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Brighton’s edgy, party reputation with its diverse cultural, music and arts scene, is the perfect backdrop to a variety of festivals hosted in the town known as ‘London by the Sea’. From food and music to comedy and theatre, Brighton festivals cater for all tastes. Here is our pick of the hottest Brighton festival tickets this May.


The Brighton Festival charity event is a mainstay of the festival calendar, running from 6th through to 28th May 2023.  This year’s Festival Guest Director is the renowned musician, DJ and broadcaster, Nabihah Iqbal.

A whole host of activities and events are taking place under the umbrella of this exciting event, encompassing every genre from family friendly theatre to exciting music events and club nights.  Tickets are priced to suit all budgets and concessions, including a special ‘£10 and under’ event section.  Accessibility to all events is guaranteed in the inclusive schedule of performances.  Take a look at the full programme for more details.

Tickets are available to book here. Special £10 festival standby tickets are also available (in person, at the venue, just before show start times - restrictions apply).  Or why not take advantage of the ‘pay it forward’ option by paying an extra £5 for your ticket which goes towards a free ticket for someone else!

Brighton Festival

Photo credit: Brighton Festival


Brighton’s Foodies Festival runs over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 29th April to 1st May at Preston Park from 11am - 9pm (Sat/Sun) and 11am - 8pm (Bank Holiday Monday).

Bring the whole family – including the dog, who is welcome on short lead – and enjoy the pop up street food vendors, a live music stage with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scouting for Girls and Martin Kemp headlining, chef food and drink theatres, kids cookery workshops and an artisan market.

Goodie bags cost £5 on the day with advance tickets, including concessions, available here.  Carers go for free.

Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton BN1 6SD

Foodies Festival

Brighton Fringe

Brighton Fringe is proud to be the largest arts festival taking place in England. This festival is open to absolutely anyone that would like to put on an event, at a venue of their choice, upon paying the registration fee: more details are available from the Participant Information Pack

Come and enjoy a diverse variety of events, performances and workshops.  The Fringe supports a number of year round workshops, mentoring and bursary programmes outside of the festival itself, working with worldwide networks to support touring performers.

A full programme of events and details of how to purchase the best ticket for you is available here.

Brighton Fringe