Events that can’t be missed in Bristol


Bristol is a city that is absolutely bursting with life. There are festivals, concerts, and other events all year long and it can be difficult to make the most out of it. Here are some events that are just too good to pass up.

Slapstick Festival

The Slapstick Festival offers a unique and unforgettable experience in January that hosts numerous events celebrating silent and visual comedy. Venues across the city hosts screenings of classic comedic films with accompanying live music featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and many more. While several venues host events, most are held at Watershed right off of Anchor Road and near Pero’s bridge allowing walking access.

Bristol Light Festival

Bristol’s newest annual attraction kicks off February 2020 with the Bristol Light Festival. The city has gathered two Bristol born and globally acclaimed creative directors to bring light and excitement a cold winter month. The festival will be based in the Bristol City Centre allowing for easy access from all parts of the city.

Bristol Sounds

Hosted at Bristol’s very own Harbourside Amphitheatre is Bristol Sounds, a multi-day open air concert series. This series is held every June to ensure beautiful weather for five days of music and is turning into the premier music festival in Bristol. The amphitheatre is conveniently located in the Harbourside area allowing plenty of parking for the entire series.

St. Paul’s Carnival

Every July for the past 50 years Bristol has hosted St. Paul’s Carnival, a festival celebrating Afro Caribbean culture. It was originally founded as a way to help bring the Afro Caribbean and European communities together and has since evolved into one of Bristol’s biggest attractions. The carnival is centred around a parade that will proceed through the city with plenty of art, music, and dance along the way. Due to road closures to ensure that it remains a car-free party, taxis and walking are advised for those that want to join the fun.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Europe’s largest hot air balloon gathering is hosted annually in Bristol at the Ashton Court Estate. The meeting held every August boasts over a 100 balloons and thousands of balloon gazers. Due to the scale of the event, it is advised to arrive at the event by car or you can book a taxi and follow the posted signage to the designated parking and drop off areas which will offer a then short walk to the event.

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