There's really no need to travel far from the city to get your festival fix this summer. Birmingham has a great selection of festivals coming up over the next few months, offering everything from amazing food & drink to the chance to see some legendary musicians and bands. Here are some of our favourites:
A free food festival takes place in Victoria Square every year and features some of the great bars and restaurants in the Colmore Business District. Venues are invited to showcase their food and drink to festival goers and all dishes are capped at a very reasonable £4.
The UK's largest two-day gay pride festival, Birmingham Pride is a weekend-long LGBTQ+ festival held annually in the Gay Village, Hurst Street over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. As well as a parade through the city centre, there will be 8 music and performance stages with acts such as Years and Years, The Human League and Marc Almond set to appear.
Birmingham Coffee Festival takes place over three days in June and will bring together the top 40 independent coffee shops and coffee culture experiences from the local area and beyond. You can sample speciality coffee and food from all around the world, find your favourite blend or pick a new coffee machine.
Taking place in Moseley Park celebrating its 10th anniversary, Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival offers the chance to catch up and coming artists playing alongside legends such as Burt Bacharach, The Jacksons and The Brand New Heavies. Tickets are £52 for a single day, or £90 for two and £125 for three days. The festival is also family friendly, 12-15 yr olds pay a reduced rate and under 12s go free. We'll see you there!
A weekend family-friendly festival from Birmingham Hippodrome where the streets around the theatre will be transformed into a lunar landscape for a whole weekend packed with performances, installations and extra-terrestrial antics from a list of ‘out of this world’ acts.
A free film festival showing a selection of classic and new films on a big screen in Central Square in Brindley Place. This year's theme is musicals - head to their website (above) to vote for your favourite now!
The Jewellery Quarter (JQ) Festival is a celebration of all things Jewellery Quarter bringing together local businesses, residents and communities for a three-day extravaganza showcasing the very best of the Quarter. From 29 to 30 June the JQ Festival will come to life with performances, workshops, tours and activities across the area.
Now in its sixth year, MADE is a celebration of electronic and urban music taking place in Perry Park in Perry Barr. The one day festival will showcase a lineup of house, techno, drum & bass, grime, garage and more, with this year's edition featuring sets from Chase & Status (DJ set), Annie Mac and Andy C. Tickets available from £46.70 and are selling fast.
Love cocktails? Birmingham Cocktail Weekend is the festival for you! Buy a wristband to get access to exclusive cocktails crafted especially for the event by venues across the city, all of which are priced at just £4. You'll also get access to exclusive events and masterclasses as well as free tastings so you can learn all about the spirits behind your favourite cocktails.
Another festival taking place in Moseley Park, Moseley Folk Festival will be headlined by Don Mclean, Jake Bugg and Public Service Broadcasting. It is a family-friendly festival showcasing a mix of traditional, contemporary and experimental folk and acoustic music. Tickets start at £48 with discounts for children's tickets.
Another foodie festival, this time showcasing the wares of some of Brum's brilliant local, independent businesses. Taking place at The Bond in Digbeth, you can expect great food, cocktails, craft beer, independent retailers and live music from local bands. Tickets are £10 - Saturday is already sold out, so grab your ticket for Sunday quickly to avoid disappointment.