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18 Unmissable Liverpool events & attractions to see in 2018

Get your brand new diary ready and get these dates booked in because 2018 in Liverpool is going to be amazing!

From festivals to tall ships, live music, concerts, and brand new bars and restaurants, we’re going to be very busy in 2018 as the city prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Capital of Culture. Since our year in the spotlight we’ve continued to attract huge names in the world of entertainment and this is going to be a bumper year! Brand new events, thrilling action on the Mersey and festival to enjoy almost every month, here’s 18  unmissable events and attractions to see in 2018…..

1 – 10th Anniversary of Capital of Culture

Can you believe it’s been ten years since our beloved city put on a world class show as Capital of Culture? Well fasten your seatbelts because we’re about to celebrate our rich cultural history with another year long programme of events, with something for everyone. Watch out for the main announcement in the coming weeks, events include The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta in May, The Clothes Show in October and Tate Liverpool’s 30th Anniversary plus loads more. Click here for more info and start planning your days out.

2 – Wicked, Liverpool Empire

Multi award-winning West End and Broadway show, Wicked is returning to the Empire Theatre in March 2018 for a 4 week run and tickets have already been flying out! When the show came to Liverpool back in 2014, more than 68,000 of us bought tickets to watch this musical phenomenon that tells the story of the Witches of Oz. Keep your eyes peeled for Take That’s ‘The Band’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Shrek the Musical’ and more coming to the Liverpool Empire in 2018. More info here.

3 – LIMF 2018

Summer days are coming and that can only mean 1 thing, LIMF 2018! Following an incredible weekend featuring the world premier of Garage Classical to Cast headlining the Summer Jam main stage, LIMF 2017 was off the scale. Returning from 21st-22nd July at Sefton Park, Liverpool International Music Festival combines home-grown talent with international stars and stages a free, family festival for all. Watch all the action from last year, here.

4 – International Music at the Echo Arena

Our very own Echo Arena welcomes some super stars to the city in 2018 including Katy Perry who brings her ‘Witness’ Tour to Liverpool on 21st June. Also raising the roof this year is Paloma Faith, The Script, The Vamps, Nickelback, Jeff Lynne’s ELO and a celebration of 30 Years of Deacon Blue! Gotta love a bit of Dignity haven’t you? All the Echo Arena listings for 2018 are here.

5 – Sound City

The multi award-winning Sound City, one of Europe’s leading metropolitan festivals of music and arts, is returning to Liverpool for its 11th year in May 2018 and its back in the city centre for one hell of a party. Taking place across Spring bank holiday 5th-6th May, Sound City is incredibly proud to announce it will be taking over the iconic warehouses, intimate spaces, outdoor stages and pop-up places which form the renascent Baltic Triangle and Cain’s Brewery areas of the city. Check out the first 10 confirmed artists here.

6 – Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

There’s not one, but two chances to check out all things foodie (and a fair bit of drink too) as the Liverpool Spring Festival and Liverpool Food and Drink Festival return to Sefton Park in April and September respectively. Bringing together the very best in local independent food producers and retailers, live music, fun activities for the kids and a great atmosphere, we’ll be waiting for you at the bar! Book your festival tickets and get more info here. 

7 – Unforgettable Concerts

The Liverpool Philharmonic is renowned for it’s cult film screenings that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps and 2018 is no different. You can now book your tickets to watch, hear and feel some of the most famous movies ever made, right here in Liverpool. Book you tickets for Jaws in Concert, Beauty & The Beast in Concert and a superb family-friendly show ‘From Hamelin to Hogwarts’ to hear all your favourite songs played live in this stunning venue. Check out the 2018 listings here. You can also sing along to Disney’s Beauty & The Beast in a fabulous family-friendly event at St George’s Hall on 10th Feb 2018. More info here.

8 – Albert Dock Days

The Albert Dock is bursting with 2018 action from festivals and live music to food, museums, shopping and the thrilling finish line of the Clipper Round the Word Race which returns to the historic waterfront location in late July 2018. If all that wasn’t enough to keep visitors of all ages busy, Albert Dock is also welcoming a floating aqua park, Aqua Dock from May-October 2018 boasting a 92 metre assault course for hours of splashing fun. Click here to find out more.

9 – Reminisce Festival 2018

Reminisce Festival returns to Sherdley Park St Helens on 8th September and somehow, the 2018 line up and festival site will be even bigger and better than last year. We stuck our wellies on and glammed up to join our very own Lee Butler and more than 100 international DJ’s, live acts and thousands of dance fans for 12 hours of pure unadulterated raving and we can’t wait to do it all again this year. Click here to check out the early bird ticket scheme and get yer glow stick ready!

