29 things to do in York this weekend, July 9-10 2016

Messing about in boats: the York Dragon Boat Race. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
8 Jul 2016 @ 5.00 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016There be dragons on the Ouse, a party atmosphere at the racecourse, and music, music, music… Full details in York’s best What’s On Guide

John Smith’s Cup

Are you up for the cup? Photograph: York Racecourse
Are you up for the cup? Photograph: York Racecourse
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The informal party highlight of York Racecourse‘s year combines betting excitement and summer fun. Who will land the six figure prize and unique Wedgwood trophy on Saturday? More here – and see Turpin’s tips here.

Dragon Boat Race

Messing about in boats: the York Dragon Boat Race. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
Messing about in boats: the York Dragon Boat Race. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
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Thirty-six teams, a river and the Hawaii 5-0 theme: the 14th York Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Challenge adds up to a great day out. There are prizes for the best fancy dress as well as the fastest oarsmen and women, and loads of stalls and entertainment – from 10am on Sundaymore here.

York Early Music Festival

If music be the food of love… Photograph: rjasso
If music be the food of love… Photograph: rjasso
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Talented musicians from around the world are in York for the next week for this sparkling annual festival. Inspired by the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the theme this year is Fairies, Witches And Aerial Beings. At venues across York every day till July 16. More here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Ken Dodd – Happiness Show 2016 Grand Opera House Sun @ 7pm
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers York Theatre Royal Fri @ 7:30pm, Sat @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Lucky 6 Black Swan Fri @ 8-10pm
Dance Showcase 2016 Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sat @ 2pm and 7pm
SAY OWT SLAM: Clash of Champions! The Basement Sat @ 7:30-10:30pm
Dance, Dance, Dance 2016 Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sat @ 2:30pm

Grovestock

Preparing for Grovestock… Photograph: Park Grove Primary School PTA
Preparing for Grovestock… Photograph: Park Grove Primary School PTA
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It’s not every community summer fair that bags the former frontman of a top ten UK rock band as the headline entertainment, but the Grovestock is not your average community event. As well as former Seahorses singer Chris Helme, the event at Park Grove Primary School on Saturday boasts a disco, craft, stalls and donkeys. Find out more here

More family events

Event Venue Time
York Mind Community Fundraiser Holmefield Community Centre Sat @ 1-4pm
Dunnington Village Family Treasure Hunt Reading Rooms, Dunnington Sat @ 2-5:30pm
Summer Fair St James Church, Woodthorpe Sat @ 9.30am-12.30pm
York Mumbler Baby & Toddler Nearly New Sale Clements Hall Sat @ 10:30am-12pm

Beers, Love and Blues Festival

Starring on Sunday: The Blueflies. Photograph: Facebook
Starring on Sunday: The Blueflies. Photograph: Facebook
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Two days of beers and music at the Woolpack start on Saturday night with the You Set The Scene DJs spinning tunes from the 60s through to today and a special guest set from Love guitarist Johnny Echols. And Sunday afternoon sees a performance from rockers The Blueflies. More here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Legend of a Band Grand Opera House Fri @ 7:30
Arcane Roots Fibbers Fri @ 7:30-10:30pm
Velvet Bliss Presents: Bloody Mango and Friends The Basement Fri @ 8pm
Dos Poulo Cottage Inn, Haxby Fri @ 9pm
Big Gay Bear: Swinefest – Wonk Unit Fulford Arms Fri-Sun
The Chicago Blues Brothers Grand Opera House Sat @ 7:30pm
The Y Street Band Fibbers Sat @ 7:30pm
Thirstfest IV Spread Eagle Sat @ 8pm
A Night Of Bryan Adams Classics Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Vicky Louise York Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm – Sun @ 12am
Big Gay Bear: Swinefest – Active Minds + Riggots Fulford Arms Sun @ 12-11pm
The Moondogs York Acorn Rugby Club Sun @ 4-7pm

Nature Reserve Open Day

Beautiful… New Earswick Nature Reserve. Photograph: Mia Titley
Beautiful… New Earswick Nature Reserve. Photograph: Mia Titley
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A little off the beaten track, New Earswick Nature Reserve is worth finding. An oasis of greenery around a lake, it teems with wildlife. This Saturday is one of its open days when you can take a tour and meet the volunteers. More here.

More outdoors events

Event Venue Time
Lord Mayors Buried in the Cemetery York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm