The weekend post is brought to you by Yamaha Music London – Chappell’s in celebration of Silent June
LIFE GAME: The Science Museum invites you to play the Life Game, attend lively talks and ask experts everything you’ve always wanted to know about health and medicine at a free festival this weekend. Free entry, just turn up, 10am-4.45pm
SCANDI FEST: Nordicana brings the people behind some of the best Scandi noir film, TV and novels to Clerkenwell for a Scandi love in, including film screenings, authentic food and drink and live music at the Farmiloe Building, St John Street. Day passes £10+bkg, weekend pass £17.50+bkg. Some events are also ticketed, please check the website.
SUFFRAGETTES: Wilding Arts Festival commemorates 100 years since the death of Emily Wilding Davies with a multi-arts festival at St George’s church in Bloomsbury. There’ll be live music, theatre, talks, crafts and creative local tours, plus a procession and plaque unveiling on Saturday starting 10.30am in Russell Square. Tickets range from £3-8 for events – some are free, please check the website.
SPANISH GOODIES: Rioja Tapas Fantasticas celebrates Spanish food and Rioja wine in Potters Fields Park. Free to walk round but buy a tasting glass for £3.50 and get tokens for wine tasting, tapas also available to buy. Open 12-8pm (6pm Sunday)
JOUSTING: Eltham Palace hosts a Grand Medieval Joust plus games, music, dance and falconry displays. Normal admission, adult £12, children £7.20, just turn up, 10am-5pm
MUSICALS: Bush Hall hosts the London Musical Film Festival with screenings of Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Les Mis and more. £10 a film, weekend pass £30.
CARS: Canary Wharf is full of flash cars for Motorexpo. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.
THAMES PHOTOGRAPHY: See Ray Wise’s Blood, Sweat & Tides exhibition at The Crabtree, Hammersmith.
SHOP FOR ART: At the Affordable Art Fair on Hampstead Heath. Day tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door, 11am-6pm
Saturday 15 June
OUTSIDER ART: Wellcome Collection offers two events today, themed around its Souzou exhibition. Hands on workshop From Fluffy Embroidery to Found Materials takes place 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, while panel discussion Outsider Art Under Analysis happens 3-4.30pm. Free, but please prebook your place.
BOOKS IN BRIXTON: Hannah Pool, Yvette Edwards, Dean Atta, Ellen Banda-Aaku and Marilyn Heward Mills are the guests at Black Book Swap #3, an all-day event for book swapping, hob-nobbing and hearing from the writers Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton. Tickets £7 advance, £10 on the door, 11.30am-5pm
SILENT REVOLUTION: Join the silent revolution and have a go on Yamaha’s latest Silent Pianos. Leading product specialist, Bert Smorenberg will also perform to show you how it is done. Free, just turn up, 12-4pm
FINSBURY ARTS FEST: St Luke’s Centre on Central Street, EC1 hosts an afternoon of live music, artsy workshops and exhibitions, mini-tutorials, cookery school, face painting and story telling with the return of the grass roots Finsbury Arts Festival. Free entry, just turn up, 12-6pm
FORTY HALL: Join a family friendly day of fun at Enfield’s Forty Hall Farm Festival and Picnic Lunch. Go on a farm tour, get competitive with cakes, get the kids in fancy dress and enjoy live music into the evening. All day adult ticket £8; evening only £7. Children under 15 – £3, 12 till late
MAKE MERRY: Plumstead Makes Merry on the Common with its annual community festival, the longest running in the borough! There’ll be performances from local children and local music acts, a tea tent, a fire engine, fun fair, clowns, 60 stalls, stuff for the kids and a hog roast. Free, just turn up, 12-6pm
HIGHGATE FAIR: Fair in the Square takes place in Highgate’s Pond Square and South Grove with stalls, live music, kids activities and an unmissable sheep shearing show. Free, just turn up, 12.30-5.30pm
GOLDEN HINDE: It’s a Drake Fun Day aboard the Golden Hinde, with stories and games on ship. Tickets £7 adults, £5 children, just turn up, 2-4pm
