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Exciting events

In Southampton, diversity and culture is celebrated with events, live music, and festivals throughout the year.

Southampton is buzzing with a variety of exciting events, such as:

The annual Mela Festival celebrating Asian arts and culture. Held in Hoglands Park, this lively event features a rich tapestry of music, dance, and performances from across the South Asia. You can enjoy traditional and contemporary acts, sample delicious cuisines from various food stalls, and explore an array of arts and crafts. 

The Southampton Boat Show where maritime heritage and innovation meet. It's one of Europe's largest on-water boat festivals, showcasing luxury yachts and innovative marine technology. The event offers unique opportunities to test out watercraft, learn about boating innovations, and enjoy waterfront entertainment.

The annual Pride march in Southampton Guildhall Square

Southampton Pride parade, celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity and the city's warm and welcoming community. This vibrant event features a parade through the streets, filled with colourful costumes and music, highlighting the spirit of unity and acceptance. The festivities continue with live performances from local and national artists, drag shows, and inspiring speeches that promote equality and love.

And if you love music, you'll love Southampton. Our city is a hub for live music, hosting a variety of annual events that cater to diverse musical tastes. With a range of festivals springing up, you'll be sure to find something to suit your tastes – Southampton Jazz Festival, perhaps, or the Fake Festival's glorious celebration of cover acts.

The ABP Southampton Marathon is a highlight of the city's sporting calendar, drawing runners and spectators from all over. Held annually, this event features a full marathon, half marathon, and 10k race. Participants experience the thrill of running through the city's vibrant streets, past iconic sites like the medieval Bargate and over the challenging arc of the Itchen Bridge. The marathon fosters a strong community spirit, with enthusiastic crowds cheering on the runners, creating an electrifying atmosphere.

So, from music delights and thrilling races to shows and historical celebrations, there is always something for everyone to enjoy in the city.

To find out more about events in Southampton, Visit Southampton.