31 things to do in York this weekend, July 16-17 2016

An amazing opportunity… the Great Yorkshire Fringe
15 Jul 2016 @ 5.22 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016All the fun of the Fringe, plus vintage cars and a party in the park. The full lowdown is in our What’s On Guide

The Fringe is back

The fabulous Fringe is back
The fabulous Fringe is back
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Expect to hear laughter echoing the length of Parliament Street for the next couple of weeks as the second Great Yorkshire Fringe returns. Running from Friday July 15 to Monday August 1, the fringe brings stand-ups, family shows and more to York, including a new venue – the Shed at the Gillygate pub. More here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Boy Meets Girl York Theatre Royal Sat
The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon York Theatre Royal Sat @ 2pm
The Drop That Contained the Sea- European Premiere Barbican Sat @ 7.30pm
Generations in Harmony – a Celebration of Music Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 7.30pm
Pandora York Theatre Royal Sat @ 8pm
Captured York Theatre Royal Sat @ 8pm
The Forgetting York Theatre Royal Sun @ 6pm
Music 66 – Music Night Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 7.30pm

Rowntree Park birthday

Looking sprightly for her age… Rowntree Park. Photograph © Allan Harris
Looking sprightly for her age… Rowntree Park. Photograph © Allan Harris
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Many happy returns to this riverside gem, 95 years young. To celebrate the birthday a fun-filled afternoon is lined up on Sunday, complete with fun fair, miniature railway and mobile scooter obstacle course. Full details here.

More family events

Event Venue Time
Huntington School 50th anniversary open day Huntington School Sat @ 3pm-7pm
York City FC Fun Day Bootham Crescent Sun @ 11am-3pm
Little Diggers – Festival of British Archaeology DIG Sat @ 9am-11am
York Music Forum Summer Fair Canon Lee School Sat @ 10am
Skelton Primary School Fair Skelton Sat @ 1pm-5.30pm
Stamp & Coin Fair Racecourse Till Sat
Beehive Beach Bonanza Low Moor Centre Sun @ 11.30am

ADAM Festival

The 16-part harmony group Harmonix will be making beautiful music for ADAM. Photograph: @HarmonixYork on Facebook
The 16-part harmony group Harmonix will be making beautiful music for ADAM. Photograph: @HarmonixYork on Facebook
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ADAM’s back – or the Acomb Dance Arts & Music Festival to give him his full name. Musicians will play, dancers will perform and there will be all manner of other entertainment on Front Street, in the library and beyond. Saturday – more here

More music

Event Venue Time
The Bone Idol Band Acorn Rugby Club Sat
The City Musick – The Topping Tooters of the Town NCEM Sat @ 6pm
Irk + support Fulford Arms Sat @ 7pm
Them Lewis Boys! Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Sister Madly [Music] Black Horse Sat @ 8.30pm
Amelia White and Dan Webster City Screen Sun @ 8pm

Brew York beer festival

Brew up! Photograph: Brew York on Facebook
Brew up! Photograph: Brew York on Facebook
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To celebrate the York City of Ale, Walmgate brewery and bar Brew York are holding a beer festival. There’s a specially created ale, plus guests from the likes of Bad Seed and Brass Castle, plus street food and live music. Until Saturday at 11pm, more here.

More food and drink

Event Venue Time
Thai Street Food Workshop York Cookery School Sat @ 10am

York Maze opens

York Maze's Tom Pearcy with Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in the 1971 Willy Wonka film. Photograph: York Maze / Kippa Matthews
York Maze’s Tom Pearcy with Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in the 1971 Willy Wonka film. Photograph: York Maze / Kippa Matthews
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One hundred years ago writer and chocolate fanatic Roald Dahl was born. And to celebrate the anniversary, Dahl fan Tom Pearcy has created a 15-acre tribute. Willy Wonka and Fantastic Mr Fox are two of the characters to feature in this year’s York Maze which opens on Saturday. More here.

More outdoors fun

Event Venue Time
Holgate Windmill Open Weekend Holgate Sat & Sun
York Edible Open Gardens 2016 Various Sat @ 10am-6pm
Copmanthorpe Horticultural Show Copmanthorpe Sat @ 2pm-4pm

York Motor Club Motor Show

Vintage BMW. Photograph © Thomas on Flickr
Vintage BMW. Photograph © Thomas on Flickr
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Enthusiasts bring their classic cars to York Auction Centre for this fundraising show. You can also have a ride in some of them and watch some of the vehicles being put through their paces. Sunday from 1pmmore here.