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Free Things to do in Brighton in August 2015

Published On July 31, 2015 | By Zazie Clarke | Free & Cheap, Things to do features

August is always a magical time in Brighton, with summer in full swing and the promise of Pride parties seeing us dusting off our most extravagant dancing shoes. If summer holidays and a few too many Magnums has left you strapped for cash this August, fear not! There are plenty of ways to have fun money-free, including Jazz in the park, a festival of up-and-coming bands at Green Door Store and of course the world-famous Pride Parade. Here’s our guide packed full of free things to do in August in Brighton. Enjoy!


prideBrighton Pride – Various Locations

Brighton Pride is famous worldwide for being one of the biggest and best celebrations of diversity and our city’s thriving LGBT+ community. The people of Brighton will be donning their best outfits and taking to the streets to party all day, and well into the night. This years theme is ‘Carnival of Diversity’ and it’s the 25th anniversary of the first pride event in 1990, so expect big things! Get a good position and watch the parade go by: a spectacular of colour, costume and music, beginning on Hove Lawns at 11am. The official Pride Festival in Preston Park and the Village Party are ticketed events, but if you are low on cash, we suggest heading down to the beach – the streets are sure to be buzzing with unofficial celebrations! Plus, as part of the Brighton Pride Arts & Film Festival, Brush gallery will feature the work of several great artists within the LGBTQ arts community, find our more here.

Date/Time: 1st & 2nd Aug | Events occurring all day

Admission: Various, but there are lots of free events across the city
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Snapper Jaxx Kids Club – Churchill Square

Snapper Jaxx 20 minute performance play sessions run on the hour, with exciting new characters and adventures to inspire and delight! In between adventures there will be drop in craft sessions, so children and parents can get creative together. August’s performance ‘Let’s Go Camping’ takes you on a journey with Captain Camp & Wilder Wildernessicals: learn the basics of setting up camp, singing songs around the campfire and avoiding getting devoured by a bear! All kids activities are free, ideal if you’ve blown your budget shopping in Churchill Square.

Date/Time: 2nd Aug | 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Admission: Free
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‘Life’s a Gamble’ with Ryan Callanan – Ink_d Gallery

Combining his in-depth knowledge of model making and 3D design, and his love of contemporary pop culture, Ryan Callanan is breaking out of the street art scene in a new exhibition which is both refreshingly comic and accessible. Drawing on his love of all things 90s, he’s created pub sign pieces quoting his favourite Fatboy Slim and Cyprus Hill lyrics and sculptural pieces including one which re-imagines Biggie Smalls as the Buddha!

Date/Time: 8th Aug – 6th Sep | 10.00am – 6.00pm (Mon – Sat)

Admission: Free
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sussexjazzSunday in the Park with Jazz – Brighton Open Air Theatre

Enjoy a serene Sunday of Jazz at Brighton Open Air Theatre featuring  Sussex Jazz Orchestra, a 20 piece big band who have been playing together since the 1980s, and Trees, a brand-new blend of local Brighton Jazz talent. Prepare for original compositions and innovative reworkings of classic songs like Scarborough Fair. Bring a picnic and a blanket and soak up the soulful sounds in the sun. This is Trees debut performance, so expect a fresh sound and plenty of energy.

Date/Time: 9th Aug | 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Admission: Free
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Lost and Found – ONCA Gallery

Lost and Found is a powerful and challenging installation, telling a story which links consumer culture and the decline of the natural world. Exploring themes of consumption, food and nature, the multi-media installation creates a dialogue between artists, scientists, farmers, consumers and the public. Explore this thought-provoking work in one of Brighton’s newest and most exciting galleries.

Date/Time: 13th Aug- 23rd Sep| 11.00am – 6.00pm

Admission: Free
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Brighton Big Screen – Brighton Beach

Brighton Big Screen is back, with a programme of blockbusters, cult classics, and kids films to be enjoyed al fresco. Even better, they will screen a free film every day at 2pm. Highlights include a Frozen sing-a-long, Paddington, 101 Dalmations and The Lion King. It goes without saying that with our glorious British weather, check the forecast before you arrive and don’t forget to pack a rain mac!

Date/Time: 14th Aug- 13th Sep| 2.00pm

Admission: Free
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brunswickBrunswick Festival – Brunswick Square

Brunswick Festival is a true example of community spirit in action. Beginning as a local community picnic on a sunny day in 1981, the festival has grown each year and is now a two-day extravaganza of live music, community-run stalls, and al fresco entertainment. Expect a relaxed, community feel and a celebration of the vibrant and diverse population of Brunswick Town. Just a 2 minute stroll away from the beach, if we’re lucky enough to get good weather, cool off in between acts with a paddle in the sea!

Date/Time: 15th & 16th Aug| 12.00pm – 6.00pm

Admission: Free
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Two Three Four Festival – Green Door Store

The Green Door Store’s biggest free festival of the year is back, bringing you a weekend of symphonic joy from some of the brightest rising-stars that the Brighton area has to offer. Highlights include a sexy and dangerous set from Yak, stripped-down unsettling melodies from Skinny Girl Diet, and ‘woozy grunge with a pop twist’ from Bird Skulls. This is the place to be if you want to stay one step ahead of the musical curve!

Date/Time: 29th & 30th Aug| 1.00pm – 10.30pm

Admission: Free
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Alternative Notting Hill Carnival – Concorde 2

Can’t make it to Notting Hill Carnival and suffering from Red-Stripe-in-the-streets based envy? In true, ‘anything that London can do, we can do better’ Brighton style, Concorde 2 are holding their annual alternative Notting Hill Carnival celebrations, so you too can enjoy Jamaican food, live music, rum punch and street party vibes. There will be face painting, stalls and much more free entertainment for all the family – carnival goers of all ages are welcome!

Date/Time: 31st Aug| 3.00pm – 9.00pm

Admission: Free
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CLICK HERE for the full listings for August in our What’s on Calendar

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About The Writer

I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Anthropology. Since moving back I have been happily reacquainted with Brighton’s idiosyncratic streets and colourful characters. I like writing and riding my bike around the city hunting for hidden treasures.