Things to do in Brighton this Weekend

Best Things to do in Brighton this Weekend: 16th – 17th August

Published On August 4, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features

Now that Hurricane Bertha has blown past and it’s safe to go outside without fear of blowing away, get out there and check out some of the great things to do in Brighton this Weekend. With Brunswick Festival, exhibitions, reading festivals, sand sculpture, mountain biking, Jamaican Independence Day, musicals, DJs and live music.

All Weekend:

Things to do in Brighton this WeekendBig Weekend in Brunswick Square – A fun filled family weekend with a free  programme of live music, dj’s, dance groups, circus skills, healing area, children’s activities, arts and crafts. With a bustling market area, world food area and tea tent, The ‘Brunswick Tavern’ beer tent and the Willowisp children’s area, Plus live music from Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Red Raucous, The Blackfields, The Tatsmiths, Mind of a Lion.

Dial Up – An exhibition of contemporary fine art, design and print media from : Ewan McCafferty Watson, Samuel Gull, Mark Christopher Breed and Alexander Middleton. Dial up will bring you a cultural fix which isn’t blue-toothed straight to your pocket. Browse, take your time. What you see in this show will require you to stop, look, reflect and think on the fleeting importance of todays high-speed fibre-optic demand for immediacy.

Brighton’s Big Summer Read 2014 – Two weeks of Summer holiday fun, at Churchill Square Shopping Centre, devoted to all things books! With visits from children’s authors, story telling sessions, reading workshops, early years specialists on hand with help and advice on getting started, story telling treasure hunts, games, story-writing events, a whole host of loveable characters for you to meet, a book exchange and library corner, The Big Summer Read is designed to inspire people of all ages to get reading.

Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival 2014 – From April until the end of September, visitors can experience the wonder of this magical art and will also have the chance to get involved. Sand sculpture workshops, live demonstrations, unique photo opportunities, a children’s sand pit, café, gift shop and much more will be on offer. This years theme is ‘Around the World…In Sand’.


Things to do in Brighton this WeekendBrighton Big Dog – A great community mountain biking event at the beautiful Stanmer Park. One of the UK’s best courses with challenging climbs and thrilling descents, it all come to a finish 6 hours later with a finish line beer and a party on the beach afterwards.  

Jamaican Independence Day Celebration – Celebrate all things Jamaican with Green Door Store. A day full of Reggae and Dancehall beats along with tasty tropical treats from the BBQ and a raffle!

Rock of Ages – The award-winning smash hit Broadway musical direct from the West End. Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world. She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere. Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit. They took the midnight train goin’ anywhere… Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can. Here’s our REVIEW.

Breakin Science Brighton A night of great DJ talent at Concorde 2. In the main room: Hazard (Palyaz) // Majistrate (New Breed) // Ruff Stuff (Uncz) // Jayline (Bio Beats) + Inter (Breakin Science). Plus MCs Eskman // Funsta // Deefa // Double J. Room 2 hosted by Freerange – Dubloke // Charris // Elements // Naughty Nath // Konfluent.

One Inch Badge Presents: The Garden + Support  The Garden is a constantly evolving, conceptual punk band based in Orange County, California. Established in in 2011 by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the band consistently defies categorization and continues to break ground in their self inflicted ‘Vada Vada’ genre. They are the auditory invaders of the new world; borderless, informed and decentralised, slick sound released from constraint and old ideologies.


Things to do in Brighton this WeekendFat Dog Party – Live bands, delicious food, film screenings, far-out beats and more! A day long showcase of live music and DJ talent from Sam Brothers, Songs of Seduction, Harry and Zeno, Porridge Radio, Mad Kid Library Trap, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Rainslicker, BIG CHIEF YELLA TEETH, Soph Nathan, Wader, A House in The Trees, O. Chapman, Lizzard Bleach and Narrow Boat. Plus other greatness from film makers, artists, fashion designers, record labels and delicious eats from Harry and Kane’s Cookfest extravaganza.

Heel + Support – Supercharged by a hardwired urge for musical catharsis, Heel have spent last year tirelessly touring their self-titled debut release, cementing an international fanbase in the process- 2013 saw their touring schedule incorporate a successful headline tour of Japan. Following on from the release of new EP ‘Stranger Just The Same’ on the 28th July, Heel are hitting the road again for an eight date UK tour that is not to be missed! With support from Rory Indiana, Clay Cats, Trash Boat and Jacob March.

One Inch Badge Present: Mutual Benefit + A.Lily & Stuart Warwick –  The amorphous project called Mutual Benefit is the brainchild of Jordan Lee. After several cassette EPs and split releases, and playing scores of house shows, Lee completed his debut album Love’s Crushing Diamond, a record of lush, watery, pop songs, pieced together over the past several years and inspired by the kinetic energy, goodbyes, and blurred landscapes of life on the road. The songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece.

Brighton for Peace – Over 200 of the cities musicians and artists descend onto Brighton seafront this Sunday the 17th August for an all day festival for peace and solidarity in the middle east. Featuring Adam Freeland, Hidden Orchestra, Carnival Collective, lindy hop troops, cabaret, kids entertainment and workshops, with all proceeds to DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee).

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...