Birmingham's Events and Festivals

Birmingham’s cultural calendar is packed with events to suit all ages and tastes. Its vibrant arts scene and bustling nightlife are complemented by annual festivals and shows in every possible area, from gastronomy and gardening to music and comedy. Below we give you a preview of the town’s best-known events.

Birmingham Festivals and Events

Birmingham Events and Festivals - Crufts

Crufts Dog Show

The world’s largest dog show is held every year in March. Its ever-increasing popularity means that the finale is even broadcast on Channel 4 ?

Birmingham Events and Festivals - Gardeners World

BBC Gardeners’ World

Held every June, BBC Gardeners’ World Live includes the RHS Flower Show, a competition for the Midlands’ Best Community Garden, and plenty of handy advice by top gardeners including Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh ?

Birmingham Events and Festivals - Birmingham Pride

Birmingham Pride

This is one of the biggest LGBT events in the UK. Every year, it features a parade, cabaret and a host of other musical events, most of which can be enjoyed for free ?️‍?

Birmingham Events and Festivals - Classic Motor Fest

Classic Motor Show

Car aficionados; look no further. Over three days, there are plenty of opportunities to admire some of the 2,500 vintage, film and racing cars and bikes on exhibit. One of the popular features of the show is the Restoration Theatre in which experts present restoration and maintenance techniques?

Birmingham Events and Festivals - Comedy Festival

Birmingham Comedy Festival

Enjoy this 10-day event taking place at various venues every October. It features both a range of local acts and well-known figures like 2017s showstoppers Greg Davies, Joe Lycett and The Impractical Jokers. There are also opportunities to see plays and cabaret, dance away at various concerts, and even attend a magic show ?

Birmingham Events and Festivals - Jazz and Blues festival

The International Jazz & Blues Festival

In the summer, this spectacular festival offers over 200 performances with jazz to suit every taste – ragtime, hard bop, blues, swing, jazz fusion and more?

Birmingham event locations and dates

Event Location Month held Distance from Birmingham Airport
Crufts Dog Show NEC Arena March 1.9 miles
BBC Gardeners World NEC Arena June 1.9 miles
Classic Motor Show NEC Arena October 1.9 miles
Birmingham Comedy Festival Various venues October Various distances
Jazz and Blues Festival Various venues July Various distances
Moseley Folk Festival Moseley Park First weekend of September 9.7 miles
Birmingham Pride Birmingham Gay Village May 9.3 miles

Many of Birmingham’s top events take place at one of Europe’s largest exhibition centres: The NEC. The National Exhibition Centre welcomes more than 4 million visitors every year for fair trades, concerts, large conferences and sports events. Major shows take place in the LG Arena, which can house 16,000 people. The arena has hosted performances from huge stars over the last 40 years; – Tom Jones, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran to cite just a few.

The NEC also has fantastic on-site facilities to make the most of your visit: an ample car park (22,000 spaces!), cloakrooms, cash points, baby facilities and many food and drink outlets including Starbucks, Subway and JD Wetherspoon.

Where to stay: Hotels and B&Bs in Birmingham

Low-cost guest houses, serviced apartments, luxury hotels… All types of accommodation are available in Birmingham. You may want to stay in the city centre, but what if you are travelling by plane to arrive in the middle of the night or have to take a very early flight?

Airport hotels can be a good hassle-free choice with lots of advantages: you can avoid last-minute problems, sort out your car rental, exchange currency and find tourist information all in the same place. There are choices for every budget close to Birmingham Airport, from the Hilton if you want to indulge in luxury to the Travelodge for a basic but perfectly functional and comfortable room.


If you are staying at one of the hotels located on-site at the NEC (Hilton, Crowne Plaza and Ramada Encore), you can use a free shuttle service, the Air-Rail Link, which leaves from Terminal 1 and operates every two minutes.

Detailed information can be found on the Birmingham transport services and Birmingham taxi services pages of this site.

Things to do in Birmingham

Apart from annual events and festivals in Birmingham, it is home to many attractions which are open year-round. If you are an art aficionado, why not visit one of the eight major museums and stately homes united under the banner Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery? Together they showcase more than 500,000 objects of art dating from prehistoric times to the present.

Other exciting options to explore can be found on the Things to do in Birmingham page.

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