If you’re going to be around in Bristol over summer there’s plenty of things happening in the city. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites – get out in the sun and have a great summer!
Now until September
Bristol City Council is making Sundays special across the city this year. On the first Sunday of the month Corn Street will be transformed into a buzzing bustling marketplace filled with music, food and fun. There’ll also be events further out from the city centre in Bedminster, Easton, Hartcliffe and Avonmouth.
Tuesday 30 June – Friday 31 July
This month-long theatre festival takes place in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the city. So if you’ve ever wanted to see Shakespeare out in the open while picnicking, now is your chance!
Saturday 4 July – Sunday 12 July
Bristol Pride celebrates the LGBT+ community and is one of the largest Pride events in the UK. This annual free festival features all kinds of events including theatre, comedy and even a dog show. The festival culminates in Pride Day, which will have a massive outdoor music festival as well as a fabulous Pride Parade.
Monday 6 July – Monday 31 August
We’ve had giant gorillas, giant Gromits so why not giant sheep? There’ll be 70 sculptures of Shaun the Sheep dotted around the city, which have been decorated by artists, designers and celebrities. It’s a great opportunity to escape the student bubble and see more of the city.
At the end of the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned off for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, which provides life-saving equipment, facilities and comforts for patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Wednesday 8 July – Sunday 12 July
With a line-up boasting comedy heavyweights from Stewart Lee to Stephen K Amos to Marcus Brigstocke (a former BURST Radio presenter), Bristol Comedy Garden is set to be five nights filled with laughs. The event will also have a Cajun-inspired pop-up restaurant and street food.
Saturday 11 July – Sunday 12 July
A festival featuring music and “LOTS!” of food, what’s not to like? The BBQ festival is in its 6th year and also boats BBQ masterclasses, a chilli-eating competition, plus exciting craft beers. As well as the tasty food, there’ll be over 25 acts playing across two stages.
Friday 17 July – Sunday 19 July
The Harbour festival takes place right in the heart of Bristol and features everything from music and circus acts to boat races and good food. The Harbourside and Queen Square will be filled with market stalls and there’s always a great festival atmosphere. Plus it’s all free!
Saturday 25 July – Monday 27 July
There’s much more to Bristol’s street art scene than Banksy – we’re also the home of Europe’s largest Street Art & Graffiti festival, Upfest. The festival will be taking place across multiple venues, centred around the vibrant North Street in Bedminster. You can watch artists creating large scale murals, check out some music and get involved with art workshops through the weekend.
Thursday 6 August – Sunday 9 August
Bristol is known for hot air balloons, so it’s fitting that Ashton Court plays host to Europe’s largest ballooning event. There are plenty of spots in the centre of the city where you can see scores of balloons ascend to the skies – it’s a truly breathtaking sight. Alternatively, you can head over to Ashton Court for the world-famous nightglow displays, where balloons are lit up to music and fireworks.