Bid farewell to summer in style.

From pints to pumpkins, sun cream to selection boxes and dining al fresco to fireworks, it isn’t long before we enter beautiful Autumn. Goodbye’s are never easy but with this list you might just feel like you did it justice. From family friendly pirate festivals to Oktoberfest and the odd food festival in between, be prepared to take September by storm.

Spend The Afternoon At The Calderstones Courtyard Fair

Join us for a bumper day of family-friendly fun as we team up with The Reader to celebrate heritage, craft and community in the beautiful Calderstones Courtyard on September 9th. As part of the celebrations we are absolutely delighted to be hosting a makers market in one of Liverpool’s most beautiful parks. The jam-packed schedule also includes: free introduction to Shared Reading sessions, a chance to see the Calder Stones and Mansion House up close, free family sessions with The Storyhunters at The Storybarn and activities including The Big Children’s Book Swap (bring a book to swap) and knitting workshops. There’s also pooch pampering, a bouncy castle, an ice cream parlour and more. More here.

Cheers The Roof And Your Glasses At Our Oktoberfest

Steins, brines and bloody good times. From 28th September-1st October Merseyside meets Munich on a street in Baltic Triangle. We’ll be converting the Baltic Market into a haven of hot dogs, beers by the stein and German camaraderie. Dust off your lederhosen, pull up a seat and raise your beers with us to good times. We’ve got hot dog perfectionists Meet Frank cooking up a storm, a local Liverpool beer tent and lots of live music. Tickets are just £5 on the door, more info here.

Laugh Until It Hurts At Liverpool Comedy Festival

Top comedians from around the UK will be descending on Liverpool for 2 weeks to turn the funniest city in the UK into the funniest city across the world! They will be complemented by the very best of home-grown Scouse talent for a fabulously funny fortnight hosted in a city well known for its comedy (and elegant accent). From September 15th to 1st October expect sore bellies and funny nights. More here.

Eat Your Body Weight in Cake At The LEAF Pudding Club

LEAF Pudding Club celebrates our love of the sweet stuff, not just for one or two courses, but five! All of our puddings are homemade, and it wouldn’t be a LEAF Pud Club without it all being washed down and topped off with a perfectly matched cup of tea. Unfortunately, we are not able to cater for any dietary requirements for Pudding Club. Seating is in long banquet-style tables. All seating is unreserved; if you’re with a large group we recommend arriving early. Please note that for the cocktail option you will be served five cocktails, containing one unit of alcohol. More here.

Over Indulge At The 10th Year Anniversary Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

Every foodie has this weekend marked down in their calendar. The best of Liverpool’s effervescent food and drink scene congregate in Sefton Park for a weekend of food, drink and more food and drink. On the 16th and 17th September the park will be turned into “foodie heaven” for the tenth year running and you just can’t miss it. Hopefully this year they’ll have a mattress area you can nap off all that food. More info here, we will have a special discount code off all tickets very soon. 

Fire Up The Cannons At The Liverpool Pirate Festival

‘Shiver me timbers’, the free family friendly Pirate Festival on the docks will be returning this year on September 16th and 17th. There’ll be sword fighting, musketry and cannon fire, shanties and storytelling, free face painting and activity workshops, plus a spectacular ship-to-ship pirate battle across Albert Dock. Discover how people lived in the days when pirates terrorised the high seas and come aboard the pirate brigantine Zebu and learn the amazing true stories behind some of the real life pirates from legend. More here.

Get Yourself The New Independent Liverpool Card

Shameless self plug alert. Did you know the new Independent Liverpool membership card has launched? This year we’ve taken inspiration from Habbo Hotel and some of our favourite buildings in Liverpool and you’re all loving the design. If you fancy a year of discounted discovery at over 100 of Liverpool’s best independents, grab it here. They’re just £15 for one or £20 for two.

Trip Out At Psychfest

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia is a pan-continental celebration of audio-futurists, operating at the bleeding edge of today’s psychedelic renaissance. For two days each September, Liverpool’s former industrial heartland beats once more, to motorik throb and shimmering drone, a kaleidoscopic celebration of our global psychedelic village. The festival was lauded across its first three installments (2012, 2013 and 2014) for its unique take on a thoroughly modern psychedelic condition, with The Guardian declaring “Liverpool, the great psychedelic capital of Europe”. More info here

Celebrate 16 Years Since The Restoration Of The Palm House

A pop up birthday event to enjoy one of Liverpool’s most beautiful buildings in Sefton Park. The octagonal, 3 tiered, Grade II* listed Victorian glasshouse displaying plants from around the world hasn’t always looked so good and at one point was left to rot. But at sweet 16, the building is flourishing. Go and see for yourself. More info here.

