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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.
Full-size colour copies of ancient Mexican ruins
Adela Breton: Ancient Mexico in Color

Now, ongoing through May 14, 2017 at BMAG. Copies of wall paintings in temples and buildings in Chichén Itzá, Teotihuacan and Acancéh; the only full record of what was there in the 1900s and of great importance for Mesoamerican studies. For the first time since the 1940s, the large watercolors are on display, celebrating Adela Breton and the art of ancient Mexico.
The Bristol Bears present
Bristol Bear Fiesta + Southern HiBearnation 10

June 2-4, 2017, Bristol Bear Fiesta (BBF) gay weekend every June for the past 13 years in Bristol’s Gay Village in 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!. Also: early December Southern HiBearnation. See website for details:
Ten days of celebrations across town
Pride Bristol 2017

June 30 - July 9, 2017. Events include art, comedy, dance, theatre, sport, film, performances and more! Saturday July 8th 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 at the Bristol O2 Academy. See details online:
250,000+ festival fans on Bristol's waterfront party, dance and relax
Bristol Harbour Festival 2017

July 21-23, 2017, 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!
The largest event of its kind in Europe
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017

August 10-13, 2017, 39th 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 2017

September 22-24, 2017. Welcoming leathermen from across the country and beyond to the 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.
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.
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.