This summer some of the best city centre venues in Liverpool have filled their calendars with everything from family-friendly festivals, crazy club nights and, as always, plenty of live music. So no matter how you enjoy spending your summer there are plenty of amazing Liverpool events to chose from right here.
Big Fish Little Fish Summer Family Rave
Start them young and get the kids to their very first rave with Big Fish Little Fish.
This family-friendly event is fun for parents and kids alike, with bubbles, balloons and banging tunes it’s the best way to introduce your little ones to a life-loving dance music.
Big Fish Little Fish tour the country with their events and they are always popular so get your tickets and pack your glow sticks for a daytime rave unlike any other.
The Origins of Drag
When: 2nd and 16th
Where: Museum of Liverpool
Thanks to Ru Pauls Drag Race, Drag Queens have seen a surge in popularity, so much so you might assume its a fairly modern concept and art form.
But you’d be wrong, Drag Queen’s date back to the 1800s when men would dress as women in pantomimes and before that Shakespeare’s female characters were all played by men as it was unheard of or women to act on the stage.
The Museum of Liverpool will be exploring The Origins of Drag as part of their Tale from the City Exhibition. Dicover the history of Liverpool’s LGBTQ+ from the last 50 years in the lead up to Liverpool Pride Weekend.
When: > 10th
A classic Shakespearian play is given a modern twist by the talented crew at Everyman theatre in Othello.
Taking on the powerful play and adapting it to current times, Everyman switches up genders of the lead roles in what has been called an innovative and eye-opening arrangement.
Watch as a tale of jealousy, love and honour is laid out before you in a way that has never before been seen on stage.
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival
When: 6th – 15th
During July venues all over the city will play host to superb live performances from superstars of the Arab world.
The musical part of the festival has been bulked up this year and starts in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Music Room with renowned poet and artist Bachar Zarkan.
Live DJ’s accompany the voice of Emel Mathlouthi in the Invisible Wind Factory on the 7th and the entire festival is wrapped up with a family day at Sefton Parks Palm House on the 15th.
LAAF is a chance to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Arab culture and multi-cultural community in Liverpool and beyond.
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz and Disco
Where: Camp and Furnace
Do you consider yourself a walking Shazzam? If so then book tickets to Camp and Furnace’s Sounds Familiar Music Quiz and Disco.
There will be tonnes of prizes up for grabs plus the chance to dance the night away to some of your favourite forgotten pop songs.
Your musical knowledge will be stretched to the limit as will as your disco dancing skills.
There’s no better way to spend a Friday night in Liverpool this July.
Irish Music Festival Feis
Where: Pier Head
Another cultural event not to be missed will be taking place on Albert Dock this July and the line-up includes some of the biggest legends of Irish music.
The entire World Heritage Waterfront will be swept up in Irish spirit this July as The Feis takes to a number of stages.
Audiences can enjoy the like of Imelda May, whose fairy-like voice and extraordinary ability to play every traditional Irish instrument make her mesmerising to watch.
Or Sir George Ivan Morrison, Van Morrison as he’s better known, who’ll be entertaining the crowds as he has done for the last half a century with his evergreen hits.
Check out some of the best Irish music around with the historical Albert Dock as its backdrop at Feis Irish Music Festival.
Mondo Rooftop BBQ
Mondo is a city renowned outfit known for bringing excellent Liverpool events together in some of the most loved locations.
This July they will be bringing a BBQ party to the rooftop terrace at HUS, where partygoers can enjoy fabulous views across the city skyline.
Not only that but a major DJ line-up will be pumping out a quality techno soundtrack to accompany the stunning summer evening and there’ll be plenty of delicious nibbles and top-notch cocktails too.
No need to bring anything but your good self and some party spirit.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Where: Liverpool Empire
When: 9th – 14th
We are used to the polished precision of play performances but this is a glimpse and what can and does happen in a lot of theatre productions.
The story itself is based on the 1920s murder mystery The Murder at Haversham Manor, but instead of a perfect reenactment of the tale, actors forget their lines, misplace props, get stuck in doorways and even get injured and shoved off stage.
Audiences are treated to a view at all the stage mishaps that actors and production companies have experienced and anything that can go wrong does so in The Play That Goes Wrong.
