International Student Guide To Birmingham 2017


Top 10 Events in Birmingham

There's plenty to do in Birmingham all year around, but here are 10 events to especially look out for each year!

Frankfurt Christmas Market – this is the biggest German Christmas market outside of Germany & Austria! The markets usually start in mid-November and finish in late December, so you won’t miss out if you’re travelling back home for Christmas. 


Birmingham Christmas Market. Image from

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival – a whole festival dedicated to the best jazz, funk and soul musicians, set in the beautiful location of Moseley Park.

Chinese New Year – be entertained by acrobats, sample traditional Chinese cuisine, watch a stunning dragon dance set in Birmingham’s vibrant Chinese quarter.

City of Colours Street Art Festival - Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival


City of Colour Festival 2016 - Image by Peter Medlicott.

Birmingham Weekender - Birmingham’s largest arts festival features an awe-inspiring programme of free events from hundreds of world-class West Midlands and international artists and companies.

Birmingham Pride - the biggest two day LGBT party in the UK happens each Bank Holiday Weekend in May in the Gay Village on Hurst Street. It features a Carnival Parade through the city centre, plus world-renowned artists performing on the main Stage, a dance arena, cabaret marquee, funfair, community village green, central market street, and the friendliest street party.

International Dance Festival – every other year Birmingham is treated to four consecutive weeks of dance, attracting world-class performers, unique international collaborations, premieres, new commissions and a range of participatory opportunities in venues across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

BE Festival - celebrating the best of European, featuring over 20 electrifying performances from 11 European countries, plus live music, exhibitions, workshops, discussions and delicious food.

Brindleyplace Dragon Boat Festival - this highly-competitive race involves up to 22 teams racing head to head to help fundraise for the business community in Birmingham. It takes place on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Brindleyplace, with rowers competing in a series of heats in traditional Chinese longboats.


Brindleyplace Dragon Boat Festival 2015. Image from

Birmingham Caribbean Festival - Steel pans, drumming and zumba style Caribbean workshops, painting and photographic exhibitions and exotic cooking demonstrations, stimulating the full creative palate whilst celebrating Birmingham’s Caribbean community.

A hand-picked list of the city’s events can be found at:

Places to Visit While Living in Birmingham