Your family-friendly festival guide for Bristol. 11 free & cheap festivals to take the kids this summer.

Jun 23, 2017 | MAIN FEED




1. Free. Bristol Barrio Festival takes place tomorrow June 24 at Knowle Park which celebrates Filipino culture with music, dancing and food and drink. 


2. Free. July 1. St Paul’s Carnival will not be back officially until next year but a smaller event will still be taking place at the Malcolm X Centre during the day. Click here for more details.


3. Free. Bristol’s very own Clifton Village will host Clifton Fest, a mini festival of live music and street entertainment from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July. The festival will start on the Friday evening with live music taking over the pubs before moving onto the surrounding streets during the day.


4. £3. July 8 is Bristol Pride Day this year and for just a couple of quid you can see performers including Busted, Sonia and Saara Alto play at the stages in and around Millennium Square.


5. Free. July 21 to 23. There will be loads to keep the family entertained at the Bristol Harbour Festival including arts, music, great food and drink and of course – boats. Explore The Matthew and check out our stunning city from the water. The official website will have full details of what to expect nearer the time.


6. Free. July 29 to 30. UpFest is a relaxed family-friendly festival in Bedminster that celebrates our city’s street art scene. As well as the place to appreciate street art, there will also be music, food and drink and activities for all the family, just click here to find out more.


7. Adults £4, children £1. July 29 to 30. The Thai & Multicultural Food Festival in Millennium Square is a friendly day out with mixed culture entertainment including a costume parade, catwalk and cultural fashion show, Thai boxing demo, live music, DJ and children’s entertainment.


8. Free. Aug 5 to 6. Usually Redfest takes over St George Park for the day, but this year you can expect a whole weekend of activities promoting local artists at venues on and around Church Rd.


9. Free. Aug 10 to 13. As the website puts it, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta you can expect “four fabulous days of free fun”. It does get busy though, so sometimes it’s a better option to admire from afar! Some good parts of Bristol to get a good vantage point are: Perretts Park, Clifton Down, Bedminster Down, Victoria Park, Brandon Hill, Clifton Observatory, Leigh Woods and Stoke Park Estate. Always check the website to see whether the balloons are going up, before heading on out.   


10. Free (some shows incur a cost). Aug 15 to 17. For the third year, Hoo-Ha! takes over Colston Hall and promises rip-roaring fun for all the family. Free events take place in the foyer and include a Junior Jungle Rave, craft activities, The Fantasy Kids Orchestra and face painting.


11. The Bristol Festival of Puppetry returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres, Watershed and various central Bristol locations from September 1 to 10. While many events are free, some are ticketed and priced from £3.


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