- The Bicycle Film Festival at Barbican means art, film, music and parties all in the name of bikes.
- Institut Francais celebrates comics, ‘bande dessinee’ and graphic novels with BD & Comics Passion.
- Check out the opening weekend for the South Asian Lit Fest.
- Last chance to have dinner at The English Launderette (£49 pp).
- The Renegade Craft Fair is at the Old Truman Brewery on Saturday and Sunday with crafty workshops, designers, makers and shopping and it’s free to attend.
- Free, public dance commission Square Dances takes place in Bloomsbury Squares for Dance Umbrella on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
- Islington’s Bootleg Bus throws a fundraising party with the Hit and Run Weekend of art, cinema and beer at 40 St Peters Street, Angel, N1.
- Bankside’s Merge Festival sees Caravan Theatre bring interactive experience ‘And the Birds Fell from the Sky‘ to outside Tate Modern, Friday and Saturday 3-7pm (free).
- Dine out somewhere special with the London Restaurant Festival.
- It’s Open Family Weekend at London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot with lots of activities for the kids and loads to look at for the grown ups (adults £10, under 16s free).
- Try some Gilbert and Sullivan at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, N1.
- There are three different beer festivals to try this weekend – cheers!
- Go and see Stephen Walter’s incredible London maps at Fenton House (£3).
- Get on the Regent’s Street Food Safari.
- Make your crafty way to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace (day tickets £12 adv.)
- Wimbledon Bookfest has literary treats in store until Sunday.
- Get a taste for the National Gallery with a late guided tour, 7-8pm (free)
- Sonic Cinema launches at the BFI with Rob da Bank providing the soundtrack to the 1933 King Kong, 8.45pm (£9.50).
- Spoonfed recommend a trip to the Disco Shed which brings the garden party to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes from 8pm-3am (£5/4).
- Go to Lambeth’s Garden Museum today for the Incredible Edible Big Harvest Party and take in the Garden City to Green City exhibition while you’re there (adults £6, kids free).
- Take the kids to the Lyric Hammersmith for Draw Me a Bird, a dance theatre music experience at 11am and 1pm (all tickets £8).
- The rescheduled Meeting of Styles all day graffiti block party happens today from midday to midnight at The Studios behind Holloway Road Station – all welcome (free).
- It’s the Photomonth Photofair in Old Spitalfields Market between 10.30am-6pm.
- Join the Fox & Squirrel art walk round Peckham from 3pm (£15).
- The Rough Trade Free Show at Notting Hill Arts Club means live music through the afternoon with Shoes and Socks Off, Bear Cavalry and Stealing Signs from 4-8pm (free).
- The first weekend of the Nursery Festival of new and improvised theatre puts on an improv marathon with Cell Block – Doing Time, 26 hours of ‘improvised imprisonment’ at Light Industrial Theatre, Arch 61 Ewer Street, SE1. Watch it in 2 hour bites (£5 a show, £12 a come and go pass).
- Peckham Library hosts the Black History Month Peckham Poetry Slam from 7-9pm (free).
- For a night of cool music, we recommend Oxjam at the Lockside Lounge, Camden from 8pm (£5).
- Apple Day at Roots and Shoots means harvest treats, juice, fruit, stories and games from 11am-4pm (adults £1, kids free).
- Get your wardrobe ready for autumn with the Vintage Fashion Fair in Primrose Hill at Cecil Sharp House, 11am-5pm (£3 admission).
- It’s the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon starting and finishing in Hyde Park – cheer on the runners if you see them, between 9.30am-2pmish.
- Skate to the Olympic Park with the special one way Sunday Stroll starting at Hyde Park, 2pm (free).
- Like electronic music? Party at the Horse and Groom’s Sunday Project in Shoreditch, 5pm-2am (free entry).
- The closing gala of the Raindance Film Festival presents a screening of Bonsai at 7pm followed by an afterparty (tickets £25).
Other good stuff:
- Lit and spoken word from the Book Grocer
- Sci/tech/nerd stuff in Week in Geek
- Shows and exhibitions opening and closing in Arts Ahead
- Things to do in London on the Cheap
- What’s on at Museums and Galleries
- Where to find the zingiest cabaret
- What’s funny in stand up and sketch comedy
- New music gigs in Music Choice
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments and we’ll update the post.