Things to do in York this weekend – 27-29 September 2019

Balloon photograph: Aaron Burden / Unsplash

It’s officially autumn – and what a weekend to start the new season.

Be dazzled by amazing hot air balloon displays, celebrate great music and dance, and have a G&T or two (or three. Or four).

As always York’s biggest and best things to do guide is here. Go have fun!

The York Balloon Fiesta is up, up and away! Massed hot air balloons, live music, food and drink stalls and all-new funfair rides. Don’t go home too early because you won’t want to miss the firework and laser show and the popular Hot Air Balloon Night Glow. And the best part is it’s all free!

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The York Food and Drink Festival may be ending this weekend but there’s still loads of great events to catch before it leaves, including this one. Meet the distillers and owners of Yorkshire’s finest gins as well as lots of tasting! Any time is G&T time.

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Even though the 50th anniversary of the iconic Beatles album landed this Thursday (September 26th), York is celebrating this Sunday. With live music from popular band The Mothers, food and a raffle, this is not a day to be missed.

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We all know the story of this this famous fable but don’t miss this heart-warming and beautiful play by award-winning children’s theatre company tutti frutti. Step into the village of knitters and meet delightful characters and a hilarious sheep. Watch out for a wolf or two!

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Are you passionate about everything vinyl? Make sure to catch this documentary screening which explores the importance of vinyl and the humble record shop. From musicians, enthusiastic shop owners and vinyl die-hards, hear why vinyl is connected to the human need for belonging.

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This Sunday the Castle Car Park will be transformed into an immersive performance space with music, animation and dance. Brought to you by York Dance Space, this performance is open to all so come prepared to be invited into the space and dance with one of York’s most iconic heritage sites as your backdrop.

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Autumn has officially begun! Celebrate the turning of the seasons at Castle Howard this weekend with their stunning harvest and flower festival. A fun day out for all the family including beautiful floral installations, traditional harvest games, guided tours and much more. Keep an eye out for the Michaelmas dragon breathing flames of wheat!

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