Being a student in Brighton & Hove involves more than just amazing places to study. It also means having access to everything that this unique city by the sea has to offer.

We might be biased, but we truly believe that Brighton & Hove is one of the best cities in the world. In fact, you don’t even need to take our word for it. The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards named Brighton & Hove one of the world’s top 10 destinations on the rise.

One of the key reasons for this is that there is literally always something going on. Whether it’s a frosty Friday in February, or a muggy Monday in May, you’ll never be bored in Brighton.

Brighton caters to every taste. It has the bustle of a big city, with a small town community feel. There are events in Brighton & Hove practically 365 days a year. From major festivals, to pop-up one-offs, stuff is always happening across the city; and, as a student in Brighton, you get to enjoy it all!

As a taster of some of the major annual outdoor events, let’s explore some of the key dates in the Brighton & Hove calendar that you can look forward to in the first half of 2019.

Brighton & Hove in February 2019

Brighton & Hove Half Marathon

The first notable event is the Brighton & Hove Half Marathon which takes keen runners on a scenic 13.1 mile tour of the city and the seafront.

TOM’s Beer Fest

New for 2019, TOM’s Beer Fest is coming to The Old Market in Hove this February. It’s a two day beer festival featuring the finest beers from Brighton-based brewers and beyond, as well as live music and pop-up food stalls.

Brighton & Hove in March 2019

Classic Motorcycles

Fans of veteran vehicles should head to Madeira Drive to see the old-time motorcycles finishing their run from London. This event has happened every year since 1930 and is open to any motorcycle or tricycle manufactured before 1915.

Sussex Beer & Cider Festival

The 29th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival can be found at Brighton Racecourse this March. Choose from 140 real ales plus ciders and perries, as well as a variety of food including vegetarian and vegan options.

VegFest UK

Speaking of which, VegFest UK will be at the Brighton Centre in March 2019. The event will feature around 230 stalls packed full of a wide range of vegan products, 19 globally inspired vegan street food caterers, and around 80 special guests.

Brighton & Hove in April 2019

Brighton Marathon, Brighton 10k and Mini Mile

As spring sets in, the outdoor events become more numerous. First up, the endurance for keen runners increases as Brighton residents line the streets to cheer on thousands of brave Brighton Marathon runners. The event also involves a more palatable 10k race, as well as Mini Mile races for children.


Petrolheads also get the chance to see some of the most impressive high performance and modified vehicles in the country during the InCarNation event on Madeira Drive.

Brighton & Hove in May 2019

Brighton Festival

Brighton & Hove is THE place to be in May. The first event to mention is the outstanding Brighton Festival. The festival is now in its 11th year, and will be directed this year by award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré. Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove, and beyond, throughout May.

Brighton Fringe

Running alongside the Brighton Festival, but very much its own beast, is Brighton Fringe. As the largest open-access arts festival in England, Brighton Fringe embraces every art form and every form of artistic expression, and supports both new and established performers in trying out new work. In fact, at unassuming venues across Brighton & Hove, you can find some of the world’s top comedians trying out new material during The Fringe for a nominal fee.

The next Brighton institution to check out throughout May is Spiegeltent. Situated on the Old Steine, this pop-up venue hosts music, cabaret, spoken word and children’s events. The best part is, you don’t need a ticket to a show to enjoy the food and drink on offer, just pop along and enjoy a beverage in the Spiegel Gardens – perfect on a sunny spring evening.

Opposite Spiegeltent, Victoria Gardens is host to the Ladyboys of Bangkok in The Sabai Pavilion every May. Enjoy Thai food while you are entertained by rapturous beauties in amazing costumes.

The Great Escape

Music lovers should immediately secure their weekend wristbands for The Great Escape. Some of the biggest names in today’s music scene cut their teeth at this mammoth music festival. You get to choose from 450 up and coming, alongside well established, music acts at both indoor and outdoor venues across Brighton & Hove. How many will you tick off your list?

Stonewall Equality Walk

Every year in May, thousands join the Stonewall Equality Walk to campaign for equality and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. With Brighton & Hove being one of the most diverse and inclusive cities you’ll ever have the pleasure of living in, it makes the perfect venue for this annual fundraising event.

Foodies’ Festival

Foodies’ Festival on Hove Lawns, takes place every year over the first bank holiday weekend of May. Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, food sampling, live music….. what’s not to love?

London to Brighton Mini Rally

Finally in May, fans of the good old Mini should head down to Madeira Drive to watch the Mini Rally. Thousands of avid Mini owners and enthusiasts make the pilgrimage from London to Brighton to admire the cars and feel the Mini community love.


Well, that concludes our round up of the annual events for the first half of the Brighton & Hove calendar. Of course, such an eclectic city attracts many more one-off and individual events which are announced throughout the year. We will update our blog with the goings-on for the second half of the year in May, so watch this space for What’s On in Brighton in 2019 Part Two.

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