31 things to do in York this weekend, September 23-24 2017

Get stuffed! It’s both the food and the beer festival this weekend, plus a feast of live music too.

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

York Food Festival

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Ten days of tasty treats began on Friday as the York Food & Drink Festival returned. New this year is the Food Hub on St Sampson’s Square, which will feature specialist and micro producers. Plus cookery demos, trails, events and free samples… More here

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Feathers and Pearls Ball at York Racecourse on Saturday
Let’s Get Quizzical – With Barnardos at the Botanist on Sunday

York Beer Festival

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It is Yorkshire’s biggest beer festival, with more than 500 beers – 300 of which hail from God’s Own County. New this year at the Knavesmire shindig is a fringe programme of expert briefings and tastings. Plus food and live music, running till late on Saturday More here


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Not the Sky Ride

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Sadly the Sky Ride events are no more. But the good news is the world’s first Not The Sky Ride will see cyclists of all ages and abilities head out from Cycle Heaven at 3pm on Saturday. More here

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York Mumbler Big Weekend at Piglets on Saturday and Sunday
Copmanthorpe Scarecrow Weekend on Saturday and Sunday
Walk Cycle Saturday at Hungate on Saturday
Holgate Community Celebration at the Fox on Holgate Road on Saturday

York’s Little Festival of Live Music

The stage is set… Photograph: YorkMix
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Twenty-eight hours of live music are staged alongside the food festival at this great event. Varied performers play between 5pm and 9pm from now till Sat Sept 30, with Grinny Grandad, Chris Helme and Boss Caine among the performers this weekend. More here

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La La Land – In Concert, with Live Orchestra at York Barbican on Saturday
Mostly Autumn at the Grand Opera House on Saturday
The Bluebirds at the Black Swan on Saturday
Cello/piano recital – York Chamber Music Festival at St Saviourgate Chapel on Saturday
Music from a Green and Pleasant Land at St Olave’s Church on Saturday
Simon Francis Bolley at the Nook on Saturday
David Ward Maclean at The Habit on Saturday
Life’s A Riot at the Black Bull on Saturday
V Rock Night at Fulford Arms on Saturday
The Mothers at Victoria Vaults on Sunday
Micah P Hinson & The Holy Strangers at the Crescent on Sunday


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Yorfest

Badly Drawn Boy
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Music fans are spoiled this weekend with two music festivals to enjoy. Yorfest returns to Knavesmire on Saturday, with The Shires and Badly Drawn Boy headlining the main stage. There are two more music stages plus Jason Manford’s comedy club. More here

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SLAP – Salacious Live Alternative Performance at various locations till Saturday
The Yeomen of the Guard at Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday

999 Emergency Day

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A chance to admire various emergency services vehicles and meet some of the teams on the 999 front line, including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, fire service and York Rescue Boat. At the Yorkshire Air Museum on Sundaymore here

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York’s Vintage & Creative Wedding Fair at Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Saturday
York Vintage Weigh & Pay at York Barbican on Sunday
New Earswick Family Fun Day at New Earswick Sports Club on Sunday
Family Film – How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the Yorkshire Museum on Sunday

York Explore’s 90th Birthday

The reference library in 1927. Photograph: Explore York Library And Archives
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It was 1927 when York’s new public library was opened. To celebrate its 90th birthday, York Explore is filling the library with live music, craft sessions, artists, poetry and café discounts on Saturday. More here

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York Printmakers Autumn fair at York Cemetery on Saturday