Bristol Festivals

Bristol hosts a number of festivals throughout the year including the world famous International Balloon Fiesta. This information below gives the date and an overview of each festival.

In May and June 2013

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Vegfestuk Bristol|Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2013|One of world's biggest Vegan events with over 100 stalls on site and 10 specialist vegan caterers. Located at The Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square Bristol. Admission free. More Information**

Festival of Nature|Saturday 15th June to Sunday 16th June 2013|Gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world  at the Millennium Square on the Harbourside. Free admission. More information**

Bristol Dragon Boat Festival 2013|Sunday 9th June 2013|Features unusual Chinese Dragon boats racing and showing off in the floating harbour**

Festival of Stone|Friday 31st May to Saturday 9th June|Located on the Harbourside four teams of nationally known sculptors who will each produce a major work in public view. In addition 50 or more sculptors will compete in a carving competition. More information**

In July and August 2013

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Bristol Foodies Festival|Friday 12th July to Sunday 14th July 2013|Bringing an exciting mix of food, drink and culinary talent. Cooking demonstrations from top chefs and over 100 exhibitors on the Harbourside. For information**

Pride Bristol| Saturday 13th July 2013|A celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). More information **

Bristol Harbour Festival|Friday 26th July to Sunday 28th July 2013|A programme of circus, dance, music and theatre in the harbour area. More information**

Bristol Thai Festival|Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st in July 2013| Featuring Thai music, dance, massage, Thai Boxing,freshly prepared Thai food in Queen's Square information**

Bristol Summer Cider Festival|Friday 2nd August to Saturday 3rd August 2013|Located in Brunel’s Passenger Shed. More information.**

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta|Thursday 8th August - Sunday11th August 2013|Mass hot air balloon launches, nightglows, fireworks and aerial displays plus a host of other entertainment. For more information**


In September and October 2013

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Bristol Doors Open Day|Saturday September 14th 2013|An opportunity to visit many famous buildings in Bristol which are not normally open to the public.**

Encounters Film Festival|Tuesday 17th September to Sunday 22nd September 2013|Based at the Watershed.**

BrisFest 2013|Weekend in September 2013 (TBC)|A veritable feast of comedy, music, street art and circus in Ashton Court For information and tickets **

Bristol Half Marathon 2013|Sunday 15th September 2013|Starts at 9.30 and limited to 20,000 places. You can register online **

Bristol Festival of Literature|Saturday 12th October to Sunday 20th October| Details to follow**