See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Liverpool area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
July 15-24, 2016 at the Lantern Theatre. Shiny New Festival celebrates its fifth birthday with 10 nights rammed full of top quality comedy and new writing, carefully curated to showcase the talents of artists and writers from across the Northwest and beyond. See the full line-up of plays at their website:
July 22, 2016, 7:30pm at the Liverpool Empire. Two near-naked men (wearing shoes) manipulate their nether regions using the Ancient Art of Genital Origami, providing a hilarious array of shapes and impersonations, projected onto a huge video screen. Fresh from Las Vegas, the show thrills audiences with the Eiffel Tower, the Lochness Monster, the Pelican and the iconic Hamburger.
July 22-24, 2016. Liverpool welcomes artists, creatives and music-lovers to Summer Jam, transforming Sefton Park into a fun, free, alfresco party across acres of meadows. Past year included names such as Basement Jaxx, Labrinth and local heroes Echo and the Bunnymen with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; also Katy B, Naughty Boy, Laura Mvula, Becky Hill and more.
July 30-31, 2016 at St George's Hall. Festival site ticketed main stage, dance tent and cinema - info TBA. Community zone entertainment, activities and speakers; a family-friendly event with all ages encouraged to attend. The Pride March remains a major part of the day’s activity, through the streets of the city center.
August 24-30, 2016. The annual International Beatleweek Festival celebrates the music of the most famous pop group ever known. Bands from over 20 countries, fans from around the world, live gigs, exhibitions, memorabilia sales, guest speakers, video shows, sightseeing tours and a convention. See fb.
September 17-18, 2016, in Sefton Park. Guest celebrity chefs. Also Festival Bistro Village on the Waterfront for culinary delights from festival restaurants & music entertainment. Also with events each April. See website for details:
October - December, 2016, Homotopia, based in Liverpool, is the country's foremost LGBT art & cultural festival. Eclectic program includes new commissions, festival firsts, world Premieres, many events of visual arts, theater, film, debate, dance, literature, live art & more.
November 4-6, 2016 at Pontins in Southport (between Liverpool + Blackpool). One weekend/ 3 arenas, pool parties, secret cinema, hidden house parties... from some of the best/ well known UK clubbing brands including: Beyond, La Troya, Drunk at Vogue, SchaCha Boudoir, Garlands, Bongo’s Bingo, Retro, Sink The Pink, The Navy Bar, and more + Alternative Miss Universe 2016.
November 5, 2016, 6pm + 9pm at The Epstein Theatre. Play about love, friendship, identity and prejudice within the LGBT community, takes theatregoers on a rollercoaster of emotions. Raz, on top of the world, owner of his dream drag club, The Ruby Slippers met Ryan, the man of his dreams. But all is not as it seems as a rival club opens hoping to steal his customers, and his star acts.
Every Friday and Saturday in December - The 1770 Dinner Show, a psychedelic cross between a Vegas Show and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, at Circo, the Albert Dock. The North West’s most unique circus themed venue trapeze artists, magic acts, freaky malevolent clowns and unbelievable escapologists. See facebook.
Ongoing through February 2017, 10am - 5pm at the Walker Art Gallery. Peter Farrer collection of women’s period costume includes many garments, particularly 1930s-1980 evening dresses and yhose made from taffeta, with its distinctive rustle. This ground-breaking display will feature 16 garments from Peter’s historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.
April, 2017 (TBC), Liverpool's biggest/best grass roots multi-arts event held in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle focusing on emerging artists, new work/ first views, collaboration, DIY, first view, avant garde and community based projects encompassing music, theatre, film, performance and visual arts.