As it gets warmer and exam/deadline season starts to get serious, it's time to start thinking about something other than studying!
1. Banksy walking tour
You’ve probably seen Banksy’s street art around the centre of town, but this tour takes you round the lesser known works as well, and covers the stories behind each piece.
12 –22 May
Mayfest is technically a theatre festival, but it’s not what you might expect. The programme includes dance shows on top of a multi-storey car parks, a show called ‘Dollywould’, which is literally just a show about Dolly Parton and loads more. There will be shows in the Bristol Old Vic, the Tobacco Factory and in more unusual locations across the city!
3. Love Saves The Day
28 – 29 May
This is already a Bristol-student favourite, and one of the city’s most renowned festivals. It features an impressive line-up of live music acts, a generally uproarious atmosphere and legendary after parties. This year’s line-up includes Chase & Status, Dizzie Rascal, Hot Chip and more.
4. Hello SUmmer
31 May – 4 June
A festival of events to celebrate the end of term. Most of the events are free or super cheap and include acts like Laid Blak and garage legends Oxide and Neutrino. The series also includes formal balls at Goldney and Stoke Bishop and the last Bunker night of the year.
5. Bristol’s Shakespeare Festival
8 June – 29 July
Taking place in Bristol’s sunniest spaces throughout July, you can get cultured and tanned at the same time. There will also be a production of Macbeth in the Redcliffe Caves, which sounds spectacularly sinister.
6. Bristol Night Rider
25 – 26 June
The night ride makes the most of empty roads and some of the city’s well-lit cycle routes. This is a great way to explore areas of the Bristol you might never have been to, and appreciate how beautiful the city is by night!
7. Bristol Comedy Garden
28 June – 3 July
This June, Bristol Comedy Garden is due to return to Queen Square in the city centre to bring you laughs from the likes of Katherine Ryan, Stewart Lee and Al Murry. The festival is about more than comedy though, with bars, live music, gourmet street food and much more.
8. Bristol Pride
1 – 10 July. Pride Day Saturday 9 July
Pride Week includes events like the Pride dog show (!!), a Pride gaming night and LGBT+ film and theatre nights. The week culminates in one of Bristol’s largest, free-est, and most colourful outdoor festivals: Pride Day. This year Little Boots headlines.
9. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
11 – 14 August
You can take a balloon ride yourself, or just enjoy the fair and the sight of 90+ brightly coloured balloons taking off. The night glow (balloons taking off at night!) is particularly impressive.