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50 Absolutely Unmissable Events in Leeds This Month

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Every month, we round up the best events taking place in the city, so you won’t miss a thing.

Thor's Tipi Bar

From film festivals to gigs and comedy, make November one to remember with these amazing events.

November is here and there are loads of fantastic events to enjoy in Leeds this month. You’ve got massive wine festivals, huge concerts and the return of the German Market – don’t forget that Bonfire Night too. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so go ahead and find out what’s on in Leeds this month.

Picks of the Month

Leeds German Market, Christkindelmarkt

Christmas markets, film fun and huge rock stars – these are the events you won’t want to miss this month.

Leeds International Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival is one of the standout events of the year and the 31st edition will be a feast of cinema across 16 days and 13 venues. You can enjoy back-to-back horror flicks at Day of the Dead, a slew of short films at the Leeds Short Film Awards and a live soundtrack to a series of 10 short Polish animated classics by British Sea Power. Keep an eye out for this year’s opening film, the much-lauded The Square and the closing film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. There will also be special exhibitions, workshops and Q&As.

Leeds International Film Festival will take place in venues across Leeds from Wednesday 1st until Thursday 16th November 2017.

Leeds German Market

The German Market is back this November and it’s here for longer than ever before. You’ve got until Christmas Eve to visit, which means you have even more time to visit the 40 stalls, selling everything from Frankfurter sausages to pretzels, wooden toys and jewellery. There’s loads for the kids to enjoy too with the return of the carousel and special activities in the Alp Chalet, the laid back restaurant where you can also sit down for a bite to eat and enjoy tunes from the oompah band. Fancy a drink? Make a beeline for the Kuh Stall or the Ski Hutte for a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Leeds German Market takes over Millennium Square from Friday 10th until Saturday 23rd December 2017.

Thor’s Tipi Bar

After huge success last year, with over 50,000 people visiting, Thor’s Tipi Bar is returning to Victoria Gardens for a second run. The Viking-inspired winter hideaway is here until New Year’s Eve, so you can cosy up next to the log fires, under the twinkling lights for a festive drink or two. They’re teaming up with Leeds Brewery once again, so you can enjoy a pint of local ale, but if you want something that will warm your cockles, they’ll also have mulled wine and hot cider. Bringing the kids? They have a hot chocolate station where they can top their drink with tasty treats. It’s a perfect Christmas night out.

Thor’s Tipi Bar comes to Victoria Gardens from Friday 17th November until Sunday 31st November 2017.

The Killers

Las Vegas’ finest are back with a new album – The Killers are showing off ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ at First Direct Arena in Leeds this November. This will be your first chance to hear songs from the new LP live, but don’t worry, it’s safe to say you can expect a slew of classics out of their 15 year back catalogue – from ‘Mr Brightside’ to ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Human’.

The Killers play First Direct Arena on Sunday 19th November 2017.

Otley Beer Festival

November will bring the 17th Otley Beer Festival. It’s one of the most popular beer festivals in Yorkshire and you don’t even have to worry about planning ahead – each day is pay-on-the-door. Once you’re in you can work your way through their selection of over 60 real ales, as well as a selection of cider, keg beers and perry. They’ve also got you covered with street food stalls and live music across the weekend.

Otley Beer Festival takes place at Otley Rugby Club on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017.

Food and Drink

Wine Gang Winter Festival

Check out this month’s top foodie events, with pop-up restaurants, wine festivals and chocolate making workshops.

Guiseley Lions 7th Annual Beer Festival

Coopers Bar and Bistro will be transformed into a buzzing hub of ales for this year’s Guiseley Lions 7th Annual Beer Festival. They’re putting together a beer list that includes over 20 real ales from around Yorkshire, alongside an array of cider and wine. Stuart Mearns Butchers will provide the pie and peas to soak up the booze and they’re also planning a raffle and auction to help raise money for local causes – last year they raised £2,500 and they’re trying to smash that record at this year’s festival.

Guiseley Lions 7th Annual Beer Festival takes over Coopers, Guiseley on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November 2017.

Chocolates for Christmas

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the chocolate lover in your life? Temple Newsam has you covered this November. Chocolates for Christmas is a two-hour workshop in their Great Hall and you’ll learn how to create your very own delectable Belgian truffles using raw chocolate ingredients. You’ll get an afternoon of chocolate making and leave with 30-50 beautifully wrapped chocolates that are perfect Christmas presents. The experience includes a tour of the house before your session, with tea and cake afterwards.

