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Liverpool Light Night

Over 50 of the city's cultural spaces and venues will host more than 100 events for a free, one-night arts and cultural extravaganza.

Date: 2017-05-19
Venue: Various venues.

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

Taking place in Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool International Music Festival features one of Europe's largest free music event, LIMF Summer Jam. Previous guest performers include Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sigma, Basement Jaxx, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Date: 2017-06-12
Venue: Sefton Park

Liverpool International Tennis Tournament

The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament is a popular sports event with lots of top quality tennis. Current top competitors as well as several tennis legends take to the courts at Calderstones Park in Liverpool for the tournament. Many great tennis stars, from Goran Ivanisovic to Martina Navratilova and Pat Cash have played in this tournament in the past.

Date: 2017-06-15
Venue: Calderstones Park.

Africa Oyé

Africa Oyé is considered by many to be the best free live African music festival in the UK. Held in Sefton Park, the largest park in Liverpool, it celebrates the music and culture of Africa. There are artists from Africa as well as many other countries. And in addition to the music, there are workshops focusing on cultural exchange and cultural awareness.

Date: 2017-06-17
Venue: Sefton Park.

International Mersey River Festival

Tall ships and military vessels will overwhelm the Mersey as this maritime extravaganza returns to the waterfront in June.

Date: 2017-06-23
Venue: Various venues.


Enjoy a taste of Brazil's colourful carnival on the streets of Liverpool this summer with Brazilica, featuring music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film and a spectacular Saturday night-time parade. Over 20 events will take place at venues across the city while samba bands from all over the world will provide fun-filled musical entertainment.

Date (to be confirmed): 2017-07-14
Venue: Various venues.

Liverpool Pride

Liverpool Pride will take place at the city's famous Waterfront as well as the Stanley St Quarter, Liverpool's gay village. In addition to the two Liverpool Pride stages, there will be the spectacular Pride March, Gbar-Garlands stage and a weekend of colourful, loud events.

Date (to be confirmed): 2017-07-29
Venue: Various venues.

International Beatles Week

The city celebrates its most famous musical sons with a special programme of music from tribute bands, films and memorabilia sales. Festival venues include the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub in Mathew Street, the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Cathedral and the Philharmonic Hall.

Date: 2017-08-23
Venue: Various venues.

Liverpool Comedy Festival

The Liverpool Comedy Festival is one of the UK's best comedy events, guaranteed to make visitors laugh until it hurts. The festival takes place in venues all over Liverpool and Merseyside bringing joy and laughter to thousands of people. Each year there are about 100 shows in approximately 40 different venues around the city. Comedians who have taken part in the past include Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Carr, Nicholas Parsons, Jackie Mason and Dave Spikey. In addition to stand-up, the festival features films, radio shows, quiz shows, children's shows, plays and pub crawls.

Date: 2017-09-15
Venue: Various venues in Liverpool.

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

A whole week is dedicated to indulging in food and drink, with bars and restaurants throughout the city participating. Expect multiple themed dining areas, exciting cooking demonstrations from celebrity guests, masterclasses,, live music, beer bars, wine and champagne tents and numerous designated sampling areas.

Date (to be confirmed): 2017-09-16
Venue: Sefton Park.

Chinese New Year

After the success of the Year of the Snake, Liverpool Chinatown is galloping towards the Year of the Horse celebrations in 2014. To celebrate, Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Chinese Community groups and other organisations have arranged a series of arts and cultural events over the weekend. They include a street market on Great George Street, offering traditional Chinese food, a firecracker display, lantern-making workshops, street animation and even a tai chi demonstration.

Date: 2018-02-16
Venue: Chinatown.

The Grand National

Held each year at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, the Grand National is a racing institution. For a few short minutes each year, the world's most famous horses run the world's most famous race, as they have for more than 150 years. The event is watched by 600 million people worldwide and offers prize money of over £2 million. A maximum of 40 riders compete in the gruelling Grand National, the climax of a three-day meeting. The National is famous, or perhaps notorious, for its 16 immense fences and punishing 494-yard sprint finish.

Date: 2018-04-12
Venue: Aintree Racecourse.

Liverpool Biennial

Diverse, exciting arts festival which takes place every two years. The 10-week long programme sees an extraordinary range of artworks, projects and events occur in what is said to be the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK.

Date: 2018-07-14
Venue: Locations and venues throughout the city.

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