Things To Do In London This Weekend: 31 August – 1 September 2013

Photo by John Kumar via Flickr

Photo by John Kumar via Flickr

All weekend

PORTOBELLO: The Portobello Film Festival brings free alternative, independent film, world cinema and urban arts to the Westway from Wednesday to Sunday. Free, check the website for full listings.

SCALARAMA: The month-long UK-wide celebration of cinema begins, with opening night events on Saturday at the Brixton Ritzy and Dalston Rio, at film at the Asylum Peckham on Sunday. Check the website for the month-long programme.

FEAST: Join the Southbanquet, a feast for 500 on Saturday and Sunday, as part of the Festival of Neighbourhood. Partake of a pot-luck platter and get involved with foodie workshops and activities throughout the weekend. Tickets £15+bkg, prebook, ollect your wristband by 7pm, dinner starts promptly at 7.30pm

OPERA: The Crystal, over in the Royal Docks, celebrates a year since its opening with three days of opera on a giant screen. Friday sees Falstaff, Saturday brings La Traviata and Don Carlo, while Sunday shows The Magic Flute for Kids. Free but £5 charity donation suggested, prebook or just turn up

ANOTHER FEAST: Feast in the Fields at The Brewhouse in London Fields has food stalls from Arancini Brothers, Tacochu, Mama’s Jerk Station and more, plus DJs and dancing. £9 and under, kids go free, noon-midnight.

LONDON BRIDGE: Last chance to catch London Bridge Live Arts outdoor performances. Free, just find them, 12-4pm

Saturday 31st August

WOOD GREEN: N22′s tube station is having an open day. Look at heritage features and historic photos and there’s a chance for a behind the scenes tour. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

YOGA: Head up to the top of Print House in Dalston this morning if you fancy some rooftop yoga. £10, prebook, 9.15am and 10.30am 

PLAYFUL FUN: The Anorak Summer Fete takes place in Gillett Square as part of Dalston Children’s Festival. Expect creative fun and music. Free, just turn up, 12-6pm

ROOFTOP PARTY: The Soul Saturday party returns to Brixton, with a 13-hour gathering on top of The Lambeth. Enjoy 10 DJs spinning Reggae, Chillout, Garage, Deep House, House, Tech, Trap, Dubstep and Drum n Bass. £10.90, prebook, 1.30pm-late

PHOTOS: Londonist regularly uses photos by Flickr photographer Sabine Thoele so we’re jolly pleased to tell you about an exhibition of her work on Hampstead Heath. A Murder of Crows can be found on Sandy Heath, near the Spaniards Inn. Free, just turn up, 3-7pm

COOLWALK: Join a CoolTan Arts CoolWalk today and learn about the Myths & Legends surrounding Nunhead Cemetery. Free, just turn up (meet at Nunhead Library), 12-3.30pm

BOO!: It’s BFI Monster Weekend at the British Museum (Thurs-Sat) and you can watch the classic gothic horror film The Mummy tonight. Tickets £15, book here, 8pm

Sunday 1st September

CANALS: Angel Canal Festival sees the Regent’s Canal at Islington bustling with stalls, boats and people in a one-day community celebration. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

FIESTA: There’s a big Latin music festival at Horniman Museum and Gardens with concerts on the bandstand, music in the gardens and family activities. Free, just turn up, 12-6pm

PALMERS GREEN: Beautiful Broomfield Park hosts the climax of Palmers Green Community Festival with dance, music, funfair, sports, bouncy castle, stalls, food and drink and more. Just across the road from Palmers Green station. Free, just turn up, 12-6pm

MELA: The 11th London Mela, a big celebration of south Asian culture, takes place in Gunnersbury Park. Free, just turn up, 1-9pm

KLEZMER: Find Klezmer in the Park Festival in the Regent’s Park Bandstand with live performances thoruhgout the afternoon and a kids zone to keep little ones happy. Free, just turn up, 1-6pm

ICE SKATING: Today is the last day you can make the most of Alexandra Palace Ice Rink‘s ‘price freeze’, where sessions only cost a cool £5. Just turn up (but make sure you download the voucher beforehand), until 1 September.

THE BIRDS: Watch Hitchcock’s classic film at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as darkness descends…. Tickets £16.50+bkg, film starts 8.15pm

BLUES KITCHEN: Shop for vintage fashion with The Stylist’s Rail at XOYO, then hang around for music from Huey Morgan, Andrew Weatherall and more. Free entry until 4pm, then tickets £15 adv / £20 on the door. Noon-midnight

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