What to do in York this weekend, June 2-3 2018

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1 Jun 2018 @ 4.02 pm
| Entertainment

Friends, Romans, drinkers and gig-goers, lend me your eyes… Here are some weekend highlights now June is bustin’ out all over.

There’s more family info in our half term guide here.

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

York’s royal street is a bustling blend of cafés, shops and bars – and lots of cars. What would it be like without the traffic? York Bike Belles are turning some parking spaces outside Gulp and Graze and Partisan cafés into a parklet, to give a taster of a car-free street. There will be grass and plants, deckchairs, music and games to play.

The sights, sounds and smells of Roman Eboracum will be brought to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, an Archaeological Zone, talks, lectures and tours. And look out for the emperor and his parades!


It’s time for another #FossFest, with street food, live music, shops and stalls. Browse and chill or get up and boogie.

As you already know, Sunday is the United Nations World Bicycle Day. And as part of York’s Walk Cycle Festival 2018, you can saddle up for a gentle around York. Bring a dish to the picnic.

The man behind the popular Comedian’s Comedian podcast hits the Basement with his new show, Like I Mean It. Stuart calls the show ‘stupider and less clever-clogs and just the funniest stuff I’ve ever created’.


Not to be confused with the innovation conference of the same name, this is a new theatre festival showcasing fresh talent. There are six shows being performed across the four-day event, ranging from Oscar Wilde to Sandi Toksvig.

If you’re thinking of downsizing, then the racecourse is the place to be this Sunday. It welcomes back the people who think small, showcasing life in miniature via 90 different exhibitors.

Over at Elvington they’re celebrating 100 years of Royal Air Force air power. A fantastic collection of aircraft – plus nature’s own fighter pilots with the SMJ Falconry display.

Like beer? Like helping a good cause? Then head over to the Tap Room at York Brewery, knock back a few ales, ciders and perries and raise some cash for St Leonard’s Hospice.