Bristol Harbour Festival

Various locations, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6614

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Bristol’s free to attend annual dance, music and arts extravaganza will be returning to the iconic harbourside from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July with a jam-packed programme of family activities, circus performances, visiting vessels and mega live music.

Showcasing the best of Bristol’s music scene, world-class circus and on the water activity, it’s a much-loved addition to the city’s social calendar.

The festival attracts over 250,000 visitors to enjoy over 120 hours of entertainment, across seven stages from spoken word to the latest Bristol musical talent, local dance performers, world class circus and on-water activity.

With five areas filled with music and entertainment, fans can look forward to five performance platforms, bringing beats, boats and backflips to the summer extravaganza.

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The Amphitheatre

This area will become a great spot to enjoy a bite from the Food Court with music from Access Creative College, Ujima Radio and BCFM Radio as it becomes Harbour View. The perfect place to promenade alongside moored vessels and look out onto the stunning setting of Bristol’s floating harbour. It's time to pull up a picnic bench and soak up the summer vibes.

College Green: Circus Playground

Cirque Bijou will once again be bringing tricks and trapeze, children’s entertainment and pop-up performances at the Circus Playground which will now take pride of place at a brand new city green space, College Green. 

Millennium Square

The Jelli Shack will take over Millenium Square, providing chill-out beach-bar vibes with an acoustic programme brought to you by the team at Jelli Records. Featuring an abundance of Bristol talent, the Jelli Shack will also have dodgems and refreshments, making this a ultimate spot to bask in the sunshine. 

On the Water

Entertainment will return to the Harbour Festival, bringing the water at the heart of our city to life with activities showcasing maritime-magic from jet ski stunts to the iconic Pyrounaut showing off its skills. 

Queen Square: Music Quarter

Bristol’s Georgian Queen Square will transform into the Music Quarter; curated by Harbour Festival programming legend, Tony Benjamin. This space will kick start the festival on Friday night and will also feature the brightest talent from Access Creative College alongside established acts.

View or download the festival map here

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