From the first ever Sustainable Fashion Week to a stunning hot air balloon night glow, check out our top picks of things to do in Bristol this September. 

Festivals | Food & Drink | Family Friendly | Exhibitions | Theatre | Live Music | Sport

Festivals

Love Saves The Day (4 – 5 September)  

Love Saves The Day is bringing its usual mix of music from Bristol’s thriving underground scene as well as pioneering global artists to its new home on Clifton Downs.

Dance off at Love Saves The Day

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Bristol Open Doors (10 – 12 September)

For one weekend in September, buildings and experiences that are usually off limits to the public open up their doors. The programme invites you to pick and choose between a long list of indoor and outdoor events, experiences, tours and workshops at places varying from churches to night clubs. 

Foodies Festival (10 – 12 September)

The UK’s biggest food festival will be filling Durdham Downs with live music, workshops, masterclasses, top chefs and of course, lots of delicious food.

Sustainable Fashion Week (11 – 19 September)

The first ever Sustainable Fashion Week has a city-wide programme of events in store, focused on upskilling, inspiring and equipping the community for a more sustainable relationship with fashion.  

Tokyo World (18 – 19 September)

Get yourself down to Eastville Park for a weekend of music from over 100 artists, including Burna Boy, Basement Jaxx and DJ Fresh.

Food and drink

Adults Evening at Bristol Aquarium (27 September)

Enjoy the Aquarium with a beverage in hand at these exclusive evening experience. Purchase a drink at the bar and explore the displays and learn weird and wonderful facts about the fish that only come out at night. 

People in underwater tunnel at Bristol Aquarium

Image - Bristol Aquarium

Fill your glass at September wine events

September is serving up great events for wine lovers in Bristol. Join a tasting with Novel Wines in The Square Club’s Secret Garden (1 September), tour Bordeaux by the glass with The Ivy Clifton Brasserie (9 September) or learn the ins and outs of biodynamic winegrowing with Limeburn Hill Vineyard (12 September).

Dine with the Flamingos at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (4 September)

Colourful Caribbean flamingos and a delicious mezze-style dinner – what’s not to love? The evening will include a special flamingo talk and a Q&A. 

Flamingos at WWT Slimbridge

Image - WWT Slimbridge

Jekka's Herbetum Open Day (3 – 4 September)

Hone your herb knowledge, listen to talks by experts in the field and shop for plants, seeds and gifts at Jekka’s next open days.

The Tequila Taproom (17 – 19 September)

Run by Jose Cuervo, there’s just one weekend to get your tequila cocktail fix at the world’s first Tequila Taproom in Stokes Croft.

Family friendly

Iron Island at Brunel’s SS Great Britain (23 August – 3 October)

Be dazzled by this new immersive experience in the Dry Dock where Brunel’s mighty ship now lies. For the first time in fifty years the sights, sounds and movement of a living sea surround the ship's hull, while a story of global migration, elemental power and true resilience is told.

Drive-In Night Glow at Longleat (10 – 12 September)

Longleat's spectacular hot air balloon drive-in event is back this autumn. See up to 30 balloons tethered across the banks of Half Mile Lake, ready to ignite their burners in a dramatic, musical showcase.

Hot air balloons at Longleat Sky Safari Night Glow

Image - Longleat Night Glow, credit Michael D Buckle

Nature by Canoe at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve (Weekends in September)

Get an otter’s eye view of the stunning Ham Wall Nature Reserve on these guided canoe rides, which take you to little seen areas of the reserve.

Wallace & Gromit: Fix Up The City

Bristol is transformed into a virtual stage with this new city-scale augmented reality game from Aardman and the Fictioneers. Switch on your smartphone, roll up your sleeves and help the iconic duo spruce up the town in time for business tycoon Bernard Grubb’s festival.

Exhibitions

Vanguard | Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement at M Shed (26 June – 31 October)

How did Bristol end up playing an instrumental role in the development of British street art? Find out in this exhibition at M Shed, featuring rare and seminal works by leading Bristolian, British and Irish artists of the genre.