Coming to Liverpool as part of their European tour Muntchako couldn’t have picked a better venue or time to introduce their unique sound to new audiences.
The Brazilian band will perform a selection of their tracks just before the Brazilica festival kicks-off giving audiences a teaser of whats to come.
Their music includes influences from traditional Brazilian Forro, ska and funk and combines it all with a carnival flourish that Brazil is well known for.
Getting us all ready for Brazilica; Muntchako is a band you simply don’t want to miss.
Salsa & Bachata Under the Palms
Where: Sefton Park Palm House
Embrace the tropical style weather we’ve been having this summer and make your way to Sefton Park Palm House for some Salsa dancing fun.
Shake a tail feather under the palms with trained salsa specialist, Salsaroja, who’ll find your inner rhythm and help you unleash it on the dancefloor.
This quarterly event has become a staple on the calendars of Liverpool residents and visitors alike and gives attendees a chance to check out one of Liverpool’s most stunning structures in Sefton Park.
Sh*t Indie Disco Beatles Special
Where: 24 Kitchen Street
We know that plenty of people visit Liverpool for the Beatles, the Fab Four certainly did and still do a lot for their hometown.
Honouring the lads this July, the popular Sh*t Indie Disco will be hosting a special Beatles only night where all the biggest and best Beatle’s hits will be pumped out onto the dancefloors of 24Kitchen Street.
If you are a fan of the Fab Four and want to hear all their chart-topping tunes in one wonderful venue then “Come Together” and “Twist and Shout” all night long at The Beatles Special Sh*t Indie Disco.
When: 14th – 15th
Where: Alber Dock
Liverpool is a city that is well known for fiercely supporting its independent business’ and thanks to Hemmingway Design there’s a popular event coming up in July that does just that.
Giving local fashion designers, street food vendors, vintage traders and performers a platform to display their wares, Fine Tuned is a fabulously chic Liverpool festival that will take over Albert Dock for two days in July.
Everything from beauty workshops to fashion catwalks, live DJ’s and street performers are included in the Fine Tuned line-up.
So, if you fancy picking up a piece of fabulous fashion, getting some style inspiration or simply want to enjoy a day surrounded by the awesome creativity of Liverpool, Fine Tuned is the day for you.
Liverpool Biennial Begins
It only happens once every two years but when it does its unbelievable.
The Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s biggest art festival spanning across 15 weeks and using the entire city as its canvas.
Every Biennial festival has an engaging theme and this year it’s ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ challenging the present social, economic and political position of countries all over the globe.
There will be a number of fascinating public artworks to check out in some unexpected places all over Liverpool and no less than 40 artists will be contributing to exhibitions in 15 different areas of the city.
Check out our guide to the Liverpool Biennial 2018 and find out what’s not to be missed.
Skyline Rooftop Cinema Party
There’s a severe lack of outdoor cinemas in the north of the UK and HUS have taken it upon themselves to remedy that issue.
On this particular occasion, you’ll find your attention is drawn to the huge cinema screen instead of the stunning skyline views. During the movie, HUS will provide free popcorn and once the final credits are rolling the afterparty will kick off with some smooth sax, a sunset and a few tasty cocktails.
HUS is taking movie night to another level this summer, just make sure you’ve got front row seats at this amazing Liverpool event.
Where: Various Liverpool venues
Summer in Liverpool wouldn’t be the same without a certain Brazilian festival bringing the city streets to life with colour and sound.
Join the crowds as Brazilica arrives in Liverpool and party with people will be dancing in the streets to the hypnotic beat of the drums and mesmerising samba processions.
Since its inception, Brazilica fest has been welcomed into the cities favourite venues for some memorable club nights, cultural workshops and the hotly anticipated Carnival Queen Competition.
Brazilica also invites people to get involved and learn more about Brazilian culture with live music performances from well known Brazilian Bands and displays from local samaba schools all over the city.
Beatles Tribute Cruise
Where: The River Mersey
Liverpool loves the musical legacy that The Beatles left behind and still today the city thrives from the tourist trade of Beatles fans that are attracted to the lads home town.
There’s another piece of Liverpool iconography that’s almost as well known as The Beatles, and that’s The Mersey Ferry and this summer the two will come together to form The Beatles Tribute Cruise.
