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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

Bridge150 at the Architecture Centre

Bridge150 at the Architecture Centre

Openings

Date

19th Jul 2014-9th Dec 2014

Inspired by this anniversary, Bridge150! presents 150 days of exciting activities to inspire, inform and involve everyone in...

Exhibition: The Promise at The Arnolfini

Exhibition: The Promise at The Arnolfini

Openings

Date

19th Jul 2014-9th Nov 2014

The Promise is an exhibition project about the relationship between a city and its residents that takes place in the...

Food! at At-Bristol

Food! at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2014-31st Dec 2014

Get your tastebuds ready as we launch our latest hands-on exhibition!  Pop corn using light energy, grind your own grain,...

Riverdance at the Bristol Hippodrome

Riverdance at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

30th Sep 2014-5th Oct 2014

This 20th Anniversary UK Tour, gives Riverdance fans old and new, the opportunity to celebrate an incredible milestone for...

Dracula at Bristol Old Vic

Dracula at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

1st Oct 2014-4th Oct 2014

Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count Dracula at Bristol Old Vic

Comedy: Lee Mack - Hit the Road Mack at Colston Hall

Comedy: Lee Mack - Hit the Road Mack at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

2nd Oct 2014-4th Oct 2014

The star of Not Going Out and Would I Lie To You? cuts to the funny bone like a knife in his new live show.

Family: Peppa Pig's Big Splash at the Bristol Hippodrome

Family: Peppa Pig's Big Splash at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

7th Oct 2014-8th Oct 2014

Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy...

Puccini's Madame Butterfly at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Puccini's Madame Butterfly at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

8th Oct 2014-25th Oct 2014

One of the most popular and best-loved operas in the repertoire, in Madame Butterfly Puccini took a seemingly simple story...

Cary Grant Festival

Cary Grant Festival

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-12th Oct 2014

Two-day festival celebrating how the Bristol born Archie Leach changed his name and his fortunes to become the...

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...

Bristol Family Arts Festival

Bristol Family Arts Festival

Openings

Date

17th Oct 2014-2nd Nov 2014

Bristol joins the national 2014 Family Arts Festival, bringing the arts alive for families with many FREE EVENTS across the...

Weston Beach Race

Weston Beach Race

Openings

Date

17th Oct 2014-19th Oct 2014

The beach race continues to be the leading light in the motocross calendar, with a host top riders entering to test their...

Murder Mystery Dinner at Brunel's ss Great Britain

Murder Mystery Dinner at Brunel's ss Great Britain

Openings

Date

17th Oct 2014-17th Oct 2014

Board the ss Great Britain and immerse yourself in a plot of murder most foul.

Wildscreen Festival

Wildscreen Festival

Openings

Date

19th Oct 2014-24th Oct 2014

Internationally acknowledged as the most prestigious and influential wildlife film festival in the world.

 Lunchtime Recital: Bristol Cathedral Choir

Lunchtime Recital: Bristol Cathedral Choir

Openings

Date

21st Oct 2014-21st Oct 2014

Lunchtime recital with musicians from Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

Halloween Festival at Wild Place Project

Halloween Festival at Wild Place Project

Openings

Date

25th Oct 2014-2nd Nov 2014

The Wild Place Project Halloween Festival is back

Halloween Festival at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Halloween Festival at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Openings

Date

25th Oct 2014-2nd Nov 2014

Get your broomsticks and pumpkins at the ready because the Bristol Zoo Halloween Festival is back!

Love Food Autumn Festival at Paintworks

Love Food Autumn Festival at Paintworks

Openings

Date

26th Oct 2014-26th Oct 2014

Love Food Festival will go back to where it all began once again to welcome one of our favourite times of the year.

The Gruffalo at Bristol Old Vic

The Gruffalo at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

27th Oct 2014-29th Oct 2014

Don’t miss Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of the award winning picture book, The Gruffalo at Bristol Old Vic

Sister Act at Bristol Hippodrome

Sister Act at Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

28th Oct 2014-1st Nov 2014

From producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment (Hairspray, High School Musical) the smash hit musical comedy...

Next Month

Bridge150 at the Architecture Centre

Bridge150 at the Architecture Centre

Openings

Date

19th Jul 2014-9th Dec 2014

Inspired by this anniversary, Bridge150! presents 150 days of exciting activities to inspire, inform and involve everyone in...

Exhibition: The Promise at The Arnolfini

Exhibition: The Promise at The Arnolfini

Openings

Date

19th Jul 2014-9th Nov 2014

The Promise is an exhibition project about the relationship between a city and its residents that takes place in the...

Food! at At-Bristol

Food! at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2014-31st Dec 2014

Get your tastebuds ready as we launch our latest hands-on exhibition!  Pop corn using light energy, grind your own grain,...

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...

Bristol Family Arts Festival

Bristol Family Arts Festival

Openings

Date

17th Oct 2014-2nd Nov 2014

Bristol joins the national 2014 Family Arts Festival, bringing the arts alive for families with many FREE EVENTS across the...

