Part Two – June to December

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.

One of the key reasons that Brighton is such an amazing place to study is that there is always something going on. Whether it’s a sunny Sunday in September, or a dismal day in December, you’ll never be bored in Brighton.

There are events across 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!

We already brought you a lengthy list of events for January to May. As promised, let’s explore some of the key dates in the Brighton & Hove calendar that you can look forward to in the second half of 2019.

Brighton & Hove in June 2019

Classic Car Run

The first key event in the June calendar is the Classic Car Run. Also encompassing the Kit Car Run, and the Sports Car Run, all manner of vehicles are on display down on Madeira Drive.

London to Brighton Bike Ride

If you’re more of a cyclist, you might want to challenge yourself to the endurance of the London to Brighton Bike Ride. Each year, 27,000 cyclists take part, making it the biggest cycling event of its kind in Europe. The community spirit at the finish line on Madeira Drive is palpable, and the event has a hugely positive impact on the city.

Race for Life 5k and Pretty Muddy obstacle race

If you prefer your strenuous activity on the safety of your own two feet, then head to Stanmer Park at the end of June and take part in either the Race for Life 5k or the Pretty Muddy obstacle race. Both events are women only, and aim to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The Obstacle Run

To add a bit of colour to your exercise, the Color Obstacle Rush is a unique event combining the fun of colour powdered runs, the thrill of an obstacle course, and the atmosphere of a music festival. It’s heading to Brighton Racecourse this June.

The Kemptown Carnival

The Kemptown Carnival is set to return on June 1st 2019. It’s one of Brighton’s longest running street arts festivals and is jam packed with live music, performances, local food and drink, arts and crafts, plus a Grand Custard Pie Fight!

Brighton Big Screen

If you’re torn between lounging on the beach and watching your favourite film, Brighton Big Screen offers you the best of both worlds. Setting up in June, and continuing throughout the summer months, check out their schedules when they’re released.

Brighton & Hove in July 2019

Paddle Round the Pier

Always held on the first weekend of July, Paddle Round the Pier is Europe’s biggest free beach and watersports festival. Located at Hove Lawns, the event is free and staffed by volunteers. All money raised goes to The Paddle Round the Pier charity which promotes the healthy enjoyment of the seaside for all, including participation in watersports.

Brighton & Hove in August 2019

Brighton Pride

The Brighton & Hove annual calendar wouldn’t be complete without Pride! Described by The Guardian as “the country’s most popular LGBT event,” the Brighton Pride Festival is a vibrant celebration of all that is wonderful about Brighton & Hove’s diverse community. Visitors from across the globe descend upon our wonderful city every August to revel in the spectacular celebrations.

Thai Festival in Preston Park

Fans of Thai food and culture should head to Preston Park in August for a weekend of everything that is tasty and amazing about the popular Southeast Asian country.

Brighton & Hove in September 2019

Brighton Boundary Festival

Brighton Boundary Festival takes over Stanmer Park at the end of September for a dynamic daytime party. For four years now, the festival has included a variety of styles and genres, including house, techno, drum and bass, bashment, and more, across multiple stages.

Apple Day

For something a bit more sedate in Stanmer Park, the annual Apple Day celebrates the harvest and is a free event for anyone to enjoy.


If you fancy being a superhero for the day, head to Preston Park for KAPOW! Take on the gigantic, fun filled challenge with ten immense inflatables for you to bounce over, squeeze through, slip and slide around. Open to anyone over 1.2 m tall, why not dress like your favourite superhero and join in the bouncy 5K fun?

Brighton and Hove Triathlon

For the super fit among you, the Brighton and Hove Triathlon returns on 15th September 2019. The race will see 1300+ participants take on the challenge of a sea swim, a scenic cycle along the closed seafront road and a flat run along the iconic promenade. Now in its fourth year, the Brighton and Hove Triathlon continues to grow into one of the biggest events in the triathlon calendar.

Fiery Foods Festival

Fans of spice should head along to Victoria Gardens for the annual Fiery Foods Festival. Expect to find chilli beer, chilli sauce, chilli foods, and the infamous chilli eating competition. Not for the faint of heart!

Brighton & Hove in October 2019

Brighton’s Job Fair

After the conclusion of the school year, Brighton’s Job Fair will be held at Jury’s Inn at Brighton Marina in October. The Jobs Fair is a great way to speak with potential employers face-to-face. You can register with employers for jobs, collect info on employers, ask them questions, apply for jobs, or even have a mini interview on the day.


Brighton & Hove celebrates Halloween in a big way! Keep an eye out for events and parties springing up across the city. Be prepared to (fancy) dress to impress – the effort in creative costumes and makeup is something to behold!

Brighton & Hove in November 2019

Lewes Bonfire Night

Not strictly Brighton & Hove, but the 5th of November in East Sussex wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the beautiful, historic town of Lewes. With multiple competing bonfire societies, Lewes is internationally renowned for its Guy Fawke’s related revelry. Expect satirical effigies, processions, and plenty of food and drink.

Brighton & Hove in December 2019

Burning the Clocks

Celebrating the Winter Solstice, the annual Burning the Clocks ceremony celebrates the shortest day in style. Around 20,000 spectators line the streets every 21st December to watch the lantern parade which ends with a firework display on the beach. An event not to be missed.

Well, that concludes our round up of the annual events in the Brighton & Hove calendar for 2019. See you at the end of the year for our pick of What’s On in Brighton for 2020.

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