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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: 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,...

Winter Kitchen at At-Bristol

Winter Kitchen at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

1st Jan 2015-25th Mar 2015

Join us in our festive kitchen as we unravel the chemistry of warming winter feasts at At-Bristol Science Centre

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

5th Feb 2015-7th Mar 2015

A Bristol Old Vic and Lamplighter Theatre production. From the novel by John Cleland, starring Caroline Quentin.

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

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.

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,...

Winter Kitchen at At-Bristol

Winter Kitchen at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

1st Jan 2015-25th Mar 2015

Join us in our festive kitchen as we unravel the chemistry of warming winter feasts at At-Bristol Science Centre

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

5th Feb 2015-7th Mar 2015

A Bristol Old Vic and Lamplighter Theatre production. From the novel by John Cleland, starring Caroline Quentin.

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

International Women's Day 2015: Building Bridges at MShed

International Women's Day 2015: Building Bridges at MShed

Openings

Date

7th Mar 2015-7th Mar 2015

A day packed full of activities, workshops and performances focusing on breaking barriers and building bridges.

Peaty's Bike Bonanza

Peaty's Bike Bonanza

Openings

Date

8th Mar 2015-8th Mar 2015

Mountain bike legend Steve Peat and friends have created a marketplace for people to buy and sell new and used bikes, bike...

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!

Bristol Slapstick Festival - Barry Cryer Comedy legend

Bristol Slapstick Festival - Barry Cryer Comedy legend

Openings

Date

20th Mar 2015-20th Mar 2015

As an undisputed national treasure, this event is a chance to hear stories from comedy-legend Barry Cryer, with clips and...

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...

Dance 'Til Dawn at The Bristol Hippodrome

Dance 'Til Dawn at The Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

24th Mar 2015-28th Mar 2015

Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with Dance ‘Til Dawn at Bristol Hippodrome

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...

Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler  at the Bristol Hippodrome

Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

1st Apr 2015-3rd Apr 2015

Come and enjoy Dara O Briain's Show at Bristol Hippodrome

Taste Chocolate

Taste Chocolate

Openings

Date

4th Apr 2015-5th Apr 2015

Immerse yourself in all things chocolately by devouring some of the finest locally made chocolates.

The Full Monty at The Bristol Hippodrome

The Full Monty at The Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

13th Apr 2015-18th Apr 2015

The sensational new smash hit The Full Monty returns to The Bristol Hippodrome in 2015

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

17th 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...

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

17th 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...

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

17th 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...

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

Bristol Festival of Nature

Openings

Date

13th Jun 2015-14th Jun 2015

The Festival of Nature is back for another Wild Weekend of nature themed fun, with the UK’s biggest free natural history...

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

July

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

17th 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 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.

Oklahoma at The Bristol Hippodrome

Oklahoma at The Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

14th Jul 2015-18th Jul 2015

Oklahoma! is an original feel-good musical to see at The Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol Harbour Festival 2015

Bristol Harbour Festival 2015

Openings

Date

17th Jul 2015-19th Jul 2015

Bristol's liveliest and largest Harbourside event.

Jesus Christ Superstar at the Bristol Hippodrome

Jesus Christ Superstar at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

21st Jul 2015-25th Jul 2015

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be performing at Bristol Hippodrome

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.

August

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

'Withdrawn' at Leigh Woods by Luke Jerram

Openings

Date

17th 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...

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...

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2015

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2015

Openings

Date

6th Aug 2015-9th Aug 2015

Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event and one of Bristol's best loved and famous events.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Bristol Hippodrome

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

14th Aug 2015-18th Aug 2015

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday...

Bristol International Kite Festival

Bristol International Kite Festival

Openings

Date

22nd Aug 2015-23rd Aug 2015

International Kite Festival on Saturday 22 August and Sunday 23 August from 11am to 5pm. Free entry. Food and drink, stalls...