Top Southampton events of 2024

Southampton is jam-packed with events throughout the year. From music festivals and races to shows and celebrating history moments, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the city. We’ve rounded up some of the top events throughout the year so you can get planning now.

Reoccurring events

Carlton Place Market Facebook UGC May 2024

Carlton Place Monthly Market, Carlton Place (FREE & NEW!)

Held on the first Saturday of every month, browse a variety of outdoor market stalls in the city's newly pedestrianised area.

July

FANSTAND at Westquay: The Wimbledon Experience, 1 July - 14 July, the Esplanade (FREE)

This summer, Westquay is turning into your front row seat to the world's best sports! Catch the Centre Court action and cheer on the legends of the lawn as they battle it out for one of tennis' grandest titles.

SO:FRINGE Southampton Fringe Festival, 11th - 13th July, 6 venues

The inaugural festival has been created to showcase local artists with activity in 6 different venues including MAST Mayflower Studios, The Stage Door, Mettricks and Heartbreakers. 

Mela Festival, 13th July, Hoglands Park (FREE)

A colourful celebration modern and traditional Asian culture through music, dance, and family-friendly activities, showcasing performances by renowned artists from around the globe.

Light The South, 13 July – 12 September, Southampton (FREE)

Explore 30 individually designed lighthouse sculptures across Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

The Hundred, 24th July - 4th August, Utilita Bowl

See Southern Brave play across eight matches at Utiliia Bowl for the cricketing event of the year.

FANSTAND at Westquay: Official Olympics Team GB Fanzone, 26th July - 11th August, the Esplanade (FREE)

Celebrate every win and cheer on Team GB as you watch the world's elite athletes compete for Gold. Make sure you arrive early for the best seats.

People sat outside on grass enjoying live music at mela festival

August

Zyair Circus, 7th – 11th August, Hoglands Park

Enjoy thrilling performances under the big top from acrobats to stuntmen.

Southampton Pride, 24th – 25th August, Guildhall Square (FREE)

New for 2024, celebrate pride across two whole days! Full line-up is yet to be announced so make sure you keep an eye on their socials.

FANSTAND at Westquay: Official Paralympics GB Fanzone, 28th August - 8th September, the Esplanade (FREE)

Catch every moment of this year's Paralympics as GB athletes compete to take home Gold - right here on the big screen. 

Southampton Cocktail Week, 30th August - 8th September, City Centre

A week showcasing the city's vibrant cocktail scene, bringing you exciting experiences such as masterclasses, themed evenings, and exclusive cocktail creations.

Performer signing and wearing rainbow coloured jumpsuit Southampton Pride

September

Southampton International Boat Show, 13th – 22nd September, Mayflower Park

At this 54th edition of this annual event, expect water sports, food and drink, live music and of course – boats!

Craft Beer South, 14th September, The 1865

Enjoy a 15 the South's finest craft beer, real cider, sprits, and artisan wine, all while enjoying some live music and street food.

BBAM! Festival, 28th September, Guildhall Square (FREE)

An annual festival celebrating the vibrant tapestry of Black businesses, arts, and music in Southampton.

Chef Whites to Heels, 28th September, Utilita Bowl

A glitzy evening filled with Drag and Cabaret extravaganza featuring the sensational Rupaul Drag Race UK queens, The Belle of Brighton Pixie Polite from season 4, and Season 5 contestant, the Hollywood Starlet Kate Butch.

Music in the City, 28th - 29th September, city centre (FREE)

A weekend music festival celebrating diverse talents across a variety of unique venues throughout the city.

Person doing water sports at Southampton International Boat Show

October

Oktoberfest, 25th – 26th October, Guildhall Square

Grab your lederhosen and enjoy all things Bavarian with traditional foods, the world's best beers, and live entertainment.

Four people standing and smiling with drinks at Oktoberfest

November

Vegan Market, 2nd November, Guildhall Square (FREE)

Browse a fantastic selection of artisan bakes, street food, handmade cosmetics and more, all created by talented, sustainable businesses.

Remembrance Sunday Service, 10th November, Cenotaph and Guildhall Square (FREE)

Annual Sunday service and Military and Veterans parade to remember those that lost their lives or served in the war.

Countdown to Christmas, dates tbc, city centre (FREE)

Kick off the festive season with Southampton's annual light-switch on event. Enjoy a range of free entertainment for the whole family from roaming theatre acts to live bands.

Man playing keyboard and singing with headband and long furry coat

December

Christmas Market, November – December, city centre (FREE)

See the city centre transformed into a festive wonderland with glittering lights and alpine chalets with a range of thrilling rides, unique gifts, and food and drink.

Christmas Panto: Jack and the Beanstalk,14th December - 5th January, Mayflower Theatre

Kev Orkian, award-winning actor and comedian, and the incredible street dance sensations, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, are back this Christmas for a giant adventure up the beanstalk - fun for the whole family!

Ferris wheel lit up at night with christmas chalets and people

*Please note event information is correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change. Always check with the event organiser before attending.

Planning your visit

Are you visiting the city for one of these events, or another? Head to the Your Visit page for travel information or why not check our Itineraries page for inspiration of what else you can do in the city whilst you’re here.

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