Festivals & events
Take a look at what’s on now and coming up below, or use our EXPLORE section for an extensive list of Birmingham and regional events.
Cadbury's Character Weekend
8 - 9 March - Cadbury Worlds Character Weekend.
30 March -Treat the special lady in your life to a wonderful Mother's Day in Birmingham this year
6-9 March - Crufts is the BIGGEST and BEST celebration of dogs.
First World War Commemorations
2014 - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War
RSC Sharing Stories Of The Great War
8 March - Come and share the stories, memories and artefacts that link your family to the First World War.
Creative minds in Birmingham
20 March 2014 - Creative Minds at Birmingham, the School of EDACS Writers and Artists Distinguished Speaker Series
Still Walking Festival
14-20 March - Birmingham’s walking festival returns this March with a fascinating programme of compelling and often surprising walks, tours and social gatherings.
Wedding Advice Twitter Q&A
14th March, 12.30 - 1.30 - Join the live twitter Q&A with the wedding experts from The Elm
Until 11 March - Birmingham Museum & Gallery is the first venue in the Midlands to present The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six tapestries by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry.
Henry IV Parts I & II
From 18 March - The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Shakespeare’s epic pair of plays, Henry IV Parts to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Until 30 March - Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking.
mac Students Showcase
Until 4 May - mac Birmingham art students work exhibition
Those Were The Decades
29 March - A series of special events to reflect on the five decades of Ikon’s history
Retail Birmingham Awards
7 April - Retail Birmingham Awards 2014 Voting is Now Open!
Comedy Night At The Custard Factory
2014 - Lucky Devil Media and The Custard Factory have teamed up to launch a new monthly comedy night for Birmingham.
Fleet Street Kitchen Live!
Every Friday- Live Music every Friday to ease you into the weekend
November-March 2014 - Taking Birmingham a step closer to becoming one of the UK’s leading centres for creative photography
St. Patrick's Festival and Parade
This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 16 March.
Dreamboats and Petticoats
24-29 March -Direct from the West End
Arts and Science Festival
16-23 March - Now in its second year, the festival is a week-long celebration of ideas, research and collaboration across the University of Birmingham campus.
Flatpack Film Festival
20-30 March - One of the most atypical and inventive events in the UK's cultural and film calendar.
Singin' in the Rain
18 March–5 April - Direct from the West End
From 22 March - A major festival of music celebrating the experimental sounds and cultures of downtown New York and Birmingham.
Midlands Whisky Festival
29 March - This amazing event attracts visitors from all over the UK
West Side Story
1-19 April - A tale of star crossed lovers
Marvellous May Medicine and Macbeth
7-8 May - Loved by children worldwide
Shen Yun 2014
14-15 April - Taking the world by storm Shen Yun has become an international dance and music phenomenon.
St. George's Day
April 2014 - Celebrate St George's Day with a family friendly festival where everyone is welcome!
10-12 April - A jazz singer, a tortured soul...
International Dance Festival Birmingham
24 April- 25 May - The theatres, streets and squares of Birmingham to life with four consecutive weeks of dance.
Birmingham Pride 2014
24 & 25 May - The biggest two day LGBT party in the UK returns.
25-27 AprilThe festival is a combination of art, music and film along with other crafts.
The National Vintage Awards
19 June - 2014 sees the return of The National Vintage Awards to Fazeley Studios in Digbeth
Brindleyplace Dragonboat Festival
28 June - The annual Dragonboat Festival will be returning to Brindleyplace in a bid to find out which local business will be crowned winner of the popular charity race.
2-13 July - BE Festival is Birmingham’s international theatre festival
4-6 July - One of the biggest festivals in the UK coming to Birmingham!
9 Jul–6 Sep - Wicked flies into Birmingham Hippodrome in July.
The Brindleyplace Outdoor Film Festival
7-13 July - Showing Birmingham’s favourite films
Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival
11 - 14 July - The 5th annual Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival
Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival
18 -27 July -The 30th edition of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival
Moseley Folk Festival
29 - 31 August -Showcasing unsigned acts right next to well established international artists
30-31 August - Birmingham’s iconic Cofton Park will play host to the ultimate summer pop party
9-27 September - The memory returns
Birmingham Comedy Festival
3-12 October - One of the largest independent arts festivals in the region
The Birmingham Literature Festival
2-11 October - The Birmingham Literature Festival will excite and engage the region’s audiences with this year’s busy programme of events
The Bupa Great Birmingham Run
19 October - The Bupa Great Birmingham Run is the biggest half marathon in the Midlands
Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle
Birmingham Hippodrome will present Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle conducted by Valery Gergiev with his world-famous Mariinsky Opera.
2-12 October - Birmingham’s Fierce Festival will return with its distinctive programme of performance and surprising installations in public space.
New Art West Midlands 2014
2014 - Emerging artists highlight vibrant art scene of West Midlands
2014 - Find all the biggest sporting events in the region here
2014 -We love food in Birmingham, the city is packed to the rafters with food filled festivals and events.
The Blue Orange Acting Classes
2014 - Learn a new skill in the New Year
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