Summer of fun: The best Liverpool events for 2018

Whilst we know many students have finished uni for the summer (woohoo go you), shout out to our post-grad researchers, Masters students and nursing and other courses who are cracking on over the next few months! Whether you’re stuck in the library or free as a bird right now, there are plenty of events happening in Liverpool over the summer which you all definitely deserve to head out and enjoy. In addition to those below, your Student Opps Team will be posting a number of summer events which you can also attend soon, keep your eyes on our social media for them! So get your phone/pens out and get the following in your diary:

Africa Oye
Date: Sat 16th & Sun 17th June
Location: Sefton Park
Cost: FREE
About: Africa Oye is one of many amazing free festivals taking place across Liverpool this summer, and in our eyes should be right at the top of your Liverpool student bucket list. Not only does it boast the title of the ‘UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture’ (London, who?), there are also loads of stalls offering incredible things to eat, drink and buy. The festival attracts half of Liverpool (accurate head count) each year, and with every good reason; it’s impossible to leave after the festival without a huge grin on your face and that warm feeling of community.

Arica Oye

Southport Air Show / Southport Flower Show
Date: Fri 6th – Sun 8th July / Thu 16th – Sun 19th August
Location: Southport Beach / Victoria Park
Cost: From £5.50 per ticket / £20 per ticket
About: It might not be in the City Centre, but just 45 mins on the train from Central and you’ll arrive at the sunny little seaside town of Southport. It’s worth having a wander along the Southport Pier, climbing around the local sand dunes and having a window shop on Lord St, but there are a few annual events which now put Southport on the map. Do you adore all things aviation? The Southport Air Show is the perfect day out for you, with flight simulators and aircraft displays such as the Red Arrows! If flora and fauna are a bit more your thing, then head along to the Southport Flower Show in August. As the largest independent flower show in the UK, it’s not cheap but rumour has it that our beloved Flo off of GBBO will be there this year!

Celebrating Bold Street
Date: Sun 8th July
Location: Bold Street
Cost: FREE
About: Do you even live in Liverpool if you don’t lust after all of Bold Street’s independent treats all the time?? Whether it’s those mad Mowgli chat bombs, Love Thy Neighbour’s Buddha Bowls or one of LEAF’s legendary cuppas, there’s a lot to love about this place so obvs we love the idea of a party to celebrate it. According to Culture Liverpool these fantastic shops and restaurants ‘will come out onto the pavements to showcase their respective offers – from arts, crafts and gifts to delicious foods and drinks from around the world’. Support independents and have a ball at the same time… what’s not to love?!

bold street 1

Biennial – Beautiful World, Where Are You?
Date: Sat 14th July – Sun 28th October
Location: Across Liverpool
Cost: FREE
About: Now celebrating it’s 20th year of presenting contemporary art around the region, this year’s Biennial titled ‘Beautiful World, where are you?’ raises reflection ‘on a world of social, political and economic turmoil’ by artists and audiences alike. Artworks will be presented around all of our favourite locations such as the Playhouse Theatre, Tate Liverpool and St. George’s Hall, and honestly there’s so much to see, it’s a good job it’s on for a while! We’re particularly excited about artist Mohamed Bourouissa’s installation of a healing garden in Toxteth in collab with Granby Four Streets CLT and a local primary school, and the large-scale sculpture being set up on Exchange Flags reflecting Liverpool architecture by artist Holly Hendry.

LIMF – Liverpool International Music Festival 
Date: Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July
Location: Sefton Park
Cost: £5 per day
About: Ohhh yes, LIMF is back for another year and although it’s now got a (small) cost, that pales into significance for how awesome this event is. This year’s line up includes Example & DJ Wire, Wiley, Jax Jones, Basement Jaxx and Hacienda Classical – and that’s just a few from the main stage! With a great crossover of all genres and a mixture of well-known artists and emerging talent, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this fantastic festival.

Liverpool Pride
Date: Sat 28th & Sun 29th July
Location: Across Liverpool
Cost: FREE
About: Liverpool Pride is just amazing. Now a huge date on the Merseyside event calendar with an estimated 50,000 joining in the celebration last year, there are loads of events on across the city over the weekend. LJMU Together will again be representing the Uni at this year’s Pride March on the Saturday to celebrate and honour diversity around our city – students and staff are heartily invited to join in!


Folk on the Dock
Date: Sat 25th – Mon 27th August
Location: Albert Dock
Cost: FREE
About: This fabulous folk festival is now in its third year and showing no signs of slowing down. The first confirmed acts for this year are double Ivor Novello award winner Chris Difford and BBC Folk Award winner Daoirí Farrell, with looooads more artists set to be announced over the event’s Twitter page @FolkOnTheDock. What a way to spend a Bank Holiday!

Pirates on the Dock
Date: Sat 15th & Sun 16th September
Location: Albert Dock
Cost: FREE
About: It’s not on until a lot later in the summer but this September event, really will provide fun for all the family! Expect live cannon battles, theatrical sword fights, shanti singing and of course a costume competition… need we say any more? Go and scour your dressing up box for your headband and eye patch!