Great things to do in Birmingham if you don’t celebrate Halloween

It’s the most spooky week of the year as a host of Halloween events are set to take over the city. But if Halloween just isn’t your thing, then don’t worry. From quiz nights to vintage markets and everything in between, here are the best things to see, do and discover in Birmingham.

*If Halloween is your thing, click here to see our round-up of the best thrilling events happening across the city.

Of Monsters & Men | O2 Academy | Monday

Of Monsters & Men bring their new tour to O2 Academy on Monday. Credit: Meredith Truax

Fancy kicking off the week with a bit of live music? Icelandic group Of Monsters and Men are heading to O2 Academy on Monday as part of their latest UK tour.

The Fever Dream Tour opened at the Olympia in Dublin on October 23 and also includes dates in Belfast, Newcastle, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham.

Best known for their tracks including Little Talks, Dirty Paws and King and Lionheart, Of Monsters & Men released their third album, Fever Dream earlier this year.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster now. Click here to book yours.

Speed Dating | Be at One Piccadilly Arcade | Tuesday

Be at One Piccadilly

Are you searching for the one? Or maybe you’re sick of Tinder or find dating a bit too awkward. Either way, this Tuesday Be at One is hosting its weekly speed dating session at its Piccadilly Arcade bar.

You’ll get four minutes with each person to chat and get to know each other, all while sipping on your choice of Be at One’s fantastic cocktail selection to ease your nerves.

To book your space, just email info@lovespeeddating.co.uk or click here for more information.

Friends Quiz Night | O’ Neill’s, Broad Street | Wednesday

Test your knowledge at the Friends Quiz

Do you know the lyrics to Smelly Cat like the back of your hand? Can you name all of Monica’s towels that she keeps? Know exactly how many sisters Joey has? Then you gather your pals and head to O’Neill’s on Broad Street this Wednesday for a quiz celebrating one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

Top prizes are up for grabs for those who are able to channel their inner Unagi. And who knows, you might even get your hands on the legendary Gellar Cup. Click here to book your tickets now and take part in The One Where You Answer All The Questions.

Friendly Fires | O2 Institute | Friday

Friendly Fires return to Birmingham on Friday (Image: Dan Wilton)

Following an eight-year hiatus, Friendly Fires gave fans the news that they’d all be waiting for – the release of their third album, Inflorescent. And after an incredible performance at Glastonbury, the trio is embarking out on their latest headline tour which is coming to O2 Institute on Friday.

Known for their hit singles including Jump in the Pool, Kiss of Life, Hawaiian Air and Live Those Days Tonight, final tickets for the gig are still up for grabs now. Click here to get yours.

CBSO: Friday Night Classics: Andrew Lloyd Webber | Symphony Hall | Friday

Phantom of the Opera, London, 2017, Credit: Johan Persson

Calling all Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, this one’s for you. This Friday, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is taking to the stage of the worldfamous Symphony Hall for a night of music that you simply won’t want to miss.

Celebrating some of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musicals of all time, CBSO Classics will feature music from Phantom of the Opera, Evita, The Woman in White and Sunset Boulevard.

A true celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal career, tickets for CBSO: Friday Night Classics are on sale now. Click here to book yours. And don’t forget, Phantom of the Opera is returning to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2020. Click here for more details.

Birmingham Film Festival | Millennium Point | Friday – November 10

Birmingham Film Festival is returning for its fourth year

Inject a bit of culture into your week. Birmingham Film Festival is back for its fourth year, and it’s bigger and better than ever before.

Taking place at Millennium Point from Friday until Sunday, November 10, this year’s festival brings a host of fantastic screenings to the Second City, featuring an array of shorts, features, documentaries, and music videos, with the aim of not just putting Birmingham on the international map, but giving creators a chance to share their work far and wide.

Alongside screenings, you can also catch a range of seminars and workshops, which will be a fantastic opportunity and tool for anyone looking to further their career in the industry.

For more information, a full list of screenings and to book your tickets, click here to visit the Birmingham Film Festival website.

Vintage & Street Food Market | Custard Factory | Sunday

On the lookout for a bargain? The Custard Factory is hosting a huge vintage market this Sunday, complete with delicious street food. With items ranging from the 1940s – 1990, you’ll find some incredible vintage pieces all under one roof at incredible prizes. Running from 11am4pm, entry costs £2.50 and under 12s go free!

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