10 – Lacing Up

Liverpool is awash with running events and if you’re planning to get fit in the new year, this is the city of challenges. Sign up to Run for the 96, Run for Rhys, Santa Dash, Colour Run, Scouse 5K, Sefton Park 10k and 5k, weekly Park Run at Stanley, Princes’ or Croxteth Park. Take on the Tunnel 10k, the Liverpool Rock N Roll half and marathon or even lace up your trainies and take a stroll along the waterfront. Whatever distance you fancy a crack at, there’s a road race for you. Click here to check out our top challenge events and get ready to fun.

11 – The Randox Health Grand National, Aintree

Possibly the most glam weekend of the year goes to The Randox Health Grand National which this year falls on 12th-14th April. If you haven’t already got your tickets, get them now as the new year sees us scouse guys and girls start booking transport, days off work, nails, hair and lashes appointments
(that’s just the lads) as this huge event takes over the city. Who will win this year’s best dressed award? Which filly will in the greatest horse race in the world? And who will be nabbed by our man in the paddock Pete Price on the day? Click here to get your tickets now.

12 – Liverpool Pride

The city will be bathed in multi coloured light this summer as Liverpool Pride returns to celebrate all things LGBTQ+ right across the city region. After last year’s epic weekend of live music, street food and workshops at St George’s Hall, plus the incredible parade that made it way around the city centre, we can’t wait to find out more about what lies in store this for 29th-29th July 2018 to kick off our summer with a huge party. Click here to watch last year’s highlights.

13 – Brand New Bars for bevvies

Restaurants Liverpool

The city has welcomes countless new bars and eateries in the closing months of 2017 and the New Year brings even more. We’re chuffed to bits to hear that The Florist, the former Old Blind School on Hardman Street, is set to open in early 2018 and will deliver an uplifting experience for all guests that charms the senses with touches of vintage elegance! Sounds fab doesn’t it? We’re loving exploring Cain’s Brewery Village and it’s quirky venues such as The Tank Room, Tusk and the Peaky Blinders new gaff that’s bringing 1920’s hustle to the Baltic Triangle. More info on bars and pubs here.

14 – Creamfields

Are you ready for Creamfields 2018? August bank holiday weekend is best spent dancing around in the biggest adult playground in the north west and Creamfields knows how to nail it, year after year. With so many stages, tents, attractions, fairground rides and even a church, how else would you want to spend your extra day off work than recovering from an incredible weekend in the company of thousands of scousers having a ball? Click here to check out the first headliner announcement for Creamfields 2018 and get your tickets. 

15 – Farmageddon

How on earth does the team at Farmageddon manage to scare the living daylights out of us, year after year? And yet we still come back for more?! Having celebrated it’s 10th anniversary of being the number one scare attraction at Halloween, we can’t wait to head up to the farm for another round of zombie paintball and generally running for our lives again this October. Click here for all the behind the scenes goss from Farmageddon creator Mark Edwards.

16 – The Terracotta Army

LIVERPOOL WORLD MUSEUM

Liverpool World Museum is hosting a truly amazing exhibition in 2018, and you simply have to see it to believe it. Opening 9 February to 28 October 2018, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors featuring more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before. This landmark exhibition tells the story of the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings, to China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang’s rise to power and the legacy of his achievements in the succeeding Han Dynasty. Click here to get your tickets now.

17 – Festivals Fever Galore

Smithdown Road, Africa Oye, Liverpool Loves, Positive Vibrations, Threshold, River of Light, Mersey River Festival, Neighbourhood, Baltic Disco, Oktober Fest, St Helens Beer Festival, Christmas Ice Festival…..it’s safe to say we like a good festival in Liverpool don’t we? Now it’s early days so we’re 100% sure there will be even more events to be added to the list for 2018 and what better way to enjoy a weekend in the greatest city in the world than with your nearest and dearest? Check out the festival fun we had in 2017 here.

18 – The Feast of Fire at St George’s Hall

How amazing is this!? Renowned outdoor arts producers, Walk the Plank, who produced both the opening and closing celebrations for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Year in 2008, has announced its exciting return to the city with Feast of Fire at St George’s Hall, a sensational, seven-day spring celebration during Easter 2018, that will transform St John’s Gardens into a magical land of fire, music and art. Click here and find out more.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? Festivals? Bevs in the beer gardens? Brand new eateries and family days out? Send us your suggestions on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or drop us a line info@theguideliverpool.com

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