The best things to do in Birmingham this weekend

From burger festivals to cocktails, you won’t be bored in Birmingham this weekend.

Birmingham Literature Festival

Birmingham City Centre, Oct 4 – Oct 14

If you’re looking to be inspired this weekend, the October Literature festival is the place for you. With thought-provoking events spread across different venues within Birmingham’s city centre, the festival will showcase exceptional books alongside writers from the UK and abroad. A great place to celebrate the most up-and-coming writers alongside well-established talents, audiences can look forward to experiencing a vast range of people from chef and writer Nigel Slater to journalist Caitlin Moran.

Expect author talks, writing workshops and new book launches alongside performances. With over 40 events throughout October, this will be more than enough to satisfy your literature craving, starting this weekend!

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The Three Degrees

The Jam House, Thursday 4 Oct

Ticketed Event

Get ready for a night of soul with The Three Degrees performing at The Jam House in Jewellery Quarter. More than three decades on, the group continue to dazzle with their vocal qualities and choreography performance. The line-up now consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool.

So why not celebrate the end of the working week a day early and enjoy iconic hits from “When Will I See You Again” and “Giving Up, Giving In”. Tickets start from £10 per ticket or you can make an evening of it with a dinner and show ticket for £40pp.

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Apple and Cider Day

Blakesley Hall, Sunday 7 Oct 

11:00am to 4:00pm – £1 Admission

Get one of your five-a-day at Blakesley Hall’s annual celebration of the apple as you learn about the history of how the apple was used in Tudor times and take part in the Apple Trail.

You can also sample a range of ciders from Birmingham-based breweries or enjoy entertainment from the Glorishears of Brummagem Morris dancers and storytelling from Mark Vance. This is a great event to get the whole family out and about and to get rid of those Sunday blues.



MAC Birmingham Theatre, Sunday 7 Oct

5:00pm – Ticketed Event

Akaar showcases an evening of wonder and performance, featuring guest artists from the region as well as students from local groups and communities. The Sonia Sabri Company will present a performance inspired by Eastern and Western cultures creating an inspiring fusion of cultural dance at the Midlands Art Centre (MAC).

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Birmingham Oktoberfest

Eastside City Park, Oct 4 to Oct 7

Ticketed Event

Experience a day of Bavarian culture in the Eastside City Park in the centre of Birmingham. Oktoberfest will showcase a giant, fully decorated tent for 1,400 people. Inside you can try a range of authentic German beer and food. Filled with live music and a fun atmosphere; this is a great alternative to your traditional Sunday lunch.

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Ted Baker Warehouse and Sample Sale

The Custard Factory, Oct 5 to Oct 7

£1 Admission (cash only)

Need to update you wardrobe? The Custard Factory is hosting a Ted Baker sample sale filled with a range of amazing clothes at discounted prices. There is an admission of £1 which will be donated to Isabel Hospice. This is the ideal place to start your Christmas shopping or to treat yourself!


Autumn Market: Burger Fest

Digbeth, Saturday 6 Oct

12:00pm to 6:00pm, Ticketed Event

This Saturday, Autumn Markets present the first Burger Festival of its kind in Birmingham. This is a day filled with some of the city’s best burger companies for a one day urban festival at the Bond Company in Birmingham. ‘The Patty Freaks’, ‘Baked in Brick’ and ‘Buddha Belly’ are just a few of the exciting names announced at the festival.

Alongside burgers, there will be a range of sensational entertainment with a programme of live music and DJ sets all day. This is a great way for the whole family to experience amazing food, with free entry for under 12s as well as plenty of free kids entertainment. Standard tickets are just £6.50 or get an early bird ticket for £5.00.

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Be At One Opening

Friday 5 Oct

Brindleyplace Water’s Edge

Want to celebrate making it to the weekend? The much-anticipated Be At One cocktail bar is opening its second site in Birmingham, bringing a new flair to Brindleyplace. This is perfect for any cocktail enthusiast or if you’re looking for a great night out.

To mark the opening, Be At One will also be bringing a sense of extravagance to Brindleyplace, ranging from a cocktail- themed Photo Booth to a karaoke van filled with cocktail-themed songs.

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