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ELEPHANT: Elefest makes Elephant & Castle the coolest place to be this weekend with big film events, art shows, skateboarding, beatboxing, The StockMKT, subway murals, treasure hunt, guerilla gardening, pub quiz and parties. Lots of stuff is free, a festival pass is just £10, full programme online, Friday to Sunday.
LITERARY WALKS: Footprints of London’s literary walking festival offers ambles about Keats, Shakespeare, Chaucer and Orwell as well as a stroll around Covent Garden this weekend. Tickets £10, £7.50, book. Festival runs throughout October.
THAMES ARCHAEOLOGY: Thames Discovery Programme’s Foreshore Forum runs over both days of the weekend, offering a series of talks on recent archaeology and newly pieced-together history of the Thames and its shores. Includes a reception/party on Saturday night. £20/£25/£40, prebook, 10-5pm
NOUR: Seek the best in contemporary art, film, literature, music and performance from the Middle East and North Africa in Kensington & Chelsea this October and November with Nour Festival of Arts. There’s a range of exhibitions to visit this weekend, check out the festival calendar for more.
VEGFEST: A “plant-based food festival” unites vegans, vegetarians and anyone curious about a meat/fish/dairy/animal product free lifestyle at Olympia. Tickets £10/day, book, 11am-7pm
RECORDS: Vinyl Junkies, you need to get to London Record Fair at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Free entry, just turn up, from 9am
ART LICKS: Young artists get a chance to showcase their work and talents over the Art Licks Weekend festival with a plethora of events and exhibitions happening in east and south London galleries. Browse the map and programme. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm
BLACK HISTORY: It’s the first weekend of Black History Month. Check out Hackney Museum’s exhibition Sankofa looking back on 75 years of the history of African and African Carribbean people in the UK and the rise of Black History Month on Saturday, then follow the influential black Londoners trail around Sutton House. Loads happening all month, check the website for activities by participating borough.
CRAFTY FOX: Crafting is the new clubbing in Brixton. There’ll be stalls, workshops, DJs, tea rooms, events for creatives and more for the Crafty Fox weekend market at the Dogstar. Free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm
BIRTHDAY PARTY: Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford is 10 years old and opens its doors for a Birthday Party weekend of festivities for children and their families including immersive theatre, special tours, hip hop stories and more. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm
ISLINGTON: Candid Arts (round the back of Angel tube) hosts Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair and it’s Art week with painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking and illustration on show. Free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm
LIT: The London Lit Weekend at King’s Place invites big name writers to speak. Hear Jung Chang, Lottie Moggach, Penelope Lively, Jonathan Coe and others. £6.50 / £9.50 per event, day passes available.
DEPTFORDX: The quirky contemporary art festival finishes this weekend with installations, exhibitions, workshops, open studios and a quiz. Head for Deptford and see what you find – map. Free, just turn up.
Saturday 5 October
FOOD: It’s the final day of Brixton Food Fest with a huge International Food Market on Brixton Station Road from 10am-5pm
URBAN SYMPOSIUM: Tate Britain hosts Urban Encounters: Urban Materialities, a one-day multi-disciplinary conference looking at the notion of “thing-ness”, whether you’re interested in architecture, archaeology, visual arts or geography. Tickets £20, £15, book, 10.30am-6pm
PHOTO FESTIVAL: The themes for this year’s London Photo Festival are Black & White and Night Photography. Head to The Crypt on Borough High Street for a showcase of new and emerging photography talent. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-6pm
HARVEST: Surrey Docks Farm Harvest Festival celebrates the season with farm stalls, donkey rides, live music and kids’ activities including Splat the Rat! Free entry, just turn up, 11am-4pm
JAPAN: Trafalgar Square hosts a day of Japanese culture, fun and food, Japan Matsuri. Free, just turn up, 11am-9pm
BEER: London Fields Brewery host a free Oktoberfest Cockney knees-up with traditional British and German fayre (*beer*) all afternoon. Free entry, just turn up from 12 noon
MISSING ANCHOR: Deptford’s famous anchor was recently removed from the High Street. A Give us Back our Blooming Anchor procession marches today from the Dog and Bell pub towards Deptford High Street and market. Free, just turn up, 12 noon
DANDY LION: It’s a harvest themed market at The Oxford in Kentish Town as Dandy Lion proffers affordable art, craft & vintage wares in a pub that does a roast and serves ales. Free entry, just turn up, 12-5pm
LONDONIST PUB CRAWL: We’re heading out to Richmond to do part ‘R’ of our long-running alphabetical pub crawl. Want to join in? The crawl starts in the Sun Inn and tours the seven best pubs as voted for by our readers. Find the full itinerary at the bottom of this article. You’ll also get a Londonist booze badge. Free, but please email email@example.com so we can keep an eye on numbers, 1pm till late
CHISENHALE: As part of their 30th anniversary programme, Chisenhale Dance Space spends an evening looking at dance and politics with a performance that addresses awkward and uncomfortable everyday experiences and a discussion about feminism. Tickets £8, prebook, 7pm
WELSH POETRY: The London Welsh Literature Festival has Joe Dunthorne, Huw Edwards, Mary Medlicott and Caught by the River among its guests at the London Welsh Centre. £20, 10am-11pm
Sunday 6 October
YAM YAM!: The Albany in Deptford hosts a food and art festival. Yam Yam! launches with a one-day food extravaganza with local suppliers and tasting events plus many fun activities. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm
APPLES: A bumper apple harvest is predicted this year so brush up on apple varieties and taste freshly pressed juice at Roots and Shoots Apple Day in Kennington. Children can enjoy storytelling at 1pm, Wesminster Morris Men will be jigging about around 2pm and there’ll be plenty of advice about fruit growing. Adults £1, kids free, just turn up, 11am-4pm
PHOTO WALKS: Four Urban Walks take place for Urban Photo Fest. £10, book, 11am & 2pm
JIMI HENDRIX: Classic Album Sundays present Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its release. Listen to it in full, undisturbed at the Hanbury Arms. Tickets £8, book, 5-8pm
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