What's On In Birmingham in 2017
Sunday January 15, 2017
Birmingham – the UK’s second city - is a cool and buzzing place offering lots of unique festivals and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We've put together some of the major events coming up in Birmingham over 2017. There's something for everyone from cutting-edge culture to sport and family entertainment. Why not build a short break around one of the many festivals or events in the city this year?
Valentine’s Day 14th Feb
Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, which gives you two weekends to choose from if you can’t get away on a weekday. Birmingham has lots of excellent restaurants (we adore The Wilderness). Check out Dine Birmingham for more ideas.
Cinderella 15th-25th Feb
An exquisite ballet production at the Birmingham Hippodrome from Birmingham Royal Ballet. If you buy tickets for Friday 17th you can enjoy a free pre-performance talk at 6.30pm and learn more about the show from the people behind the scenes and on the stage. If you are seeing the matinee on Saturday 18th, you can go to a free audience open day and peek behind the scenes.
Verve Poetry and Spoken Word Festival 16th-19th Feb
We’re excited about this new four-day festival, which is taking place at Waterstone’s right across from us at Rotunda. Why not do something different and book in for a free Poetry Breakfast on Saturday 18th?
Whisky Birmingham 4th March
The 5th year of this unique whisky festival. Enjoy major brands, independents, whisky experts, masterclasses, collaborations with local bars, music and delicious street food.
Crufts 9th-12th March
Who could resist the world’s largest dog show? It takes place at the NEC, which you can whizz to by train from New Street Station in under ten minutes. Stay central, so you can enjoy Crufts and all that Birmingham has to offer. NB: You have to leave your dog back at home for Crufts (unless you have an assistance dog or he/she has been invited).
Flatpack Film Fest 4th-9th April
Flatpack is a truly unique festival focusing on cinema and audio-visual. It’s cool and innovative. Check out the Flatpack website for the full programme, which will be released at the end of Feb.
Billy Elliott 7th March – 29th April
Billy Elliott is simply one of the best musicals around. Have all the excitement of a West End musical without the jaw-dropping West End prices at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
Birmingham Pride 27th-28th May
One of the biggest LGBT celebrations in the UK. Everyone is welcome and last year over 75,000 people watched the parade. The line up for 2017 is yet to be announced but 2016’s Pride included performances by Erasure’s Andy Bell, Lisa Stansfield and Fleur East.
Grease 29th May-3rd June
Teenagers in tow? Grease at the Birmingham Hippodrome could maKe a great half-term treat. The show stars Tom Parker from The Wanted as Danny and Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy.
This June is huge on cricket at Edgbaston
Book for the 2nd - New Zealand v Australia, 4th - India v Pakistan7th - Pakistan v South Africa, 10th - England v Australia, 15th- semi-final.
Supersonic Festival 16th-18th
Supersonic is an internationally-renowned festival that celebrates adventurous music. There’s nothing else quite like it.
Colmore Food Festival 30th June-1st July
Over 30,000 visitors attend this well-established festival featuring food from local restaurants and entertainment.
JULY & AUGUST
The Big Sleuth July–Sept
In need of amusement over the school holidays? The Big Sleuth will provide endless amusement in Birmingham this summer. It's a planned trail of 100 decorated bear sculptures. Each bear’s design is unique and seeking them out makes for great family fun. The Big Sleuth is in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Why not book one of our two-bedroom apartments and spend a couple of days doing some serious sleuthing?
BE Fest 4th-8th July
Dare to be different. Be Fest is fabulously unconventional. Enjoy an innovative programme of theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts
Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 7th-9th July
You can’t really go wrong with a summer weekend of jazz, funk and soul. In 2016, the Independent said, “It’s all good and that’s the truth – 5*”. The lineup for 2017 is yet to be revealed but 2016’s roll call included De La Soul, Booker T Jones, DJ Craig Charles and Grandmaster Flash.
July will also bring the city the annual Shock and Gore film festival at The Electric Cinema, the Brindleyplace Film Festival (outdoor films) and the Birmingham Caribbean Festival, but dates are yet to be confirmed for these events.
Floodlit Test Match 17th-21th August
Cricket fan? The first ever day-night test to be played in England will take place at Edgbaston this August (England vs the West Indies).
Moseley Folk Festival 1st-3rd September
Moseley is just two miles from the centre of Newcastle. This festival hasn’t announced its line up for 2017, but the likes of Johnny Marr, Edwyn Collins, The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg have performed there in recent years, so it’s well worth signing up for the mailing list.
T20 Cricket September 2nd September
There’s another huge cricket event this September in Birmingham with the Natwest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston.
The Birmingham Weekender 22nd-24th September
2017’s Birmingham Weekender will be one of the most exciting weekends of the year. Details for September are yet to be confirmed, but the first Birmingham Weekender (2015) was wonderful, so we this is definitely one for the diary. 2015’s highlights included Birmingham Royal Ballet performing in the Bullring shopping centre and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing sublime music in The Mailbox. A nighttime spectacular called ‘Maudits Sonnants’ took place in the skies above Centenary Square and we’ll never forget the Mexican Day of the Dead party featuring an enormous puppet of Lady Godiva.
Velo Birmingham 24th September
Velo is a celebration of cycling with 15,000 riders taking place in a 100-mile race which starts in the heart of Birmingham and ends back here after passing through beautiful countryside.
Birmingham Comedy Festival 6th-15th October
What a way cheer up the lull before Christmas! The line-up for 2017 is yet to be announced but in previous years the likes of Michael McIntrye, Ross Noble, John Bishop, Alan Carr, Al Murray The Pub Landlord, Sarah Millican, Russell Brand, Jack Whitehall, Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Harry Hill have appeared at the festival.
Birmingham International Marathon 15th October
The first ever Birmingham Marathon is going to be a really a really exciting event. The Birmingham Great Run half marathon will take place on the same Sunday if you aren’t feeling quite up to the full 26.2 miles! http://www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run
Hairspray 9th-14th October
Few musicals are as feel good as Hairspray. Fall in love with Tracy Turnblad - “a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart” at Birmingham’s magnificent Birmingham Hippodrome. Watch the trailer here
Dates are not confirmed at time of publication, but Fierce Festival, the Literature Festival, OXJAM and the Black International Film Festival have also been scheduled to take place in Birmingham this October.
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
We’re still a long way off from winter 2017 but we’re looking forward to welcoming back Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair to the streets outside Rotunda. The opening date is not yet confirmed.
Cinderella November 19th
The Hippodrome’s annual panto opens on November 19th and runs all the way through to January 28th.
The Nutcracker November 24th-13th December
Birmingham Royal Ballet is back with its production of The Nutcracker, a wonderful Birmingham tradition.
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