Summer is drawing to a close, as the nights get longer and the days get shorter, you’d expect things to slow down and for your social calendar to get minimised.
Not in Liverpool! September sees the return of thousands of students to the city, bringing with them an exciting atmosphere and an array of events. There are not just student events hitting the streets either, there are amazing themed afternoon teas, beer festivals, breathtaking art exhibitions and quirky nights out. The fun never stops in the city that never sleeps, so take a look at our roundup of what’s on in September!
Plus, don’t miss Signature TV’s run-through of the best events of the season…
What’s on in September
1920s Gatsby Afternoon Tea
When: 1st September
Where: Cunard House
First up in our guide to what’s on in September is an amazing themed afternoon tea. Get your glad rags on for an afternoon of partying in true Gatsby style at one of Liverpool’s most iconic and glamorous venues. Indulge in a roaring 20s afternoon tea, complete with delicate finger sandwiches, sweet treats and prosecco, while you enjoy some amazing live entertainment. It’s the perfect way to kick start your September in Liverpool.
Cilla and the 60s
When: 2nd September
Where: 30 James Street
Surprise, surprise! Join the fun at 30 James Street as they play host to a spectacular sixties themed afternoon. Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea in the historic White Star Grand Hall and enjoy a showstopping Cilla Black tribute, who will take you through the hits from way back when. Plus, you’ll get fizz on arrival to make it an afternoon to remember.
When: 2nd-3rd September
Where: Otterspool PromenadeSource: www.facebook.com/fusionfestival/
Next up in our guide to what’s on in September is the ever popular Fusion Festival. Bringing a star-studded line-up to Otterspool, this festival is a two-day bonanza of pop music, with acts including David Guetta, Jess Glynne, Shawn Mendes and James Arthur. For all you pop music lovers out there, this is one event you can’t miss!
Disney Magic Cruise Line
When: 7th September
Where: Liverpool Cruise Terminal
The magnificent Disney Magic Cruise Liner is making a welcome return to Liverpool’s Princes Dock this month and we couldn’t be more excited. Bringing the outstanding 11 decks to our history Waterfront, this huge vessel can hold a staggering 1754 passengers, 915 crew and is almost 1000ft in length! Visitors can expect a free family celebration with a magical garden wonderland, a buzzing bandstand, dance flash mobs by the Adam Brown Dance company, and an array of colourful and magical street theatre.
ABBA vs. Chic
When: 8th September
Where: Camp and FurnaceSource: www.facebook.com/CampandFurnace.Liverpool/
Calling all Dancing Queens and Forbidden Lovers – it’s time to dance it out to two of the 70’s and 80’s most iconic music groups. Dance, Dance, Dance with the amazing live band and DJs to the best hits, go wild in the 80’s glitter station and make sure you don’t tell your mother you’re out!
Daft Punk Orchestra
When: 8th September
Where: Invisible Wind FactorySource: www.facebook.com/invisiblewindfactory/
One of the best events in our what’s on in September guide, immersive yourself in the music of the French electric duo legends, Daft Punk. This live performance of their work is sure to be a smash hit, as their outstanding sound will be replicated by an orchestra at the innovative and eccentric Invisible Wind Factory in the North Docks.
Mobster & Moll Murder Mystery
When: 9th September
Where: 30 James Street
Sharpen your detective skills for an afternoon of New York’s most dastardly Mobsters and Molls with this unmissable murder mystery event at the luxurious White Star Grand Hall. Recreating the roaring 1920s of the Big Apple, you can expect laugh-out-loud moments from the comedy characters as you indulge in a decadent afternoon tea with fizz on arrival.
Just Dusty – Dusty Springfield Afternoon Tea
When: 9th September
Where: The Shankly Hotel
Yes that’s right, there yet another amazing afternoon tea event this month! Join the madness at The Shankly Hotel and enjoy an afternoon of your favourite Dusty Hits performed by the fabulous Emily Clark. Enjoy Dusty’s best known hits, from ‘Only wanna be with you’ to ‘You don’t have to say you love me’ as you indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea complete with a glass of fizz.
