May brings lighter mornings, longer evenings, and (sometimes) sunnier weather, but the real highlight is two bank holiday weekends!

There’s no better motivation to get out and do something than a three-day weekend. If you’re looking for ideas, check out our list of events happening in Bristol this May bank holiday weekend.

Upfest – All Weekend

This year, Upfest returns as UPFEST PRESENTS, a 17-day cultural programme. Instead of the usual weekend festival in the park, UPFEST PRESENTS will pop up at multiple venues across BS3. Enjoy free workshops, live painting, artist talks, arts activities, panel discussions, and street art tours.

Love Saves The Day – Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th May

The city’s biggest music festival will welcome thousands of fans to Ashton Court from Saturday, May 25th to Sunday, May 26th. Across eight stages, the diverse lineup will feature household names, as well as up-and-coming and local artists.

Bristol’s Craft & Flea – Sunday 26th May

Bristol’s Craft & Flea is a collection of independent makers, collectors, designers, and creatives, all under one roof. Don’t miss this event at Paintworks on Sunday, May 26th.

Bristol Walk Fest – All Weekend

Bristol Walk Fest, celebrating over a decade of all things walking, showcases the best of Bristol for everyone to enjoy. The free festival includes inclusive walks and events across the city for people of all ages, interests, and abilities.

Soultrain Bambalan Roof Terrace – Sunday 26th May

On the late May Bank Holiday, Bambalan will be joined by Bristol soul legends, SoulTrain. Enjoy their lineup of local soul superstars on the terrace from 2 pm to 10 pm.

Bristol Film Festival – All Weekend

Bristol’s biggest repertory film festival is dedicated to classic horror, action, and sci-fi movies and the people who made them. Watch vintage films at various venues around the city. You can see the full programme here.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, we hope you have the best time! Happy bank holiday weekend, everyone!

Published: 24.05.24 by Phoebe Clutton