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Bristol has an exciting programme of events and festivals in 2015 . We have listed some of the bigger events here. For a more detailed calendar, please visit our events online database.
January to December 2015
A year long programme of inspiring events to give everyone, from school children to local businesses a chance to get involved.
Bristol 2015 European Green Capital
Friday 1 May to Sunday 31 May 2015
Inspiring people to go walking and celebrating Bristol’s reputation as a green, vibrant and creative place.
Bristol Walking Festival
Friday 1 May to Saturday 9 May 2015
Eleven day food festival with markets, bread trails, debates, good food walks and cookery classes and demos.
Bristol Food Connections
Saturday 2 May to Sunday 10 May 2015
A tipi village with two bars, a casual dining cafe and a formal restaurant that is taken over by one of the city’s leading restaurants each night.
Eat, Drink Bristol fashion
Thursday 14 May to Sunday 24 May 2015
Annual festival of contemporary theatre with a range of unusual work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond.
Sunday 31 May 2015
The Bristol 10k takes runners around the city centre. With over 11,000 runners every year, this event is now one of the fastest growing and popular of its kind in the UK.
Run Bristol 10k
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015
Part of the Big Green Week, Bristol's Festival of Nature is a free event with interactive exhibitions, market stalls, talks, live entertainment, and workshops.
Festival of Nature
Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 June 2015
International festival of environmental ideas, art and culture with free, family friendly events.
Big Green Week
Sunday 21 June 2015
Join thousands of other cyclists and take to the streets for a fantastic traffic-free bike ride through the city. Get a different perspective on Bristol from two wheels, on a special route passing some of Bristol's most iconic landmarks.
Saturday 4 July 2015
Free, annual African Caribbean carnival. The event includes a procession, music and performers and a range of food stalls.
St Paul's Carnival
Monday 6 July to Monday 31 August
Various Bristol locations
120 giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures will go on display before going to auction to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal, supporting children in hospitals across the UK. 50 sculptures on display in London from Saturday 28 March to Wednesday 25 May they will move to Bristol to join a further 70 sculptures which will be on display from Monday 6 July.
Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 July 2015
A two day festival of meat, music and mayhem
Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 July 2015
A celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with a week long celebration of art, music, film, theatre and dance.
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 July 2015
The Bristol Harbour Festival has been running since 1971 and is still free. Visitors can enjoy live music, street performances and a variety of market and food stalls.
Bristol Harbour Festival website.
Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August 2015
Ashton Court Estate
Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event. The Fiesta attracts 500,000 visitors during the show's four days - and is free to attend.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August 2015
Ashton Court Estate
Includes flying displays, kite-fighting battles and synchronised routines to music. Admission is free although you will have to pay for parking.
Saturday 12 September 2015
A chance to see the inside of some of the city's most fascinating and important buildings. Many are not normally open to the general public, and entry is free.
Bristol Doors Open Day
Sunday 13 September 2015
Now one of the most popular half marathons in the UK. Entry opens in March 2014.
Run Bristol Half Marathon
Sunday 25 October 2015
Bristol to Bath
Brand new marathon for the South West, begins in Bristol, the vibrant city of Bridges, Brunel and Banksy, through the stunning South Gloucestershire countryside, ending victoriously in the elegant Roman Spa city of Bath.
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