Now that summer is just around the corner, the weather is getting nicer and it’s heading into festival season. Bristol is always bustling with cool events, and May is no exception. On top of that, we have two bank holidays coming up in May on the 6th and the 27th. Hopefully you will have lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy these. Here’s our round up of some cool things happening in Bristol soon.

For the foodies…

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Bristol Foodies Festival

On the 10th, 11th and 12th of May Bristol Foodies Festival will take place on Durdham Downs. The festival will have live music from Scouting for Girls and the Queen tribute band Flash as well as 50 other local acts; workshops; masterclasses; and top chefs such as Robert Potter, Ping Coombes, Omar Allibhoy, Kalpna Woolf and many more. Kids under 12 and dogs get in free, and they have a new extended Kids Zone so it will be great fun for the whole family. The festival will have lots of delicious food and drink from sweet treats, to champagne to street food from around the world.

South Glos Food and Drink Festival

Happening a bit later, on the 17th, 18th and 19th of May, the South Glos Food and Drink festival will bring all sorts of tasty things to Bristol and Bath Science Park. The festival is FREE, and will have live music as well. If you head to the website then you can check out the exhibitors and a gallery from last year.

For during the day…

Trinity Centre Garden Party 

The Trinity Centre in Lawrence Hill is back with their annual garden party – a FREE music and arts event. Head down on the 12th of May for a day of local artists and performers, workshops and family friendly actives.

Gloucester Road Central Mayfest

On Saturday 4th May, Gloucester Road will play host to live music, facepainting, creative activities, community stalls and food & drink. The festival celebrates the arrival of summer, and at 3.45 a procession lead by Jack in the Green will head up the road. The fair takes place on the wide pavements outside the shops from the top of Pigsty Hill.

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North Somerset Arts Week 

Arts Week is occurs biannually and is currently on it’s 9th event. It celebrates 40 venues and over 200 artists over 10 days from 3rd to 12th of May. There will be a huge variety of contemporary and traditional art, performance pieces and applied arts and crafts. It will have everything from photography and watercolours, to ceramics and sculpture. You can pick up a brochure from local shops and libraries or download it here. There is also an app!

Bristol Walk Fest

For the whole month of May, Walk Fest encourages you to get out and explore the best of Bristol. There are all different kinds of walking events from historical tours and nature walks to exploring street art or walking sports. All ages and fitness levels are welcome and most of the walks are free.

Love Saves the Day

One of Bristol’s best-love music festivals returns to Eastville park on the 25th and 26th of May. The line up looks awesome with acts such as Lily Allen, Maribou State, Ray Blk, Camelphat, Sub Focus, Denis Salta and many many more.

Bristol Thai & Multicultural Festival 

On the 11th and 12th of May, the festival will come to Millennium Square. The two day festival will feature amazing food, cultural entertainment, Thai costumes, live music and Thai boxing demonstrations. An adult ticket is £3.50 and a  child ticket (5-13 years) is £1.

For at night…

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Harbour Nights

From the 19th of April, running every Friday through the summer, Harbour Nights returns to Arnolfini Quay. Featuring street food, DJs and live music, it is a great way to wile away the summer evenings. Weekly line ups of the food available will be announced on Facebook with options such as Tibetan dumplings, Japanese soul food, inventive vegan dishes and award-winning tacos.

Game of Thrones screening at King Street Brew House

For all the Game of thrones Lovers amongst us this is perfect. What better way to spend an evening than watching the latest episode with a beer in hand. GoT has taken over the lives of the nation and Bristol is keeping up.

Matilda the musical

The multi-award winning Matilda the musical comes to Bristol Hippodrome from the 7th May to the 8th June. with tickets from £15, it is sure to be worth seeing.

Here at Raw Space we love to hear what you think. Send us an email if you try out any of these events!