Annual outdoor events
Here is a list of major outdoor events that are taking place in Brighton & Hove in 2014. 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 or use Marine Drive as an alternative route. The middle level terrace along Madeira Drive is currently closed to the public.
Children's Parade, Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe City, Ladyboys of Bangkok, Foodies, Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally, The Great Escape Music Festival, MG Regency Run, Mini Run, Stonewall Equality Walk, Mackerel Fayre, Moscow State Circus
Classic Car Run, Rugby Sevens Event, Sussex Festival of Nature, British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride, Take Part Festival, Capital to Coast Bike Ride, Brighton's Big Screen, Martlet's Midnight Walk
Brighton & Hove Half Marathon, Brighton seafront. Third Sunday in February. 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.
Pioneer Motorcycle Run, Madeira Drive. This event moves to April in 2014 to try and avoid inclement weather after having to cancel the event last year. 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.
Passion Play. Theatre professionals work alongside local amateur cast members to put on a moving portrayal of the days leading up to Jesus's arrest, death and resurrection. For further information, visit www.soulbythesea.info (Return to List)
Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival. 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
Brighton Marathon. This year runners will complete a 26 mile race which is flatter and faster than previous years due to changes to the route. 2014 is also the first year that the Brighton Marathon weekend will include a 10km race option, as well as moving the children's Mini Mile Races to Saturday morning in Preston Park.
InCarNation. Presented by Ace Cafe & Fueltopia, the fourth 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.
Jaguar Run, Madeira Drive.
Jaguars old and new make their way to Brighton from London. See the organiser's website for further details.
Ladyboys of Bangkok, Victoria Gardens. Throughout May.
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. This year's production is called 'Red Hot Kisses' and is the 16th year of this popular cabaret show. (Return to List)
Foodies. For the fourth year, Hove Lawns will host this fabulous food and drink festival. Taking place on 3-5 May 2014, visitors can expect to experience wine tastings, cooking demonstrations from some of our favourite chefs, sampling of food both sweet and savoury whilst being able to listen to live music and watch various dancing displays. Tickets can be purchased via the website www.foodiesfestival.com
Children’s Parade, City Centre & Seafront. First Saturday in May.
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. 2014's theme for the parade is 'The Arts'.
Brighton Festival 3-25 May 2014. Various outdoor performances take place in numerous locations across Brighton & Hove, and beyond. This year's guest director is the critically-aclaimed choreographer, musician, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter. For further information on the festival visit www.brightonfestival.org
Brighton Fringe City 3 May - 1 June 2014. 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.
Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally, Madeira Drive. First Sunday in May. 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. (Return to List)
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. www.escapegreat.com
MG Regency Run, Madeira Drive. Second Sunday in May.
A variety of MGs from the first ever built to the modern day travel from Crystal Palace to Brighton. See the organisers website for more information.
Mackerel Fayre. An annual celebration of the beginning of the mackerel season in Brighton. Taking place in front of the Fisherman's Museum this event features the blessing of the nets and entertainment from a variety of bands including the Salvation Army Band.
Mini Rally, Madeira Drive. 2014 sees this annual event return to its traditional date in May. Hundreds of minis make the journey from London to Brighton. Expect many variations of colour, size and engine capacity.
Stonewall Equality Walk. On Sunday 11 May, several hundred people will celebrate Stonewall's 25th anniversary, a leading organisation campaigning for equality and fair treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people worldwide. This sponsored walk takes place in the city centre and along the seafront, with entertainment beginning at 12pm in Pavilion Gardens.
Classic Car Run. After moving to Brighton Racecourse last year, the Classic Car Run returns to Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront in 2014. 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. www.classicmotorevents.co.uk (Return to List)
Rugby Sevens Event. Brighton Sevens 2014 is back for a second year, combining rugby and netball matches with a festival atmosphere including camping. Further information on entering a team or attending the event can be found at www.thebrighton7s.co.uk
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.
Take Part Festival. A day of sporting activities in Preston Park, open to all ages and abilities with something to do for everyone. The event also includes food and drink stalls and information stands.
Brighton's Big Screen. Brighton's free beachfront cinema returns in 2014 ready to show daily blockbusters, some of the world's top sporting events including the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon. The schedule is yet to be confirmed but the screen will be up on the beach alongside Madeira Drive from 12 June until 13 July 2014.
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. www.capitaltocoast.org.uk
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. (Return to List)
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.
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.
Kite Festival. Second weekend in July. A weekend at Stanmer Park where you can marvel at the variety of kites on display. The event involves kite display to music, children's entertainment, bird of prey show and stalls where you can buy your own kites and associated equipment. (Return to List)
British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Night Ride. As the British Heart Foundation's website states, our fight against heart disease never sleeps. Join in on this overnight sponsored bike ride which starts at London's Tower Bridge and finishes 60 miles later on Madeira Drive. Entry costs £35.
Shakedown Festival. The annual music festival in Brighton moves to a new date and a new location for 2014. The event will take place on Saturday 19 July at Waterhall Playing Fields. Visit www.shakedown.co.uk
Pride Annual parade and party in Preston Park, the event this year is on Saturday 2nd August 2014. Details for this year's event are still being confirmed so please check the Pride website for information.
Zippos Circus, Hove No 1 Lawn. Throughout August. The annual circus comes to town - jugglers, acrobats, horses and budgies make up this traditional spectacular. See the Zippo Circus website for further details.
Little Monsters Bash. A new event for 2014, Stanmer Park will host this fun event for mini festival goers aged under ten on Saturday 9th August. Acts already confirmed are Dick & Dom, The Octonauts, and Peppa Pig & George! (Return to List)
999 Day. A day's activities on Hove Lawns where you can meet the local emergency services and learn about their roles and responsibilities. The day will involve arena demonstrations, children's activities and competitions, information stalls, a small funfair and much more. www.bh999funday.co.uk
National Speed Trials. This historic Brighton seafront event has been running since 1905. The event returns on Saturday 6th 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.
Ace Café Reunion, Madeira Drive. 2014 sees this event move away from the day after the Speed Trials, this reunion being held on Sunday 14 September. 40,000 motorbikes descend on Brighton in a celebration of biking and the original Ace Café on London's North Circular.
Color Run. The second year of this 5km crazy event on Madeira Drive takes place on Saturday 20th September starting at 11am. This event is less about speed, but more about how colourful you can end up over a 5km flat route along the seafront. Interested? www.thecolourrun.co.uk has all of the details. (Return to List)
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.
Landrover Run. Enthusiasts display their different types of Landrovers on Madeira Drive. See the South London and Surrey Landrover Club website or the London to Brighton Land Rover Run website for further details.
Veteran Car Run, Madeira Drive. Saturday 14 November 1896 was a red-letter day in the history of British motoring: the 'Emancipation Run' from London to Brighton celebrated the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. This raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from four miles per hour to 14 mph 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 organiser's website for further details.
10K Road Race, Seafront General. 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.
Burning the Clocks Winter Solstice event. An annual community event consisting of a children’s 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 3,000 spectators. For more information please visit www.burningtheclocks.co.uk