28 things to do in York this weekend, September 16-17 2017

Sheer filth – the Pretty Muddy race on Knavesmire. Photograph: Nigel Holland
15 Sep 2017 @ 3.42 pm
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Read all about it at the UK’s biggest book fair, enjoy live performances on the city walls and muddy the waters on Knavesmire…

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

York Book Fair


Thousands of books will fill the shelves at York Racecourse this Friday and Saturday. Dealers from across the country will be at the largest fair of its type, and while some old books will sell for big bucks others are a lot more affordable. More here

See also
Truth, Lies and Forensic Alibis at Explore Acomb on Saturday
Meet Clementine Beauvais at Waterstones on Saturday
Mouse Pirate: Talk like a pirate! at York Explore on Saturday

Pretty Muddy York

Photograph: Nigel Holland

Get down and dirty and cheer on the competitors who tackle the 5K muddy obstacle course on Knavesmire this Saturday. The Race For Life event is raising money to fight cancer – more here.

Streetfood Sunday

Photograph: York On A Fork / Fulford Arms on Facebook

The perfect taster (see what we did there?) for the upcoming York Food Festival, Streetfood Sunday brings some fabulous flavours to the Fulford Arms. Organised by York On A Fork, this year sees Ruby’s Street Kitchen return, and the debut of York Pizza Co. More here

See also
Taste and Flavour Fruit and Veg Show at Brunswick Organic Nursery on Saturday
Red Goat Rampage at the Red Goat Climbing Wall on Saturday
Fun on the Green at Scarcroft Green on Saturday

Psychic & Clairvoyant Fair

Photograph: valentin_mtnezc / Pixabay

Well we didn’t see that coming. The Yorkshire Terrier is hosting psychics and clairvoyants from across Yorkshire on Sunday, and there are various types of private readings available. More here

York Walls Performance Trail

Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

It’s billed as a ‘one-of-a-kind performance trail’. The team behind this year’s Takeover Festival at York Theatre Royal have lined up various performers and artists along the walls between Monk Bar and Bootham Bar this Saturday doing ten minute shows. More here

See also
The Lock In Remixed at York Theatre Royal on Saturday
Industrialists in the Cemetery at York Cemetery on Sunday

Paul Foot


“Sublime, original and brilliant” is how the Independent describes Paul Foot, and the unique stand up brings his show ’Tis a Pity She’s A Piglet to the Crescent on Saturday. He’ll be tackling the big issues – terrorism, immigration, The X Factor and breakfast. More here

See also
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at the Basement on Saturday
York Stage Musicals: Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical at the Grand Opera House on Saturday
Open Auditions for the ‘Babes In The Wood’ at York Barbican on Saturday

Festival On The Green


Six live bands – including Chilli Peppers tribute The Red Hot Jalapenos – a mini funfair, bars and stalls and scooters: it’s all happening at Elvington on SaturdayMore here

See also
The Peckham Cowboys at Fibbers on Saturday
Indie Rock ‘N’ Roll at the Woolpack on Saturday
J.K.Simpson at the Grand Hotel on Saturday
Moonshine Creek at the Volunteer Arms on Saturday
Casova LIVE at the Inn on the Green on Saturday
Folk at the Fox on Sunday
York Calling Presents… New:York at the Crescent on Sunday
Siobhan Wilson at the Basement on Sunday
Firebird Quartet at the Phoenix on Sunday