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8 Bristol festivals to add to your bucket list

Spanning music, arts, theatre, food and family fun, SoBristol rounds up eight unmissable Bristol festivals.

A city renowned for its cultural heritage, Bristol is well-known for its festivals, boasting world-famous annual events and city-wide celebrations which draw in revellers from far and wide.

From fabulous foodie events and free family fun, to magnificent music showcases and breathtaking ballooning displays, SoBristol selects eight Bristol festivals to add to the bucket list.


1. Grillstock Festival

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A festival of music, meat, and mayhem, Grillstock is set to storm the city this summer, with sensational samples, a plethora of food stalls, craft beers and tipples galore, set to draw in crowds from near and far.

And it’s not only foodies who will be in heaven at Grillstock, with its music line-up previously boasting big names including Goldie Lookin’ Chain, De La Soul, and DJ Yoda, with two stages providing a sensational soundtrack for a weekend of festivities.


2. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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A world-famous event which draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe, Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta promises an awe-inspiring summer spectacle.

Europe’s largest ballooning event, the fiesta will see more than 100 hot air balloons take to the skies during the mass ascent, whilst the Nightglow showings remain an awe-inspiring highlight year upon year.


3. Bristol Harbour Festival


Spanning music, dance, arts, circus, food, drink and more, Bristol Harbour Festival will see the city’s famous waterside packed with performers and stalls, with thousands of visitors expected to take advantage of the free family festivities.

Stretching across Bristol’s most famous venues, the annual summertime event will offer an eclectic programme, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the city’s rich maritime history and culture.


4. Food Connections

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Uniting the city through a love of good food, Food Connections is a city-wide celebration which offers a feast of activities and events for locals and visitors alike to sink their teeth into.

The spring event will see nine days of festivities sweep the city, boasting food and drink trails, tastings, community events, workshops, and children’s activities, with individuals and independent businesses all set to get involved.


5. VegFestUK

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The UK’s leading vegan festival and an unmissable date for dedicated and aspiring vegans, VegFestUK boasts everything from stalls and caterers to workshops and demonstrations – while DJ entertainment will keep the festivities lively throughout the evening.

An inspiring and educational festival, visitors of all ages will be well catered for, with cookery classes galore and a kid’s area designed to keep all members of the family happy.


6. Love Saves the Day


Blending Bristol’s finest underground music with established acts, Love Saves The Day is a weekend dedicated to celebrating the city’s rich musical heritage, with an eclectic programme spanning numerous genres and styles.

An unmissable date for music lovers, the event will encompass the vibes of a nationwide festival complete with leading artists, right in the heart of the city.


7. Mayfest


Celebrating contemporary theatre, Mayfest showcases a unique array of performances across theatre venues and non-theatre spaces throughout the city, along with broadcasting its own radio show, Mayfest Radio.

A must-visit festival for culture-loving locals, Mayfest offers the opportunity to witness spectacular and original shows spanning dance, music, comedy, theatre and much more.


8. Bristol Pride


Voted the second-best Pride festival in the country, Bristol Pride will see 10 days of exciting events, culminating on Pride Day, which is set to feature a phenomenal parade and an impressive line-up of music acts on the main stage.

From the award-winning film festival, theatre night and comedy nights, to its inspiring talks and infamous after party, the annual event celebrates the LGBT community in colourful style, drawing in more visitors each year.


By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoBristol
Friday 01 April 2016

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