Things to do in Birmingham
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Vaisakhi : Sikh New Year celebrations
Sunday 28th April – 12pm -6.30pm.
One of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations will be returning to Handsworth Park to mark the Sikh nation’s collective birthday.
Birmingham Pride 2013
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26 May 2013
Birmingham Pride is the largest LGBT two day festival in the UK featuring a Carnival Parade through the city centre. The Main Pride Festival Site features the Nightingale Main Stage, dance arena, cabaret marquee, funfair, community village green, central market street, and the friendliest street party.
The 2013 theme is Equal Love.
Main stage acts include Bananarama, Rylan Clark, Misha B and DJ sets by Paloma Faith and JLS.
Birmingham Pride is a celebration of the city's diverse LGBT community and a warm welcome is offered to all.
For more information and tickets visit: http://www.birminghampride.com/
August 31st & September 1st 2013
In support of The Prince’s Trust and in association with Capital FM
Come along to the ultimate summer pop party at Cofton Park, featuring some of the biggest acts around for a huge weekend of pop at its very best!
Expect spectacular live performances, massive chart smash hits plus all the fun of the festival fair with a full fairground and many other interactive events.
Tickets are available at www.thefusionfestival.co.uk and also from ticket partners Ticketmaster, The Ticket Factory and Seetickets
Metropolis: reflections on the modern city
23rd March 2013 - 23rd June 2013
Metropolis brings together stunning work by 25 contemporary artists of the highest international standing to Birmingham and includes digital projection, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media installation. Gas Hall. Free admission.
There are lots of events happening in libraries around the city.
Birmingham stages a huge selection of local, national and international sports events every single year. These include events where you can watch elite sports men and women perform as well as those where you can take part.
Aegon Classic 2013
Edgbaston Priory Club
10- 16 June 2013
The Aegon Classic tennis tournament is set to cause a stir in Birmingham, with some of the world’s top female players all lining-up to compete at the Edgbaston Priory Club from 9-16 June 2013 as they begin their preparations for The Championships, Wimbledon.
To book tickets visit www.aegonclassic.co.uk/tickets or call 0844 209 7359.
British Athletics Series 2013
British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix
Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
British Athletics World Trials and UK and England Championships
Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
After the biggest year of athletics the country has ever seen, world-class athletics returns to the UK for the 2013 season.
Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will kick-off the outdoor season in spectacular fashion, as the prestigious Samsung Diamond League returns to the UK for the star-studded British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday 30 June. This event features the world’s best athletes in what will be a star-studded line-up.
For more information: http://www.uka.org.uk/british-athletics-series/home/
Sky Ride Local
Throughout the year
Various sites across Birmingham
Inspired to start or return to cycling?
Sky Ride Local rides are fun, free community bike rides that offer a great way of getting out and exploring your local area and meeting like-minded people.
British Cycling trained ride leaders– guide groups of around 16-24 people along a variety of fascinating rural and urban routes. They’re on hand to provide friendly encouragement and guidance, whatever your age or ability.
OUT & ABOUT
Birmingham's parks have been highly commended in a national award - the LGC Award 2011.
Birmingham Park Ranger service run a year-long programme of events for adults, children and families including nature walks and country crafts.
Contact telephone 0121 454 7810 or www.birmingham.gov.uk/parks
To reserve a place on any of the Ranger events: book online.
Getting to Birmingham city centre couldn't be easier whether you come by car or by public transport.
Visit our Parking pages for details of car parks and and other useful transport information.
If you want to extend your visit and need accommodation then go to www.visitbirmingham.com.