60+ things to do in York this weekend, September 29-30 2018

A warm glow at the 2017 York Balloon Fiesta

We’re spoiled this weekend, with no fewer than two festivals and a fiesta in York. The city centre welcomes the Mediale and waves goodbye to the food fest, while the balloons take off from Knavesmire.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

The York Balloon Fiesta launched last year and despite some pretty grubby weather was a hit. This year’s forecast is much kinder, and the spectacle is set to be even more colourful. Includes a firework finale on Saturday night.
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Saturday 7am-9pm
Sunday 7am-5.45pm
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Years in the planning, the festival of media arts is here, featuring art, performance, film, music and technology. There are more than 100 artists involved at 21 venues for the next ten days.

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This year’s York Food Festival comes to an end on Sunday. Still loads more to enjoy, including chef star turns from the likes of Tommy Banks to hands-on fun at the food factory. And on Saturday the Parliament Street market spills over on to Fossgate, with a particular emphasis on Yorkshire micro-producers.

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Here’s a show you can really get your teeth into. It is a comic take on the tale of the famous Transylvanian count, taking us from Whitby into the world of the supernatural… Broadway World called it the ‘best new comedy’.

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If you don’t like your comedy so red in tooth and claw, try this. Viva Las Vegans is the world’s first vegan comedy club, which makes its debut in York on Sunday. Both the stand ups and the catering is vegan, and your bill topper Chris Stokes, winner of the Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Awards.

The Yes keyboard maestro is in town with his solo Piano Odyssey. All the music has a special connection to Rick’s own fascinating musical journey – so expect a few anecdotes between the tunes.

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