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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,...

Black History Month 2014

Black History Month 2014

Openings

Date

1st Oct 2014-31st Oct 2014

A month of events in October which celebrate the culture, history and achievement of Britain’s African and Caribbean...

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...

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...

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.

After Hours: Brains at At-Bristol

After Hours: Brains at At-Bristol

Ever wanted to explore At-Bristol without any kids around? Well, now's your chance...

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 Gardens Halloween Festival is back! This October...

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

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...

Simon Callow in The Man Jesus at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Simon Callow in The Man Jesus at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

28th Oct 2014-28th Oct 2014

Simon Callow, one of Britain’s best-loved actors, performs this fresh and moving account of biblical stories including the...

Captain Barnacle Pirate Trip on The Matthew

Captain Barnacle Pirate Trip on The Matthew

Openings

Date

29th Oct 2014-29th Oct 2014

Join legendary Captain Barnacle the Bristol pirate for a rip roaring trip aboard The Matthew.

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 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 Gardens Halloween Festival is back! This October...

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

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...

Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays in Bristol

Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays in Bristol

Openings

Displays

1st Nov 2014-15th Nov 2014

A roundup of all the firework displays and events taking place in Bristol across the Bonfire week 2014. Puxton Park -...

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

Bristol Christmas Light Switch-On

Bristol Christmas Light Switch-On

Openings

Date

7th Nov 2014-7th Nov 2014

Start Christmas off with a bang with the Switch-On of Bristol city centre's Christmas lights at Cabot Circus

Bristol's German Christmas Market

Bristol's German Christmas Market

Openings

Date

7th Nov 2014-22nd Dec 2014

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere at the fabulous German market, find unique gifts and treat yourself to waffles, crepes and...

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

8th Nov 2014-7th Jan 2015

Give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

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

Clifton Village Light Switch-On

Clifton Village Light Switch-On

Openings

Date

12th Nov 2014-12th Nov 2014

Come and watch the Clifton Village Light Switch-On including Christmas Street decoration Lights and 50ft Christmas Tree with...

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...

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...

Bristol's German Christmas Market

Bristol's German Christmas Market

Openings

Date

7th Nov 2014-22nd Dec 2014

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere at the fabulous German market, find unique gifts and treat yourself to waffles, crepes and...

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

8th Nov 2014-7th Jan 2015

Give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

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...

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...

Christmas Local Market

Christmas Local Market

Openings

Date

4th Dec 2014-22nd Dec 2014

Bristol Local Christmas Market consists of 20 chalet-style stalls in Broadmead West, next to Bristol's German Christmas...

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

Peter and The Wolf and The Snowman at Colston Hall

Peter and The Wolf and The Snowman at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

13th Dec 2014-13th Dec 2014

Delight your family this Christmas with a double bill of well-loved festive family stories accompanied by a live orchestra...

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...

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

8th Nov 2014-7th Jan 2015

Give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

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

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...

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...

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...

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...