2018 FESTIVALS: Bristol and the South West

Colston Hall Closing Weekend

Friday 8th - Monday 11th June

On Friday 8th June there will be a concert to commemorate the closing of the hall, followed by a weekend of events.


Torbay Airshow: http://torbayairshow.com/

Saturday 2nd– Sunday 3rdJune

Paignton Green, Torbay

June 2018 sees the return of Torbay Airshow!  Look to the skies of Torbay to see some of the most iconic historic and modern aircraft such as the RAF Typhoon Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the first display of the year from the awe-inspiring Red Arrows. Joining this spectacular military display line-up are some of the finest civilian display teams in the country such as the Breitling Wing Walkers & The Blades.


Weston Air Festival - https://westonairfestival.wordpress.com/

23rd– 24th June

Weston Super Mare Seafront and Beach Lawns

The 2018 Weston Air Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June on the Weston-super-Mare Seafront and Beach Lawns in Weston-super-Mare. This family friendly event will feature a mix of awe inspiring armed forces and civilian aerobatic displays.


Grillstock - https://grillstock.co.uk/

30thJune – 1st July 

Bristol Harbourside

Grillstock returns to The Amphitheatre in 2018 for another hefty dose of meat, music and mayhem. The much loved BBQ bonanza has become a huge part of Bristol’s festival scene ever since its fires were first lit back in 2012.  This year the legends that are Black Grape and the Fun Lovin’ Criminals will take the headline slots over the weekend. Jam packed with live music, brisket, wings, burnt ends and everyone’s favourite chilli eating contest, as always Grillstock promised to be weekend filled with great food, great music and great vibes.


River Town: Bristol’s Americana Festival - www.colstonhall.org

Throughout July 2018

Multiple venues across Bristol

Journey to the heart of American music with a world-class line-up of blues, gospel, country and bluegrass from across the pond, and closer to home. This time, River Town is grabbing its Stetson and going out on the road, taking the sounds of the south into some of Bristol’s finest music venues. Expect performances from Lukas Nelson, Turnpike Troubadours, Rosanne Cash, The Barr Brothers, Jade Bird, Holly Macve, Emily Barker, The Grahams, Jess and the Bandits, Steve  Earle and Graham Nash, plus many more still to be announced.


St Pauls Carnival - https://www.stpaulscarnival.net/

7th July

St Pauls Carnival returns in 2018 marking a historic 50 years since the very first carnival. Throughout Saturday 7thJuly, St Pauls will be filled with music and colour as the soundsystems, parades and more return to the streets. This iconic Bristol event represents the best of African Caribbean culture, as well as the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of its home city. 


Bristol Harbour Festival - www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

20th– 22nd July

Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the country's largest FREE festivals, with over 200,000 people attending each year. It features three miles of entertainment along Bristol's iconic harbour, including a Dance Village, three music stages, boating entertainment on the water, unusual vessels, a children's and circus mecca created by Cirque Bijou and regional food markets. 


Upfest -  www.upfest.co.uk2018 FESTIVALS: Bristol and the South West

28-30th July, 

Bedminster, Bristol

Europe’s largest live urban art festival, Upfest returns to Bristol in July celebrating the event’s 10th anniversary. With over 300 of the most cutting edge and diverse street artists expected into the city to paint buildings, surfaces and canvasses live in the streets. This annual festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors from all over the world. 


The Other Art Fair – http://www.theotherartfair.com

29th-30th July

Passenger Shed

The Other Art Fair, famous for connecting buyers directly with the best undiscovered artists will return to Bristol. The Other Art Fair is a pioneering platform for uncovering new talent and its inclusive ethos allows artists to forge direct relationships with potential buyers with workshops, immersive theatre, live music and performance art. Art buyers of all ages can discover the best in emerging talent with artworks for sale from just £50. 


BBC Countryfile Live - https://countryfilelive.com/

2 – 5th August 

Blenheim Palace 

BBC Countryfile Live returns to the spectacular grounds of Blenheim Palace for a third consecutive year.  The four-day family friendly event promises to be the biggest and best instalment yet, with upwards of 30 stages, venues and areas ranging from Family Fishing in the River Glyme to the Equine Area, BBC Introducing Stage, Wildlife Zone and even a Mercedes Off-Road Driving Experience, there’s certainly something for everyone at BBC Countryfile Live. 


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

9th – 12th August, 

Ashton Court Estate, Bristol:

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will return to Ashton Court Estate next summer to celebrate the iconic event’s 40th anniversary.Taking place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August 2018, the spectacular free event will once again feature over 100 hot air balloons taking off at dawn and dusk as well as the famous Night Glows, when the balloons light up the sky in time to music. 


Hoo-Ha Festival  - www.colstonhall.org

August 2018

Colston Hall & multiple venues, Bristol

Colston Hall's fantastic family festival returns this summer for more musical mayhem, games, workshops and silly dancing.For 2018, Hoo-Ha! heads out across Bristol with ticketed shows as well as free interactive fun, playful performances and hands-on activities hosted in various venues and locations across the city. There is plenty for all ages to make, see and do, so get ready to discover where music can take your imagination!


The Downs Bristol - http://thedownsbristol.com/

1st September

The Downs, Bristol

The Downs Festival returns in 2018 with quite possibly its biggest line-up to date! Headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds the Downs Bristol also features the ModFather himself Paul Weller, EDM icons Orbital, Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra and Basement Jaxx.  Local heroes The Heavy also feature as to Houston Trio Khruangbin, Nadine Shah and Dream Wife.


OnBlackheath: http://www.onblackheath.com/

8th– 9th September


London’s big end-of-summer party, ONBlackheath, will return to the capital once again on September 8th and 9th. The huge two-day music and food event will take place on the beautiful green spaces of Blackheath, close to Greenwich, with another stellar music line-up at its heart.

South London’s own living legends Squeeze will headline Saturday, with Platinum-selling British artist and fellow Londoner Paloma Faith top of the bill for Sunday. Billy Bragg, The Divine Comedy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lightning Seeds, De La Soul, Craig Charles Funk and Soul and Huey Morgan are just some of the acts announced in the first round of confirmed artists. 


Bristol Craft Beer Festival https://bristolcraftbeerfestival.co.uk/2018 FESTIVALS: Bristol and the South West

September 14th– 16th

Lloyds Amphitheatre (License pending)

After a hugely successful 2017 Bristol Craft Beer Festival is back. A single ticket gives you the opportunity to sample a huge selection of ales, there are no tokens just pure good times with some of the best independent brewers from across the country.  This year, Bristol Craft Beer Festival will move into the heart of the city to Lloyds Amphitheatre (once all of the formalities of licensing have been sorted).


Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival - http://encounters-festival.org.uk/

25th - 30th September,

Watershed, Bristol 

As Europe’s leading short film festival, audiences can expect five days of the best short films from around the world alongside a series of special big screen events, a comprehensive industry programme and FREE public screenings for all the family.  This is a chance to see films from 90 seconds to 20 minutes that will make you laugh, cry, scream and squirm.

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