23rd February – 24th February 2019: Brighton Tattoo Convention
Check out the work of first-class tattoo artists – you can get yourself inked or just enjoy the spectacle.
23rd March – 24th March 2019: Vegfest UK
A huge celebration of all things vegan at the Brighton Centre.
4th May- 26th May 2019: Brighton Festival
One of Europe’s largest cultural festivals, this is mishmash of music, theatre, dance, art and lots more besides. A great time to be in the city. (brightonfestival.org)
9th May – 11th May 2019: Great Escape Music Festival
30 venues, 300+ new artists... the Great Escape Music festival is the chance to catch up-and-coming bands in intimate venues. If you buy a festival wristband in advance, you can simply turn up at each venue and enjoy the music.
1st June 2019: Kemp Town carnival
Kemp Town Carnival is back! After a break in 2017 and 2018, one of Brighton’s largest community street festivals will entertain you with live music and performances in the streets of this arty area.
9th June 2019: Brighton naked bike ride
Each year, people decorate their bikes and bodies to ride for 8 miles around the city, ending at the naturist beach at Black Rock. Riding with sound systems and flags highlighting different environmental and social issues, participants define this event “celebratory, life-affirming and inclusive”.
6th July – 7th July 2019: Paddle round the Pier
Europe’s biggest free beach festival is a fun celebration that donates all profits to charity. A number of events are organised, including the eponymous paddle around the West Pier, where anyone is welcome to kayak, canoe, bodyboard, paddleboard (or whatever they can find that floats) around the structure. Many choose to stay on the beach and enjoy the sunshine. (paddleroundthepier.com
2nd August – 4th August 2019: Brighton Pride
It is only fitting that the gay capital of the UK should have the finest Pride festival in the country. A colourful parade through Brighton & Hove culminates with a big party in Preston Park, on the outskirts of the city. (brighton-pride.org
26th August 2019: Summer Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton + good weather = giant party.
5th November 2019: Bonfire night celebrations in Lewes
In Britain, 5th
November is Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night). The tradition dates back to 1605, when a group of unhappy Catholics planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the Protestant King. Loyal subjects burnt fires to celebrate the failure of the so-called Gunpowder Plot. If you are in Brighton around this time of year, neighbouring Lewes is the place to go and enjoy the best displays; locals spend all year planning them and there is a fiery street parade.
21st December 2019: Burning the clocks
Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, the community art charity Same Sky promotes this lovely free event. “Burning the clocks” brings together the people of Brighton & Hove for a lantern procession and a beautiful fire and fireworks show.