SOUL LONDON: The first Walthamstow Weekender takes the shape of a big outdoor gig behind Waltham Forest Town Hall as the Soul London orchestra back Marc Almond, Carleen Anderseon, Lemar and X-Factor diva, Misha B. Free, just turn up, from 5.30-9pm
COMEDY: We’re not sure we love anything more than Aziz Ansari’s open-mouthed-surprised-muppet-face as demo’d repeatedly on Parks and Recreation. See him do actual stand up at Hammersmith Apollo. Tickets £28.50+bkg, book, 6.30pm
CONCERT: A church choir all the way from Minnesota are joining Tottenham Community Choir at St Pancras Church tonight for a free concert. A retiring collection on the night will also go towards the British Heart Foundation. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm
FOLK DANCE WITH A TWIST: Try Ceilidh dancing with a Gallic and Italian twist at the Grand Midsummer Folk Ball with Naragonia and Amaraterra, courtesy of SOAS French Dance society at the Boston Dome, Tuffnell Park. Book for a dance lesson, then show off your skills in the evening. Tickets £10 for each, prebook, doors 7.30pm
GIN: It’s World Gin Day – bottoms up!
Sunday 16 June
DADS: It’s Father’s Day. Give him a call.
KITES: Does Dad like flying kites? Pray for a fine day with a bit of wind and take him to Streatham Common Kite Day amazing displays set to music, large display kites, kites on sale plus food stalls and other fun. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm
GO KARTS: Maybe Dad will prefer the Go Kart Grand Prix at Mudchute City Farm? Teams have four hours to build their racer from scratch, then test its mettle on the track at 3pm. The farm is also a brilliant place to wander round, meeting the animals, then picnic in the shadow of Docklands. Free entry, just turn up, 11am-4pm
PORTRAITS: Watch masters at work in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition (and get a caricature of your dad done) in Trafalgar Square. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm
MARYLEBONE SUMMER FAIR: Marylebone High Street and surrounding streets host the annual village fete in the middle of London, with stalls of all sorts, a fun fair and kids activities in Paddington Gardens plus a contemporary art fair. Free, just turn up, 10am-8pm
FAMILY OPEN DAY: Polka Theatre’s annual open day is today, so head backstage for activities, storytelling sessions, backstage tours and fancy dress. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm
NEW MARKET: The first Myddleton Road Market in N22 is a community-led initiative and will feature many local traders profferring street food, bread, crafts, cake and books and Pimms plus activities in the community garden and ping pong in the new outdoor gym. Free, just turn up (Bowes Park train or Bounds Green tube), 11am-4pm
ONE YOUR BIKES: Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling offers bike-checks, giveaways, fashion and racing and is preceded by an organised cycle ride through Haringey (11am). Free, just turn up to the park, 12-6pm
MELA: It’s another big family day out in Walthamstow with the Mela in Chestnut Fields behind Waltham Forest Town Hall, featuring live Asian music and dance, food and drinks. Free, just turn up, 1-6pm
GARDEN PARTY: Fulham Palace revives the Edwardian garden party with an afternoon extravaganza including a ragtime band, a camera obscura, pin the mitre on the bishop, garden games and a tombola, a teddy bears’ picnic, face painting and plant sale. Free (although you might want to buy some tea and cake), just turn up, 1-4pm
MILK FLOAT MUSIC: Keep your eyes peeled if you’re in Camden today as folk band Teyr will be performing … whilst been driven around on the back on an old 1975 milk float. Free, they will head of at 1pm and finish up at the Dublin Castle at 2pm
PECKHAM FLAMENCO: Watch virtuoso performers bring the heat of Spain to SE15 with Flamenco Express at The Bussey Building. Tickets £10, £8 concessions, book or just turn up, 8.30pm
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