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35 Fantastic Events in Liverpool This July

Summer is officially here and that means it’s time for you to make the most of the season. So, we have the month ahead all mapped out for you, because here are 35 fantastic events in Liverpool this July.

1. The Liverpool Village

Liverpool Village

When: Thursday 30th June to mid-September 2016

Where: Pier Head

Been feeling a little bored lately? How does a three month festival sound? Pretty good, we’re guessing. If you thought Liverpool was buzzing before, well, a swarm of atmosphere is about to descend onto the city. The Liverpool Village will feature everything from live music, street animation, food and drink, family friendly activities and more. Oh, did we mention there will be crazy golf, a ninja assault course, Segway rides and a Total Wipeout style course. Yeah, we will definitely see you there!

2. The Jam: About the Young Idea

The-Jam

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When: 1st July to 25th September 2016

Where: Cunard Building

The Jam provided a soundtrack to many people’s youth, with hits such as ‘Town Called Malice’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’. This July, all the way through to September, you can step inside the Cunard Building to enjoy a new interactive exhibition, which will explore the rise and influence of the band.

Explore the music, background and the political and social impact The Jam had to generations, and you can also view amazing memorabilia collected from die-hard fans over the years. This is the last stop on the UK exhibition tour – so don’t miss it!

3. Thoroughly Decent Indie Disco

Blondie

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When: 9pm on Friday 1st July to 2am on Saturday 2nd July 2016

Where: The Baltic Social

Are you suffering from the Glastonbury blues? Well, it’s time to strap a smile back on that face and make your way to a Thoroughly Decent Indie Disco at The Baltic Social.

Chris and Ollie, who brought you the likes of Bowie Night, 90s Night and My Big Fake Wedding, will host another unstoppable night, offering thoroughly decent indie music until 2am. You can expect to dance the night away to Blondie, The Smiths, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, The Rolling Stones, Buzzcocks, Talking Heads and more. What’s more, entry is completely free – so there’s no reason why you can’t come along to enjoy the night of your life.

4. Out of the Blue Music Festival 2016

Out of the Blue Music Festival

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When: Saturday 2nd July 2016

Where: Everton Park

Everton Park offers the highest point in Liverpool to experience our city’s breathtaking skyline – so it’s the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor music festival, in our opinion.

Enjoy a day of live music on the green grass, listening to amazing tunes whilst absorbing the city’s most beautiful buildings and waterfront. On top of great music, there will be a family friendly mix of events and activities, such as face painting, sporting activities, workshops, stalls and more.

5. 303 Day & Night Party

Constellations-venue

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When: 12pm – late on Saturday 2nd July 2016

Where: Constellations

Constellations have joined forces with Liverpool promoters 303 to offer the first ever residents’ party. Expect an eclectic mix of music from Gemma Muir, Samuel Lamont and Stuart Hodson. The amazing Justin Robertson will also offer a three hour electronic music set.

The cost of entry is completely up to you – but all ticket money will be donated to The Whitechapel Centre homeless charity. If you fail to secure a ticket from Skiddle, the entry charge will be £5 on the day.

6. Strange Collective Launch All-Dayer

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When: 2nd & 3rd July 2016

Where: Invisible Wind Factory

Enjoy 13 hours of live amplified psych, garage and rock music sound, all performed by 13 brilliant bands this month. Take yourself along to Invisible Wind Factory on 2nd and/or 3rd July. There will also be plenty of BBQ and food stalls for you to explore, too. Early birds can also bag themselves a ticket for just £3. Now that’s what we call a bargain!

7. The Choir That Rocks

the-choir-that-rocks

When: 2nd July 2016

Where: Echo Arena

You can guarantee you will be on your feet for The Choir That Rocks, which offers upbeat songs that will have you grinning from ear-to-ear. Over 400 rock choir members from Liverpool, Birkenhead, Ormskirk, West Kirby and Southport will take to the Echo Arena stage, offering a varied selection of upbeat hits that will give you that warm, fuzzy feeling.

8. Sunday Swing Afternoon Tea

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When: 2pm-5pm on Sunday 3rd July 2016

Where: 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic

Our favourite two things have to be music and food – which is why we absolutely love 30 James Street’s Swing Afternoon Tea. Book ahead to enjoy this sophisticated, traditional dining experience, which offers jam and cream scones, finger sandwiches and yummy in your tummy cakes. However, save some room for dancing, because the talented swing singer will have you and all the clan up on your feet and onto the dance floor.

