Where to spend May bank holiday in Birmingham

Whether you’re getting a culture fix, sipping cocktails or pulling shapes at a Star Wars disco, there’s plenty to do in Birmingham this bank holiday so take a look at some of our favourites.

Digbeth First Friday Artists and Makers Sale

Friday 4 May | Grand Union

Every Friday of the month, Digbeth First Friday (@digbethfirstfri) sees the whole area come alive with a variety of exhibitions, events, music, art and much more. This weekend, Grand Union gallery will be hosting a Spring Art Sale to showcase local artists as an establishment that ‘supports and presents innovative artistic and curatorial practice’. Get down and grab a bargain or two! Click here to find out more. 

VIP After Work Social 

Friday 4 May | Olivia’s Townhouse

Like the sound of bottomless drinks and nibbles courtesy of Gusto? Kick off your bank holiday in style at Olivia’s Townhouse. Expect live saxophone entertainment throughout the evening, alongside endless cocktails and fizz to see you from post-work drinks to a girls night out.  Click here to find out more.

1000 Trades Presents: Disco Strikes Back

Friday 4 May | 1000 Trades

Get down to 1000 Trades this Friday for an inter-galactic evening of dazzling disco fun. Keep your eyes peeled for a Chewbacca impression competition, a space piñata, plenty of lightsabers, a multitude of death star disco balls and (of course) some bangin’ disco tunes. And if all this wasn’t enough, The Vanguard will be putting on a special Star Wars menu, including Brewbacca, Supreme Leader Smoke and Java the Hut. Click here to find out more.

Brum Wing Fest

Saturday 5 May | Leveldigbeth

For the second year running, Taste and Liquor (@tasteandliquor) will be hosting a finger-licking chicken wing frenzy. Expect all type of flavours including BBQ, jerk, honey-glazed, lemon and tandoori, whatever your taste. Upon arrival you’ll receive a token; then simply browse the different vendors, taste along the way and at the end, give your token to your favourite vendor to reveal the ultimate wing champion by the end of the day. Click here to find out more. 

 Miss Black and Beautiful

MAC Birmingham | Saturday 21 April – Sunday 1 June

Just outside the city centre next to Cannon Hill Park, MAC (Midlands Art Centre) Birmingham is a versatile arts complex which has showcased some of the most diverse performances, plays, literature and exhibitions for the past 54 years. From 21 April – 1 June, a free exhibition of photographs taken by the late Raphael Albert, Miss Black And Beautiful will be on show to the public in the Arena Gallery, documenting numerous black British beauty pageants organised in the late 20th century. Click here to find out more.

Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k

Birmingham City Centre | Sunday 6 May

Whether you’re running yourself, supporting a loved one or simply spectating from the sides, the Great Birmingham 10k will be taking over the city centre this weekend. Starting on Jennens Road and going through Edgbaston, Cannon Hill Park and Digbeth, the race will be accompanied by a selection of music from all the decades to keep runners going. And for visitors, please ensure you plan your journey in advance as most of the city will be closed off! Click here to find out more.

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