Halloween Festival at Wild Place Project

Halloween Festival at Wild Place Project

Openings

Date

25th Oct 2014-2nd Nov 2014

The Wild Place Project Halloween Festival is back

Halloween Festival at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Halloween Festival at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Openings

Date

25th Oct 2014-2nd Nov 2014

Get your broomsticks and pumpkins at the ready because the Bristol Zoo Halloween Festival is back!

Sister Act at Bristol Hippodrome

Sister Act at Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

28th Oct 2014-1st Nov 2014

From producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment (Hairspray, High School Musical) the smash hit musical comedy...

The Big Draw: Brunel’s amazing inventions at Brunel's ss Great Britain

The Big Draw: Brunel’s amazing inventions at Brunel's ss Great Britain

Openings

Date

1st Nov 2014-1st Nov 2014

View Brunel’s original sketches from the ss Great Britain Trust archive!

Ballet: Coppelia at the Bristol Hippodrome

Ballet: Coppelia at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

4th Nov 2014-8th Nov 2014

The comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll.

Lunchtime Recital: Evangelos Nikolaidis at Bristol Cathedral

Lunchtime Recital: Evangelos Nikolaidis at Bristol Cathedral

Openings

Date

4th Nov 2014-4th Nov 2014

Lunchtime recital with Evangelos Nikolaidis on guitar.

An Elephant In The Garden at Tobacco Factory Theatres

An Elephant In The Garden at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

4th Nov 2014-15th Nov 2014

An Elephant in the Garden is Simon Reade’s new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel

War Game at Bristol Old Vic Studio

War Game at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Openings

Date

11th Nov 2014-22nd Nov 2014

This devised adaptation is timed to be part of the centenary memorials of the start of World War 1 at Bristol Old Vic

Top Hat at the Bristol Hippodrome

Top Hat at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

18th Nov 2014-29th Nov 2014

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers...

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

After the success of last year’s Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio is once again transformed into a magical winter...

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly...

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-17th Jan 2015

This winter go all aboard The Swallow! at Bristol Old Vic

Comedy: Dave Gorman - Get Straight to the Point, The Powerpoint at Colston Hall

Comedy: Dave Gorman - Get Straight to the Point, The Powerpoint at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

28th Nov 2014-28th Nov 2014

The wonderfully innovative comedy mind is back with a brand new live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up...

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Openings

Date

28th Nov 2014-21st Dec 2014

Westonbirt Arboretum's Enchanted Christmas features a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking...

December

Bridge150 at the Architecture Centre

Bridge150 at the Architecture Centre

Openings

Date

19th Jul 2014-9th Dec 2014

Inspired by this anniversary, Bridge150! presents 150 days of exciting activities to inspire, inform and involve everyone in...

Food! at At-Bristol

Food! at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2014-31st Dec 2014

Get your tastebuds ready as we launch our latest hands-on exhibition!  Pop corn using light energy, grind your own grain,...

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...

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

After the success of last year’s Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio is once again transformed into a magical winter...

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly...

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-17th Jan 2015

This winter go all aboard The Swallow! at Bristol Old Vic

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Openings

Date

28th Nov 2014-21st Dec 2014

Westonbirt Arboretum's Enchanted Christmas features a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking...

Comedy: Alan Davies - Little Victories at Colston Hall

Comedy: Alan Davies - Little Victories at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

5th Dec 2014-5th Dec 2014

One of the best stand-up comics out there is back with its follow-up, Little Victories

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

Chipping Sodbury Victorian Day

Openings

Date

5th Dec 2014-5th Dec 2014

Chipping Sodbury's annual festive Victorian Day

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

6th Dec 2014-5th Jan 2015

The countdown is on to the ultimate tail of wags to riches, Dick Whittington - this year’s award winning spectacular family...

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Openings

Date

10th Dec 2014-4th Jan 2015

A magical extravaganza from Pickled Image, especially for the festive season

Christmas Nativity Plays at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Christmas Nativity Plays at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Openings

Date

13th Dec 2014-13th Dec 2014

Date

20th Dec 2014-20th Dec 2014

Celebrate the festive season this year by coming along to the very popular nativity play featuring live animals and a real...

Bootleg Beatles Xmas Show at Colston Hall

Bootleg Beatles Xmas Show at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

19th Dec 2014-19th Dec 2014

The hugely popular tribute band return to the Hall to perform “flawless” renditions of The Beatles’ best-loved hits.

January

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...

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

After the success of last year’s Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio is once again transformed into a magical winter...

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly...

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-17th Jan 2015

This winter go all aboard The Swallow! at Bristol Old Vic

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

6th Dec 2014-5th Jan 2015

The countdown is on to the ultimate tail of wags to riches, Dick Whittington - this year’s award winning spectacular family...

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Openings

Date

10th Dec 2014-4th Jan 2015

A magical extravaganza from Pickled Image, especially for the festive season

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...

February

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...

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...

Comedy: Ross Noble - Tangentleman at Colston Hall

Comedy: Ross Noble - Tangentleman at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

6th Feb 2015-6th Feb 2015

Following 14 sell-out tours, the king of improvisational comedy Ross Noble is back with another mind-blowing UK tour

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...

March

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...

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...