Delve into lots of history for free, go racing with Paddington and sweat it out on a boat…

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

Heritage Open Days

Flashback to a previous Heritage Open Day at the Red Tower. Photograph: Red
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Heritage Open Days are a brilliant idea – they give everyone the chance to explore historic treasures for free. There are lots of places taking part in and around York, from Treasurer’s House to the Red Tower. Runs till Sundaymore here

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York Library Garden Open Afternoon at York Explore on Saturday
Meadow Keepers’ Scythe Fest at Millennium Bridge on Saturday
All Forces Parade & Service at Eden Camp on Sunday
A Cemetery Stroll (‘Victorian’ Section) at York Cemetery on Sunday


Family Race Day

Photograph: York Racecourse

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Horses aren’t the only animals that take part in the Press Family Raceday – a bear will be there too. But don’t panic, it isn’t a giant grizzly, just Paddington. The marmalade-sandwich muncher is part of the Sunday fun that accompanies seven races at this annual sporting jamboree. More here

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York City FC vs Stockport County at Bootham Crescent on Saturday

York Does Vintage

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Retro returns to Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Sunday, with all manner of vintage clothes and gifts, plus live music and a beauty bar. More here


Micklegate Art Trail

Clifford’s Tower by Jane Duke, one of artworks on Micklegate

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Following the huge success of the soapbox races, Micklegate’s latest initiative is more sedate. In windows up and down the royal street you can see artworks by local artists. And there are arty prizes up for grabs for children who can solve the puzzle. Runs from Saturday till the end of October – more here

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Flight of the Alchemist – outdoor sculptures by Michael Kusz at Rievaulx Terrace from Saturday
Harold Gosney Exhibition and Auction at the Stained Glass Centre
How to Get Away with Murder with Rachel Abbott and Mark Edwards at York Explore on Saturday
The Launch of Blast Off at York Explore on Sunday

Community Buzz Day

Homestead Park. Photograph: Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

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One of York’s best open spaces, Homestead Park, hosts its first, free, family-friendly Community Buzz fun day on Sunday. Featuring an animal farm, tractor rides and nature trails it should be buzzy busy day. More here

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Paws for a Cause at the University of York on Sunday
Family Film – How To Train Your Dragon at the Yorkshire Museum on Sunday

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Photograph: York Stage Musicals

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They’re camping it up like crazy at the Grand Opera House as Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical hits the stage. Based on the hit movie, it is brought to technicolor life by York Stage Musicals, and runs till September 16. More here

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The Velma Celli Show at the Basement on Saturday
Music Night’s Autumn Showcase at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday

The Sweat Boat

Hot stuff… the Sweat Boat

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Back in the day – 1987 to be precise – a dance music DJ called Bri Godson started a specialist club night, The Sweat Box. It played all the new house music at Hansel & Gretel’s in York. Thirty years on there’s a chance to enjoy that special atmosphere again – on the water – as the Sweat Boat sets sail down the River Ouse on Saturday nightmore here

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Live Music And Gin Night Special at the Monkbar Hotel on Saturday
Jesus & His Judgemental Father at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
5:15’s at Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club on Saturday
York Turnpipe Trust at the Woolpack on Saturday
Live Music: Lewis Thresh at the Rise Restaurant on Saturday
Animaux: La Rivière at the Rope & Bollard on Saturday
Finesse And Friends at the Phoenix on Sunday
Old Red Eyes at the Acorn Rugby Club on Sunday
Margaret Glaspy at the Crescent on Sunday