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ART: Hack The Barbican takes over the Barbican’s enormous foyer space this month with an array of installations, performances, workshops and discussions. Free, just turn up, until 31 August
BEER: Will you choose the Great British Beer Festival or the London Craft Beer Festival? Happy drinking.
HACKNEY WICKED: is back! Grab a map and roam the wick in search of arty things. The massive arts festival includes Art Roulette, live art, an art market, art walking tours, buskers street food and lots of exhibitions. Free, turn up and wander from Friday till Sunday.
JAZZ: Canary Wharf Jazz Festival begins on Friday night and runs through Saturday and Sunday in Canada Square Park. Free, just turn up, from 1.30pm
FILM: See some stuff selected by Danny Boyle for Shuffle Film Festival. Check the website for tickets and times.
FOODIES: Feast is a festival for foodies rocking up to Battersea Park for three days. Expect top chefs, cookery demos, a “picnic extravaganza” and loads of restaurant street and artisan food and drink, all in one place, with live music and an enclosed beach to entertain you. Tickets £22, £18 concessions. Open Friday to Sunday.
YUM: For more foodie frolics head to Streatham Food Festival for stalls, workshops, tours and even a supper club. Most events are free but some are paid and require prebooking, see website for full details.
CAMDEN FRINGE: There are over 30 different shows you could watch at Camden Fringe this weekend. Check the website for full and up to date listings Tickets from £5, until 25 August.
KEW: Spend a lazy afternoon at Kew, with a half price ticket and gates open till 7.30pm. £7 adults, under 16s free, just turn up from 3.30pm
CINEMA: Head to London Fields for a Weekend Movie Festival courtesy of Backyard Cinema. Offerings include Avatar, The Lost Boys, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. £10, prebook.
GARDEN PARTY: Kick back in Crystal Palace Park at the Crystal Palace Garden Party this weekend, with funk rock on the Saturday and classic tunes on the Sunday. £20, prebook.
LOLLIPBOP: The festival aimed at under 10s takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from Friday to Sunday, with stars of kids’ telly in attendance, plus all sorts of live performance and interactive entertainment. Tickets £28, family of 4 £110.
FESTIVAL: Richmond riverside is the (very lovely) setting for On the Edge, a weekend festival of music and dance from around the world. Free, just turn up.
Saturday 17 August
SOUTHWARK: The climax of The Elephant and the Nun, a Southwark-based festival of “stuff and nonsense”, reaches its climax today with four free events: Azucar Flower Festival in St Mary’s Churchyard, Peckham Peace Picnic in Peckham Square, ComboNation on Camberwell Green, and The Village Hall Experience on Peckham Rye Common. Free, just turn up, see here for timings.
BIRD WATCHING: Get your ornithological fix with a free bird watching tour of East London, beginning at Whitechapel Gallery. Free, prebook, 10am-12pm
RUBBISH: Join the family friendly clean up of Brent River Park with Thames21. Free, call to let them know you’re coming, 10.30am-12.30
SALE: Pick up a bargain at The London Vintage Kilo Sale, at York Hall in Bethnal Green where a kilo of clothes costs just £15. £1, just turn up, 11am-4pm
JUMBLE: Another opportunity for a good rummage, with FLÖHMARKT — a jumble sale at the Amersham Arms in New Cross. Free, just turn up, from 12pm
ROTOR: Siobhan Davies Dance perform ROTOR inside Conrad Shawcross:Timepiece at the Roundhouse. Pay what you like, drop-in, performances at 12, 4 & 7pm
PHOTOGRAHY: Take a look at the work of emerging photographers from around the world at London Borough of Richmond’s new pop-up venue at Vestry House, the London Photo Gallery. Free, just turn up, 1-7pm
EID: Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with a free festival in Trafalgar Square today. Live music, a street bazaar and a mini-food festival will join in the festivities. Free, just turn up, 1.30-6pm
FAMILY FUNDRAISER: Join Camden Arts Centre for an open day offering a wide variety of family friendly activities. Free but donations welcome, just turn up, 2-4.30pm
SHORTS: An afternoon of entertaining and thought-provoking short films awaits at Held Film Festival, taking place at Matthew’s Yard in Croydon. Free, just turn up, 2.30-6pm
FAMILY FITNESS: A free, family fitness event for all ages and abilities in conjunction with England Athletics/Westminster Council takes place at Paddington Recreation Ground, with free food and drink for all participants. Free, just turn up, 2-8pm
STREET FOOD: Urban Food Fest offers street food, drink and live music in that soon-to-be-developed car park opposite the TEA Building in Shoreditch. Free, just turn up, 5-12pm
Sunday 18 August
GRAFFITI: Watch Swedish street artists, Skil and Kaos, do their thing at Boxpark’s #BOMBTHEBOX Sunday session to a soundtrack of DJs and live beatboxing. Free, just turn up, from 10am
MAURITIUS: Head to Down Lane Park, Tottenham for the Mauritian Open Air Festival, a music, food and drink spectacular drawing on the talents of the tropical island. £6.50, prebook or just turn up, from noon
URBAN PLANTS: Join ethno-botanist Dr Anna Waldstein, herbalist Melissa Ronaldson and conservationist Nick Bertrand at Deptford Lounge in Lewisham for a conversation, looking at our relationship to plants and wild spaces in cities. Free, prebook via firstname.lastname@example.org, 2-4pm
OXJAM: The main Oxjam events takes place in October, but tonight is Oxjam Brixton’s launch party. Join their rooftop party to raise money for Oxfam while listening to great live music. £10, prebook, from 3pm
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