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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: Jeremy Deller – English Magic at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Exhibition: Jeremy Deller – English Magic at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

12th Apr 2014-21st Sep 2014

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013....

Summer Fun with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Summer Fun with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

3rd May 2014-31st Aug 2014

Make the summer holidays fun for the kids, experience an exciting line up of family fun activities at The Mall, Cribbs...

Exhibition: Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board at M Shed

Exhibition: Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board at M Shed

Openings

Date

24th May 2014-7th Sep 2014

The exhibition, Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board takes visitors on a journey that explores the world which lies...

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 2014-25th Dec 2015

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

Summer Adventures at Bristol Aquarium

Summer Adventures at Bristol Aquarium

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2014-31st Aug 2014

Go on three summer holidays this year and become an Aquarium Adventurer!

Summer of fun at Bristol Shopping Quarter

Summer of fun at Bristol Shopping Quarter

Openings

Date

24th Jul 2014-30th Aug 2014

This summer, Bristol Shopping Quarter, in partnership with the Bristol Post and Heart Radio, is bringing a family-friendly...

Shrek the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

19th Aug 2014-7th Sep 2014

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family.

Next Month

Exhibition: Jeremy Deller – English Magic at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Exhibition: Jeremy Deller – English Magic at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

12th Apr 2014-21st Sep 2014

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013....

Exhibition: Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board at M Shed

Exhibition: Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board at M Shed

Openings

Date

24th May 2014-7th Sep 2014

The exhibition, Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board takes visitors on a journey that explores the world which lies...

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 2014-25th Dec 2015

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

Shrek the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome

Shrek the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

19th Aug 2014-7th Sep 2014

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family.

Make Sunday Special

Make Sunday Special

Openings

Date

7th Sep 2014-7th Sep 2014

Make your Sundays special this summer. Explore the streets for arts, music, street games and entertainment in the Old City...

Chas and Dave at Bristol Hippodrome

Chas and Dave at Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

9th Sep 2014-9th Sep 2014

Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties and on Tuesday...

Friends Life Tour of Britain in Bristol - Stage 4.

Friends Life Tour of Britain in Bristol - Stage 4.

Openings

Date

10th Sep 2014-10th Sep 2014

The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and the country's largest free-to-spectate sporting event....

Art Garfunkel at Colston Hall

Art Garfunkel at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

10th Sep 2014-10th Sep 2014

Art Garfunkel the legendary singer, actor and poet returns to the stage this year.

Bristol Biennial 2014: Crossing the Line

Bristol Biennial 2014: Crossing the Line

Openings

Date

12th Sep 2014-21st Sep 2014

The Bristol Biennial 2014: Crossing the Line, is an international festival for contemporary arts.

Grape and Grain Festival at Millennium Square

Grape and Grain Festival at Millennium Square

Openings

Date

12th Sep 2014-14th Sep 2014

Bristol’s first Grape and Grain Festival opens September 2014 at Millennium Sq on the Harbourside. Bodacious beers, fine...

Bristol Doors Open Day 2014

Bristol Doors Open Day 2014

Openings

Date

13th Sep 2014-13th Sep 2014

Many of Bristol's significant contemporary and historic buildings open their doors to the general public.

Barnum at the Bristol Hippodrome

Barnum at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

16th Sep 2014-27th Sep 2014

This exhilarating musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman,...

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Openings

Date

16th Sep 2014-21st Sep 2014

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is the longest running competitive short film and animation festival in the UK.

Rigoletto on the Big Screen at Millennium Square

Rigoletto on the Big Screen at Millennium Square

Openings

Date

17th Sep 2014-17th Sep 2014

Never attended or seen an opera before? Then this is your chance to watch a world-class opera performed live for free.

Chipping Sodbury Mop Fair

Chipping Sodbury Mop Fair

Openings

Date

19th Sep 2014-20th Sep 2014

The Chipping Sodbury bi-annual Mop Fair

Bristol Half Marathon

Bristol Half Marathon

Openings

Date

21st Sep 2014-21st Sep 2014

The Bristol half marathon will take place on Sunday 21st September 2014.

Wildlife Tour of The Avon Gorge with Bristol Ferry Boats

Wildlife Tour of The Avon Gorge with Bristol Ferry Boats

Openings

Date

21st Sep 2014-21st Sep 2014

Why not join Bristol Ferries on a cruise through the Avon Gorge with Ed Drewitt, naturalist and broadcaster for the BBC as...

Bristol Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2014 at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

Bristol Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2014 at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

24th Sep 2014-28th Sep 2014

The South West’s biggest fashion and beauty event Bristol Fashion Week returns to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with 18...

October

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 2014-25th Dec 2015

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...

Music: Peter Andre at Colston Hall

Music: Peter Andre at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

1st Oct 2014-1st Oct 2014

Pop star, reality TV regular Peter Andre returns to Colston Hall to present a brilliantly exhausting show filled with his...

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.

Wildlife Tour of The Avon Gorge with Bristol Ferry Boats

Wildlife Tour of The Avon Gorge with Bristol Ferry Boats

Openings

Date

5th Oct 2014-5th Oct 2014

Why not join Bristol Ferries on a cruise through the Avon Gorge with Ed Drewitt, naturalist and broadcaster for the BBC as...

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...

Bristol 24-Hour International Pedal Car Race

Bristol 24-Hour International Pedal Car Race

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-12th Oct 2014

Streets around College Green are to be transformed into an international 24-hour race track – for pedal cars.

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...

Music: Elaine Paige - 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour at Colston Hall

Music: Elaine Paige - 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-11th Oct 2014

The first lady of Musical Theatre

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...

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.

Seasonal Markets at the ss Great Britain

Seasonal Markets at the ss Great Britain

Openings

Date

25th Oct 2014-25th Oct 2014

Mullion Cove will be collaborating with Brunel’s ss Great Britain again this year by bringing four seasonal markets to...

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...

November

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 2014-25th Dec 2015

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...

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...

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.

Wildlife Tour of The Avon Gorge with Bristol Ferry Boats

Wildlife Tour of The Avon Gorge with Bristol Ferry Boats

Openings

Date

15th Nov 2014-15th Nov 2014

Why not join Bristol Ferries on a cruise through the Avon Gorge with Ed Drewitt, naturalist and broadcaster for the BBC as...

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...

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 2014-25th Dec 2015

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...

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...

Seasonal Markets at the ss Great Britain

Seasonal Markets at the ss Great Britain

Openings

Date

13th Dec 2014-13th Dec 2014

Mullion Cove will be collaborating with Brunel’s ss Great Britain again this year by bringing four seasonal markets to...

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

Food! at At-Bristol

Food! at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2014-25th Dec 2015

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...

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...

February

Food! at At-Bristol

Food! at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

23rd Jul 2014-25th Dec 2015

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...

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...