10 Free Events For The Best August Bank Holiday Ever

Looking for something to do this bank holiday? We’ve got it covered.

In case you forgot, this Monday (28th of August) is a bank holiday and our final bank holiday of the summer. Luckily, despite our less-than-hot summer, the weather seems to have picked up over the last week, with a sunny forecast being predicted across the UK for the bank holiday. This means we can all enjoy a bit of sun for the last time before the autumn weather starts to creep in.

If you want something to do this bank holiday weekend but don’t have any money, don’t worry as there are plenty of fun free events this weekend if you want to do something fun on the last bank holiday of summer!

Free events this August bank holiday

1. Manchester Pride, Manchester

Manchester Pride falls on the bank holiday weekend which means it’s 3 days of fun celebrations. The parade is on Saturday, but events are running all weekend long. Just be sure to check before you head out, as train strikes could be impacting the weekend.

2. Notting Hill Carnival, London

Notting Hill Carnival has been a staple for the August bank holiday weekend since 1966 and this year the party is sure to be as big as ever, especially now there are no COVID restrictions that lead to the event being cancelled in both 2020 and 2021. The parade takes place on both Sunday and Monday and you can find more information here.

3. Bolton Food and Drink Festival, Greater Manchester

This weekend-long festival sees the city of Bolton host the finest food and live music to enjoy. This year the event is celebrating its 18th birthday which means the celebration is going to be bigger than ever, and with free entry, you can enjoy DJ sets, tasty food, cookery demos, and more.

4. Festival of Summer Liverpool, Merseyside

Held at the Royal Albert Dock, the Festival of Summer Liverpool has been hosting fun and free events all summer. Across the bank holiday weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy the vintage-style Sol cinema, the submarine sound station with live music and DJ sets, and Punch & Judy puppet performances.

5. Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, London

Meanwhile in South London, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival celebrates outdoor theatre, art, dance, and circus performances in public. This is a must for anyone who enjoys art or exhibitions to check out before the summer is over.

6. Sandwich Festival, Kent

This is a free three-day festival across the bank holiday weekend with live music, demonstrations and displays, market and craft stalls, and much more for visitors to enjoy in the historic town of Kent.

7. Victorian Vauxhall Festival, London

Another event happening in London over the bank holiday weekend is the Victorian Vauxhall Festival. If you want a taste of Victorian life, there will be a traditional funfair, circus events, and vintage games for visitors to enjoy.

8. Edinburgh Fringe, Lothian

The Bank Holiday weekend marks the end of Edinburgh Fringe, so now’s your chance to go! For comedy performances and shows, cabaret, music, and theatre it’s a great day out if you want to try something different this bank holiday.

9. Wembley Park Farmers Market, London

If you want to treat yourself to the finest artisan goods and fresh produce, Wembley Park Farmers Market is the place to go this bank holiday. With over 25 traders selling fresh homegrown goods to stock up on.

10. Leeds African and Caribbean Food Festival, Yorkshire

If you like to spend your bank holidays indulging in food, the Leeds African and Caribbean Food Festival is a must to visit. It’s not just food and drink (although that is a big part) but live music, crafting, and other fun events too, and will be taking place on Saturday if you want to check it out.

Don’t forget to check out all of our student discounts to help you save some money, whatever you choose to do this bank holiday weekend!