20 things to do in York this weekend: April 18-19, 2015

17 Apr 2015 @ 8.08 pm
| Entertainment
mix-six-logo-rightThere’ll be dancing in the streets – and in York’s independent record shops – this weekend. And if visual art’s more your thing, you’re in luck too. As always the full lowdown is in our awesome What’s On Guide.

York Carnival

York Carnival


It’s not every day you get to see belly dancing on Parliament Street. Or join a dance flashmob. Or listen to live music as varied as ukulele solos and gospel choirs. But then York Carnival doesn’t come along every day. It’s here this Saturday from 11am-6pm – more here.

Live music, a parade and belly dancing – it’s York Carnival time again

Record Day at the Inkwell – and elsewhere

Inkwell York, Record Store Day


‘Come back vinyl, all is forgiven’ went the cry from music lovers a few years ago. And it came back – with a vengeance. Saturday is Record Store Day celebrating independent music stores the world over. Among those taking part is the gloriously eclectic Inkwell on Gillygate, with live bands, limited edition vinyl and beer – full details here.

More Record Store Day events

Event Venue Time
Dusk Presents: Record Store Day Dusk, New Street Sat @ 5pm

York Open Studios – and more art

York Open Studios 2015


It’s the start of that special season where York’s artistic community throw open their doors and lets everyone tour their studios. More than 90 locations dotted around this city are taking part this weekend and next It promises to be a visual feast – full details here.

More Venue Time
Contemporaries of the North According To McGee From Saturday
Apollo 15 The Chapel, Apollo Street Sat & Sun @ 11am-6pm
Voices From The Inside York Quilt Museum Daily
Spring Into Yorkshire Blue Tree Gallery Daily
Royals Then And Now Beningbrough Hall Daily

Twelve Angry Men – and more theatre

The persuader… Tom Conti in Twelve Angry Men. Photograph: Anton Belmonte Photography


Legend of the stage and screen Tom Conti leads a star-studded cast in Twelve Angry Men, which ends its York Grand Opera House run on Saturday. Our reviewer said “Go see it!” and you can – details here.

More theatre

Event Venue Time
A Night Of Dirty Dancing York Barbican Sat @ 8pm
Musical Theatre Class Scarcroft School Sat @ 12.15pm

Crank Up – and other events

York Crank Up


What, you may ask, is a Crank Up? Run by members of the the Military Vehicle Trust, it sees the spring airing of military vehicles of all ages outside the Eye Of York. From 11am-3pm on Sundaymore here.

Another annual show

Event Venue Time
York Health & Healing Festival York Racecourse Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm
Westie Walk York Racecourse Sun @ 3pm-4pm

Charity gala concert – and more music

Joseph Rowntree Theatre


From the best of the West End to the top of the charts, the music at the Gala Concert at Joseph Rowntree Theatre will have you singing along. Performed on Saturday by students from the Margaret Berg School Of Music, all proceeds go to the NSPCC – details here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Honeytone Cody The Basement Sat @ 8pm
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show NCEM, Walmgate Sun @ 6pm
The Mojos Roman Bath 8pm
Folk Night Golden Ball Sun @ 8.30pm