Music festivals and events happening near Liverpool in 2023 - including The 151st Open and On the Waterfront

Glastonbury may be over but there are many incredible festivals set to take place a little closer to home.
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This year has been pretty exciting already, with Liverpool playing host to Eurovision, Africa Oye taking over Sefton Park, and thousands of scousers enjoying the highly anticipated Glastonbury festival.

But fear not, there are many more incredible events yet to happen near Liverpool this year, from the Open to a wide range of music festivals, including the much anticipated Africa Oye festival.

What’s on in Liverpool and Merseyside this Summer

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The 151st Open: The Open returns to Hoylake this July, for the first time since 2014. Taking place on July 20 - 23, thousands of people will descend on the Royal Liverpool Golf Course, for the huge sporting event. It will place Wirral in the spotlight, and is expected to have great economic benefits to the area.

Music festivals: The next festival to take is Liverpool Soul Weekender, followed by On the Waterfront at Pier Head.

  • Liverpool Soul Weekender: June 23 - 25.
  • On the Waterfront: June 29 to July 2.
  • Save The Rave: Outdoor 90’s Festival: July 22.
  • Liverpool Disco Festival: August 19.

We also have a full guide to festivals near Liverpool, including Creamfields North.

Other events

Formby Food, Drink & Music Festival: The annual festival will take place at Duke Street Park on Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 30, with a range of Artisan stalls and live music.

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Liverpool Pride: Full details are yet to be announced but, Liverpool Pride is set to return this year on Saturday July 29, at the Pier Head. The city will host the event jointly with KyivPride, as major events are currently not allowed in the Ukrainian capital.

Liverpool Theatre Festival: Liverpool Theatre Festival at St Luke’s will run at the start of the school Summer holidays from Thursday 20 July to Sunday July 30. The new dates also mean that a fantastic programme of family shows will be included.

Southport Flower Show: The much-anticipated Flower Show will return to Victoria Park, between August 17 and 20. Expect spectacular show gardens, stunning floral displays, specialist food and chef demonstrations, as well as the chance to see some incredible celebrity guests.

Southport Air Show: The Red Arrows will take to the skies over Merseyside again this September as The Southport Airshow returns with a jam-packed line up to impress aviation fans.