The summer is almost coming to an end even before it has begun. But let’s have one last hurrah during this August Bank Holiday weekend, where as usual Bristol is really spoiling us when it comes to events, activities and shenanigans. Here’s 10 to choose from, in no particular order:
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Old Duke Jazz Festival
Three days of live music at Bristol’s world famous jazz pub includes headline sets from Phantom Limb on Saturday, Eddie Martin on Sunday and Jeremy Huggett on Monday.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Art exhibition, Botanic Garden
Moving from its usual Easter slot, the Friends’ art exhibition returns to Bristol University’s Botanic Garden with a sale of original botanical art by noted local artists.
Saturday: Summer Food Market, Quakers Friars
A new weekly food market featuring many of Bristol’s best food producers, including Crumpet Cakes, Bristol Cheese Company and Zara’s Chocolates.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Treefest, Westonbirt Arboretum
An annual festival of music, food and outdoor workshops. More than 100 exhibitors will be showcasing their wares, with cookery demos from Rob Rees and Charlotte Pile.
Saturday: OLO Worms album launch, Rise
To celebrate the release of their debut album Yard Is Open, OLO Worms play live alongside Spectres, Giant Swan, Falling Stacks and DJ Alex D.
Saturday and Sunday: Dorma Bristol opening weekend
The new club at Clifton Down promises “a visionary new club that combines the styles of industrial glam with urban vintage, creating a unique nightlife experience for all”.
Sunday: Party on the Hill
St Michael’s Hill becomes one big street party raising money for the Children’s Hospital, with live music from bands including The Bones and Fastest to Canada.
Sunday, 5pm-11pm: Viva Lost Clifton at The Albion
The new St Austell Brewery pub will be presenting a giant paella and six tapas cooked by their new Spanish chef Alvaro, with music from DJ Don Quixote.
Sunday: Soultrain, Motion
Bristol’s legendary club night , featuring 80s soul legends Loose Ends featuring Carl MacIntosh, appearing with Jazz FM ‘s “funky sensation” Mike Vitti and City Rockas.
Sunday: The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live, Big Top at Creative Common
One of the most exciting live reggae shows of the summer, with acts including Talisman, Joshua Moses, The General, Bunny Marrett and Rob Smith.