Best Events in Birmingham
Don't be silly now, you can't surely be stuck for things to do in Birmingham can you? What with all these amazing events in Birmingham? We didn't think so! From daytime raves and unique cinema events to food festivals, Birmingham is a hubbub of fun activities all year long. Check out our recommendations for the best events in Birmingham and get stuck into some of the biggest parties that the UK's second city has to offer.
Last updated on 27th March 2017
The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre is accustomed to hosting live music and theatrical performances. But trying something a bit out there this January, the established Birmingham venue will be hosting a gin masterclass, full of flavour and delicious drinks. Alongside learning what it takes to make the perfect G & T, guests will sample 6 of the latest gin spirits to appear on the market.
The Independent Birmingham Festival is a celebration of the fantastic independent culture that Britain’s second city has to offer. Featuring the best restaurants, street food traders, independent retailers, artists, designers, cocktail and craft beer bars for a celebration of everything that makes the city great.
What started out as a secret daytime cellar party in the Jewellery Quarter has turned into one of the biggest events in Birmingham. Sum Cellar is celebrating its second birthday party by bringing the best in bass, grime, house and UK garage to Lab11.
Hanky Panky at Popworld is all about giving Birmingham’s student population the best night ever. The premier retro bar will be delivering on their classic tunes, alongside a free bouncy castle, discounted drinks and a tonne of giveaways.
It’s time to party until the early hours of the morning as Lab11 welcomes Foliee for the first time in 2017. Bringing two of their finest DJs – Jimmy Switch, a high energy master and Lindsey Matthews, a minimalist base heavy star – this massive party will be raving until the early hours of the morning.
Spice up your Saturday nights with Reggaeoke at Cogs in the city centre. Hosted by Jay9 with MC Dazzla and DJ Barse, the night will be nothing but the best reggae for you to sing your heart out to.
Education is important and there are some lessons that are certainly worth learning. Step up The Lobby On Hill Street and their cocktail masterclasses as their expert bar staff teach you how to mix, muddle and shake up your favourite tipples.
Get ready for a massive weekend of more than 130 different types of rum, exotic streetfood and samba in the Cuban Embassy as the Rum Festival returns to Birmingham. Bringing a sunny taste of South America to the Midlands, this cheery event has tickets starting from £8.
For the fifth year in a row, The Rainbow Venues is hosting one of its biggest events: The Swingamajig! Across seven stages, live acts will be playing the best in swing, but it doesn’t stop there. Not only will there be music from gypsy jazz to Balkan beats, there will be hidden speakeasies, world class cabaret, a street food market and even a traditional salon.
Ever wanted to have dinner in the world of Only Fools and Horses? Well now you can as the Plough and Harrow brings to life the classic sitcom and invites you to it. Marlene and Boycie are throwing a big feast, but unfortunately some of her guests – Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert – might jeapodise things. Will things go to plan? No! But you may be in for a few surprises.
The Rainbow Venues Festival is bringing together art, music and food into one of the best events in Birmingham. Chapter XIII will celebrate underground music with twelve hours of house and techno across 9 stages, with world-class pyrotechnics, cutting-edge laser and lighting technology, an art exhibition and six amazing food traders.
With three different sets bringing completely different sounds, the Hare & Hounds is welcoming back Lobster Shack. First there’s Lobster, launching the night with their typical sounds of reggae, ska, and hip-hop; next is Malarkey, delivering on the punk and heavy dancehall rhythms; Wool-Lea ends the night, with everything from Studio One classics to Dancehall Champions.
Amusement 13 are transforming themselves into an exclusive club – think Berghain or Warehouse in Chicago – thanks to Basement 77. This top quality haven is exclusively for cutting edge sounds, positive vibes, and people looking for the best night out in Birmingham.
Listen to the wistful sounds of 1950s mother Molly Drake, after her songs were unearthed by her son Nick Drake, which has gained the pair a cult following. The songs will be performed by traditional English folk group The Unthanks.
Are you ready for a night filled with some of the top comedic talent in the country? Acts like Kae Kurd, Mo the Comedian, Travis Jay and more will be taking to the stage at 6 On Broad Street with some killer jokes that you want to hear.
One of the best student nights is coming your way, Birmingham. Every Monday, 6 On Broad Street opens its doors to bounce, featuring a free bouncy castle, free t-shirts, discounted drinks and house, RnB, chart, indie and more on the decks.
Spotlight are throwing a hell of a party for Fatboy Records as they set up shop in Birmingham. Expect a huge line up of killer underground artists across two rooms, with grime, bassline, garage, drum & bass and jungle.
Do you love bass? Because you’ve just struck gold as BASSFEST are dedicating a day to the best bass music. From 2.30pm in the afternoon you can party along with top line talent like Tom Zanetti, Preditah, Donaeo and more.
When you’re celebrating an event called the Drum and Bass Awards, you know you’re going to have to party hard. So Raveology is bringing all the beats you need to make a real show of it, featuring top talent like Hazard, Guv, Escape and more.
Way back in the 90s, ATHLETICO were the kings of club nights, hosting some of the most famous DJs in the world. Now they’ve come back to teach you partiers how it’s done, and their coming back bigger than ever.
Even if you are a beginner or a burgeoning wine enthusiast, jump in and learn about the intricate flavours of wine at the Birmingham Wine tasting Experience. Attendees will be able to taste fifteen different wines before sitting down for a fantastic three course meal, where each dish is paired with the wine.
Have you ever tried Korean food before? Well, not like this, as the Hare & Hounds opens up for a delicious Supper Club. Yogiyo will be taking over the kitchen, delivering lots of Korean dishes from miso soup to Korean Fried Chicken. Try something new and hop aboard for this Supper Club with a twist!
Experience Britpop in a performance like no other as five-piece band The Girl From Mars brings to life classics like Oasis, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass and more. This isn’t just a live performance – this is a narrative rock show, with their sets filled with storytelling and special effects, with UFO drones, burlesque dances and even a giant robot making an appearance.
If you’re after the best events in Birmingham and you happen to be of the female persuasion, there’s a night that might interest you: Ladies’ Night. Offering up 2-4-1 cocktails, discounted wines and prosecco, give yourself a midweek treat a Bohemian Bar and Kitchen.
Three words will make spread goosebumps on every club goer: drum and bass. The Rainbow Festival will be kicking off Outlook Festival with their very own launch party, bringing the best in Drum and Bass from top name talents like Benny Page, Spooky, Skudkid and more.
The Bass Collective will be bringing two floors of the UK’s best bass, bassline, garage and grime with a list of top DJs. Delivering those tunes will be Amusement 13’s very own VOID sound system, making sure that you feel every beat and that you have the best night out in Birmingham.