Go To A Market

As well as a permanent street food market, there are regular markets on Sundays at Baltic Market in Cains Brewery. The first Sunday at Baltic Market is a makers market, the second Sunday is a flea market the third Sunday is a farmers market and the fourth Sunday is a kids market. Lark Lane farmers market is every 4th Saturday of the month and is your chance to buy fresh local produce. Come along from 9am until 2pm and you can buy anything from organic vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cakes and more.

Drink All The Beer At St George’s Hall Beer Festival

Join one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings for St George’s Hall Beer Festival this September. If you’ve never stepped inside the Great Hall before then you’re in for a treat. And, even better, you can sit back with a drink and enjoy the view. Expect over 200 different real ales, ciders and bottled beers alongside an Indoor Gin Garden with wine and Prosecco. Whatever your tipple, we’ve got it covered. There will also be hot and cold food to soak up the alcohol, provided by local vendors. More here.

Spend An Evening Eating Bottomless Meatballs And Fondue And Drinking Bottomless Prosecco

You’ve heard of bottomless brunch – now get ready for the Saturday to beat all Saturdays – BOTTOMLESS FONDUE, MEATBALLS AND PROSECCO! The last Saturday of each month shall now be dedicated to eating fondue, meatballs and drinking as much prosecco as you can possibly manage. Two sittings – each of two hours where you take a seat in our lovely space and our wonder staff bring cheesy fondue followed by unlimited meatballs, (or veggie meatballs), mash, fries and greens while your glass is constantly topped up with prosecco (or pints of beer if you prefer). More here.

Spend Your Local Liverpool Pounds In One Of The Hundred Businesses That Now Accept It

20,000 people, 100 businesses, 1 app. Powered by Colu, the digital wallet app supports independents whilst giving you 10% more for your money to spend at delis, dog groomers, bistros, bars and everything in between. The Local Pound community benefits not just spenders, but also the city by keeping more money in Liverpool’s economy. Download Colu on your Android or iPhone and enjoy spending your free 5 Local Pounds for registering and get up to 10% extra, every time you top up, and support your local community. Not bad this supporting local malarky is it?

Get Tickets For An Outdoor Cinema Screening In A Secret Garden

Calderstones Park – the natural wonderland frequented by hundreds of thousands of people a year and one of Liverpool’s most stunning parks. Amid the beauty, did you know there’s a secret garden? Hidden behind bushes and locked behind a gate lays a stunning garden to the iconic Calderstones Mansion that we will be turning into an outdoor cinema on the 7th, 8th and 9th of October. The 7th and 8th have sold out but tickets for the 9th go live on 1st September at 12pm. Check here for details.

Party Until The Sun Rises At Fiesta Bombarda

Fiesta’s comeback carnival sees the collective transform Constellations with immersive intergalactic decor alongside some out of this world musical talent. Join them for one of their most unique events to date as they look to the stars and transform Constellations into a Neon Nebula with UV canons, neon face paints, immersive set designs and interactive stalls. Headlining is the grand return of TODDLA T ahead of his new album ‘Foreign Light’, alongside the 9-piece Hip Hop collective THE MOUSE OUTFIT ft. DR SYNTAX, legendary reggae, dancehall and jungle superstar TOP CAT, plus much more! More here.

Celebrate Liverpool’s History At Heritage on the Dock

Heritage on the Dock celebrates the rich history of Albert Dock and the Liverpool waterfront with four days of FREE boat trips, walks, talks, workshops and live music. Sail the South Docks, go behind the scenes at Tate, dip for sea creatures, ride a classic bus, taste exotic teas, take a heritage tour, enjoy an architectural exhibition, and much more, at the UK’s largest group of Grade I listed buildings. Click here to view the full programme of exciting events and how to book!

Dance The Night Away At A Baby Beatles disco

On Light Night a Beatles Disco was held for grownups. It was a great night but not everyone could make it, so they’ve decided to hold a big daytime party to celebrate mums, dads, grandparents, aunties, uncles, carers and, of course, kids. Starting at 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon (10th September) in the Camp & Furnace, grab the whole family, pop down for a boogie, craft and art tables, face painting, fancy dress, multi-sensory dance floor, inflatables, balloons, glow sticks, soft play, a bevvie (for the parents), and of course, loads of songs by The Beatles. Tickets are currently sold out, but join the waiting list here and you might get lucky.

Go To A Chefs Demo

Wirral-born chef Simon Rimmer, present of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, is set to host a culinary feast featuring a trio of Merseyside TV chefs at this year’s Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. It’s just £5 to watch the demos and they will star Aiden Byrne, Paul Askew & Nisha Katona. Grab your tickets here.

The Biggest Fattest Football Quiz

Do you have what it takes when it matters? Audio, visual, music and bonus rounds. Massive projections and interactive challenges. Prizes to make your rivals envious and experiences you’ll cherish all of your football career. Now’s the time to test your knowledge or try your luck. £
150 prize for the winning team accompanied with our prestige trophy-of-trophies. Try your football knowledge, keep an eye out for the referee and prepare yourself for the return of The Biggest Fattest Football Quiz. Tickets here.