This is the first in a new series of blog posts about what’s on every month in Milton Keynes! In these blog posts, You will find a list of events, from food to live music events, markets to social events so that you can fill your calendar with local stuff. September brings us a whole host of incredible food events such as MK Festival of Food, Eat Street MK and Olney Great Taste. It’s also the month of MK Pride! I hope you find this guide useful.
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What’s on this September in Milton Keynes
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Food & Drink Events
Explore Milton Keynes’ independent food scene at a whole host of local food and drink events.
Eat Street MK – Stony
This monthly street food market at York House Centre in Stony Stratford features a variety of local street food traders. Family-friendly and dog friendly.
Friday 2nd September, 17:00 – 22:00, York House Centre, Stony Stratford.
Street Food Friday with Farm Slice Pizza
MK Biergarten’s street food Friday is the place to be for chilled vibes, tasty street food and great beer. Farm Slice Pizza is based in Nash and serves delicious pizza from their converted horsebox.
Friday 2nd September, from 17:00, MK Biergarten, Wolverton.
Eat Street Mini Food & Drink Festival
The first mini food and drink festival at Milton Keynes Discovery Centre! The lineup includes street food legends, Bandit, Saf’s Kitchen and Good Times Café. Dog-friendly and family friends. Free entry with limited parking available onsite.
Sunday 4th September, 11:00 – 17:00, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey.
Friday Tastes returns to Bucks Star’s Brewery Tap House with Korean inspired street food by Maya Street Food and entertainment provided by Stuart Mack. Find all of Bucks Star Beer’s upcoming events on Facebook.
Friday 9th September, 17:00, Brewery Tap House, Stonebridge
Street Food Friday with Santina’s Wood Fired Pizza Co.
MK Biergarten’s street food Friday is the place to be for chilled vibes, tasty street food and great beer. Santina’s Wood Fired Pizza Co. serves delicious wood-fired pizza. Find all MK Biergarten Street Food Friday events on Facebook.
Friday 9th September from 17:00 at MK Biergarten, Wolverton.
Big Olney Food Festival
Celebrate the end of summer with 25 local vendors in the historic town of Olney. Enjoy live music, food and drinks all day for the whole weekend!
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September, 10:00 – 18:00, Olney Market Square.
Eat Street MK – Middleton
Monthly street food market in Middleton featuring a variety of local street food traders. Family-friendly and dog friendly. Bouncy castle for the kids.
Friday 16th September, 17:00 – 22:00, Middleton Pavillion.
Newport Pagnell Food Truck Friday
Newport Pagnell’s monthly street food event to raise money for the annual firework display. Head on down to grab your Friday night takeaway from some of the best vendors in MK.
Friday 16th September, from 17:00, Queen’s Road Car Park (outside boots)
Street Food Friday with The Little Pinoy
MK Biergarten’s street food Friday is the place to be for chilled vibes, tasty street food and great beer. The Little Pinoy serves Filipino food. Find all MK Biergarten Street Food Friday events on Facebook.
Friday 16th September, from 17:00 at MK Biergarten, Wolverton.
Milton Keynes Festival of Food
A celebration of local independent food and drink. Street food, chef demos, live music and a market. All vendors have come from within a 20 mile radius. £4 entry for adults, £2 for children. More information on mkfestivaloffood.co.uk
Saturday 17th September, 10:00 – 18:00, Campbell Park.
Olney Great Taste Food & Drink Festival
Olney Great Taste is back for 2022 – Eat, drink and shop from over 70 vendors. There will be street food, food vendors and local businesses. There is a shuttle bus running from Olney with free parking. Tickets available here: www.olneygreattaste.com
Saturday 17th September, 10:00 – 16:00, Old Stone Barn, Olney.
Street Food Friday with Gurkha Street Food
MK Biergarten’s street food Friday is the place to be for chilled vibes, tasty street food and great beer. Gurkha Streetfood serves Himalayan food. Find all MK Biergarten Street Food Friday events on Facebook.
Friday 23rd September, from 17:00, MK Biergarten, Wolverton.
MK Biergarten Oktoberfest
MK Biergarten and York House Centre are collaborating to celebrate the most famous of all German beer festivals. Between 12pm and 10pm, the York House Community Centre will play host to a traditional German Oktoberfest bar and oompah brass band style music and other performers throughout the day.
Entry including 1l mass glass and first mass: £22 (including £5 refundable glass deposit). Entry + pint + first pint of beer: £11. Advance tickets for £20 and £10 are also available through our website and directly at the Biergarten. Children are welcome until 7pm and their entry is free. Buy tickets here.
Saturday 24th September, 12:00, York House Centre Stony Stratford.
Live Music & Festivals
Enjoy live music and good vibes at local music events and festivals.
Stony Stratford Harvest Show
The Stony Stratford Harvest show is back for its 25th year. The Harvest show is a fun opportunity to show all of the produce you have spent the season growing and making. Classes include; Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit, Domestic produce, Craft, and Children’s exhibits.
For more information and entry, email Michelle: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full information on the Facebook event.
Saturday 3rd September, open to spectators from 14:00, York House Stony Stratford
Milton Keynes Pride Festival
Milton Keynes Pride Festival brings an incredible inclusive and accessible event for the LGBTQ+ community. The line up is incredible and features some of the UK’s best Drag artists and LGBTQ+ performers. It’s family friendly during the day, but over 18s only from the evening. For more information, follow Milton Keynes Pride Festival on Facebook.
Saturday 10th September, Campbell Park.
DJs, live MCs, live Hiphop and multi genre electronic music. Pizzas and beers made on site. Find all of Bucks Star Beer’s upcoming events on Facebook.
