What’s On in Brighton

The Great Escape (May) is the festival for new music, showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city plus a festival site on Brighton Beach. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages

Brighton Pride (August) The UK’s Biggest LGBTQ Pride Festival “Historic, inspired and unparalleled. Brighton Pride is one of the best international pride festivals, we love it” Attitude Magazine.

Brighton Marathon (April) The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an exciting three-day event that takes place each April in buzzing Brighton. Over 18,000 participants take part across the events, while over 150,000 spectators line the city streets to show their support.

The Luna Beach Cinema (August) Our screenings follow one simple formula: a classic film on a big screen in a beautiful or prestigious setting. We use a state of the art LED HD screen and bespoke sound equipment to provide a cinema quality visual and audio experience, but with the added magic of being by the sea. Located just east of Palace Pier

Ice Skating at Brighton Pavilion (Nov – Jan)

Brighton’s Big Screen. Brighton’s free beachfront (between the piers) cinema returns in June and will be showing games from the World Cup in Russia. There shall also be a selection of iconic films throughout the duration.

Sunday 18 March –  Pioneer Motorcycle Run, Madeira Drive. The Sunbeam Motorcycle Club has organised this London to Brighton run for veteran motorcycles since 1930. The Pioneer Run is open to all motor cycles and tricycles manufactured before 1915.

Saturday 21 April – InCarNation. Presented by Ace Cafe & Fueltopia, the fifth year of this event is a free to attend drive in and display event for high performance and modified cars in the UK. Some of the most impressive vehicles in the country will be on display for the day on Madeira Drive.

Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May – Foodies. Hove Lawns will host this fabulous food and drink festival. Visitor’s can expect to experience wine tastings, cooking demonstrations from some of our favourite chefs, sampling of food both sweet and savoury while being able to listen to live music and watch various dancing displays. Tickets can be purchased via the website www.foodiesfestival.com

Sunday 6 May – Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally. First Sunday in May held on Madeira Drive. One of the greatest displays of historic commercial vehicles in the world. Enthusiasts portray a living history of the commercial transport scene and show the developments which have taken place since the turn of the century.

Thursday 3 May – Monday 14 May – No Fit State Circus on Hove Lawns an Internationally renowned company NoFit State Circus present their dazzling new production Lexicon at Brighton Festival 2018 – a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary take on the circus experience

Ladyboys of Bangkok (May) on Victoria Gardens. If you enjoy popular music, entertainment and thai food all in one package, this is a show not to be missed! 16 of the world’s most entrancing beauties in stunning costumes will entertain you in The Sabai Pavilion.

Spiegeltent (May) on the Old Steine. A pop up venue hosting music, cabaret, spoken word, children’s events as well as offering food and drink each day to members of the public. You don’t need a ticket to a show to visit the Brighton Spiegeltent, just come along and chill out in the Spiegel Gardens.

Brighton Festival (May) Various outdoor performances take place in numerous locations across Brighton & Hove, and beyond. For further information on the festival visit www.brightonfestival.org

Artist Open Houses (May) sees over 1,500 artists and makers exhibiting their work in artists’ homes and studios – providing a snapshot into the world of the city’s artists. The Artist Open Houses offer festival–goers the chance to meet the artists and to view locally made, seriously good arts and crafts.

Brighton Fringe City (May) Brighton Fringe is the largest multi-arts festival in England and a completely open-access platform for events. It runs alongside Brighton Festival. Visit www.brightonfringe.org for further information on all shows, including the outdoor elements of Fringe City.

The Great Escape Music Festival. Purchase a wristband for the weekend and get the opportunity to see a variety of music gigs both indoors and outdoors across Brighton & Hove. Some of the biggest acts today have been seen for the first time at this festival in Brighton. For futher details and the latest line up please visit www.greatescapefestival.com

Children’s Parade. First Saturday in May through the city centre and along the seafront to Madeira Drive.The Brighton Festival Children’s Parade produced by Same Sky has grown over the years into one of the most spectacular community events of its type in the country, with up to 4000 participants and an audience of over 10,000. Sixty participating local schools and community groups form the heart of this procession.

TBC – Stonewall Equality Walk. Several hundred people will celebrate this sponsored walk for Stonewall, a leading organisation campaigning for equality and fair treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people worldwide. The walk takes place in the city centre and along the seafront, with entertainment beginning at 12 noon in Pavilion Gardens.

Thursday 10 May to Sunday 20 May  – Circus Vegas Festival Circus located in Preston Park for two weeks during May.

Sunday 20 May – Mini Rally.  Hundreds of minis make the journey from London to Brighton (Madeira Drive). Expect many variations of colour, size and engine capacity.

