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Bristol Major Events

There are many festivals and fiestas in Bristol during the year including the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the Harbour Festival, German Christmas Markets and a Winter Ice Rink.

Due to the China Coronavirus pandemic, many UK events are subject to postponement or cancellation. Please check the event's website for full details.

Free Local Event: City Centre (Harbourside)

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Festival of Nature

Friday 10 June 2022 - Saturday 18 June 2022

Get in touch with your wild side as Festival of Nature takes over Bristol’s Harbourside for the UK’s largest celebration of the natural world! Explore three squares of free family fun, interactive activities, performance, local food and organisations. The festival is packed with ideas of how you can take action for nat

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Free Landmark Major Event: Suburbs (West Bristol)

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Thursday 11 August 2022 - Sunday 14 August 2022
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest ballooning event. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun with activities on the ground for the whole family. During the fiesta over 150 hot air balloons will take off and light up the skies on Thursday and Saturday night with the famous night-glows.

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Local Event: City Centre (Old City)

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Bristol Open Doors

Date to be Confirmed

Bristol Open Doors is the time when many of Bristol's significant contemporary and historic buildings open their doors to the general public, many of which do not usually do so. Discover hidden areas that that are normally closed, climb tall towers or explore secret caves.

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Free Sports Event: City Centre (Harbourside)

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Bristol Half Marathon

Sunday 25 September 2022

The half marathon takes place in Bristol annually in September. The route starts on Anchor Road and then follows the floating harbour up to Hotwells, along the Portway to Shirehampton returning along the Portway and the south bank of the River Avon before winding through the Old City and finishing back on Anchor Road.

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Music Concert: City Centre (West End)

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Bristol Folk Festival

Date to be Confirmed

Bristol Folk Festival returns to the city for 2019 under a new team. The best of the UK’s folk scene take to stages across Bristol over the May bank holiday weekend. The programme will spill into the city with workshops and after-hours sessions.

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Free Local Festival: City Centre (Old City)

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Bristol Walk Fest

Date to be Confirmed

The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival – Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city and regularly attracts over 3,000 walkers from across the city and beyond.

More Details | Bristol Walk Fest website New Window