Saturday 10th September, 17:00 Brewery Tap House, Stonebridge
MK Christian Foundation Festival
Come and join the teams from MK Christian Foundation’s social enterprises for lots of fun and food at the Urb Farm in Wolverton. Cycle Saviours will be hosting a Dr Bike surgery. Growing People will be selling fantastic fresh, pesticide-free fruit, veg and eggs. The Learning Tree will be running amazing forest school activities. The Urban Beelievers will be showcasing their beautiful honeybees and selling raw honey. Sew & Grow will be selling their gorgeous naturally dyed textiles products. Think Food MK will be hosting a pop-up cafe serving delicious handmade food. Foundation Learning will be sharing information and running activities. Childcare Pathways will be running activities for visitors. There will also be food from Gurkha Street food and This is Foodtopia.
No dogs allowed. Full information on Facebook.
Saturday 10th September, 11:000 – 14:00, The Urb Farm
Medieval Day at Bradwell Abbey
A family friendly day full of Medieval re-enactments. Free to attend, but donations welcomed.
Sunday 11th September, 11:00 – 15:00, Bradwell Abbey
Friday Night Live: Stranger Nights 80s Party
As part of MK11’s Friday Night Live entertainment, join them for a brand new instalment: STRANGER NIGHTS 80’s Disco Party inspired by Stranger Things. Live band playing 80’s hits with an 80’s disco after party. Hot food served until 10pm. Find all of MK11’s upcoming events on Facebook.
Friday 16th September, MK11 Live Music Venue, Kiln Farm.
Read more: Introducing Friday Night Live at MK11 Live Music Venue & Sports Bar | AD
Local Markets & Shopping
Markets where you will find local businesses and vendors.
MK7 Community Market
A new farmers market and street food event in Walnut Tree. Click here for the Facebook event.
Saturday 3rd September, 10:00 – 14:00, Hindhead Knoll, Walnut Tree.
MK Handmade and Vintage Autumn Fair
Over 80 stalls from local independent traders, traders, small businesses and artisans.
Saturday 3rd September, 10:00 – 16:00, Middleton Hall, the centre:mk
Woburn Sands Community Market
Woburn Sands Community Market is hosted on the second Saturday of every month. You will find local vendors there selling food and drink, as well as locally made goods. Follow Woburn Sands Market on Facebook to stay up to date.
Saturday 10th September, 10:00 – 14:00, Memorial Green, Woburn Sands.
Bletchley Food & Craft Market
Bletchley Food & Craft Market is back! You’ll find lots of local vendors and street food traders at this market which truly celebrates shopping local.
Saturday 24th September, 10:00 – 16:00, Queensway Bletchley.
Vintage Kilo Sale
Hosted by Worth The Weight Vintage, discover some pre-loved finds. Simply grab a bag on your way in and pick and mix your vintage clothing, all for £20 a kilo. Full details on the Facebook event.
Saturday 24th September, 10:00 – 16:00 Christ Cornerstone Church. £2 entry, £3 early bird 10:00 – 11:00am.
Woburn Food Market
Monthly food market held every third Sunday of each month in the heart of Woburn. Find regular updates on Facebook.
Sunday 25th September, 10:00 – 14:00, Woburn.
Arts & Culture Events
Vivian Maier: Anthology
Vivian Maier (1926-2009) has only recently been revealed as one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. She was a professional nanny in New York and Chicago for over 40 years but took hundreds of thousands of photographs, which were found when her belongings went to auction in 2007.
The exhibition at MK Gallery features over 140 black and white and colour photographs, as well as film and audio which reveal the breadth of Maier’s work and her fascination for observing and recording everyday life.
This exhibition is on until Sunday 25th September. Entry for MK residents is free on Tuesdays. Find out more and book here.
Woburn Sands Art Trail
Take a stroll down Woburn Sands high street to view the wonderful artworks displayed in shop windows. On the first day (10th September, 10:00 – 14:00) you’ll be able to meet the local artists to find out more about the art and watch demos.
This is a community event organised by Carmen Hardy Arts and @myrahuttontextiles to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. You can donate via Just Giving.
Saturday 10th September – Saturday 24th September, Woburn Sands High Street. Follow @wsarttrail on Instagram.
Events where you can connect with others, network and make new friends.
The Mindful Mama Night Off: Drag Bottomless Brunch
This one is for the mums who need a day off. Join Gemma at The Mindful Mama Club for a bottomless brunch at The Whisk Kitchen in Woburn Sands. They will be joined by drag artist, Sandy Flaps. Join some new faces, or bring along some familiar mum friends to enjoy some child-free time to glam up, drink free-flowing prosecco (or beer!), and enjoy some delicious food and fabulous entertainment from the amazingly entertaining Sandy Flaps!
Tickets are £36/£40 and can be bought here.
Saturday 24th September, The Whisk Kitchen, Woburn Sands.
All Flows Festival
All Flows is a new two-day, creative, digital and technology conference presented by Pooleyville and MK Geek Night.
Held at the award-winning MK Gallery on the 29 and 30 September, All Flows brings together an inspiring line-up of influential speakers from across the worlds of Graphic Design, Animation & Motion Graphics, Game Design, Curation, Sound Art, Photography and Digital Innovation.
Tickets are £150 + VAT (£180 total) and are available here.
Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September, MK Gallery.
If you identify as an MK Girl, they host regular events like Book Clubs, Bottomless Brunches, drinks and more to help you meet more likeminded people in MK and make friends. These events are for the MK Girl Community so make sure you’re part of the group on Facebook to hear about upcoming events.
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I hope you find something fun to do in this month’s what’s on guide. If you head to any of these events, be sure to shar your experience in my Facebook Community Group, Eat & Explore MK and by tagging your photos #EatandExploreMiltonKeynes on Instagram.
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