People at St Paul's Carnival, Bristol, 1986

Image - St Paul's Carnival, 1986, credit C.Beezer

Meet the artist and scientist at Bristol Botanic Garden (8 September)

Artist Alex Hirtzel and Behavioural Ecologist Dr Dave Lawson will talk through Displays Decoded, the exhibition they’ve collaborated on exploring undiscovered ways in which pollinators are attracted to and interact with plants.

Online Secret Postcard Auction by RWA (13 – 23 September)

The Secret Postcard Auction, which is online again this year, gives you the rare chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world from as little as £40. Contributing artists for 2021 include Turner Prize winners, acclaimed photographers, world-famous animators and many more.

Lucy Stein: Wet Room at Spike Island (25 September – 16 January) 

Inspired by womb-like Neolithic passages unique to West Cornwall, the first major UK solo show by artist Lucy Stein features a new series of coffin-scale paintings, deities carved from soap and a fully functioning, hand-painted wet room.

Theatre

Grease at Bristol Hippodrome (21 – 25 September)

Starring a fresh young cast – including a special guest appearance from Peter Andre – with all the much-loved hit songs, take a trip to Rydell High via this new version of Grease. It’s grittier and more glamorous than ever. 

Peter Andre in Grease the musical

Image - Peter Andre in Grease

Midnight Train to Georgia at Redgrave Theatre (10 September) 

Catch this stunning new production starring the outstanding vocal harmonies of Hayley-Ria Christian. Together with a full live band and video projection, they recreate the stage magic and Motown phenomenon that was Gladys Knight & The Pips.

'Much Ado About Nothing' Outdoor Theatre at Goldney Gardens (3 September)

Award winning open-air theatre company Illyria presents Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in the beautiful setting of Goldney Gardens.

The Great Gatsby at The Wardrobe Theatre (8 September – 2 October) 

The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre have collaborated on this exciting new production based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. 

The Railway Children at Berkeley Castle (19 September)

Enjoy Edith Nesbit's classic story while soaking up the peace of Berkeley Castle’s lovely gardens.

Live music

IDLES on The Downs (3 September)

See IDLES play their first headline outdoor show in their hometown along with a top selection of other bands, including Working Men’s Club and Paranoid London.  

Magpie22 at The New Room Bristol (11 September)

Bristol-based Magpie 22 will be bringing their folk Americana sounds to one-of-a-kind venue The New Room, performing a selection of original compositions, covers and spiritual songs.

John Smith at St George's Bristol (15 September)

Join John Smith for an evening of intimate songwriting, a honey-on-gravel voice accompanied by his pioneering guitar playing and a host of guest musicians.

Exterior of St George's Bristol at night

Image - St George's Bristol

Summer Sounds at Avon Valley (10 September)

It’s your last chance to boogie the night away at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park this summer! Tribute act Spice Forever is taking to the stage for the final Summer Sounds.

Jess Gillam in concert with Fantasia Orchestra at Wells Cathedral (17 & 18 September)

Known for her outstanding talent and world-class live performances, award-winning saxophonist Jess Gillam is coming to Wells Cathedral on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September.

LUMP at Trinity Centre (3 September)

Following the release of their second album, see LUMP – a collaboration between singer-songwriter Laura Marling and Mercury Prize-winning producer Mark Lindsay – at Trinity Centre.

Sport

Royal London One-Day Series: England Women v New Zealand Women at Bristol County Ground (17 – 18 September)  

England Women take on New Zealand women for an action-packed day of cricket at the Bristol County Ground.

Sky Bet Championship at Ashton Gate Stadium

There are three chances to see Bristol City play in the Sky Bet Championship this month, as they take on Preston North End on 11 September, Luton Town on 15 September and Fulham on 25 September.

Bristol Bears v Saracens at Ashton Gate Stadium (17 September)

Cheer on Bristol Bears during their opening game of the season at Ashton Gate Stadium.

Bristol Rugby's home ground Ashton Gate Stadium

Image - Ashton Gate Stadium 

Great Bristol Half Marathon & 10k (19 September)

Take your place on the start line of these two much-loved running events, which are making a return to Bristol on 19 September.

For even more inspiration on things to do in Bristol this September, take a look through our What’s On pages.

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