Festivals in Brighton timeline
Brighton and Hove really is a city of festivals.
From the biggest arts Festival in England to comedy, food, music, film and artists' open houses, you'll usually find somewhere in the city that is in full festival swing.
And its not just the summer months that draw the festival crowds. The city knows how to celebrate arts and culture year round with Brighton festivals packing venues and filling the streets right across the calendar.
From silver screen and comedy gold to the local fare of the Brunswick Festival and Sussex Beer Festival, check out the timeline below to see when Brighton festival fever is firing up the city throughout the year.
Brighton Science Festival - explore where we came from, deal with where we are and debate where we might go in the future! This is the festival that makes science fun...
Sussex Beer Festival - a celebration of beer, cider, perries and wine, many from the local area, the Sussex Beer Festival is a great opportunity to sample real ale in a friendly, welcoming environment in the heart of Hove.
VegFestUK - it’s all about healthy options… This free weekend event showcases the best in vegetarian cooking, with competitions and over 100 stalls offering films, cooking demonstrations, music, performances and specialist talks.
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival 'Spring Harvest' - celebrates local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers and showcases fantastic food, drink and hospitality across the city.
Brighton & Hove Children's Festival - multi arts festival for children under 11 and their families, offering an exciting array of activities, events, workshops and exhibitions.
Brighton Festival - the biggest and boldest arts festival in the UK, Brighton Festival is a creative cornucopia of world-class art and entertainment.
Brighton Fringe - running alongside the Brighton Festival, the Fringe is Brighton's answer to Edinburgh and offers the perfect complement of cabaret, comedy, classical concerts, club nights, theatre and exhibitions.
Artists Open Houses - taking place every May during the Brighton Festival, Brighton Artists Open Houses is the biggest free arts event in Britain, offering a fantastic opportunity to see artwork displayed in a domestic setting, as well as buy affordable work direct from local artists.
HOUSE - the sister festival to Artists Open Houses is a contemporary and visual arts event exploring the theme of art and the domestic space.
Charleston Festival - home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group, Charleston Festival conjurs up an impressive array of literary and artistic heavyweights for a rousing mix of talks, discussions, films and workshops.
The Great Escape - Europe's leading new music festival, the Great Escape showcases 400+ new artists from across the globe in 30+ venues over 3 days. Past local performers made big include The Maccabees, British Sea Power and Rizzle Kicks.
Elderflower Festival - Family-friendly 'boutique' festival at Bentley Estate in the Sussex countryside. Packed with activities for kids of all ages, music & entertainment, locally sourced food, a woodland spa & lots of magical touches! Festival is ticketed - see website for details.
Festival of Nature - a celebration of local wildlife and wildlife-friendly living.
Brighton Fashion Week - festival showcasing up-and-coming designers with a catwalk show, great parties and a fashion emporium.
Brighton Japan Festival - a week-long celebration of Japanese film, art, performance and culture.
Paddle Round the Pier - Europe's largest annual beach festival takes place by Hove Lawns and on the beachfront. The first weekend of July is packed full of events for novices and serious athletes, and of course the Paddle Around the Pier!
Brighton Kite Festival - watch the skies of Brighton come alive with stunning aerial displays and enjoy activities for all the family in beautiful Stanmer Park.
Soundwaves Festival - dedicated to new and experimental music, Soundwaves presents an unique and eclectic mix of installations, video and performance art, music, theatre, concerts, ensemble performances and outdoor events.
Brunswick Festival - celebrating the diverse nature of the Brunswick area of Hove, Brunswick festival offers a fun and friendly mix of foodie treats, street theatre and jazz.
Brighton Racecourse August Festival - experience a taste of the good life; sip Champagne, admire the hats and, of course, watch the races.
Brighton Summer Pride - quite simply the best Pride festival in the UK, Brighton Pride celebrates everything lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Brighton Food & Drink Festival - a must for foodies everywhere, The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival celebrates of the best food and drink available across Sussex.
Brighton Art Fair – one of the largest art exhibitions on the south coast, bringing together a host of talented painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors.
Brighton Digital Festival - cementing Brighton’s status as a leading digital destination, the Brighton Digital Festival is a season of exhibitions, performances, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events.
Brighton Photo Biennial - an ambitious celebration of international photographic practice firmly established in the national and international calendar.
City Reads - at this annual month-long literary festival, one book is selected for the whole community to read, discuss, debate and creatively engage with.
Brighton Comedy Festival - The Brighton Comedy Festival laughs its way through 3 weeks of thigh slapping comedy, establishing itself as one of the top comedy events in the country.
Brighton Early Music Festival - pushing boundaries of what is known as 'early music' and seeking out links with other musical styles, Brighton Early Music Festival makes early music funky.
Brighton Sacred Music Festival - an eclectic musical feast, Brighton Festival of World Sacred Music seeks to promote understanding and tolerance between people of different faiths (and none), through the powerful medium of music. Expect everything from Buddhist monks to whirling dervishes.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run - made famous by the film Genevieve and the world's longest running motoring event, the London to Brighton car run offers a fantastic opportunity to catch extraordinary automobiles on the 60 mile run from Hyde Park to Brighton.
CINECITY - Brighton's annual celebration of the moving image, CINECITY features a global mix of premieres and previews, treasures from the archives plus the latest digital adventures.
Colour Out of Space - a festival of experimental music and film playing host to some of the most visionary musicians, sound artists and filmmakers of the last forty years. Runs in venues throughout the city.
Christmas Artists Open Houses - a fantastic chance for visitors to explore around 100 houses across the city and see and buy the work of local artists. Or simply enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine!
Burning of the Clocks - unique opportunity to gather and carry lanterns through Brighton, culminating in a spectacular pyrotechnic and firework display. Burning of the Clocks takes place every year on the Winter Solstice (21st December) to welcome in the lengthening days.