The diversity in festivals matches the city’s diverse demographic, there is something to satisfy most tastes, here are a few suggestions for 2020, the line ups often change and are released nearer to the festival date but you can get a good idea of what is to come by checking the official websites and seeing what has gone before.
The Green Heart Festival
The Green Heart Festival is transforming the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus. The 12 acres of parkland is a communal space for students, staff and the local community to enjoy, providing a unique space for entertainment, socialising and study. The Green Heart want to celebrate this space in the form of an ambitious year-long festival, which will involve students, staff, partners and the local community. Celebrations started with the family-friendly launch weekend June 2019, with free activities, open to all. Over the following 12 months, The Green Heart work with students, staff, community groups and partners to deliver a series of events in the Green Heart that reflect the seasonal changes in the space. With a strong link to the University’s research and education, the Festival will develop a creative and innovative experience to develop a legacy that will live beyond 2020. Winter 2019/20, December, January, February – Illumination. Spring 2020, March, April, May – Hope.
Gin & Rum Festival
If you’re thirsty for knowledge or just want to party the night away, the Gin & Rum Festival is for you! Discover new favourites with samples from our hand-picked guest distillers, treat yourself at our themed gin and rum bars and let your hair down with your friends. Whether you are a gin-genius or a new convert, expert staff and complimentary masterclasses will help you discover new flavours to savour, while the resident DJ and amazing live entertainment keep the party going. Remember to bring your dancing shoes! Paying for your drinks is quick and easy – just purchase tokens and swap them for drinks at one of the themed bars. Mixers and tonics are all included and your gin and rum guide includes expertly crafted garnish suggestions so you can take the perfect serve home with you. Perfect for hen parties, lad’s night out or date night. Friendly staff, tasty street food and buzzing party atmosphere will guarantee a night to remember! Over 18s only, open 2 -3 October.
Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival
Running since 1985, Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival is England’s longest-established jazz and blues festival and one of Europe’s biggest free jazz parties. The festival presents more than 150 performances alongside workshops, talks, exhibitions and masterclasses, and almost all of it is free to attend. Performances take place in shopping centres, streets and squares, bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, art galleries, markets, libraries, parks, railway stations, canal boats, and sometimes even on buses and trains! The festival presents more than 200 performances alongside workshops, talks, exhibitions and masterclasses, and almost all of it is free to attend. Performances take place in shopping centres, streets and squares, bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, art galleries, markets, libraries, parks, railway stations, canal boats, and sometimes even on buses and trains! The Festival is organised by Big Bear Music, probably the UK’s longest running independent record label and booking agency. The events take place throughout July 2020 taking in many venues including the following in Edgbaston: The Blue Piano, Botanical Gardens, Bulls Head, Hagley Road Village, The Lansdowne, Loki Wine and Deli, Physician.
Edgbaston Golf Club Wedding Fayre
Just got engaged? Looking for the perfect Wedding venue? Join Edgbaston Golf Club Wedding Fayre and Open Day. Claim you Free Beauty Gift at this event! The First 15 brides to attend The Edgbaston Golf Club Wedding Fayre & Open Day will receive a Luxury Bride Squad Gift Bag filled will beauty products. There will various wedding services exhibiting on the day including Bridal Wear, Wedding Transport, Live entertainment, Magic Mirror, Wedding Photography, Wedding Jewellery, Hair & Beauty, Venue Stylists, and many more... Feel free to bring along friends and family, 23rd February.
Kendal Mountain Festival
Fire up your imagination and join us for a thrilling night of adventure. Watch a brand-new collection of short films on the big screen – stories of human endurance, breathtaking environments and soul-stirring journeys. Plus hear from one of the world’s top adventurers, join The MAC on stage to share tales from explorations. The evening will be presented by Festival Director Steve Scott and we'll be giving away prizes from our fabulous tour sponsors. Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. Kendal Mountain Festival duration stated includes trailers and adverts on 16th May 2020.