Annual outdoor events
Here is a list of major outdoor events that are taking place in Brighton & Hove in 2016. This list isn't exhaustive as our events programme is continually changing. Use the website links in the table to find out more. You can also look at our Events Diary for dates or contact the Events Office for a more detailed events list. The city hosts over 400 outdoor events each year.
Please note that events taking place on Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront, will result in the closure of the public cycle lane for the whole day. Cyclists are advised to dismount and walk through the event if possible, or use Marine Drive as an alternative route. The middle level terrace along Madeira Drive is currently closed to the public.
Historic Commercial Vehicle Run, Foodies, Ladyboys of Bangkok, Spiegeltent, Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe City, The Great Escape Music Festival, Children Festival, MG Regency Run, Stonewall Equality Walk, Moscow State Circus, Mini Rally
Sunday 28 February - Brighton & Hove Half Marathon, Brighton seafront. The first major event of the year the Brighton & Hove Half Marathon is organised by the Sussex Beacon. The race covers 13.1 miles of seafront and city centre, starting and finishing at Madeira Drive. This event is one of the longest established and most popular seafront road race events in the UK. Further details can be found at http://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com
Sunday 20 March - Pioneer Motorcycle Run, Madeira Drive. The Sunbeam Motorcycle Club has organised this London to Brighton run for veteran motorcycles since 1930. The Pioneer Run is open to all motor cycles and tricycles manufactured before 1915.
Saturday 28 to Monday 30May - Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival. (April) This is the largest festival of its kind in the South of England, running for ten days every Spring and Autumn. It includes a variety of indoor and outdoor events, for further information visit their website www.brightonfoodfestival.com (Return to List)
Sunday 17 April - Brighton Marathon. Runners will complete a 26 mile race .The 10km race will be open to more runners this year, as well as the return of the children's Mini Mile Races on the Saturday morning in Preston Park.
Saturday 23 April - InCarNation. Presented by Ace Cafe & Fueltopia, the fifth year of this event is a free to attend drive in and display event for high performance and modified cars in the UK. Some of the most impressive vehicles in the country will be on display for the day on Madeira Drive.
Sunday 1 May - Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally. First Sunday in May held on Madeira Drive. One of the greatest displays of historic commercial vehicles in the world. Enthusiasts portray a living history of the commercial transport scene and show the developments which have taken place since the turn of the century.
Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May - Foodies. Hove Lawns will host this fabulous food and drink festival. Visitor's can expect to experience wine tastings, cooking demonstrations from some of our favourite chefs, sampling of food both sweet and savoury while being able to listen to live music and watch various dancing displays. Tickets can be purchased via the website www.foodiesfestival.com
Friday 6 May to Saturday 11 June - Ladyboys of Bangkok. Throughout May on Victoria Gardens. If you enjoy popular music, entertainment and thai food all in one package, this is a show not to be missed! 16 of the world's most entrancing beauties in stunning costumes will entertain you in The Sabai Pavilion. (Return to List)
Throughout May - Spiegeltent. Throughout May on the Old Steine. A pop up venue hosting music, cabaret, spoken word, children's events as well as offering food and drink each day to members of the public. You don't need a ticket to a show to visit the Brighton Spiegeltent, just come along and chill out in the Spiegel Gardens.
Throughout May - Brighton Festival. Various outdoor performances take place in numerous locations across Brighton & Hove, and beyond. For further information on the festival visit www.brightonfestival.org
Throughout May - Brighton Fringe City. Brighton Fringe is the largest multi-arts festival in England and a completely open-access platform for events. It runs alongside Brighton Festival. Visit www.brightonfringe.org for further information on all shows, including the outdoor elements of Fringe City.
Thursday 19 May to Saturday 21 May - The Great Escape Music Festival. Purchase a wristband for the weekend and get the opportunity to see a variety of music gigs both indoors and outdoors across Brighton & Hove. Some of the biggest acts today have been seen for the first time at this festival in Brighton. For futher details and the latest line up please visit www.greatescapefestival.com
Saturday 7 May - Children’s Parade. First Saturday in May through the city centre and along the seafront to Madeira Drive.The Brighton Festival Children’s Parade produced by Same Sky has grown over the years into one of the most spectacular community events of its type in the country, with up to 4000 participants and an audience of over 10,000. Sixty participating local schools and community groups form the heart of this procession.
Sunday 8 May - MG Regency Run. Second Sunday in May on Madeira Drive. A variety of MGs from the first ever built to the modern day travel from Crystal Palace to Brighton. For further details please visit the organisers website www.mgownersclub.co.uk
Sunday 8 May - Stonewall Equality Walk. Several hundred people will celebrate this sponsored walk for Stonewall, a leading organisation campaigning for equality and fair treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people worldwide. The walk takes place in the city centre and along the seafront, with entertainment beginning at 12 noon in Pavilion Gardens.
