best things to do in bristol in august

Stuck for something to do in August?

Now until August 31st: Join about 500,000 people and take a picture of all the 70 Shauns in the City

shaun the sheep avon gorge

Now until 31st August: Have a look at ‘The Bristol Whales’ in Millennium square. A sculpture made from 70,000 old plastic bottles.

bristol whale

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: Catch all of the balloons at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.



Friday 7th: Eat all the flavors of Portugal at ‘A Taste of Portugal’ @ Glutton’s Club, Perry Boathouse 

Saturday 8th: Eat, drink and dance at Motion

eat drink dance motion

Saturday 8th: Get back to your youth and watch King Prawn at The Fleece

King Prawn Bristol

Tuesday 11th: Again revisit your youth and skank to Less Than Jake at the Marble Factory 



Wednesday 12th: Explore the ridiculous caves of The Avon Gorge.

avon gorge cave

Wednesday 12th: Test your metal at The Golden Lion’s Open Mic night from 8.30pm.

Thursday 13th: Dodge, dip, dive, duck and dodge at a dodgeball tournament at Anson Rooms 

Dodgeball Bristol

Friday 14th – Sat 15th Drink all the wine at The Library’s 1st birthday

the library bristol
Via The Library

Friday 14th: Watch Jamie Carragher say ‘ehmmm’ a fair bit at the 02 Academy

Friday 14th: Pop to the Lanes for their ‘Back To the Future’ party.

lanes back to the future

Friday 14th: Wander about in the Bristol Zoo during the sunset

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th: See the amazing Muppets Die Hard show at the Tobacco Factory Theatres: Factory Theatre 

muppits die hard

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th: Ride the cranes at the M Shed 

M SHED crane

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd: Fly about some kites on the Downs at the bristol International Kite Festival


Sunday 23rd: Hang out on Stapleton Road and ‘Make Sunday Special‘ 

Thursday 27th: Make and eat some awesome Thai street food @ Little Kitchen

Friday 28th: Get a tad sexy with ‘An Evening of Burlesque’ at Bristol Hippodrome

bristol burlesque

August 29th – 30th: Watch Aliens @ At-Bristol 

aliens at bristol

Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August: Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Temple Meads with a walking tour of Brunel’s masterpieces in Bristol…. or get on a train to Bath. Your choice.

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Sam Gillies, the founder and editor of Best of Bristol. Purveyor of numerous Bristol lists, guides & videos. Most likely found attempting to find interesting street art across Bristol and other cities.

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