9. Liverpool Loves the Lantern

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When: 3rd to 6th July 2016

Where: The Lantern Theatre

From the 3rd to 6th July, you can visit The Lantern Theatre to say goodbye to their current Blundell Street home. There will be all sorts of live music, entertainment and fundraising taking place over three days, including The Liver Birds Ball and Every Goodbye is Hello.

The Blundell Street doors will officially close on 31st July 2016, with the new theatre yet to be announced. So, book tickets to say goodbye to this remarkable theatre that will continue to offer cutting-edge performances until the end of the month.

10. Stand Up for Mondays (Cath’s Laugh Factory)

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When: 7.30pm until 10pm on Monday 4th July 2016

Where: Camp and Furnace

A conveyor belt of comedy will come to Camp and Furnace on Monday 4th July 2016. Don’t expect your socks to stay on your feet for long, because you will laugh them well and truly off with this all-female line-up, who are fresh and funny from ‘The Funny Women Stage Awards’. Cath Rice will host the funny bone tickling event and tickets are available for just £6, but we recommend booking soon to avoid disappointment.

11. Brouhaha International Festival 2016

Brouhaha-International-Festival-2016

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When: 5th to 17th July 2016

Where: Various venues across the city

Enjoy 14 days of free cultural festivals, carnivals and impressive performances at Brouhaha International Festival. Local and international companies from Europe, Africa, India and the Caribbean will offer two weeks of unique arts, featuring simply stunning carnival parades across the city.

12. Macbeth

Macbeth

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When: Friday 8th July 2016

Where: St John’s Gardens

Shakespeare comes to St John’s Gardens this July, with the murderous Macbeth entertaining an outdoor audience. Enjoy the beauty of the grounds whilst experiencing the bard’s tragedy, which follows the psychological effects of political aspirations.

13. Big Baltic 90s Night

Saved by the Bell

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When: Friday 8th July 2016

Where: The Baltic Social

Are you sick of working 9 to 5? Well, it’s time to take life into your own hands and create some wonderful memories of your own. That’s why we recommend visiting The Baltic Social on 8th July, because they are hosting the Big Baltic 90s Night.

You will feel about twenty years younger at this epic event, which will offer all sorts of retro tunes from your youth, and they can guarantee a few surprises along the way. Entry also won’t cost you a penny, either.

14. Summer Food & Drink Festival – Carnival Edition

Botanical-Garden

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When: 9th & 10th July 2016

Where: Botanical Garden

Cancel whatever you have planned for the 9th and 10th July – because you will want to visit the Summer Food and Drink Festival – Carnival Edition. Enjoy the very best dishes from the city’s finest independent companies, such as freshly roasted coffee from 92 Degrees Coffee, scrumptious burgers from Free State Kitchen and mouth-wateringly good sweet potato fries from Finca.

Team all that up with a carnival theme, live jazz music, carnival games and samba dancers, and you are in for one hell of a weekend. Oh, and did we mention there are cheese boards from the Liverpool Cheese Company. This event will make every other Saturday and Sunday look boring!

15. Liverpool Biennial 2016

Liverpool Biennial

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When: 9th July to 16th October 2016

Where: Various venues across Liverpool

Oh, Liverpool, you do know how to celebrate the arts! One of our favourite times of the year will return once again this July, offering a free festival of newly commissioned contemporary art created by international artists. Just some of the highlights include the John Moores Painting Prize and the Biennial Fringe.

Returning every two years, the festival will run for 14 weeks, so you have no excuse not to see fictional worlds at galleries, museums, pubs, unused stations, shops, supermarkets and unused spaces. We had you at pubs, right?

16. Summer Garden Party

Constellations garden party

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When: Saturday 9th July 2016

Where: Constellations

Grab the kids, Mum, Dad and Nan and Grandad and come along to the Summer Garden Party at Constellations on 9th July. All the family will have an amazing time at the party, which offers a special BBQ menu, garden games, children’s workshops and activities, and food and drinks packages.

Some of the city’s finest DJs will also be playing superb sets, so expect to hear funk, hip hop, techno, house and a whole lotta disco! Sounds pretty brilliant, doesn’t it? Well, it gets better – because the Summer Garden Party is a free event.

Please note: children will only be welcome at the event until 6pm.

17. The Merchant of Venice

The-Merchant-of-Venice

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When: 9th to 16th July

Where: Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

If you happen to miss Macbeth at St John’s Gardens the night before, you can catch a performance The Merchant of Venice from the 9th July. Watch the manipulative Portia, a wealthy heiress, set her suitors a challenge, which sees them go to great lengths to win her hand in marriage.