Sunday 5 June - Classic Car Run. All cars over 25 years old are eligible. The event also includes the London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run, hosting a display of kit, sports and replica cars. Vist the organisers website www.classicmotorevents.co.uk for further inforamtion. (Return to List)
Friday 10 June to Sunday 10 July - Brighton's Big Screen. Brighton's free beachfront cinema returns in June and will be showing the British teams at the Euorpean football championships in France. There shall also be a selction of iconic films throughout the duration.
Saturday 11 June - Martlet's Midnight Walk. This women only night time sponsored walk is the Martlets Hospice's biggest fundraising event of the year. Women can choose either a 6 or 13 mile route which both start at Brighton Racecourse at midnight. Entry details and further information can be found on the Martlets Hospice website.
Sunday 19 June - British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride. Third weekend in June. With 27,000 cyclists taking part each year this is the biggest cycling event of its kind in Europe. The bike ride has a huge positive impact on the city and is the largest of the British Heart Foundation's sponsored events. For further information please visit www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2016
Saturday 18 June - Take Part Festival – A celebration in June of community sport, dance and physical activity with events taking place across the city open to all ages and abilities with something to do for everyone.
Sunday 26 June - Capital to Coast Bike Ride. Raising money for three fantastic charities - Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Norwood, and Down's Syndrome Association, this is the alternative London to Brighton Bike Ride. With a choice of two different routes, this event finishes in the picturesque location of Hove Lawns. Further information can be found on the organisers website www.capitaltocoast.org.uk (Return to List)
Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July - Race for Life Stanmer Park. Early July. This is Cancer Research UK's biggest fundraising event. It is a very popular 5k women only run and it has now been extended to two days in Brighton & Hove. For further information please visit the events wesbite www.raceforlife.org
Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July - Pretty Muddy Held in Stanmer Park on the same weekend as Race For Life, this event is a women's only obstacle race also raising money for Cancer Research UK. A fun, more challenging alternative to Race For Life.
Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July - Paddle Round The Pier. First weekend in July. Europe's biggest free beach and watersports festival located on Hove Lawns. This event features the best in water, street and urban sports, live music, children's entertainment and have a go opportunities, plus the fantastic location adjacent to the beach. (Return to List)
Saturday 6 August - Pride Annual parade and party in Preston Park, the event this year is on the f.irst Saturday in August. Details for this year's event are still being confirmed so please check the Pride website for information www.brighton-pride.org
Tuesday 24 August to Tuesday 6 September - Zippos Circus. Throughout August on Hove No1. Lawn. The annual circus comes to town - jugglers, acrobats, horses and budgies make up this traditional spectacular. See www.zippos.co.uk for further details.
Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival. (August) This is the largest festival of its kind in the South of England, running for ten days every Spring and Autumn. It includes a variety of indoor and outdoor events, for further information visit their website www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Saturday 3 September - National Speed Trials. This historic Brighton seafront event has been running since 1905. The event on the first Saturday of September this year allowing spectators to watch over 200 cars and motorcycles travel along Madeira Drive racing against the clock. The organisers are Brighton & Hove Motor Club.
Sunday 4 September - Ace Café Reunion, Madeira Drive. 40,000 motorbikes descend on Brighton in a celebration of biking and the original Ace Café on London's North Circular. Further details can be found on the organisers website www.ace-cafe-london.com (Return to List)
Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 September - Together The People. A two day, family music and cultural festival that takes place in Preston Park. A variety of chuildrens entertainment, local businesses and good music.
Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 September - Fiery Foods Festival. The festival takes place on Victoria Gardens based on all things chilli like. Expect chilli drinks, chilli food both sweet and savoury and the now infamous chilli eating competition.
Saturday 17 September - Brighton Boundary Festival. The annual music festival in Brighton returns to its successful location Stanmer Park. http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/others2016/boundary
Saturday 1 October - Brighton Breeze VW Split Screen Run. A variety of VW vehicles converge on Madeira Drive. See the Split Screen Van Club website for further details www.ssvc.org.uk
Sunday 2 October - Apple Day. A popular annual event held in Stanmer Park to celebrate the harvest season. Please be aware that there is a charge for parking at this event, but the event itself is free. Suitable for the whole family.
Sunday 6 November - Veteran Car Run. 1896 was a red-letter day in the history of British motoring: the 'Emancipation Run' from London to Brighton (Madeira Drive) celebrated the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. This raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the requirement to be preceded by a man on foot. The event is not a race, the cars are limited to an average speed of 20mph and the only reward for a successful run is a Finisher’s Medal (awarded to all who reach Brighton before 4.30pm). See the www.veterancarrun.com for further details.
Sunday 20 November - 10K Road Race. The Brooks 10km run is a fast, flat accurately measured course along the seafront, with start and finish on Madeira Drive. The race is the Sussex AAA 10K Men's and Women's Road Race Championship. The race now takes place entirely on the road, making it much easier to get that personal best!
Wednesday 21 December - Burning the Clocks Winter Solstice event. An annual community event consisting of a community lantern parade through the city centre finishing with a firework display from the beach adjacent to Madeira Drive. Conceived to celebrate the winter solstice, this event now takes place on 21 December each year and attracts around 20,000 spectators. Find out more on the Same Sky website