What’s On in Birmingham: Autumn 2022

A round-up of gigs, shows and, of course, the Commonwealth Games, bringing visitors to Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM 2022 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Perry’s Trail

With 17 physical statues and eight digital avatars to find, Perry’s Trail encourages families to get active during the Commonwealth Games and follow the trail around Birmingham to find Perry the Bull, the Games mascot.

The trail, in aid of Sport Relief, will give you the opportunity to participate in fun exercises, see Birmingham’s sites and soaking up the atmosphere of the Games. ​

​Sport Relief, United by 2022 and the Commonwealth Sport Foundation have teamed up as official charity partners to celebrate an incredible summer of sport at Birmingham 2022.

Visit https://www.birmingham2022.com/perrys-trail to download the trail map.

Victoria Square Festival Site

Victoria Square will be the beating heart of the city centre Festival Sites, where you can watch the sporting action, join in with Sunrise Stretch Sessions, or bring the family in for a dance off with Perry. The stage in Victoria Square will be alive with the sounds of Birmingham so you can drop in to listen to artists and performers,  whilst enjoying food and drink provided by Colmore BID cafes, bars and restaurants.

Working with Birmingham’s independent music organisations and programmers, the Festival will showcase over 150 of the region’s best musicians, giving us more than 60 hours of local live music here during the Games.

The Key to the City

The Key to the City is traditionally given by a City Council or Mayor to a hero or dignitary, symbolising that they have the freedom of the city.

This Key to the City belongs to all of us – not just the chosen few – and we can award it among ourselves for any reason we choose.

For ten weeks this summer, be one of the thousands of Brummies to award someone the Key to the City – a ceremonial honour – but also a physical Yale key that will enable the recipient to explore private and intriguing places and spaces around the city that they might not have happened on before.

A Celebration of Birmingham City Transport Buses
Transport Museum Wythall
Until October

Transport Museum Wythall present a new exhibition for 2022 celebrating the life and times of Birmingham City Transport buses. The city owned and operated most of the buses in Birmingham until 1969, each proudly wearing the coat-of-arms on the distinguished colours of dark blue and cream.

A BSL Community Chorus – Your Love Lifts Me Up
Cedar Church
Until 30 September
Various locations

There are over 5,000 Deaf children in the West Midlands and 32 million worldwide. For the Birmingham 2022 Festival, local artist collective Friends Of Cedar Church have worked with staff and pupils of Longwill School For Deaf Children to ambitiously orchestrate and provide an uplifting community song to celebrate British Sign Language (BSL) as a major language in Birmingham, a City of Languages, and across the world. The aim is to empower Deaf children by teaching signing through singing across whole communities.

Ceremony: Pop comes to Campus
University of Birmingham Music and Concerts
Until 28 October, 9am- 7pm
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

This exhibition reveals and celebrates the University’s role in local and international music culture, using unearthed posters, photographs and archive material. 

WHAT’S ON AT BIRMINGHAM PERFORMANCE VENUES

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

August 2-6

The Cher Show

August 6

It’s Carnival

August 9-27

Les Miserables

August 19-28

To The Streets!

August 30-September 3

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

September 13-17

The Color Purple

September 27-October 2

Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders 2022

October 4-15

Sister Act

UTILITA ARENA

August 20

Diljit Dosan JH

August 23 (rescheduled)

Paw Patrol Live

August 29

Neha Kakkar

September 2

Arcade Fire, the WE tour

September 9

Babbu Maan

September 10

Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt… More

September 10-11

Birmingham International Tattoo 2022

September 11

Professor Brian Cox Live

September 14

Dr Jordan B. Petterson: Beyond Order

September 16-17

Joe Lycett More, More, More!

September 22

George Ezra

September 24

Andrea Bocelli

October 1-2

Jaffa Trampoline & Tumbling British Championships

October 4

Machine Gun Kelly

THE ALEXANDRA

August 25-27

Fame – Stage Experience

September 4

Foy Vance – Signs of Life Tour

September 6-10

Derren Brown: Showman

September 11

The ELO Experience

September 13-17

Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical

September 25

Luther – The Luther Vandross Experience

September 27-October 1

South Pacific

October 5

The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight

October 6

The Dreamboys

October 7

80s Live

October 8

Mercury – The Ultimate Queen Tribute

October 9

Pink Martini

October 12

Steve Steinman’s Anything for Love – The Meat Loaf Story

October 14

The Sensational 60s Experience

B:MUSIC (TOWN HALL / SYMPHONY HALL

August 28-29, Town Hall

Peppa Pig: My First Concert

July 30, Symphony Hall

Joe Jackson

August 2, Symphony Hall

CBSO: Happy Birthday John Williams!

August 3-5, Symphony Hall

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

August 23-28, Town Hall

Zog and the Flying Doctors

September 1, Symphony Hall

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Season 3 Tour

September 3, Symphony Hall

Massed Male Voices of Cornwall

September 4, Symphony Hall

Got 2 Sing Choir 10th Anniversary Celebratory Concert

September 6, Symphony Hall

Tavares

September 6, Town Hall

Vir Das: Wanted

September 7, Symphony Hall

Tim Peake: My Journey to Space

September 8, Symphony Hall

Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael

September 8-10, Town Hall

Fame UK Reunion 2022

September 12, Town Hall

Justin Hayward

September 12, Symphony Hall

Agnes Obel

September 13, Symphony Hall

Chris de Burgh & Band

September 14, Symphony Hall

Don McLean: 50th Anniversary of American Pie

September 15, Symphony Hall

David Essex

RESORTS WORLD ARENA

August 26

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

September 10-11

Birmingham International Tattoo 2022

October 5-9

Horse of the Year Show 2022

October 14 (rescheduled)

James Taylor

October 15-16

Robbie Williams

October 23

Billy Idol & Television plus support from Toyah

THE NEC

August 18-21

The Festival of Quilts

August 26-29

Insomnia Gaming Festival

September 4-7

Autumn Fair

September 4-7

Moda

September 6-8

IMHX

September 14-15

The Contamination & Geotech Expo

September 14-15

The Flood Expo

September 17-20

The Photography Show

September 20-22

The Print Show

September 23-25

A Place in the Sun Live

September 23-25

Arnold Sports Festival UK 2022

September 23-25

The National Wedding Show