34 exciting things to do in Brighton this April

The days are getting longer, the weather’s starting to buck up (very slowly), and winter blues are way behind us now.

The calendar’s starting to fill up with all sorts of fun – foodie events, music, film, festivals – so don’t be an April Fool and keep these dates for your diary.

Apr 1: Old Tree Café to open at Field Brighton – On the lookout for some free tasters of botanical drinks? The Old Tree Brewery will be extending from the SILO kitchen on Upper Gardener Street and taking root at Field at Preston Barracks from April 1 for the whole month. If you didn’t know, the Field project provides a space for groups from Brighton & Hove’s diverse entrepreneurial community to use. Old Tree is a drinks producing enterprise that contributes to earth regeneration, so head along and show them your support! (Friday 1 April, Preston Barracks, BN2 4GL, more info).

Apr 1: Issac At April Fool’s dinner – Have you checked out Isaac At yet? It’s a restaurant and food event. This April 1, Isaac and his team of chefs will be creating a five course seasonal tasting menu. All guests to arrive between 7pm and 7.20pm, and the dining experience will go on until 10:30pm. Book your spot at buff.ly/1pZUNJW . (Fri 1 April, £45, 2 Gloucester Street, Brighton, BN1 4EW, more info).

Apr 1: Maw Pop-up – Get ready for Maw Pop-up, which will be opening its doors in the heart of the Brighton lanes from April 1, initially open on Thursday to Saturday evenings. Get along to try some of creative mixtures of seasonal flavours. (From Friday 1 April, 14 Brighton Square, Brighton, BN1 1HD, more info).

Apr 1: Dream Wife – The Brighton ‘poolside pop with a bite’ band will be performing at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar from 11am until 4am with free entry. (Friday 1 April, 9-12 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL, more info).

From Apr 1: Eddie the Eagle – Celebrate a genuine British hero with this new film looking at the rise of 80s Olympian, Eddie the Eagle Edwards. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman star, and we said it’s “a thoroughly enjoyable feel-good movie that will have you laughing, crying and punching the air in equal measure.” (Various cinemas)


April 2: Tru Thoughts presents Sonic Switch – Get set for a five hours DJ set from DJ Robert Luis this April, playing everything from Bass to Hip Hop to Jungle to Disco to Boogie. Free entry, open 11pm until 4am. (Saturday 2 April, Green Door Store Brighton, Lower Good Yard, Brighton Train Station, BN1 4FQ, more info).

Apr 2: Pout Presents: I Love the Gay ‘80s – Get ready for Pout’s awesome next party at Komedia, at which JUMP will be performing some of the ‘80s greatest hits. (Saturday 2 April, £10, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN, more info).

Apr 3: NT Encore: As You Like It – Missed the National Theatre Live showing of As You Like It? Catch the encore at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse at 1.30pm. (Sunday 3 April, from £8, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4NA, more info).

Apr 4 – 5: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Make sure you catch this Shakespeare favourite while it’s on at The Old Market. Love squares and fairy mischief abounds. Both performances start at 8pm. (Monday 4 April to Tuesday 5 April, from £10, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS, more info).

Apr 5: Alfred Hitchcock’s Veritgo – The Duke of York’s Picturehouse is showing Hitchcock’s multi-layered portrait of obsession on the big screen so you can fully appreciate the visual brilliance of the film. Screening starts at 10.30am. (Tuesday 5 April, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4NA, more info).

Apr 7: Tap takeover – BRTN Beer Dispensary will be hosting a tap takeover this April! Wylam Brewery will be down for the takeover, and beer lovers will also have the opportunity to meet the brewer. (Thursday 7 April, 38 Dean Street, Brighton, BN1 3EG).

Apr 8: Careless Sons – The indie pop and rock lads will be heading to The Prince Albert this month to get your toes tapping. Performance starts at 7pm. (Friday 8 April, £6 online, 48 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ED, more info).

Apr 8: Ska punk at Bleach – Get ready for an evening of ska punk shenanigans at Bleach, as The Bar Stool Preachers are launching their new album, supported by Popes of Chillitown and Millie Manders. (Friday 8 April, 75 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JF, more info).

Apr 10: Aldous Harding – Fan of New Zealand’s Gothic/Acid Folk songstress? Now’s your chance to see the haunting Aldous Harding at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton. Kicking off at 8pm. (Sunday 10 April, £8.63 online, 14-17 Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF, more info).

Apr 11- 12: Twelfth Night at The Old Market – Shakespeare’s tale about shipwrecked twins is heading to Brighton’s Old Market this April. Both performances kick off at 8pm. (Monday 11 April to Tuesday 12 April, from £10, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS, more info).

Apr 12: The 400 Blows – François Truffaut’s first feature film, which came out in 1959, tells the story of a 13 year old’s odyssey through family life and reform school. If you’re interested in the history of cinema, this film is an important one to catch at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse due to its seminal importance to the medium. (Tuesday 12 April, from £6, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4NA, more info).

Apr 13: Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant – Funmbi will be bringing his critically acclaimed sell out debut show to Komedia, kicking off at 8pm on April 13. (Wednesday 13 April, £11, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN, more info).

