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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: Anna Franceschini - Laws of Attraction at Spike Island

Exhibition: Anna Franceschini - Laws of Attraction at Spike Island

Openings

Date

4th Oct 2014-14th Dec 2014

New exhibition at Spike Island with the Italian filmmaker Anna Franceschini harnesses the illusionist potential of ‘motion...

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...

162 Annual Open Exhibition at the RWA

162 Annual Open Exhibition at the RWA

Openings

Date

12th Oct 2014-7th Dec 2014

The RWA ends the year in a celebratory fashion with its Annual Open Exhibition

Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

Openings

Date

7th Nov 2014-23rd Dec 2014

Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

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

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

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

13th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Mall Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland this year.

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...

Concert: Soul II Soul feat. Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler at Colston Hall

Concert: Soul II Soul feat. Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler at Colston Hall

Get ready for ‘a happy face, a thumpin’ bass, for a lovin’ race’ at Colston Hall

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...

Clifton On Ice

Clifton On Ice

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-1st Jan 2015

This year for the first time a temporary ice rink is opening in Clifton for the Christmas period

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

Alice in Wonderland and What She Found There...at the Redgrave Theatre

Alice in Wonderland and What She Found There...at the Redgrave Theatre

Openings

Date

28th Nov 2014-18th Dec 2014

This family Christmas show tells the ever-popular story of Alice’s encounters with the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the...

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: 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...

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...

The Harbourside Christmas Market

The Harbourside Christmas Market

Openings

Date

29th Nov 2014-30th Nov 2014

Something magical is happening down at the Harbourside this Christmas…

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: Anna Franceschini - Laws of Attraction at Spike Island

Exhibition: Anna Franceschini - Laws of Attraction at Spike Island

Openings

Date

4th Oct 2014-14th Dec 2014

New exhibition at Spike Island with the Italian filmmaker Anna Franceschini harnesses the illusionist potential of ‘motion...

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...

162 Annual Open Exhibition at the RWA

162 Annual Open Exhibition at the RWA

Openings

Date

12th Oct 2014-7th Dec 2014

The RWA ends the year in a celebratory fashion with its Annual Open Exhibition

Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

Openings

Date

7th Nov 2014-23rd Dec 2014

Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

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

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

13th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Mall Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland this year.

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...

Clifton On Ice

Clifton On Ice

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-1st Jan 2015

This year for the first time a temporary ice rink is opening in Clifton for the Christmas period

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

Alice in Wonderland and What She Found There...at the Redgrave Theatre

Alice in Wonderland and What She Found There...at the Redgrave Theatre

Openings

Date

28th Nov 2014-18th Dec 2014

This family Christmas show tells the ever-popular story of Alice’s encounters with the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the...

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...

Christmas at the Spiegeltent

Christmas at the Spiegeltent

Openings

Date

4th Dec 2014-21st Dec 2014

2014 will be Christmas at the Spiegeltent’s 3rd year in Waterfront Square on Bristol Harbourside and the line-up of live...

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

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...

The Harbourside Christmas Market

The Harbourside Christmas Market

Openings

Date

6th Dec 2014-7th Dec 2014

Date

13th Dec 2014-14th Dec 2014

Date

20th Dec 2014-21st Dec 2014

Something magical is happening down at the Harbourside this Christmas…

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

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

13th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Mall Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland this year.

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...

Clifton On Ice

Clifton On Ice

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-1st Jan 2015

This year for the first time a temporary ice rink is opening in Clifton for the Christmas period

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

Walking the Chains at Brunel’s Passenger Shed

Walking the Chains at Brunel’s Passenger Shed

Openings

Date

10th Jan 2015-25th Jan 2015

Walking the Chains, a circus-theatre play with music, will get its world premiere staging in the apt setting of the historic...

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...

IBT15 Bristol International Festival

IBT15 Bristol International Festival

Openings

Date

12th Feb 2015-28th Feb 2015

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• IBT15 Bristol International...

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...