Brighton Festivals

Brighton Festivals

Brighton and Hove are really well known for their variety and frequency of festivals to suit all tastes!  There really is something for everyone throughout the year, not just in the summer months, and as there is so much to pack in, you can usually find some form of festival happening every week!  So whether you are a foodie, into the arts and performance, comedy or music, film or crafts….Brighton festivals will satisfy you.

Food Lovers

Food festivals are very popular in Brighton and you can head to  VegFestUK (February) to give you oodles of ideas of how to eat wondrous meals and healthy food options and boasts over 100 stalls, with talks, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, music and competitions.  If you’d prefer a healthy beer…..then you need to head to the Sussex Beer Festival (March) where you can sample real ales, cider, perries and wine in the heart of Hove.  Much of the produce locally produced and tastes amazing. Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival 'Spring Harvest' (April) shows off local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers and their amazing food, drink and hospitality throughout Brighton and Hove as does the Foodies Festival (May) at Hove Lawns.  Brighton Food & Drink Festival (September) celebrates of the best food and drink available across Sussex and the Fiery Food Festival (September) hosts The National Chilli Awards!

Family Festivals

For family friendly festivals, look no further than WhaleFest (April) which celebrates everything associated with whales and dolphins and the marine environment.  The Elderflower Festival (May) is more of a 'boutique' festival in the Sussex countryside with music, a woodland spa and loads of kids activitites and the Festival of Nature (June) is a celebration of local wildlife and wildlife-friendly living and Tribal Earth Festival (August) near Lewes is much smaller an filled with community spirit.

Comedy, Fashion, and Something different….

The Brighton Comedy Festival (October) spans three weeks and is seen as one of the top comedy events in the country. Combine your love of shopping with Brighton Fashion Week (June) and check out up-and-coming designers.  Brighton Japan Festival (August) - An international celebration of Japanese theatre, performance, arts, films and culture.


The Great Escape (May) will introduce you to over 200 new local and international artists across 35 venues over 3 days, Jazz at the Love Supreme Festival (July) in Glynde, near Lewes, the Shakedown Festival (August) for fans of electronic music and the Brighton Early Music Festival (October) will have you bopping away.

Arty Parties

There are so many arts festivals through the year, The Brighton Festival (May) is THE biggest and boldest arts festival in the UK, packed with  world-class art and entertainment and the Brighton Fringe (May) is the city’s answer to Edinburgh and brings a vast programme including cabaret, comedy, classical concerts, club nights, theatre and exhibitions.  The Artists Open Houses and HOUSE (May and December) and Brighton Art Fair (September) are some of the biggest arts events. If you want to buy an original piece head to MADE Brighton (November) where designers show and sell their work directly to the public.  The annual City Reads (October) reading festival aims to spread a love of books.

The Outdoors Lifestyle

If you are more outdoorsy, head to the TAKEPART Festival (June) or enjoy Paddle Round the Pier (July) if you are a novice or serious athlete (or just love the beach scene)!

Look up to the skies

The Brighton Kite Festival (July) will find you staring upwards at the amazing kite displays alongside all of the ground based activities for all ages at Stanmer Park and on the Winter Solstice see lanterns, a pyrotechnic and firework display light up Brighton to welcome the lengthening days through to summer at the Burning the Clocks (December).

Athmosphere and the High Life

Brighton Summer Pride (August) is the best Pride festival in the UK celebrating everything lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and the Brunswick Festival (August) the diverse nature of the Brunswick area of Hove, a great mix of foodie treats, street theatre and jazz.  Sip champagne and watch the races at Brighton Racecourse August Festival (August) or see the array of wonderful automobiles at the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (November) or of Vespas at the Brighton MOD Weekender (August) on the seafront.

Film & Photography

Exhibitions, workshops and events at the Brighton Digital Festival (September) and

Brighton Photo Biennial (October) will satisfy the photographers amongst you, and  CINECITY (November), Brighton's annual celebration of the moving image and the Oska Bright Film Festival (November), an international showcase of short films made by people with learning disabilities will occupy the keenest film buffs.



Posted 2nd Mar 2016

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