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Gay Bristol

Underground Homo Disco

One-off parties every other month or so, at various Bristol venues including Horseplay Club: Secret Stable. Hedonistic equine revelry, frisky mix of cutting edge underground dance music with fine dusting of glitter and sleaze. Mixed queer crowd, cheap beer, haze of smoke and lasers. See fb for upcoming dates.
Photographers' relatives, development workers, artists/photographers, historians
Empire Through the Lens

September 30, 2017 - August 31, 2018. EXHIBITION: Bristol Archives' extraordinary collection of photographs and films show both public and private aspects of life in the British Empire and Commonwealth. 27 people each chose one piece from the collection of about 500,000 images, most from the 1880s to the 1960s, to discuss the legacy of the Empire and the post-colonial experience.
The Bristol Bears present
Southern HiBearnation 10 + Bristol Bear Fiesta

Early December Southern HiBearnation events. Also: June 1-3, 2018 (TBC), Bristol Bear Fiesta (BBF) gay weekend for the past 14 years in Bristol’s Gay Village/ Old Market Quarter. Primarily aimed at the hairy beary gay community, their admirers and friends, an easy-going event where everyone is welcome to join in for drinks, laughs and great nights out! See website for details:
Taking a year off in 2017
Mayfest 2018

May, 2018 at The Bristol Old Vic. Unique 11-day annual festival of contemporary theatre dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond. "A mix of work so tasty it makes you want to up sticks and move to Bristol permanently." --The Guardian.
Ten days of celebrations across town
Pride Bristol 2018

July 6-15, 2018. Events include art, comedy, dance, theatre, sport, film, performances + more! SAT July 14th Pride Day Parade from 11am Castle Park to Harbourside; free music festival at Bristol Amphitheatre/ Millennium Square; bar, food concessions, market stalls, 100+ DJs and performers. REVOLUTION Official Pride Afterparty. See details online:
250,000+ festival fans on Bristol's waterfront party, dance and relax
Bristol Harbour Festival 2018

July 20-22, 2018 (TBC), annual fabulous weekend of the arts, music, circus, stage performances, events on the water, marketplaces. See website for events details and line-ups. Saturday Night Fireworks!
Free event - previously in Ashton Court
Bristol Kite Festival

August, 2018, two-day event won't take place in 2017 - see updates for 2018. Less crowded than the Balloon Fiesta. Large elaborate kites take to the air during the windiest days of the season.
The largest event of its kind in Europe
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2018

August 9-12, 2018 (TBC), 40th annual, free 4-day event at Ashton Court Estate, west of Bristol Center by way of the M5. Balloons, Nightglows, Thursday and Saturday Fireworks Displays, Trade Village, Catering & Entertainment areas - around a half-million visitors expected.
Once again, Bristol will be proud to host
UK Leather Pride 2018

Late September weekend, 2018. Welcoming leathermen from across the country and beyond to Old Market and Stokes Croft areas for friendly and relaxed leather socials, workshops, retail and dining events. With: BLUF Party, Black Leather Event, Union, Playtime for Pups, Raven Cruise Party, Pop Nation Party, food, leather quiz time, Xposure and Cuba events. See details at their website.