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Ask any Bristolian and they’ll tell you that fun is Bristol’s middle name.

So it should come as no surprise that the city is also home to a number of events and festivals throughout the year that are NOT to be missed.

To get you started, here are eight epic Bristol festivals and events you must attend this year…

We’ll be updating this blog post throughout the year as more event dates are announced.

Love Saves The Day

Love Saves The Day Bristol Festival

When: May 25th-26th
Where: Eastville Park
Why visit: Love Saves The Day is one of Bristol’s most popular festivals, which often markets itself as the city’s Glastonbury. Home to a number of locally and internationally renowned live music acts, DJs and performances to suit multiple music tastes, this festival also sees its fair share of high profile acts as well.
Cost: From £38.50 per adult
Don’t miss: Lily Allen and Chase & Status… they’ll both be headlining this year!
More info: www.lovesavestheday.org

DogFest

DogFest Bristol

When: June 22nd-23rd
Where: Ashton Court Estate
Why visit: DogFest is fairly new to Bristol (having debuted here last year), but is a must for dog owners and lovers alike. Run by Noel Fitzpatrick (aka The Supervet), this event showcases the latest and greatest dog food, accessories and gadgets via market stalls, as well as various expert talks and doggy demonstrations that you’ll enjoy and learn from. It’s also great for socialisation (for both you and your dog!)
Cost: From £17.66 per adult
Don’t miss: The police dog demonstration… they’re so skilled they even put Lassie to shame!
More info: www.dog-fest.co.uk/bristol
Festival tips: www.wandereroftheworld.co.uk/dogfest-bristol

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival

When: July 19th-21st
Where: The Harbourside
Why visit: Bristol’s Harbourside Festival is a celebration of the city’s thriving harbour, port and maritime history. During the festival, various events and demonstrations happen, such as those of lifesaving swimming dogs, flyboarding and boat races. It’s great fun (especially if the sun is shining)…
Cost: FREE
Don’t miss: The annual cardboard box boat race… you’ll likely find yourself cheering on a bunch of people swimming and pulling along their cardboard behind them!
More info: www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

Bristol Pride Festival

Bristol Pride Festival

When: July 1st-14th
Where: Millennium Square and Castle Park
Why visit: Bristol is – without a doubt – one of the most diverse and inclusive cities throughout the UK, which means it should come as no surprise that the Bristol Pride Festival is world class! Holding various events and performances throughout two weeks in July, 2019 will see the festival’s 10th anniversary so we should all expect big things!
Cost: FREE
Don’t miss: The parade… last year, over 12,000 people took part in the parade. It’s big. It’s bold. And it’s going to knock your socks off!
More info: www.bristolpride.co.uk

Bristol Shakespeare Festival

Bristol Shakespeare Festival

When: July 1st-31st
Where: Multiple locations across the city
Why visit: The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is an annual festival, and sees various performances and events inspired by the Bard himself take place throughout indoor and outdoor spaces across Bristol for the whole month of July. Whether you enjoy theatre, poetry readings, musicals or informative lectures, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy if you’re into culture and/or literature.
Cost: Price varies per show
Don’t miss: The Bard Buskers… who bring Shakespeare to life in the form of street music!
More info: www.bristolshakespearefestival.org.uk

St Paul’s Carnival

St Paul's Carnival Bristol

When: July 6th
Where: St Paul’s
Why visit: St Paul’s Carnival is a celebration of everything Afro Caribbean related, including food, music and the carnival atmosphere, emphasizing Bristol’s multicultural diversity and acceptance. Last year saw the 50th carnival take place, proving just how popular this festival really is!
Cost: FREE
Don’t miss: The carnival itself… despite the various acts and performances available throughout the day, the carnival really does steal the show!
More info: www.stpaulscarnival.net

International Balloon Fiesta

International Balloon Fiesta

When: August 8th-11th
Where: Ashton Court Estate
Why visit: The International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest meeting of hot air balloons, seeing over 130 balloons take to the skies every year. It’s been running for over 40 years and is completely free! Even if large crowds aren’t really your thing, you can always find a quiet spot in most areas of the city to watch the balloons sail overhead.
Cost: FREE
Don’t miss: The night glow… which sees hot air balloons light up in time to music and cheers from the crowds!
More info: www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

Bristol Open Doors Festival

Bristol Open Doors Festival - SS Great Britain

When: September 13th-15th
Where: Multiple locations across the city
Why visit: For one weekend every year, Bristol unlocks over 100 doors that are normally closed to the public, thanks to the Bristol Open Doors Festival. From old houses, to decrepit bank vaults, historic museums and sacred churches, this is your one chance every year to see something in Bristol that you wouldn’t ordinarily see.
Cost: FREE
Don’t miss: The Redcliffe Caves… head out on a self-guided tour of Bristol’s old mine complex, which was used to help excavate red sandstone from the 15th century to the 18th century. Heads up: there are no lights so make sure you bring your torch!
More info: www.bristolopendoors.org.uk


We hope you’ll love all of these Bristol festivals and events… but which one are you most excited to attend? Let us know in the comments below…

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2 thoughts on “Epic Bristol Festivals & Events To Add To Your Calendar [2019]

  1. Cool! I want to experience these festivals at least once in my life. The International Balloon Fiesta sounds particularly intriguing.

    1. I hope you get to visit one of them one day… I think you’ve hit the nail on the head; if you’re going to visit just one then it has to be the balloon fiesta!! xoxo

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