Apr 14: The Island Club – Looking for some synth-pop to have a dance to? Check out The Island Club as they headline The Prince Albert this April. Gig starts at 8pm. (Thursday 14 April, £6.00 online, 48 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ED, more info).

Apr 14: Seth Troxler – DJ Seth Troxler is set to host his first Brighton gig in almost two years at The Arch, Brighton’s independent underground music venue. Kicks off at 10pm. (Thursday 14 April, from £12, 187-193 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB, more info).

Apr 15: Coffee Tasting at Moksha Caffé – Coffee lovers rejoice, Moksha Caffé on York Place will be hosting a coffee tasting, guiding you through some of the finest single origin coffees from Columbia and Guatemala and serving up a selection of nibbles to accompany the coffee. All profits from the ticket sales will go to Project Waterfall. Part of UK Coffee Week. (Friday 15 April, £10, 4-5 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU, more info).

Apr 15: Wahaca opens – Long awaited, much salivated after, Wahaca is finally opening in Brighton this April. Get ready for some seriously delicious Mexican grub. Bring on the tacos and tequila! (Friday 15 April, 160-161 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EZ, more info).

Apr 16: Hattie Briggs at The Marwood – Check out the wonderful, soulful Hattie Briggs, who will be performing at The Marwood this month. Performance runs from 7pm until 11pm. (Saturday 16 April, £9.05 online, 52 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF, more info).

Apr 16- 17: Power to the People at the 99% Festival – Two days of live performances, speakers and debate bringing together people, groups and artists as part of a weekend of action, as well as the Brighton after party for the national March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education in London. (Saturday 16 April to Sunday 17 April, from £5, The Synergy Centre, 78 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RA, more info).

Apr 22: ‘80s vs ‘90s Party – Take a trip down memory lane at The Funky Fish Club at Brighton, with free entry all night. Event kicks off at 10pm. (Friday 2 April, 19-23 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL, more info).

Apr 24: Polgon Pop-up supper club – MasterChef 2015 finalist Tony Rodd will be hosting a Brighton supper club at H.en Restaurant, featuring dishes such as chorizo, parmesan and rosemary, trout, crab and watercress, and chocolate, strawberry and basil. (Sunday 24 April, £38.50 for four courses, H.en Restaurant, 87-88 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ER, more info).

Apr 24: Record Fair at Komedia – Browse thousands of records to find the best vinyl bargins and collectors’ items. There’ll be specialist sellers of reggae, rock, punk, soul, jazz and blues. (Sunday 24 April, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN, more info).

Apr 28: Richard III plus Satellite Q&A with Ian McKellen – Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Duke of York’s Picturehouse is showing the 1995 version of Richard III, which is set in the 1930s. Followed by the post screening discussion between star Ian McKellen and director Richard Loncraine, broadcast live from BFI Southbank. (Thursday 24 April, from £8, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4NA, more info).

Apr 28: Shazia Mirza: The Kardashians Made Me Do It – Shazia Mirza is heading to Komedia to talk life, love and Jihadi brides this month. Show kicks off at 8pm. (Thursday 28 April, £12, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN, more info).

Apr 30: Brighton Craft Fair – Something for the makers, the stitchers, the knitters, and the art lovers of Brighton – Brighton Craft Fair will be running from 10am until 4.30pm, selling and exhibiting unique handmade arts and crafts. Free entry. (Saturday 30 April, Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF, more info).

Apr 30: Hundred Watt Club – The Hundred Watt Club will be bringing an evening of burlesque and cabaret to The Old Market. Put on your best vintage frock or suit and enjoy an evening inspired by the glorious heydays of variety entertainment, kicking off at 8pm. (Saturday 30 April, from £12, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS, more info).

Apr 30: Adonis Cabaret at Pryzm – Yummy food, photographs, strippers, drag queens, comedians – Adonis Cabaret is the best show for hen weekends, birthday parties, or just a girly night out! All tickets must be booked in advance. (Saturday 30 April, £39.20, Pryzm, Kingswest, Brighton, BN1 2RA, more info).

Apr 30 – May 1: Brighton Tattoo Convention – The tattoo curious, enthusiasts and collectors are welcome at the 9th annual Brighton Tattoo Convention. Not only will there be 285 of the world’s greatest tattoo artists, but there’ll be loads of independent traders selling everything tattoo related, as well as a band of barbers flying in across the world for The Barber Expo. (Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May, £25 for the day or £40 for the weekend, Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR, more info).

Apr 30 – May 2: Foodies Festival – Held on Brighton Hove Lawn, the UK’s largest food festival will be returning to Brighton Hove Lawns for its 7th consecutive years. Michelin starred chefs cooking, wine, beer and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre, a Vintage Tea Room, and a Children’s Cookery Theatre. (Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May, from £11, Hove Lawns, Hove, more info).

Apr 30 – January 8 2017: Fashion Cities America – Fashionistas! The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion is opening at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Check out the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city. (Saturday 30 April to Sunday 8 January 2017, Museum admission fee, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE, more info).

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