6 autumn festivals that will inspire your Birmingham short break
Let this fantastic line-up of festivals brighten up your autumn days and nights with a short break in Birmingham. Celebrate music, food and drink, the arts, literature and comedy.
Birmingham is one of Britain’s most cosmopolitan cities, reflected by the vast array of cultural events taking place during the year. From arts and film, to music, comedy, food and drink, no matter what your interest is, you are sure to find a festival about it. With the Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham West located just five miles from the heart of the city, it makes the ideal base for a short break filled with festivals, celebration and culture. Here are some of the highlights to get you kick started this autumn:
1. Folk and acoustics in the park
Start autumn with the annual celebration of traditional, contemporary, experimental folk and acoustic sounds at Moseley Folk Festival. The lineup of acts is long and fitting the top of the bill are headlining acts The Monkees, Spiritualized and Idlewild. This is also your chance to see emerging, unsigned, musicians trying to make their big break. A first for the festival this year, gigs will also be played in local village pubs in addition to the park.
www.moseleyfolk.co.uk | @moseleyfolk
2. Taste your way around the region
Birmingham’s food scene has rocketed in recent years. The city has four Michelin star restaurants and is a multicultural melting pot, meaning that flavours can be found from across the globe. From gourmet restaurants to cafés and delis, you will find it all here. This year’s much anticipated Birmingham Independent Food Fair is a celebration of everything ‘food and drink’. Industry specialists and the general public can join together in a showcase of the region’s best produce. At this culinary treat, you can chat with the experts, watch chef demos, sample locally produced food straight from the suppliers, taste delicious street food and learn more about wine, cocktails and local beers.
http://www.bhamindfoodfair.co.uk/ | @BhamIndFoodFair
3. Wash it down with some amber nectar
With some of the biggest names in the global whisky industry, this is the festival for any enthusiast of the water of life. Scottish malts and blends are well represented here but now there is much competition from around the world and this is your chance to try old favourites and new drams. Whether you have never tasted whisky before or are looking for that special limited edition, with over 40 exhibits and 300 drams on offer you’ll be sure to leave with a new admiration for the craft of making whisky.
4. Enjoy a family-friendly free city festival
Birmingham Weekender is the city’s largest arts festival. This annual celebration of outdoor performances, arts and entertainment includes shows, world premiers, pop-up theatre, picnics and workshops. All but two of the events are free so it is the ideal family day out. When you have built up an appetite stop by the street food stalls for tastes from around the world. Expect artisan coffee, Caribbean spices, Thai curries and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the much-loved fish and chips.
http://www.birminghamweekender.com/ | @BhamWeekender
5. Laugh the night away at the comedy festival
As autumn take hold and the dark nights draw in, Birmingham Comedy Festival is here to brighten up your October nights. A ten-day programme offers fun and laughter with stand-up, theatre, cabaret, film and more. The festival showcases the best of local talent, newcomers looking for their big break and world famous comedians in venues across the city.
http://www.bhamcomfest.co.uk/ | @bhamcomfest
6. Delve into the world of books, short stories and poetry
One of the most established cultural festivals in the city, Birmingham Literature Festival’s line-up gets larger each year. Delve into the world of books, short stories and poetry through readings, workshops and events. This year’s highlights include US Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Sam Lee and Richard O’Neill who will discuss the connection between words and music, and crime writer Mark Billingham. Celebrate food and foreign literature at the Baltic Breakfast, or short stories about food at Cooked Up. The BLF Pass lets you enjoy free entry to events as well as other fantastic discounts.
This is just a preview of the city’s festivals in this autumn. Visit Birmingham have a full listing of cultural happenings so all you have to do is choose when you want to visit and which ones you want to attend.
Top image: @moseleyfolk