The summer of local festivals continues, and it’s Crystal Palace’s turn to showcase the best of its area and entertain the community.
Many events are free, so you can enjoy live music, talks, readings and exhibitions for no pence. If you do want to hand over some cash, for two nights Coopers Yard becomes an outdoor cinema screening shorts from Channel 4’s Random Acts (Thursday, £9, 8.30pm) and Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut Submarine (Friday, £9, 8.30pm). For something more sedate, try the Tea Dance at the Phoenix Community Centre on Wednesday, with music from the 1930s, 40s and 50s played on an original horn gramophone. It’s £5 each and that includes tea and a piece of cake.
On Saturday Westow Park adopts a festival vibe, with live music from 11am as local traders ply their wares in the food court — grab a mojito there or a specialist cider or perry from the Orchard Bar by the main stage — plus food tastings from outfits such as Chas and Momo and Harrington’s Kitchens from 12pm. There are also areas for kids and spaces for you to focus on your wellbeing.
On Sunday everything switches to the Triangle, with all day food and drink festivals from The Grape and Grain, Casa Cuba, Westow House and The White Hart. Find time to visit a vintage tearoom with live music in Jubilee Gardens. And if you’re heading to Crystal Palace you’ll be serenaded by various musicians at the station between 11am-5pm on Sunday.
There’s lots of family friendly stuff happening as well. Search for a secret sprite village in Crystal Palace park, or enjoy treasure hunts around the Triangle, a sports evening and even a mini carnival.
The Crystal Palace Overground Festival runs 26-29 June. For more information on events, see the festival website.