Sunday 3 June – Classic Car Run. All cars over 25 years old are eligible. The event also includes the London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run, hosting a display of kit, sports and replica cars. Vist the organisers website www.classicmotorevents.co.uk for further information. (Return to List)

TBC – Martlet’s Midnight Walk. This women only night time sponsored walk is the Martlets Hospice’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Women can choose either a 6 or 13 mile route which both start at Brighton Racecourse at midnight. Entry details and further information can be found on the Martlets Hospice website www.themartlets.org.uk

Sunday 17 June – British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride. Third weekend in June. With 27,000 cyclists taking part each year this is the biggest cycling event of its kind in Europe. The bike ride has a huge positive impact on the city and is the largest of the British Heart Foundation’s sponsored events.  For further information please visit www.bhf.org.uk

Saturday 23 June – Take Part Festival – A celebration in June of community sport, dance and physical activity with events taking place across the city open to all ages and abilities with something to do for everyone.

TBC – Capital to Coast Bike Ride. Raising money for three fantastic charities – Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Norwood, and Down’s Syndrome Association, this is the alternative London to Brighton Bike Ride. With a choice of two different routes, this event finishes in the picturesque location of Hove Lawns.  Further information can be found on the organisers website www.capitaltocoast.org.uk (Return to List)

Saturday 30 June to Sunday 1 July – Race for Life Stanmer Park. Early July. This isCancer Research UK’s biggest fundraising event. It is a very popular 5k women only run and it has now been extended to two days in Brighton & Hove.  For further information please visit the events website www.raceforlife.org

Saturday 30 to Sunday 1 July – Pretty Muddy Held in Stanmer Park on the same weekend as Race For Life, this event is a women’s only obstacle race also raising money for Cancer Research UK. A fun, more challenging alternative to Race For Life.

Paddle Round The Pier (July) First weekend in July. Europe’s biggest free beach and watersports festival located on Hove Lawns. This event features the best in water, street and urban sports, live music, children’s entertainment and have a go opportunities, plus the fantastic location adjacent to the beach. Find out more on the website www.paddleroundthepier.com

Saturday 11 August – Brighton Big Dog. A day of cycling activity in Stanmer Park, suitable for both beginners and those experienced in trail cycling. Find out more on the website www.brightonbigdog.com

Saturday 18 August – Sunday 19 August – Thai Festival. A cultural festival that takes place over two days in Preston Park.

Thursday 16 August to Tuesday 28 August – Zippos Circus. Throughout August on Hove No1. Lawn.The annual circus comes to town – jugglers, acrobats, horses and budgies make up this traditional spectacular. See www.zippos.co.uk for further details.

Saturday 1 September – National Speed Trials. This historic Brighton seafront event has been running since 1905. The event on the first Saturday of September this year allowing spectators to watch over 200 cars and motorcycles travel along Madeira Drive racing against the clock. The organisers are Brighton & Hove Motor Club.

Sunday 9 September – Ace Café Reunion, Madeira Drive. 40,000 motorbikes descend on Brighton in a celebration of biking and the original Ace Café on London’s North Circular. Further details can be found on the organiser’s website www.ace-cafe-london.com (Return to List)

Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 September – Fiery Foods Festival.  The festival takes place on Victoria Gardens based on all things chilli like. Expect chilli drinks, chilli food both sweet and savoury and the now infamous chilli eating competition. Visit the website to find out more fieryfoodsuk.co.uk

Saturday 15 September – Sunday 16 September – Brighton and Hove Triathlon. Swimming, Cycling and Running for thousands of participants along Hove seafront. For further details please see​ www.brightonandhovetriathlon.com

Sunday 23 September – Apple Day. A popular annual event held in Stanmer Park to celebrate the harvest season. Please be aware that there is a charge for parking at this event, but the event itself is free. Suitable for the whole family.

Saturday 29 September – Brighton Boundary Festival. The annual music festival in Brighton returns to its successful location Stanmer Park. For further details please see​ www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/others2016/boundary

Sunday 14 October – Brightona. Annual motorcycle event with stunt shows, live music, trade stands and over 5000 participants on Madeira Drive. All proceeds go to the Sussex Heart Charity

Saturday 6 October – Brighton Breeze VW Split Screen Run. A variety of VW vehicles converge on Madeira Drive. See the Split Screen Van Club website for further details www.ssvc.org.uk

Sunday 4 November – Veteran Car Run. 1896 was a red-letter day in the history of British motoring:  the ‘Emancipation Run’ from London to Brighton (Madeira Drive) celebrated the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. This raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the requirement to be preceded by a man on foot. The event is not a race, the cars are limited to an average speed of 20mph and the only reward for a successful run is a Finisher’s Medal (awarded to all who reach Brighton before 4.30pm). See the www.veterancarrun.com for further details.

Sunday 18 November – 10K Road Race.  The Brooks 10km run is a fast, flat accurately measured course along the seafront, with start and finish on Madeira Drive. The race is the Sussex AAA 10K Men’s and Women’s Road Race Championship. The race now takes place entirely on the road, making it much easier to get that personal best!

Burning the Clocks (21 Dec) Winter Solstice event. An annual community event consisting of a community lantern parade through the city centre finishing with a firework display from the beach adjacent to Madeira Drive. Conceived to celebrate the winter solstice, this event now takes place on 21 December each year and attracts around 20,000 spectators. Find out more at www.samesky.co.uk