Bristol is known for its busy social setting, and as a cultural hotspot in England. With a vibrant arts scene ranging from music to literary works, there is always some sort of art to celebrate. Naturally, there are plenty of events and festivals year round, therefore we’ve brought you a varied list of some of the best upcoming festivals in Bristol for 2022.
Bristol Folk Festival
29th April – 1st May, multiple venues
For all music fans, the Folk Festival will have folk artists from all over the country performing at various venues. They open on Friday night at Clifton Cathedral, and you have the chance to buy weekend tickets or book individual sessions. With at least five main planned performances, the festival is a must for folk lovers. Bristol Folk House will also be hosting ceilidhs and upbeat sets for those who want to join in.
28th – 29th May, Greville Smyth Park
Upfest celebrates street art, bringing together renowned artists to cover the walls of Bristol. Festival-goers can expect to watch the artists painting live, whilst enjoying the many stalls set up. Accompanying this will be live music and food, craft and clothing stalls. In addition, there will also be workshops for yourself to get involved in. Although the main venue is the Park, there will be other hubs around the city, so keep an eye on the website for details yet to be posted!
Bristol Shakespeare Festival
2nd – 9th June, multiple venues
If you loved studying Macbeth in school or university, then you’ll love the Bristol Shakespeare Festival! Although details for venues in Bristol haven’t yet been released, tickets for Bath are available. Further dates and venues for other areas of the country are also yet to be announced. This year, the organisers bring you a musical Macbeth. Imagine the witch’s opening speech in song! The Festival takes place annually, and brings the Bard’s plays to life in unique areas of the country, indoors and outdoors.
Bristol Festival of Nature
10th – 18th June, multiple venues
This year, the Bristol Festival of Nature are planning around fifty events around Bath and Bristol. There will be nature walks and talks, family-friendly activities, wildlife workshops, literary events and more. Considered the largest celebration of nature, it is free and open to all to partake in with the hopes of positively impacting local wildlife. If you’re a keen environmentalist, or just want something introductory to learning more about where we live, definitely check out this festival!
Bristol Harbour Festival
15th – 17th July, Harbourside and City Centre
Bristol Harbour Festival is set to celebrate ‘the heart and soul of the city’ this July. There are plenty of events taking place around the city, which include musical stages on land and the river, spoken word performances, dances in the Millennium Square and a circus playground. Be sure to show your love for the city by partaking, whether it’s by buying the food and drink at the market stalls or going for leisurely boat rides. As there is a wide array of events taking place, there is something for everyone, so head to the website to check it out!
Bristol Balloon Fiesta
11-14 August, Ashton Court Estate
To finish this list, we have The Balloon Festival. An annual event, it is a national favourite, which draws in crowds from all over the country. The days usually start at 6 am with hot air balloon lifts, and the Estate is packed with different local stands offering a range of food, drinks and more. Live music also plays, and there are kid entertainment centres and funfairs. At 6 pm, the afternoon hot air balloon lift starts, and on the Thursday and Saturday evenings, a nightglow and fireworks finale has been promised to take place at 9 pm. The views are breathtaking and it is a thrilling experience. This festival is great for family or friends, and a must-go for anyone who loves heights. Do keep in mind that although entry is free, car parking spots must be paid for in advance. This can be done through the website.
Hopefully, this list will keep you busy for summer, but if you’re still lacking for activities in Bristol, check out this article that offers cheap ideas! Are there any other festivals you think should have been added to the list? Comment below.