Bristol and the South West 2018 Festivals

Below is the list of Bristol Festivals in Bristol and the South West for throughout this year.

Bristol New Musi, 20th - April 22nd

Various venues across Bristol

The third instalment of Bristol New Music, featuring its boldest programme to date, will bring some of the world’s most innovative musical pioneers to the city in April, playing at the Colston Hall, Arnolfini, St George’s Bristol, Spike Island and the University of Bristol. Audiences will get the chance to walk among a live orchestra during a performance, hear synthesised sound pioneer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith perform in the former Bristol IMAX Cinema and plenty more one-off events.

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Petlif, 6th  - May 18th

Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

As part of their centenary celebrations, the UK’s leading pet wellbeing charity, PDSA will host PetLife Festival ‘18, a music festival where dogs are welcome.

Taking place in Cheltenham, the day-long festival is designed for music fans, pet-lovers and their canine companions. The pawsome live music line-up features Jessie J, The Kaiser CHiefs and The Vamps.

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Weston Air Festival, 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.

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Grillstoc, 30th June – 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.  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.

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Bristol FestivalsRiver Town: Bristol’s Americana FestivalThroughout 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.

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St Pauls Carnival, 7th JulyBristol Festivals

St Pauls Carnival returns in 2018 marking a historic 50 years since the very first carnival. Throughout Saturday 7th July, 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

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Bristol Harbour Festival, 20th – 22nd July

Bristol Harbour

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.

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Upfest, 28th - 30th JulyBristol Festivals

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.

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, 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, August 2018Bristol Festivals

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

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The Downs Bristol, 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.

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Bristol Craft Beer Festival, September 14th – 16thBristol Festivals

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).

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Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, 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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