It’s September which means the end of summer and the start of autumn but as Brighton has a packed programme of events all year-round the changing of the seasons does not mean a change of pace for this cultural city-by-the-sea.

To help plan an autumn getaway we’ve rounded up just a small selection of events taking place this September. Yes that’s right, just in September. We were going to extend it to include all of the autumn months but there is so much going on that we thought we’d better just stick to one month per post!  

Shaun by the Sea

This autumn over 120 individually designed sculptures of the much-loved character Shaun the Sheep will be displayed around Brighton & Hove’s streets, parks and other public places from 9 September to 5 November.

Brighton Open Air Theatre

September is the final month for the open-air theatre so why not enjoy a night of stand-up under the stars? Upcoming acts include Maisie Adams, Suzi Ruffell, Fern Brady, Tim Key, Sophie Duker and Lou Sanders.

Boundary Brighton

Taking the best of Brighton’s creative energy, lust for life and generosity of spirit, Boundary Brighton is a festival with four stages of music, a funfair, delicious local street food and other unexpected treats, all nestled within Stanmer Park.

Basements & Banquets

The Royal Pavilion is a must-see attraction at any time of year but this month they are hosting a couple of very special events. You can discover the delights of the garden, indulge in a Regency Banquet, or explore the basements & tunnels. Also, to celebrate Brighton & Hove Albion’s promotion to the UEFA Europa League the iconic venue will be lighting blue on match days, the first of which is on 21st September.

Bogan Bingo & more

Komedia Brighton always has a jam-packed programme of events and September is no exception! Whether you fancy a Bogan Bingo themed bottomless brunch, a night of disco, solve-along-a-Murder, She Wrote, a Taylor Swift club night or the classic Comedy Club you’re guaranteed to find something fun to do at Komedia.

La Bamba

La Bamba! is a jaw-dropping new musical that combines Latin, R&B, and timeless rock and pop to tell the ultimate feel-good story of a young girl with a big voice, big dreams, and an even bigger heart.

Celebrating the Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club are playing in the Europa League for the first time. Yet 25 years ago, the club were on the brink of collapse. It is thanks to the fans and an imaginative campaign of protest, activism and passion that sees the team on the European stage this season.

Come and celebrate by sharing your memories and memorabilia of this incredible journey. Do you remember the Goldstone ground? Did you travel to Gillingham to watch the team? Were you part of the We Want Falmer campaign? What did you do to keep the club alive?

Heritage Open Days

England’s largest festival of history & culture is back from 8th – 17th September. The festival is a chance to see hidden gems and try out new experiences for free. Brighton venues taking part include: Fabrica, Brighton Dome, Brighton Toy & Model Museum, Sussex County Cricket Club, Regency Town House, Hove Museum, Rampion Visitors Centre, Theatre Royal Brighton and the West Pier Centre.

Brighton Chocolate Festival

Indulge your senses at the Brighton Chocolate Festival, where exquisite flavours and ethical sourcing take centre stage! Head to the Brighthelm Centre for a tantalizing journey into the world of bean-to-bar chocolate, where each delectable bite tells a unique story of sustainability and craftsmanship.

Brighton Triathlon

Cheer on the participants as they swim, cycle, and run although if watching all that activity makes you hungry then don’t worry as the event village will include a variety of food & drink stalls.

Rum & Gin School

Head to Goldstone Rum for a unique experience guided by their master distiller where you’ll learn the art of distillation by taking charge of your very own mini copper pot still.


This year, Wakehurst are celebrating one of the world's most recognisable and loved plants – trees. Incredible artists have created outdoor installations across Wakehurst that will uncover the phenomenal power of these woodland wonders.


Visit this Stanmer Organics, a one acre site filled with seasonal organically grown flowers and pick your own to take home with you. Depending on the season, you’ll see cornflowers, roses, larkspur, sweet williams, canterbury bells, dahlias, rudbeckias, cosmos and many other beauties.

See the Sea

Artists have been inspired by the sea at Brighton & Hove since it was a tiny 16th-century fishing village. This family-friendly display of paintings at Brighton Museum includes dramatic seascapes and beachside scenes. Sail through romantic seas and skies to views of today’s vibrant seafront.


It's an exciting time for Charleston as in addition to their beautiful home in Firle they have just opened a brand-spanking new gallery in Lewes. This month each venue will be hosting two exhibitions and you can easily visit them all on the new Sussex Art Shuttle bus where day tickets cost just £2.50! At Firle you can see works by David Hockney and Osman Yousefzada. At Charleston in Lewes, discover their inaugural exhibition on the Bloomsbury group’s impact on fashion alongside a free-to-visit immersive experience by artist Jonathan Baldock.




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