The City of Liverpool Tattoo
When: 14th-15th September
Where: Echo Arena Liverpool
Liverpool’s first ever military tattoo will see a host of military bands and live performers coming together in this great spectacular. Including British Army drummers, pipe and flute bands, the City of Liverpool Highland Dancers and The Imperial Corps of Drums Liverpool, it’s guaranteed to be a loud, proud and bold experience.
Pirates on the Dock
When: 15th September
Where: Royal Albert DockSource: The Guide Liverpool
Next up in our guide to what’s on in September is the ever-popular Pirates on the Dock. This now legendary swashbuckling, family adventure thunders into Albert Dock for two days of live action ship battles, the popular Pirates and Mermaid Parade, jaw-dropping stunts and sword fights, local folklore and sea shanty.
Liverpool Food & Drink Festival 2018
When: 15th – 16th September
Where: Sefton ParkSource: www.facebook.com/Liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival
Liverpool’s foodie paradise is back this September, bringing bespoke ingredients, independent brands, never-tasted flavours and celebrity chefs to Sefton Park once more. Head down to South Liverpool to feast on delectable offerings from Merseyside and beyond.
Big Mad Andy’s Peep Show Quiz
When: 17th September
Where: Baltic Market
The one and only Peep Show one-hit wonder Big Mad Andy is bringing his Peep Show Quiz to Liverpool’s Baltic Market, armed with lavish quantities of paint, a number of nervous breakdowns and plenty of Peep Show Trivia. This is a must visit in our guide to what’s on in September.
Aurora at Toxteth Reservoir
When: 21st September – 7th October
Where: Toxteth ReservoirSource: FACT.co.uk
This September, a brand new, cutting-edge spectacle is taking over Toxteth Reservoir. Step inside the cave-like vaults of Toxteth Reservoir for a 40-minute ‘walk on water’ through dark chambers and between towering iron arches. This unique experience will feature water surrounding, flooding and falling around you, making it both beautiful and a bit terrifying.
When: 21 September
Where: Invisible Wind FactorySource: www.facebook.com/fiestabombarda
Liverpool’s most iconic party night is starting the 2018 season with a bang. Fiesta Bombarda is returning to host a colossal carnival in a tropical paradise. Get yourself in the mood for a fiesta with reggae from Gentleman’s Dub Club and performances from carnival dancers and DJs amidst the lavish tropical décor.
An Audience with Simon Reeve
When: 24th September
Where: Philharmonic HallSource: www.liverpoolphil.com
Simon Reeve’s first ever theatre tour will feature the world-famous journalist recounting tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, to being hounded by the Mafia and bombed by Columbian barons, Simon’s adventures have seen him travel through over 120 countries. An Audience with Simon Reeve is not only a fascinating and educational show, but at times shocking, inspirational and hilarious!
Independent Liverpool Oktoberfest
When: 27th – 30th September
Where: Baltic Market
Bringing Munich to Merseyside, this September Independent Liverpool are hosting another Oktoberfest and this time it promises to be even bigger than ever. They’ll be converting the Baltic Market into a haven of hot dogs, beers by the stein and German camaraderie. Dust off your lederhosen, pull up a seat and raise your beers in a toast to good times.
This is Atlanta
When: 29th September
Where: The MerchantSource: www.facebook.com/TheMerchantLiverpool/
Last but not least, The Merchant are throwing an amazing party, dedicated to pop culture polymath Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover. This night will celebrate everything from his music (This is America, Redbone) to his hit TV show with an amazing soundtrack (Atlanta) to his influences and everything in between.
If you’re out and about in Liverpool this September, make sure you visit Ropewalks district for some of the best bars in Liverpool. Read our complete guide to the Ropewalks here.