32 things to do in York this weekend, May 7-8 2016

History, all sewn up… Photograph: Northern College of Costume
6 May 2016 @ 4.51 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016There’s more to this weekend than Primark opening. Try live music, new exhibitions or shopping of a much more genteel and old fashioned kind. The whole city, meanwhile is in our What’s On Guide.

Poppleton Live Festival

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Poppleton is bouncing as it hosts its second music festival weekend, from Friday to Sunday. The Saturday Spectacular includes the likes of King Courgette, Fake Thackray and Blackbeard’s Tea Party, and the Poppleton Proms on Sunday is a real flag-waver – more here.

More Music

Event Venue Time
York Spring Music Festival York University Till Sunday
Larrakia Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Concert: With a spring in their step Fairfax House Sat @ 7.30pm
Bangarang Woolpack Sat @ 8pm
The 5.15s Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm
Music for Refugee Action York Winning Post Sun @ 7pm
Steve Cassidy Band Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 7.30pm
Glamrockz Roman Bath Sun @ 9pm

York Does Vintage

Back at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York Does Vintage. Photograph: Todd & Moore Photography
Back at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York Does Vintage. Photograph: Todd & Moore Photography
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More than 40 stalls are packed into the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall selling everything retro. You can glam yourself up at the beauty bar too. On Sunday from 11am-4.30pmmore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Primark opening event Monks Cross Sun @ 10am
Free Comic Book Day Travelling Man, Goodramgate Sun @ 11am-4.30pm

New Treasurer’s House exhibition

Museum or comfy living room? You can vote at the Treasurer's House. Photograph: YorkMix
Museum or comfy living room? You can vote at the Treasurer’s House. Photograph: YorkMix
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A new display opens at Treasurer’s House this weekend, Demolition And Restoration. It reveals the fate of some of the lost mansions of York, as well as explaining how Treasurer’s itself has been bashed about over the years – more here.

More exhibitions

Event Venue Time
1914: When The World Changed Forever Castle Museum Daily
Life Stills Lotte Inch Gallery Till May 28
Stunts, Speed And Style NRM Ends Sun
Lions – art exhibition Pyramid Gallery Till May 16

Arts cabaret night

Performing at the Basement: Esther Clare
Performing at the Basement: Esther Clare
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Live music, spoken word performances and theatre are on a varied bill at the Basement on Sunday from 7.30pm. It is a curtain raiser by York Mind for Mental Health Awareness Week – more here.

More charity events

Event Venue Time
Family Fundraising Disco Crescent Sat @ 6.30pm-10.30pm
Christian Aid week coffee and stalls St Saviourgate Sat @ 11am-1pm
The Great Big Pay-per Chain Event Strensall & Huntington Sat @ 10am then £2.30pm
Becca’s Walk and Fun Day Rowntree Park Sat @ 11am-3pm
Quiz Night – Friends of Dunnington Library Dunnington Reading Rooms Sat @ 7.30pm
St Leonard’s Challenge Walk Haworth Sat

HMS Pinafore

Directed by Sasha Regan this is a ‘playful and heartfelt’ production
Directed by Sasha Regan this is a ‘playful and heartfelt’ production
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An award-winning team bring their all-male interpretation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s first blockbuster to the Grand Opera House. Set in the hold of a Second World War ship, the cast belt out the infectious tunes. Till Saturdaymore here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Flare Path Theatre Royal Till Sat @ 7.30pm
Vincent: A Portrait of Van Gogh Upstage Theatre Till Sat @ 7.30pm
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm

Costume exhibition

History, all sewn up… Photograph: Northern College of Costume
History, all sewn up… Photograph: Northern College of Costume
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Found in the heart of York, the Northern College of Costume turns out graduates who go on to work creating dramatic costumes for stage, TV and film. You can see the work of the current students till 8pm on Friday and Saturday from 11am-4pmmore here.

More fashion & history

Event Venue Time
A Century of Shoes Fairfax House Sat & Sun
Shaping The Body Castle Museum Till Sep 30
The History of York Cemetery York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm