31 things to do in York this weekend, September 30-October 1, 2017

York’s first balloon festival is flying high this weekend. There’s also an Instagramming chef, a star stand-up, kilos of vintage clothes and barrels of beer.

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

York Balloon Fiesta

The balloon flown by festival organiser Oliver Webb. Photograph: York Balloon Fiesta / Facebook
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It’s a chance to see some real basket cases this weekend with York’s first ever balloon fiesta. The floaty family fun on Knavesmire starts on Friday and runs right through till Sunday – and includes fairground rides, owl displays and street food. Check out your full guide here

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Fungi Foray at St Nicks on Sunday


Instagram and TV star chef

Photograph © onepoundmeals on Instagram
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If you a) like cheap and tasty food or b) love Instagram, you’ll probably know Miguel Barclay. As the One Pound Chef he shows how you can make great meals for a quid. Meet him in Waterstones this Saturdaymore here

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Fulford Library Booksale on Saturday
Toy & Book Sale at Acomb Parish Church Hall on Saturday

York Vintage Kilo Sale

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Remember when you bought fruit for the pound and material by the yard? In the modern world you buy clothes by the kilo. At this sale at the Central Methodist Church on Saturday, ‘Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler’ piles up the gear from the Sixties to the Nineties and sells it by weight. More here

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Haxby Craft and Gift Fair at Haxby Memorial Hall on Saturday
Table Top sale at St Wulstan at St Wulstan’s Church on Saturday

Cresfest Music and Beer Fest

Photograph: YorkMix
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Three is a magic number. This is the third Cresfest since an empty WMC was transformed into the Crescent, a unique entertainment and community hub. Expect art, live music, a family day on Sunday, billiards, video games and at least 12 different local beers. Runs through till Sunday night. More here

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York Food & Drink Festival at various locations till Sunday
RAnDoM EvENt at the Falcon Tap on Saturday
York’s Little Festival of Live Music on Parliament Street till Saturday
Night at the Opera at the National Centre For Early Music on Saturday
Back to the 90s at the Woolpack Inn on Saturday
Beat and the Bear at the Flag And Whistle on Saturday
Elton Johnathan Elton John Tribute at the Acorn on Sunday
Marc Atkinson Music at the Golden Slipper on Sunday
Jean-Noel Vandaele Metaphysical Shakespeare at the Blue Boar on Saturday
Tuscany to Yorkshire – Solo Exhibition by Giuliana Lazzerini
Feathertop Art Exhibition & Family picnic at The Mount School on Saturday


Milton Jones

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Surreal pun-maker Milton Jones brings his skewed view of the world to the Barbican on Sunday. In his new show, the stand-up is “putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media”… More here

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York Musicals Against Cancer at Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday
Say Owt Slam #17 fest. Jackie Hagan at the Basement on Saturday
York Swings Against Cancer at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday

Heritage Bus Rally

Photograph: Yorkshire Air Museum
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You wait for one transport-related event for ages – and then two come along at once… While they are ballooning away on Knavesmire, over at Yorkshire Air Museum you can see classic coaches and buses on Sunday. They run the whole gamut from single to double – more here.

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Wellington’s Cavalry at Waterloo at York Army Museum on Saturday
York 50+ Festival at various locations from Saturday till Oct 8
Military Heroes in the Cemetery at York Cemetery on Sunday

The Hunting Of The Snark

Photograph: Mark Douet
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Colourful fun at Grand Opera House, as this story from the absurdist pen of Lewis Carroll is brought to life as a sparkling musical stage adventure on Saturday. Featuring five actors fresh from the West End, and a cast of colourful puppets, its a pick-me-up for ages four to 104. More here.

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Ugly Duckling at the York Theatre Royal
Messy Play York – Big Birthday Bash! at the Poppleton Centre on Saturday