What’s on in Birmingham Summer 2017Friday 21 July 2017 by Jessica Mendoza From music to sports, Birmingham is always one to host amazing events, especially during summer. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for theatre shows, comedy shows, gigs, or something simple to keep the kids and other half entertained, the city has a generous amount to offer. Birmingham is one of the largest cities in the UK, so naturally there is something to suit every age and taste. If you’re visiting Birmingham soon, then here is our list of the best events happening over the coming months.
All that jazz…
15th – 16th July, Birmingham, Brindleyplace, The Water’s Edge Bandstand
We say life is a lot like jazz… its best when you improvise. This event is an opportunity to do just that and enjoy free live jazz music by some of the best local bands around! It takes place at Brindleyplace in The Water’s Edge bandstand (right by SACO Birmingham - Brindleyplace) and across 86 venues (210 performances guaranteed and 198 of them completely free of charge) with artists provided by Big Bear Music and Elegant Entertainment. This popular music festival managed to attract 96,000 visitors in 2011 and is still growing, attracting some of the biggest names in jazz and blues. The festival will showcase musicians from USA, Italy, China and of course, the UK. Jazz is about being in the moment, so make sure you bring all your family and friends along and be ready to go where the music takes you - this festival is sure to get everyone’s toes tapping!
We love freebies…
17th – 23rd July, Birmingham, Brindleyplace, Central Square
The popular Brindleyplace Film Festival returns to Birmingham for the 6th year! This is a free festival for anyone who fancies watching fantastic films outdoors, in the heart of Birmingham. The best thing about it is the guarantee of all films being suitable for family viewing – so you can bring all the family. The outdoor festival will see the big screen arrive back in Central Square, showcasing films around the theme “Heros vs. Villains”, including Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Casino Royale, The Lion King, the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dead Poets Society, Top Gun and even old classic, Cool Runnings. As if the film line up wasn’t good enough, take-away food will also be available for all you foodies out there, from a number of different restaurants based in Brindleyplace, including Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Piccolino. We recommend getting there early as there are limited deckchairs and beanbags - however, just in case, pack picnic blankets, quilts and pillows to guarantee you the cosiest and most chilled out evening.
There is no medicine better than gin…
1st – 3rd September, Birmingham, Custard Factory
Think you’ve tried the majority of gins the world has to offer? Think again. There will be over 100 different gins at this year’s festival, including new and exclusive gins that haven’t been seen or even tasted anywhere else! You can take gin masterclasses, listen to live music and experience different drinking games at different bars. In our opinion, there is no better way to embrace September than an evening spent at the Gin Festival. You’re encouraged to try the gin by itself and then with a recommended tonic – lemonade, tonic water or ginger-ale, and by the end YOU will be the expert. We think it’s safe to say that the phrase ‘just one more gin’ will be used… A lot. Again, foodies need not worry – outside of the four gin zones, there is a wide-range of food available. Eat, gin, rave, repeat!
Too hot, too spicy…
15th - 16th September, Birmingham, Brindleyplace, Central Square
Birmingham Chilli Festival is hosting their 7th year of live music, street performances and food stands selling spices from all around the world – WARNING… never overestimate your tolerance for spice, the food gets HOT. The Chilli Produce Market will definitely get your heat-loving taste buds going, selling a range of delicious sauces and curries, with the choice of sitting and relaxing or getting a takeaway. Rumour has it, due to the famous chilli eating competition being cancelled this year (… it’s a long story), the festival has returned with an extreme twist that is yet to be announced… and we certainly cannot wait to see what it is!
Out with a bang…
22nd – 24th September, Birmingham, City Centre
Birmingham’s largest arts festival has already announced Clash of the Drums to perform, along with exclusive world premieres, pop up theatres and workshops! Birmingham Weekender includes a breath-taking programme of 100 free world class organisations and artists that have made Birmingham their home. But if art isn’t really your think, don’t panic! The festival offers rugby fans from around the world the opportunity to help Villa Park host the Rugby World Cup at the Fanzone at Eastside Park. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the enormous firework display on the last day – that will definitely end the summer with a massive bang. Art, food, culture, sport and shopping, there is really something for everyone!