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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.