Comics, clowns, comedians – and hedgehogs: that’s this weekend. Plus old school cool and a new exhibition on the city’s pioneering past.
As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.
Free Comic Book Day
Comic and games shop The Travelling Man on Goodramgate hosts the annual jamboree, with thousands of comic books to give away from Wonder Woman to Doctor Who. Meanwhile York-based artist Abz Harding will be painting a mural upstairs. Saturday from 8.30am-6pm – more here.
Acomb Book Sale at York Explore Library on Sat from 9am
Local History Book Sale at York Explore from 9.30am
York Does Vintage
Has retro ever been so now? The YDV team return to the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Sunday with vintage clothes and homewares, live music and an old-school tearoom. More here
Spring Craft Fair at Tang Hall Explore from 9.30am
Saturday Car Boot Sale at York Racecourse from 10am
Roll up, roll up to Roko at Clifton Moor as Paulo and his circus friends fill a big top with entertainment. They promise down-to-earth comedy and “scary in your face amazement”. Saturday and Sunday, more here.
Dan Linfoot Grand Prix at York Motorsport Village on Saturday from 6pm
True Grit Wrestling – The Return! at Fibbers on Saturday from 7pm
Mrs Tiggywinkle and chums are having a tough time of it of late, so give them a hand at this hedgehog-themed day on Saturday. There are competitions, games and goodies, and a chance to see the other baby animals down on Beetle Bank Farm near Murton. More here
Garden Fayre at York Cemetery from 10am
Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy
There’s a lot to be scared of out there – China, North Korea and a certain US President. But rather than stay at home fretting, go and have a laugh at their expense courtesy of the person Jimmy Carr called ‘the funniest thing on the Fringe’. Ed’s at the Basement on Sunday – more here
Ian Pace (piano) at the Unitarian Chapel on Saturday from 7.30pm
Footloose at the Grand Opera House till Saturday
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at York Theatre Royal till Saturday
Fulford All Dayer at the Fulford Arms on Saturday from 11am
University of York Baroque Day at the NCEM on Saturday from 12.30pm
It’s Dance Time with excerpts from Beauty and the Beast at Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
The Escape Club May Spectacular at the Guildhall from 8pm
Skaboom at the Ainsty on Saturday from 9pm
Sky Adams at the Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday from 9pm
Ian Kay’s Soul Dream at the New York Club on Sunday from 4pm
Finesse at the Victoria Vaults on Sunday from 4pm
Sam Brookes at The Crescent on Sunday from 7.30pm
Made In York
This city may trade heavily on its past, but it can be quite forward thinking at times. Made In York: Inventing & Enlightening the Georgian City, which has just opened at Fairfax House, reveals the pioneering ideas, inventions, discoveries, objects of beauty and craftsmanship and the people behind their creation. Daily till November – more here.