on the success of the previous year's...

Concert: Tom Odell at Westonbirt Arboretum

Concert: Tom Odell at Westonbirt Arboretum

Openings

Date

20th Jun 2015-20th Jun 2015

Tom Odell has announced a very special tour, performing at Wetsonbirt Arboretum in June

Bristol Summer Series 2015

Bristol Summer Series 2015

Openings

Date

24th Jun 2015-28th Jun 2015

Bristol Summer Series returns this year, bringing high profile artists to the historic Harbourside for alfresco concerts.

July

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Oct 2015

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods in Bristol to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla...

Bristol Blue Whale

Bristol Blue Whale

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-31st Dec 2015

People across the city can help to create a life-size 'sculpture' of a blue whale that will be made primarily of recycled...

Bristol Comedy Garden 2015

Bristol Comedy Garden 2015

Openings

Date

1st Jul 2015-5th Jul 2015

Come and see comedy’s biggest and brightest stars perform in a picturesque garden-inspired festival set in Bristol's...

Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2015

Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2015

Openings

Date

1st Jul 2015-31st Jul 2015

OFFICIAL DATES NOT YET RELEASED    Now in its 12th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival will be back again with...

Bristol Pride Week 2015

Bristol Pride Week 2015

Openings

Date

4th Jul 2015-12th Jul 2015

A week of celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Bristol.

St Paul's Afrikan Caribbean Carnival

St Paul's Afrikan Caribbean Carnival

Openings

Date

4th Jul 2015-4th Jul 2015

This much-loved community carnival promises more music, dance and colourful costumes than ever before.

Shaun in the City

Shaun in the City

Openings

Date

6th Jul 2015-31st Aug 2015

The Trail In 2015, Aardman’s internationally-acclaimed character Shaun the Sheep appears in a ewe-nique arts trail! Over...

Grillstock BBQ and Music Festival

Grillstock BBQ and Music Festival

Openings

Dates

11th Jul 2015-12th Jul 2015

Grillstock festival returns with meat, music and mayhem.

Bristol Pride Day Festival 2015

Bristol Pride Day Festival 2015

Openings

Date

11th Jul 2015-11th Jul 2015

A culmination of Pride Week and a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Bristol.

Bristol Harbour Festival 2015

Bristol Harbour Festival 2015

Openings

Date

17th Jul 2015-19th Jul 2015

Bristol's liveliest and largest Harbourside event.

2015 Women’s Ashes Series at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

2015 Women’s Ashes Series at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2015-23rd Jul 2015

Gloucestershire Cricket will be hosting the second match in the 2015 Women’s Ashes Series.

Bristol Thai Festival

Bristol Thai Festival

Openings

Date

24th Jul 2015-26th Jul 2015

The Bristol Thai Festival will bring cultural entertainment, education, tradition and colour to Bristol this July.

Upfest Bristol 2015

Upfest Bristol 2015

Openings

Dates

25th Jul 2015-27th Jul 2015

Europe's largest live urban arts festival.