Summer in Liverpool
Does it feel like summer, yet? Maybe to those from warmer countries this weather is not summer-like at all but in Liverpool this is great weather. Notice how many more pairs of sandals, shorts, and sunglasses there are on the locals? Liverpool loves summer!
So, what to do in and around Liverpool over the next couple of months?
Africa Oye / 20th and 21st June / Sefton Park / FREE / http://www.africaoye.com/
Liverpool hosts the UKs largest live festival of African music and culture which boasts performers from Jamaica, Mali, Senegal, Angola, Kenya and many other African nations. This is a fantastic family friendly weekend which is absolutely free. Pack a picnic or try some African delights from the food stalls and enjoy the music (and hopefully sunshine!).
North West Food Lovers Festival / 3rd – 5th July / Stanley Park / £4-£6 per day / http://nwfoodloversfestival.co.uk/
Marketed as ‘food heaven in the grounds of Stanley Park’ this event looks set to draw massive crowds of ‘foodies’ to the park which sits between Goodison Park (EFC) and Anfield (LFC). With over 120 food and drink exhibitors, plenty of chef demonstrations and kids cooking classes this is another family-oriented weekend with a delicious twist!
Brazilica Festival / 17th – 19th July / various city locations / FREE though some venues may carry charges / http://brazilicafestival.co.uk/
Brazilica is the UK’s only Brazilian Festival and Samba Carnival which takes place annually in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre. There’s so much going on that you really just have to check it out for yourself! Music and dance performances, food stalls, colourful costumes, and there’s even a Brazilica Film Festival this year from 1st to 19th July!
Brouhaha Liverpool International Carnival and World in Princes Park / 11th July / city carnival route and Princes Park / FREE / www.brouhaha.uk.com/
Brouhaha means ‘a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something.’ Ha! This pretty much sums up Brouhaha Liverpool – it’s a loud and excited gathering of performers who parade through the city from Mulberry Street in L7 to Princes Park in L8. Once the parade reaches Princes Park, there are celebrations for the rest of the day including performances by local, national and international groups. A celebration of diversity – the park also hosts workshops and international food stalls.
International Beatle Week / 26th August – 1st September / various city locations / individual event tickets from £5 – packages from £97.50 / http://www.cavernclub.org/beatleweek/
Did you know that Liverpool is the home of the Beatles? Of course you did! Whatever your musical opinion, it can’t be denied that the ‘four lads who shook the world’ have been a massive influence on many groups since their formation in Liverpool in 1957. International Beatle Week is a celebration of all things Beatles, music, and Liverpool! For seven straight days and nights the city echoes to the sound of its four most famous sons. There are parties, concerts, gigs, theatre shows, guest speakers, art exhibitions, tours, auctions, flea markets, film shows, lectures, forums and much, much more.
Liverpool International Music Festival Summer Jam / 27th – 31st August / Sefton Park / FREE / http://www.limfestival.com/
LIMF returns to Sefton park this year with an amazing line-up headlined by none other than Basement Jaxx! Get your friends together, your dancing shoes on, and pack your happy vibes as this is the closing party of the summer. With over 100 acts confirmed to play in Liverpool’s stunning Sefton Park, LIMF is a family-friendly all weekend event which doesn’t disappoint. See you there!
Phew – what a summer! I really hope you get to experience some of these events with your friends, LILA* classmates, and local Liverpudlians.
If you have any other suggestions for awesome events or days out this summer, then please let us know J