Best Things to do in Brighton this Weekend 26th – 27th September

Published On September 22, 2015 | By Amy Banks | Things to do features

As summer draws to a close and the wet weather ensues, fear not as this September holds host to a whole range of events for all, whatever the weather. Our favourite events for this weekend include the Garage Sale Trail, Brighton Art Fair, Breakout Festival, and Brighton’s very own Oktoberfest.

All weekend:

Oktoberfest – The North Laine Brewhouse is proud to announce Oktoberfest Brighton 2015, a three-day festival of beer, live music and German food running from Friday 25th September to Sunday 27th September. Now in its third year, Oktoberfest Brighton takes the best of the celebrated Munich festival and gives it a distinct Brighton flavour with limited edition beers, competitions running all day each day and a simple cashless system of “Beer Tokens” designed to keep the steins flowing with minimal waiting time.

BrightonArtFairBrighton Art Fair – Currently in its twelfth year, the Brighton Art Fair is a premium art sales event with 100 of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad, showing and selling their diverse work direct to the public. The fair always promotes a good balance in established and emerging artists, and insists that all work is exciting, fresh and exceptional. The event returns once again to the Corn Exchange at the Dome running from 11am – 5pm across the weekend.

The Waiting Wall – Part of Brighton Digital Festival – The Waiting Wall is a digital version of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall that we can all use, displaying anonymous messages submitted by people waiting at the station. From 21-27 September, commuters waiting at Brighton Station will notice a new display as they look up from their free newspapers. Despite appearances, this will not be displaying the usual advertisements or train departure times; instead anonymous messages from fellow commuters will be shown for all the public to see.


Breakout Festival – Breakout Festival is the first and only outdoor heavy rock festival to have reached the coasts of Brighton, transporting rock and metal back to the city. It returns for a second year at Brighton Racecourse on Saturday September 26th, overlooking the iconic Brighton seafront. The festival is also offers aspiring artists the amazing chance to share a stage with the headlining acts. Deaf Havana, We Are The Ocean, Blitz Kids, Zoax and By Definition have all been confirmed as part of this year’s line up, alongside SikTh, Martyr Defiled, Black Tongue and TRC.

GarageTrailSaleGarage Sale Trail – Hailed as a “sustainable and fun way to de-clutter” as well as search for treasure, a city wide garage sale is set to take place this Saturday across Brighton. Originally formed as an innovative way to combat illegal dumping, the idea was first coined by friends Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder from Sydney, Australia in 2010. Having finally reached UK shores, the Garage Sale Trail makes its way to streets near you for the first time in 2015. Individual residents, businesses or schools can all take part in this fantastic way to raise money, with a whole host of bargains to be found, treasures to be unveiled, friendships made and fun had by all. Anyone interested in hosting a sale can register for FREE on the website right up to the day itself.

Off the Cuff’s 10th Anniversary All-Dayer – Brighton’s improvised comedy revolutionaries Off the Cuff celebrate their 10th Anniversary by throwing the ultimate birthday bash: an all-day festival of comedy and performance encompassing Improv, Stand-Up, Theatre, Philosophy, Workshops and various surprises including music pop-ups and more. Taking over the whole of Otherplace at The Basement, this 12-hour extravaganza culminates in a special, extended headline set from Off the Cuff in which they welcome back former members to recapture the spirit of all their greatest shows from the past decade. Tickets can be bought for the whole day, individual shows, or three shows for the price of two!


AppleDayBrighton2Apple Day Brighton – A wonderful, annual family event in and around the orchards of Stanmer Park. Apple Day features masses of apple-themed activities including: orchard tours, food & drink, storytelling, children’s activities, music, apple identification, fruit tree growing advice, fruit from our orchards to buy, a range of stalls selling local produce and a lot more. Free entry so not to be missed!

Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves present Burning Books @ Komedia – 
Burning Books is a humorous and highly topical portrayal of the current problems faced within the education system, alongside the teachers and students who survive within it. During a period when the public sector budgets are pushed to breaking point and teachers feel the blame resolutely on their heads, Jess Green fearlessly tells the tales of the ‘everyday underdogs’ pushed to their limits through the power of spoken word poetry – underscored by an inspiring melodious soundtrack from her band, The Mischief Thieves, on acoustic guitar and cajon.

Scalarama Brighton 2015: B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989 (2015) @Duke of York’s Picturehouse – A luminously vivid documentary exploring music, art and chaos in the Wild West Berlin of the 1980s: the walled-in city which became the creative melting pot for a special kind of sub and pop culture, attracting ingenious dilettantes and world famous celebrities alike. Discovered through the story of Manchester-born, Berlin-based musical pioneer Mark Reeder, the film uses a staggeringly impressive collection of archive footage and follows Reeder from his job in Virgin Records back in Manchester to being the German representative for Factory Records in Berlin, bringing bands such as Joy Division and A Certain Ratio to the city for the first time.

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