What’s going on in Birmingham this week?

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It looks like the sun isn’t going anywhere just yet. It’s the perfect time to go outside in the city or hide away from the heat at one of the many indoor events this week. 

Gin in the City | Various Venues (27, 28, 29 July)

Everyone’s new favourite tipple is getting its first trail in Birmingham. This weekend, you can purchase a £10 wristband that will give you access to over 40 venues, free tasting events, and a selection of guided tours. You can taste a classic G&T or a gin-inspired cocktail, mixed with flavours from across the world. 

Drink responsibly, as the tour is self guided, and you’ll have to travel between three dedicated ‘zones’ in the city. We advise that you bring a friend (or three) to help you along the way. 

Brum and Beyond | The Print Room, King’s Heath (Until 28 July)

Birmingham-based photographer Verity Milligan is hosting her second exhibition, which is currently taking place at The Print Room in King’s Heath. 20 never-before-seen images will be on display, capturing the urban sprawl and pastoral landscapes of the second city. Verity delights in taking shots in unusual locations, which means that you’ll see the city from a fresh perspective. The exhibition is free and a great chance to support an emerging local artist.

The Juke Launch | King’s Heath (27 July)

It’s time to try out the new kid on the block. This weekend, The Juke is hosting a launch party for the new bar and restaurant. Inspired by the bands who played at the legendary Ritz Ballroom in the 60s, this event will come alive with classic songs and lesser-known tracks from the era. 

The Juke has an open kitchen with rotating residents, kicking off with Pietanic’s selection of pies. Also on offer will be a range of craft beers and ale, as well as fair trade coffee and organic spritz.

MADE Festival | Perry Park (28 July)

MADE Festival is entering a ‘new, more colourful chapter’ in its story. Now in its fifth year, the festival will relocate from Digbeth to the open green space of Perry park – the centre point of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Headliners include Dizzee Rascal on the main stage, as well as a whole host of DJ sets and live performances from a red double-decker bus. Of course, there will be street food vendors on hand to fuel you throughout the day. You can also find street art, installations, and demonstrations at the festival, which is strictly for over-18s. 

Shock & Gore Festival | The Electric Cinema (27 July – 5 August)

If you’re feeling a little more vampirish and want to retreat away from the sun, The Electric Cinema is hosting its annual Shock & Gore Festival. Expect horror classics such as Carrie, as well as hidden gems from the fringes of cinema. 

Later on in the festival, there will be a Silence of the Lambs eat-along and you can catch Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, which will be screened atop the Rotunda building. This week, you can attend the Buffy & Angel Crossover Shindig, the Night of the Living Dead party night, and watch a collection of shorts on Sunday 29. 

Biking for Beers | Gorilla Coffee Cafe (28 July)

Want to stay fit, drink beer, and raise money for charity? You can do all three at once with Biking for Beers, the annual brewery bike tour which raises money for mental health charity Mind. As part of Birmingham Beer Week 2018, you’ll be led on a 16-mile bike tour, including beer tasting from the brewer at each stop. 

Safe drinking is encouraged, as you’ll be cycling through parks, along canals, and through small and winding roads so saddle up for a day of bikes and drinking in the sun. 

Paint and Sangria Party | El Borracho de Oro, Harbourne (24 July) 

Drinking and cycling is one way of doing things, but we don’t all possess the stomach (or the alcohol tolerance) to survive a 16-mile bike ride with a beer in hand. Why not swap the bike for a paintbrush? El Borracho de Oro is hosting a Paint and Sangria Party this Tuesday.

The session will be led by artists from the local area, who specialise in Art Entertainment. All art supplies are included in the price – and you can take the canvas away with you to hang on your wall at home. All abilities are welcome, but with a glass of sangria, anyone can feel like a pro. 

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