Events and Festivals in Bournemouth

Bournemouth boasts a year-round calendar of over 500 events, so whatever time of year you visit and whatever your interests, there’s always something for the whole family to enjoy.

Bournemouth Festivals

The Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival in June takes place in Southbourne. It has become renowned locally and across the south of England, for its incredible vintage-themed live entertainment and music along with local food & drink, trade stalls, vintage and classic cars, mods and rockers, and classic bikes.

The award winning Bournemouth Air Festival is the highlight of the August event calendar offering three days and nights of awesome entertainment and breath-taking air displays by the world’s greatest teams and pilots.

In October, time your visit to enjoy the Arts by the Sea Festival which is a rich mix of some of the best regional and national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music.

Summer-time fun

During the summer there are lots of outdoor dance, theatre and music performances across Bournemouth and the surrounding coastal villages.


Bournemouth has plenty for culture lovers with some of the best entertainment venues around – the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), the Pavilion Theatre and O2 Academy offer live entertainment all year round.

You’ll find everything from big named acts to tribute bands and up and coming stars. So whether you like rock, pop, indie or classical music, you won’t fail to be entertained in Bournemouth.

Theatre and shows

If you’re a fan of musicals, plays, ballet and opera you will love visiting the Art Deco Pavilion Theatre in the centre of Bournemouth. They have a year round programme of shows for all the family to enjoy. Next door to the Pavilion Theatre is Pavilion Dance South West who host their own live and on-screen dance performances, outdoor events and also give the audience the chance to get involved and take part.

Look out for musical performances produced by Bournemouth University – you are sure to be amazed.

If you’re looking for a comedy show or open-mic night, you will lots of them dotted all across Bournemouth and the surrounding towns. Plenty of side-splitting fun for everyone.

Looking to stay overnight in Bournemouth?

Bournemouth is well known for its huge variety of hotels, B&Bs and self catering options situated along the stunning coastline. So whatever you're choice of accommodation, you'll be assured of a great nights rest in Bournemouth.

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Iris On The Move Feb 23

Iris On The Move

The Iris Short Film festival celebrates diversity and creativity right here in Bournemouth town centre. Providing a dynamic platform for LGBTQ+ themed short films to be shown on a big screen in a real...

Beyond The Barricade Feb 24

Beyond The Barricade

This magical production features superb choreography, breathtaking live vocals, and mesmerising circus performers. With an eclectic and iconic musical soundtrack including "Wings", "Mad...

Dedicated To Dolly: Dolly Parton Tribute Feb 24

Dedicated To Dolly: Dolly Parton Tribute

Dedicated to Dolly: A Tribute To Dolly Parton comes to Bournemouth Pier! On Saturday 24th February 2024, We welcome Dolly Parton! Maddie Cole brings you a joyous celebration of the Queen of Country....

The Original Harlem Globetrotters Feb 26

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Join the Globetrotters as they go head-to-head against the Washington Generals who will stop at nothing to try and defeat the world's winningest team! As the Harlem Globetrotters near their 100th...

Women In Rock Live Show Mar 01

Women In Rock Live Show

Join us for one night of unforgettable female rock! The critically acclaimed Women In Rock UK tour is live at The Capitol in Horsham for one night only on the 17th February 2024 and tickets are...

Ben Portsmouth: This Is Elvis Mar 02

Ben Portsmouth: This Is Elvis

Ben had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis...

Diversity: Supernova Mar 02

Diversity: Supernova

Britain's most-successful dance group, Diversity, have announced their brand-new show, Supernova. Supernova follows Diversity's sold-out Connected tour earlier this year, which combined...

Ben Fogle: Wild Mar 03

Ben Fogle: Wild

Ben Fogle's new show WILD brings to life on stage, stories and tales of hope, possibility, and positivity. From his extraordinary encounters with the human and natural world; the wilderness of...

Jason Derulo Mar 04

Jason Derulo

Since the start of his solo recording career in 2009, he has earned over 18.2 billion worldwide streams, and built an unstoppable social media following of over 117 million followers across all...

An Evening with Anton Du Beke and Friends Mar 06

An Evening with Anton Du Beke and Friends

With his live band, a guest singer and his dancers, expect a fab-u-lous evening of song, dance and laughter. Anton will be performing some of his favourite songs and dances that have inspired his...

March for Men Mar 09

March for Men

Join University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity on Saturday 9 March 2024 to walk 5k or 10k along the Bournemouth promenade to support every dad, brother, uncle and man you know in your local community....

Adam Kay: Undoctored Mar 10

Adam Kay: Undoctored

This is Going to Hurt was a literary sensation, selling three million copies and becoming a multi-BAFTA-winning BBC series. Undoctored follows on from This is Going to Hurt, leaving audiences laughing...

Mums Zip for Free Mar 10

Mums Zip for Free

Treat mum this Mother's Day to a free PierZip experience! Something a little different from the usual flowers and chocolate, the PierZip is a Mother's Day she won't forget. Zip surf 250...