Best Things to do in Brighton This Weekend: Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th June

Published On June 23, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features

Apparently the forecast isn’t looking to good this Weekend (Summer can’t ALREADY be over can it?!) but that’s no excuse not to get out and about in Brighton and get along to some of these great events on offer. With exhibitons, festivals of sport, free cinema, World Cup screenings, garden openings, comedy, Army parades, Summer surf parties, scary vintage film fests, live music, club nights and even some ballet!

All Weekend:

100This exhibition will feature 100 selected artworks by artists and young people, and will be open just 100 hours between 19 June and 6 July. Through the 100 project, ONCA Gallery aim to plant 100 trees along London Road in Brighton, to root a creatively inspired landscape in the local area. 

Picnic In The Park – A family festival which takes place every year at Queens Park. Featuring a festival stage with children’s entertainment and live music throughout the day and for the grown-ups, there is a beer tent and stalls offering exotic, spicy foods from around the world. For kids, there are bouncy castles, circus acrobatics, tennis coaching, a coconut shy and many more games and activities.

The Garden Gadabout 2014 – From small city centre courtyards to expansive open spaces, the Garden Gadabout sees over 40 private gardens and community spaces open to the public over two weekends in June. The event raises money for The Sussex Beacon, a charity for men, women and families affected by HIV. 

street-funk-at-take-part-brighton-and-hove-2011-257-11TAKEPART 2014 A fantastic two week showcase of hundreds events, activities and taster sessions across the city. Growing as the largest celebration of community sport and physical activity in the country, it will be crammed full of great opportunities for you, your family and friends to have fun and get active together in Brighton & Hove. This Weekend’s highlight has to be the TAKEPART local Weekend, five events across the City, helping you to enjoy being active in your neighbourhood.

Brighton’s Big ScreenWhat could be better than free beach films alongside great food and drink? Big Screen returns for 2014 to it’s seaside home near the Brighton Wheel with a host of great films and sporting events on offer. This Weekend enjoy Kids Club, The Showcase, Wimbledon, the World Cup and War Horse.

Watch the World Cup Take your pick from our comprehensive list of our favourite places to watch the big games this Weekend, from beach front cinemas to comedy clubs and casinos to pubs! 

Dawn French Thirty Million Minutes – Dawn French, the Queen of British comedy, performs her first ever solo tour. The award winning actor, best selling novelist and all round very funny lady has written a new show 30 Million Minutes, based on her life and career. 30 Million Minutes consists of various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as Dawn takes audiences through the various lessons life has taught her and the things she knows for sure.


Armed Forces Day – Armed Forces Day will be marked with a Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) Freedom of the City Parade which will set off from the Peace Statue at 11am before arriving in New Road around 11.20am. Then enjoy an afternoon full of fun with performances of vintage and wartime music from Vintage 5 Live & Rockabellas, information stands, and children’s performances in the Unitarian church.

891738_733629529993074_5015392303622219091_oThe Big Surf & Big Itch – Your favourite SUMMER SURF PARTY – hosted by the BIG ITCH – returns for a second year at Green Door Store! A 12-hour surfin’ hootenanny featuring live music, DJs, multiple screens showing classic surf movies, Tatty Seaside Town pop-up record stall and a BBQ.

Frighten Brighton Frighten Brighton Cinematheque is back for a new season of cult movie double bills, all day festivals and special one-off events in conjunction with the Caroline of Brunswick pub, Space Monsters Magazine and We Belong Dead magazine! Join them this Saturday upstairs in the Caroline of Brunswick‘s Scary Screening Room for some fun classic horror and vintage sci-fi movies!

One Inch Badge Presents: Polica –  Don’t miss this very special Glastonbury warm up show at The Old Market from this American Synthpop and alternative rock band following their much revered sell out show at All Saint’s Church earlier this year. POLIÇA was founded by vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson in 2011 and features Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu on drums and Chris Bierden on bass. 

Juke Joint Jamboree – Taking you back to the dance-halls of New Orleans. Expect vintage hits and boutique rarities from an era of high octane rhythm n blues and rock n roll records. Very much a party, all tied up by the resident wax spinner. Expect the unexpected from one of the midnight shows, be it burlesque, circus, theatre or otherwise once those famous bells start to ring be sure to find yourself at the front of the crowd to witness a truly unique “I was there” moment.


MermaidThe Little Mermaid – Following sell out performances of The Nutcracker at Christmas, Ballet Theatre UK returns to Brighton Dome with a dramatic re-telling of a Hans Christian Andersen favourite. When the Little Mermaid falls in love with a human Prince, she gives up everything to win his love. And when she rescues the Prince during a storm at sea, she begins a journey that will take her far from her home beneath the waves.

Penguins In Party Hats Presents: Algernon Doll + Pinact + Muskets + Nova State – Algernon Doll returns with his brilliant new single, Spilt Milk Perfume, taken from the forthcoming album due for release on 9th June 2014 via Struggletown Records. Spilt Milk Perfume sees Algernon Doll, aka Ewan Grant, continue to hone and perfect his alternative guitar sound and poignant lyrics. At just 24 years old. Support from Pinact + Muskets + Nova State.

Sundown – The only place to be on a Sunday night! The best in Sunday service Underground House and Deep House music for the bargain price of FREE!

Want the best content from We Love Brighton every week in your inbox? 
Sign up for our newsletter HERE.

Photograph by Darius Norvilas (photo has been cropped and is used under a creative commons license)

About The Writer

Giving great content to Brighton lovers everywhere. Sign up to our newsletter and like us on Facebook to keep in the know. Then do something really useful and keep us in the know by commenting below...