There's something effortlessly glorious about Hackney WickED. For two fun-filled days, people of all trends and none flock to the Wick for a festival of art and music. Suddenly, every building becomes public space, as artists open their studios, fenced-off yards transform into pop-up food markets or DJ stages, and street artists give the tired-looking warehouses another lick of spray paint.
The much-loved festival returns this weekend (17-18 August), with the usual eclectic mix. Out tip is to do no planning whatsoever and just follow your nose, eyes and ears around Hackney Wick and Fish Island. An added bonus this year is the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (well, a small but dainty part of it), which this weekend hosts the Lollibop Festival for families. It's just a 5-10 minute walk from Hackney WickED.
Head along to the Wick any time from noon on either day. Note that some bits of the Overground network are closed at the weekend, but Hackney Wick station and its neighbours are open.
Image by M@ in the Londonist Flickr pool.