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Love for Bristol: 10 Bristol Events Not To Be Missed This Summer

Love for Bristol - Our resident blogger has put together her "10 Bristol Events Not To Be Missed This Summer".

Summer is my favourite time of year, especially if the weather is anything like last year, there is always so much to do in Bristol it’s hard to keep track of it all! So here is my list of Bristol events that are not to be missed this Summer.


Upfest Summer Sessions April – October – This year Upfest has a new project, over the Summer months street artists will be live painting at a series of pop-ups around Bristol and continuing with its traditional painting in Bedminster. The Tobacco Factory has recently just been repainted by Jody Artist of the young climate activist Greta Thunberg. An incredible piece of work that is particularly important in today’s world. 

Bristol Craft Beer Festival 7th-8th June – Bristol Craft Beer festival is back and bigger than ever! With over 40 brewers, live DJs and food stalls, including the delicious Asado! Your ticket includes unlimited beer by the way.

Bristol Sounds 26th-29th June – Another brilliant line-up for Bristol Sounds this year at the picturesque Canons Marsh Amphitheatre. What’s better than a live music performance surrounded by the spectacular harbourside? The Cat Empire & Ibibio Sound Machine is guaranteed to be wonderful! 

St Pauls Carnival 6th July – After the madness of last year, St Pauls Carnival is looking to be one of the biggest UK street parties. Get ready to drink, dance and eat incredible street food! I personally cannot wait!

Pride Festival 13th July –  Now moved to a much bigger space on The Downs, Pride Fest is continuing to grow with the biggest line-up to date. With acts already announced including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Boney M. The Pride March will start at Castle Park.

Harbour Fest 19th-21st July – The iconic harbour festival is filled with activities across the weekend from water displays, live music to family entertainment. Bringing together over 25,000 people, the city certainly comes alive!  

Valley Fest 2nd-4th August – Delicious food and fantastic live acts all set near the stunning Chew Valley Lake, this family-friendly festival is a dream! Headliners include Basement Jaxx and Tom Odell. 

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 8th-11th August – Another iconic event that is always great fun, especially when the balloons take off and the night-glow is especially impressive. If crowds are not your thing, I recommended heading to Durdham Downs to get amazing views of the balloons when they take off over the suspension bridge. 

The Downs Bristol 31st August – Only in its fourth year The Downs is now recognised as one of the biggest Bristol events due to its world-class headliners. This year includes Ms Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones and my Bristol favourite’s IDLES! 

Tokyo World 21st-22nd Sept – End the Summer with a bang at Tokyo World in Eastville Park. A weekend filled with incredible artists and DJs, with extraordinary stages and areas creating one unforgettable atmosphere! 

Written by Love for Bristol. View more of her blog posts here.

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