29 things to do in York this weekend, July 4-5, 2015

3 Jul 2015 @ 5.07 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightThey’ll be dancing in the streets this weekend – well, one street in particular. And you can go bug hunting or take an art trail. As ever, the whole city is in our streets-ahead What’s On Guide.

Fossgate Festival & more retail fun

Fizzing Fossgate. Photograph: Jess Clark
Fizzing Fossgate. Photograph: Jess Clark
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Right after Independence Day, York’s street of independent traders has a party of its own. The street will be shut to traffic on Sunday from 9am till noon, and Fossgate’s finest will be serving up food, drink, music and dance, as well as some retail therapy. More here

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Stamp Fair Wigginton Rec Sat @ 9.30am-3pm
York Antiques & Fine Art Fair York University Sat @ 10am-4pm

Insect Festival & more outdoors fun

It's a bug's life. Photograph: Royal Entomological Society
It’s a bug’s life. Photograph: Royal Entomological Society
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It’s a small world. And now you can explore it close up, thanks to the Insect Festival in Museum Gardens. Exhibits and activities will focus on the best of the bugs, from 10am on Sundaymore here.

More outdoors fun

Event Venue Time
Eco-Active Day: Balsam Bashing St Nicks Sat @ 10am-2pm
New Earswick Nature Reserve Open Day New Earwick Nature Reserve Sat @ 12pm-4.30pm
York Cemetery Lord Mayors Walk York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm-3pm
Minster Equine Veterinary Clinic Open Day At the clinic Sat from 11am

Holgate Windmill opens & other family fun

Flour power – Holgate Windmill. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Flour power – Holgate Windmill. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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Holgate Windmill is five storeys high and more than 250 years old. So take advantage of the open day on Saturday (11am-4pm) to climb through history – and maybe pick up a loaf as well… More here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Copmanthorpe Carnival Copmanthorpe Recreation Centre Sat @ 12pm-6pm

Love Visual Arts Trail

Colourful stuff… Photograph: Love Arts York
Colourful stuff… Photograph: Love Arts York
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Put a bit of colour into your weekend with this arts trail around eight venues. Includes wire sculpture, photos and graphic novel artwork, all celebrating the talent of artists whose lives have been touched by mental health issues. Saturday and Sundaymore here.

More art

Event Venue Time
Life After York Open Studios Hungry Artist Sat & Sun Jul 5 @ 9am-7pm
Sentimental Landscapes Shandy Hall, Coxwold Sun @ 11am-4.30pm

In Fog – and more theatre

George Costigan as railway king George Hudson in In Fog And Falling Snow. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
George Costigan as railway king George Hudson in In Fog And Falling Snow. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
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It’s epic, it’s spectacular and it’s garnered some rave notices, not least our own. Community production In Fog And Falling Snow tells the story of ‘railway king’ George Hudson in the NRM – on till July 11, nightly at 7.30pm.

More theatre

Event Venue Time
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 7.30pm
Dance, Dance, Dance Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 2.30pm
Gymfusion Live Barbican Sat @ 12pm & 4.30pm
Showstoppers Grand Opera House Sat @ 2.30pm & 4.30pm

Early Music Festival & more music

Performer Emilie Renard. Photograph: Christina Raphaelle
Emilie Renard performs at York University on Sunday as part of the festival. Photograph: Christina Raphaelle
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This year’s York Early Music Festival celebrates 300 years of music making across England and France – from the battle of Agincourt in 1415 – commemorated by The Clerks in the Quire of York Minster – to the opulence of the Court of Louis XIV who died in 1715, and whose music and dance is celebrated by the London Handel Players. Until Sat July 16more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Andreas Staier NCEM Sat @ 11am-12.15pm
Entente Cordiale Guildhall Sat @ 3pm-5pm
Taverner Consort and Choir York Minster Sat @ 7.30pm-10.30pm
Edstock Fulford Arms Sat @ 2pm
Early Music Show NCEM Sun @ 2pm-3pm
Minster Minstrels St Saviourgate Chapel Sun @ 4pm
Luke Saxton Woolpack Inn Sat @ 7pm
Akari Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Michael Phelan Basement Bar Sun
Micklegate Singers York St John Sat Jul @ 7.30pm