Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. As you know, this can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.
Let’s kick things off with something for film lovers, the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival.
This is a festival with a wide variety of free screenings at all sorts of venues across London: 32 screenings across 22 locations, to be exact.
“2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. As part of a nationwide celebration, we will be screening several bard-related films as part of our 2016 festival. Look out for this Shakespare symbol on the event pages.”
The films available range from The Lion King to Labyrinth, and gives you several opportunities to watch new and old films for completely free. This festival is on from April 22 – May 1, so get more info here.
If you’re a fan of old school garage, you’re in luck. This weekend at The Grand there are the three main staples of 90’s garage: Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat.
This is only the beginning of their “Legends” series, which will feature some pretty big names over the coming weeks.
“We’re proud to launch the first of our Legends series, featuring artists that have been figureheads of their scenes, soundtracking your lives along the way. Grab this opportunity to join us as we kick things off with Garage’s biggest names.”
This is taking place on Friday night and tickets are £8 online or £10 on the door. Buy them here.
With the nice weather we’ve been having lately, you might want to get a bit of fresh air this weekend. Well, there is event taking place at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens that may be of interest: St George’s Festival.
“Year four welcomes back Battle of the Nations for the second London Tournament of full contact medieval combat. “Sharkey”, the London Champion, will defend his crown. All the usual attractions will be present, Punch and Judy, Falconry, archery (bigger and better because the queues were so long last year), Morris Dancers, the lass who did the kids races (she was great) and full contact fighting in Steel Henge (did we mention this?). A medieval market will spring up, do you want to buy a sword? Go and see the blacksmith.”
“The idea is to take orders for weaponry and have them made, each stage, the hilt, the blade, the bindings and the sheath, on the day, in front of your eyes and you can collect the finished article at the end. This can be a shield, a knife, an axe, a sword to take home with you as a piece of art.”
“Wooden swords and shields will be available for the kids. A giant pig will be cooked on a spit in a field, which we will then eat. There will be an ale and mead tent and we will drink. Come in costume and we will sing!”
This event is free, and is taking place at the Pleasure Guardians on Saturday from 12pm.
Carrying on the theme of St George’s Day for a moment, there is also the Feast of St George taking place in Trafalgar Square.
“Come and celebrate St George’s Day, with its special Shakespearean theme, plus a feast of English food, live music and free fun for everyone. There’ll be cookery demos from celebrity chefs, stalls selling mouth-watering treats, a beautiful banqueting area and a host of indoor and outdoor family games.”
This event is free and is on Saturday from 12pm-6pm. Get more info here.
Next up is a club event that is definitely not for the faint hearted, Savage at the Metropolis. Savage is billed as “East London’s naughtiest gay clubnight”.
“Housed at Metropolis strip club it consists of stripper poles, Vegas decor, a wet room and even a beach! Savage DJs play disco, party classics and uplifting house creating a studio 54 style atmosphere, with the savage girls working the stage and poles.”
This event is on Saturday night at the Metropolis, near Cambridge Heath station. Tickets are £5. More info can be found here.
If some bargain hunting is what you’re after, then look no further than Hackney Flea Market.
“Hackney Flea Market is a monthly curated event, offering marketeers, creative independents, a space to sell their wares, promote their business. All our stallholders are handpicked, and we vary the stallholders from Saturday to Sunday, and from month to month, so you’ll always find something unexpected. We have veteran sellers from established markets like Spitalsfield/Bermondsey, selling alongside locals clearing out their loft, as well as up-and-coming designers selling limited editions of handmade goods.”
This event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, at Abney Hall and EPIC Dalston respectively. It’s free of charge, so get the details here.
Sadly, once again there are no gigs worth mentioning taking place this weekend, so that’s it for this weekend! Have a great one, let’s hope the weather stays strong!