45 things to do in York this weekend, June 24-25 2017

Harley Wonderland Cosplay will be at the Comic Con
23 Jun 2017 @ 5.07 pm
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This weekend is more jam packed than a suitcase full of jam jammed into a jam factory.

Cosplay and fantasy fun at the Comic Con, free tours and entry to museums, the cycle rally on Knavesmire and world-leading tattooists in New Earswick…

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

Free entry to museums

Yorkshire Museum, York. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross

When do you get something for nothing in this world? This weekend, that’s when! The York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and Yorkshire Museum are free to residents this weekend only. With some great exhibitions this is a chance not to be missed. More here

See also
Pica Studios Open Day on Grape Lane this Saturday

York Comic Con

Harley Wonderland Cosplay will be at the Comic Con

Harry Potter actor Martin Ballantyne, cosplay, Star Wars parades, a zombie invasion, retro consoles… it’s a sci-fi and fantasy fun-fest at The Crescent this Saturday. More here

See also
Acomb Market June – 1st Birthday Celebration! on Front Street on Saturday
Saturday Car Boot Sale at York Racecourse on Saturday
Plant sale at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery on Saturday
Made In Yorkshire Early Summer Show in Parliament Street till Sunday
One Great Superhero Day at Monks Cross on Saturday
RetroDog at BrewDog on Sunday

York Cycle Rally

British Cycling Go-Ride at the 2016 York Rally. Photo: Peter Eland

The York Rally has been celebrating all things bike since 1945. This year’s event runs all weekend on Knavesmire and features racing, family rides, stalls, socials and more. More here

See also
The 2017 York World Naked Bike Ride from Millennium Bridge on Sunday
Appleton Roebuck Scarecrow Weekend and Mini Beer Festival all weekend
York Armed Forces Day 2017 in Parliament Street on Saturday
Bishopthorpe Gala at Bishopthorpe Palace on Saturday
York Canoe Race 2017 at Rowntree Park on Saturday
Glen Gardens Summer Fair in Heworth on Sunday
St Leonard’s Hospice Summer Fair on Tadcaster Road on Sunday

Free tours of York

Ready to whisk you on a magical mystery tour… Photograph: YorkMix

Saturday is the second of two days of free tours of the city, put on by the marvellous York Civic Trust. Romans, railways and women are the topic of just three of the walks. All the fun starts at St Sampson’s Square, and there’s full details here.

See also
Yorkshire Family History Fair at York Racecourse on Saturday
Wigginton Primary School Summer Fayre on Saturday
Garden Walk & Honey Bee Talk at York Cemetery on Sunday

York International Tattoo Convention

Photograph: York international tattoo convention

Think ink this weekend as York’s tattoo convention hits the somewhat incongruous venue of New Earswick Bowls Club. Some of the finest tattoo artists and body modification experts from around the world will be there. More here

Wizard of Oz

Cast members in costume

We’re off to see the wizard. The wonderful Wizard Of Oz, as performed by We Are Theatre at Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Featuring some classic songs from the movie, there are three shows on Friday and Saturday. More here

See also
Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes at York Theatre Royal till July
Children, Conflict and the Art(s) of Hope
An Audience with Freddie Davies at the Red Lion, Upper Poppleton on Saturday
Attitude Dance Club presents “Attitude Uncaged” at the Grand Opera House on Saturday

Snakerattlers album launch show


It’s always exciting when a York band release their first album. Snakerattlers launch theirs into the wild at the Fulford Arms on Saturday night. Should be quite a party… More here

See also
Summer Sounds In The Park at Rowntree Park on Saturday
Mozart’s Requiem at York Minster on Saturday
The Peacocks plus Last Man Standing at the Crescent on Saturday
Refuel and guests at the Woolpack on Saturday
Music for a Midsummer’s Night at St Olave’s on Saturday
The Silents at The Beeswing on Saturday
Faried Osman and Friends at The Nook on Saturday
Simplyplustwo at the Royal Oak on Saturday
Melting Pot at Haxby Sports Bar on Saturday
Clash City Rockers at the Flag And Whistle on Saturday
Jake Dalton on Saturday
Garden Sounds at the Fossgate Social on Sunday
10th Birthday Celebration – Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company on Sunday
Brogan Lacey at the Acorn Rugby Club on Sunday
Vivaldi Gloria at St Helen’s Church on Sunday
Annie Keating + Dan Webster at the Basement on Sunday
Incredible Hammond Band @ Kennedy’s on Sunday