In July, those who embark upon this special cruise night can enjoy live performances from celebrated Beatles tribute act; Paperback Writers.
Taking a cruise on the Mersey Ferry is the perfect way to see the World Heritage Waterfront, add the soundtrack of live Beatles hits into the mix and you’ll have a truly memorable experience of the city enjoying two of Liverpool’s great icons at once.
Ya Nan’s Big Quiz & Sing Along
Where: Camp and Furnace
Ya Nan’s Big Quiz has fast become a Liverpool institution, much like Bongo’s Bingo, Nans Quizzes are always a sell-out success.
And it’s little wonder as the host of the evening is a loveable, albeit slightly brash, Scouse Nan. Loved by plenty and feared by all, Nan commands the evening and leads her audience through her hilarious quiz antics.
Everything from on stage sing-offs, to group sing-alongs, dance breaks and “boss” prizes, makes Ya Nan’s Big Quiz one of the favourite Liverpool events on everybody’s calender.
So, pop along and say Iya Queen to everyone’s favourite Scouse Nan this July.
Gatsby Afternoon Tea
Where: Cunard House
“a little party never killed nobody”
We’ve found a Liverpool event where you can get you glammed up Gatsby style and enjoy an afternoon of roaring twenties themed fun at Gatsby Afternoon Tea in Cunard House.
The historic waterfront venue, Cunard Building, will be transformed into a haven of all things fabulous straight from the decade of decadence. Guests can enjoy tasty afternoon tea time treats, a glass of fizzy or two and live entertainment to really get the party going.
This is the first of many themed Liverpool events coming to Cunard House this year, so get your fringe on and flock to Gatsby Afternoon Tea for what is set to be an unforgettable occasion.
When: 21st – 22nd
Where: Sefton Park
No other city in the UK celebrates its musical heritage like we do in Liverpool and LIMF is one of the most amazing ways we do it.
A free festival that has become a must-attend event for residents and visitors of Liverpool alike, LIMF has something for all ages.
Perfect for a family day out or a long night dancing and singing with friends.
With kids zones full of free fun things for the little ones to get involved in and some of Liverpool’s well-loved regular street food traders, plus a mega line including headliners like Example, Trevor Nelson, Danny Rampling and Basement Jaxx, LIMF is the place to be this July in Liverpool.
One Night of Queen
Where: Empire Theatre
There’s one wish a certain generation of people share and that is to have seen Queen perform live.
For those of us who missed out on such an experience, the Empire Theatre is hosting the next best thing.
One Night Of Queen is a live concert that completely recreates the wonder that was Queen in their heyday. Formidable frontman Freddie Mercury is portrayed by the winner of Star in Their Eyes 2002, Gary Mullen who embodies the spirit and showmanship that made Freddie “Somebody to Love”.
Get your tickets to see a version of Queen that’s as close to the real thing as you are ever going to get.
Where: All over Liverpool
Every year Liverpool host a citywide celebration to highlight the importance of pride among the LGBTQ+ community.
Since 2010 Liverpool Pride festival has expanded and grown in popularity bringing every community together under one rainbow banner of love and acceptance.
The message this year is #AllTogetherNow, the title of a song that can mean something different to everyone who hears it and a Liverpool anthem on its own.
Join the party this July as Liverpool Pride Weekend will welcome gay icon Sophie Ellis Bextor to headline the Barclays Stage as well as the infamous Courtney Act, cast of Kinky Boots and Kylie tribute act Rogue Minogue.
Pride 2018 is promising to be an unforgettable Liverpool event as always.
Where: Cunard House
Doing their bit to bring the fun to Liverpool Pride Weekend, Cunard House is hosting a dragalicious affair; Drag Brunch.
Book your tickets to be involved in a one of a kind showcase of drag talent, family fun and games and an afternoon enjoying all the wonderful things associated with drag.
Expect to see some larger than life characters, enjoy some truly tasty food and, if you are a same-sex couple in love, be up for the chance of winning yourself a £10k dream wedding!
There are so many amazing Liverpool events to attend this summer, simply add your favourites to your calendar and keep your options open.
Our city knows how to make the most of the sunshine and July is just the start of a jam-packed year of spectacular Liverpool events. Stay tuned for more to come.