What's On In London This Bank Holiday Weekend? 26-30 August

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What's On In London This Bank Holiday Weekend? 26-30 August

This week we're combining London On The Cheap and our Weekend post to give you the best of the bank holiday weekend, whatever the weather.

Photo of that brilliant Carnival image used by TFL all round the tube by version3point1
All weekend The Notting Hill Carnival dominates August Bank Holiday weekend. There's the steel band competition on Saturday, Sunday is kids day and Monday is main parade day plus there's a whole raft of Carnival 'after parties' round the edges - a good list here.

The Star Trek Weekender requires true commitment with 11 films over 3 days at the Prince Charles Cinema and there's a open mic film night at Vibe Bar.

Visit Tate Modern's Turbine Hall to see free public performances by Michael Clark Company, using 80 non-dancer members of the public. Friday and Saturday at 9.30pm, Sunday and Monday at 5.30pm.

Thurday The weekend starts early with the Lockstock Festival Bank Holiday Bonanza in Camden Lock Market from 2pm until late. Free.

And there's free tango in Spitalfields, 6.30-9.30pm.

Plus you can get erotic in the Barbican Conservatory.

Friday: The first London Electronic Dance Festival raves up Victoria Park today and Saturday. Tickets £40/day, £70/weekend.

Get free tickets to Korean Mythical Fantasy "Another Sun" at Sadlers Wells, 8pm (also Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm).

It's all about old school Hollywood glamour - a la Grace Kelly - at the V&A Late, 6.30-10pm, free.

The London International Animation Festival begins at the Renoir, Brunswick Square.

Saturday: The Alternative Village Fete sets up its stalls at the National Theatre from 1 till 7pm (and Sunday, 1-4pm) "where the folk is activism and the bunting radical." Free.

Follow the animals round Southwark Cathedral on a family friendly safari starting at 11am, free, no booking required.

Jam, vegetables, cake and chutney at Kew Horticultural Society Summer Show on Kew Green, 1.30-6pm.

The Windmill in Brixton lays on a party for anyone who went to Reading in '92 or failed to get tickets this year. 1992: The Year Reading Peaked is a fond tribute to the rock festival without the mud but with a Super Mario Kart competition. 4pm-midnight, £5.

Sunday: The Ballroom Boot Fair at The Ivy House offers 'art, wares, bric-a-brac, records, vintage clothes & cool junk!' between midday and 4pm, entrance 50p (kids free) at 40 Stuart Road, Peckham Rye SE15 2PL.

Go for a ride on a Vintage Red Bus around Edgware, Colindale and Mill hilll. IanVisits tips us off to these retro tours that easily enable a stop off at the RAF Museum.

Index on Censorship hosts a night of comedy, cabaret and music starring the banned in Belarus theatre company, 'Belarus Free Theatre' at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, E2, 6pm till 2am. Buy an early bird ticket now for just £5.

Museum of London Docklands' season of Ealing Comedies kicks off with Hue and Cry at 2pm, free.

Storytails presents readings of original stories at the Birdcage, Stamford Hill between 5-6.30pm. Free (spare change to charity).

The Dalston Cup is a spin off from Little London Fields Festival and takes place at the Junction Rooms between 4pm and midnight with live music all the way.

It's the final night of the Camden Fringe and we'll be celebrating at the Camden Head with The Quiz That Ate My Brain.

Monday: Find out about Wild and Wonderful Herbs: Remedies for Children and their Grown Ups at the bandstand in West Ham Park, free between 2-4pm.

The Great Summer Frolick winds up the weekend in the most civilised style at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead. Award winning baroque group The Frolick sing songs from 18th century London promising: ove, lust, recession, melancholy, drinking and riotous fun. 7pm, £10/8.

Want more? Check out Music Choice for gigs, Arts Ahead for openings and closings and Book Grocer for literary events.

Last Updated 26 August 2010