Jonathan Pryce will return to the Liverpool Playhouse once again to star in this popular Shakespeare tale, taking on the role of Shylock. Theatre in Liverpool doesn’t get much better than this. Don’t miss it!

18. Vintage on the Dock

vintage on the dock

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When: 9th to 10th July 2016

Where: Albert Dock

Vintage on the Dock offers the perfect combination of 20th Century music and fashion. Classically cool items will be available at the vintage marketplace at the Albert Dock, offering the best traders who have been hand-selected for the event.

You can also learn how to do the Lindy hop or breakdance from the finest dance teachers, or you can try delicious dishes and snacks from street food traders in vintage vehicles. Car lovers won’t want to miss this superb event, which will feature a display of classic cars that will transport you through automotive design.

19. Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow-Festival

When: 9th to 10th July 2016

Where: National Wildflower Centre

Now the Scarecrow Festival is one event the kids will absolutely love! Returning for its 8th year, people will battle it out to create the city’s finest scarecrows on 9th and 10th July – and the event is absolutely free.

20. Cats

cats-the-musical

When: 11th to 16th July 2016

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats will delight Liverpool Empire audiences this July. Whether you’re young, old or in between, you will love this entertaining musical that tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. There is a reason why Cats is the longest running Broadway show in history, so be sure to grab some tickets to see the show whilst it’s in town.

21. Young Dadafest – Perform

Young-Dadafest

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When: 14th July 2016

Where: Liverpool Everyman

Young Dadafest provides a showcase of music, dance and performance, all led by disabled and deaf young people from across Merseyside. This remarkable show will provide young disabled artists with a platform to perform at the Liverpool Everyman. You’ll love it!

22. Brazilica 2016

Brazilica

When: 15th to 17th July 2016

Where: Various venues across the city

For a weekend of fun, colour and dancing, look no further than Brazilica 2016. Embrace the sights, sounds and tastes of Brazil at this annual festival, with the main Carnival Day taking place on Saturday 16th July at Williamson Square. There will plenty of live music and dance from bands and DJ from across the globe, creating a festival that is bigger and better than ever before.

23. Formby Food, Drink & Music Festival

Formby Festival

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When: 15th to 17th July 2016

Where: Duke Street Park

It seems Liverpool isn’t short of food, drink and music this July, right? Well, don’t eat too much too soon, because you won’t want to miss the Formby Food, Drink and Music Festival mid-July.
Food and drink providers from across the world will showcase their finest dishes, and you can also enjoy chef demonstrations and the display arena. The kids can also take to the kitchen in the Kids Cooking Zone.

Come along to the festival on Friday 15th July to enjoy the Great British Pub Quiz, where the winning team will receive £100. There will also be plenty of entertainment on Saturday, with performances from the new band Yes Lad, who were formed by Take That’s manager. Fans of the Formby Festival Bake-Off can also rejoice, because the competition will return once again – and has this year been extended to include flowers, fruit and vegetables.

24. Gung-ho! Seriously Fun 5k

Gung-ho!-Seriously-Fun-5k

When: 16th July 2016

Where: Stanley Park

The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course is coming to Liverpool! Those who take having fun very seriously must embark on the first 5k inflatable obstacle course in the UK, and you can even select your wave times to find a time to suit you. Are you fun enough to take on the challenge? Prove it.

25. Walton Festival

Walton Festival

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When: 16th to 17th July 2016

Where: Walton Hall Park

Walton Festival will make its return for the first time since the 1990s! The two-day event will feature a Victorian-themed funfair, live music, pets corner, bar and food court, farmers market, sports displays, taster sessions, zorb balls, and free children’s attractions.

There will also be a 5k and family fun run, as well as a dance and performing arts stage, plus so many more wonderful activities.

26. Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

LAAF-Big-Sunday

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When: 16th to 24th July 2016

Where: Various venues across Liverpool

The Liverpool Arab Arts Festival will return once again to celebrate Arab culture across the city. Taking place across various venues, you can expect a week of music, dance, theatre, literature, film, visual arts and special events, which aim to boost appreciation and awareness of Arab culture and arts at a local, national and international level.

One event not to be missed on the calendar is LAAF Big Sunday, which is one of the highlight family events that’s regularly attend by thousands of people of all ages and cultures. There will be a buzzing atmosphere at the Bluecoat on 17th June 2016, as well as amazing music, cultural crafts, visual art, literature, and contemporary and folkloric dance.

27. Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

LIMF Sefton Park

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When: 22nd July 2016

Where: Various venues across the city

We cannot express our excitement for the Liverpool International Music Festival, which will take place at the end of July. Superb acts will hit the LIMF stage at Sefton Park this year, including The Wombats, Lianne La Havas, Ms Dynamite, Maverick Sabre, John Power Band, Sigma and so much more. This free event offers fun and music for all ages, so bring the whole family along to the festival to see the finest acts in music, as well as some up and coming performers!

28. A Fistful of Collars

a-fistful-of-collars

When: 22nd July to 20th August 2016

Where: Royal Court Liverpool

Fred Lawless has done it again with A Fistful of Collars, bringing another brilliant comedy to the Royal Court Liverpool. His stage plays have become a popular staple to the theatre, writing the last seven Christmas shows. So, if you fancy immersing yourself in the fictional tale of gangsters, kidnap and dirty laundry, book tickets to his side-splitting show this July.

29. The New Adventures of Captain Pool

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When: Saturday 23rd July to Monday 29th August 2016

Where: St George’s Hall

All aboard St George’s Hall from the 23rd July, because Captain Pool and his Mersey Mariners are embarking on a new adventure. The fun-filled event will provide plenty of wonderful activities that your little ones will love, with sessions running every hour and lasting for 45 minutes. There will be everything from crafts, songs, games, ship skills and stories that will capture their imaginations.

30. Arabs Are Not Funny!

Arabs-are-not-funny

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When: 23rd July 2016

Where: the Bluecoat

Arabs Are Not Funny! will not live up to its name – because this superb event will bring together a new line-up of stand-up comedians who represent the Arab world. They will put your funny bone to the test, with the aim of making you laugh out loud, proving just how funny Arabs can be.

31. Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Family Day

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When: 24th July 2016

Where: Sefton Park Palm House

The increasingly popular Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Family Day will make its return to Sefton Park Palm House. Internationally acclaimed acts will perform at the event, including the Swedish group Tarraband who have been heavily influenced by Arab music. Musicians inspired by Arab culture will also appear throughout the park on the festival family day.

32. Gin Festival Liverpool Summer 2016

Gin Festival Liverpool

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When: 28th July 2016

Where: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Everyone loves gin, even if they don’t know it yet. Whether you’re a fan of the stuff or not, we seriously recommend a trip to the Gin Festival Liverpool Summer 2016 – which is set to be the biggest the city has ever seen!

There will be more than 100 gins on offer for you to try – just don’t try them all at once! There will also be many ideas and interactive activities that gin lovers will adore.

33. Liverpool Pride

Liverpool-Pride

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When: 30th to 31st July 2016

Where: St George’s Hall

The whole of Liverpool will come together on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July to celebrate Liverpool Pride. Returning for its 7th consecutive year, festival-goers are encouraged to come as a Liverpool icon – and the more wild and wonderful the better! St George’s Hall to be at its colourful best, and there will be everything from marches, live music and outdoor celebrations.

Liverpool Pride also coincides with the anniversary of when Michael Causer, a gay teenager, lost his life. The event was therefore created in Michael’s memory, celebrating his life whilst empowering the LGBT communities.

34. Big Fish Little Fish

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When: Sunday 31st July 2016

Where: Constellations

If you have children, you probably don’t have many opportunities to just chill-out, dance and wear luminous clothing, do you? Well, now you do – because Constellations is holding the family rave Big Fish Little Fish on Sunday 31st July.

On top of a fun-filled dance floor, confetti cannons, nightclub lighting, bubble machines and the famous parachute dance, there will also be a soft play area for the children, as well as a temporary tattoo stall, craft room and playdough table.

The parents will also be happy because there is also a fully licensed bar and a BBQ kitchen open throughout the day – so Dad will be just as happy as the little ones.

35. July Bottomless Brunch Festival

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When: Sunday 31st July 2016

Where: The Baltic Social

If you want a breakfast fit for a king or queen this July, take your hungry little self along to The Baltic Social on Sunday 31st – because you will not want to miss their July Bottomless Brunch Festival, which is provided in two sittings.

From 10am to 12.30pm, guests can enjoy a delightful brunch, which will also be served with fizz and beer. The festival is bound to prove popular, so booking is essential. Sundays really don’t get much better than this, do they?

So, now you know what amazing events to attend, it’s time to find out where to enjoy the best cocktails in the city.

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Elisabeth loves writing about Liverpool, showcasing the best attractions, events and experiences in our beautiful city.

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