Chocolates for Christmas takes place at Temple Newsam on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November 2017.

King Street Social

King Street Social are back this November another foodie pop-up. This time, they’re taking over Laynes Espresso for two evening sittings with renowned chef Jonathan Hawthorne. He’s worked at the esteemed Quay Restaurant, Noma, Automata and Marque in the past 10 years and he’ll be showing off his unique take on fine-dining this month at a city centre favourite.

King Street Social takes over Laynes Espresso on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017.

Pizza and Prosecco Festival

The Pizza and Prosecco Festival has been so popular, that they’ve added a second date in addition to the sold out Friday night. They’re bringing together two things that people absolutely adore – you can indulge in 20 different types of prosecco or try their sparkling prosecco cocktails. To soak up your bubbles, head over to their pop-up pizza stall for the most popular pairing since Ant and Dec.

Pizza and Prosecco Festival takes place at Canal Mills on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 2017.

The Wine Gang’s Leeds Wine Festival

If you love a glass of vino, this is a must. Aspire will be taken over by The Wine Gang, a group of wine experts who are bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry, from The Wine Society to Waitrose Cellar, Nyetimber and Majestic. There will be more than 400 wines to sample on the day – maybe don’t try them all – and you can join them on a Wine Walk around the venue, take in a special masterclass or enjoy a Pop-Up Presentation by a renowned wine critic.

The Wine Gang’s Leeds Wine Festival takes over Aspire on Saturday 18th November 2017.

Live Music

Milburn

Head to the city’s best music venues to see soul stars, indie icons and hip-hop heavyweights.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Leeds, there’s nowhere to run this November because soul icons Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are playing a very last-minute show at one of their favourite venues. They’re returning to the Brudenell Social Club, which is now becoming an annual festive treat, to run through their immense catalogue of tunes, from ‘Heatwave’ to ‘Quicksand’, ‘Jimmy Mack’ and ‘Dancing In The Street’. Get your dancing shoes on for a night of Motown classics.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas play Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday 14th November 2017.

Run the Jewels

One of the most popular hip-hop groups of the decade, Run the Jewels are coming to O2 Academy Leeds this month on their ‘Run the World’ tour. The crack team of El-P and Killer Mike have won worldwide acclaim by blending witty rhymes and hard-hitting social commentary into massive tunes that have helped the pair stand out from the crowd. From ‘2100’ to ‘Rubble Kings’, ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’ and ‘Mean Demeanour’, this will be one hell of a show.

Run the Jewels play O2 Academy Leeds on Wednesday 15th November 2017.

Milburn

Much missed Sheffield indie group Milburn came back from the dead with a series of sold out shows in their hometown and across the UK last year. They went down so well that they were obliged to make ‘Time’, their third record and first in a decade. They’re celebrating the release of the new album with their biggest ever UK tour, coming to Leeds University Union with all the hits in tow as well as the new tunes – think ‘Lipstick Lickin’, ‘Send in the Boys’ and ‘What You Could’ve Won’.

Milburn play Leeds University Union on Friday 17th November 2017.

The Kooks

There was a time when you couldn’t move for hearing The Kooks ring out across shops, bars and indie discos – the likes of ‘Naive’, ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ and ‘Ooh La’ raided the charts. Now’s your chance to relive them as the boys are heading out on tour to celebrate the release of ‘The Best of… So Far’. Expect all the classics and more – just don’t forget to get down there early doors to see DMA’s in support.

The Kooks play First Direct Arena on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Songhoy Blues

You might not have thought Malian desert blues was the music missing from your life, but Songhoy Blues might well make you realise it was. The group have a fascinating story, from leaving their hometown due to civil war to forming the band in a refugee camp. They were introduced to the western world thanks to Damon Albarn and Nick Zinner and albums ‘Music In Exile’ and ‘Résistance’ have gone down a storm – their Leeds show at Church will be guaranteed to get you grooving.

Songhoy Blues play Church on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

Comedy

Katherine Ryan Leeds Theatre

Need a laugh? There’s a stellar line-up of stand-up comedians coming to Leeds this month.

James Acaster

If you’re familiar with Mock the Week, you’ll know James Acaster. The Kettering stand-up has stolen the show in recent series with his outlandish, sometimes bizarre tales. Now, you’ve got the chance to see him in person as he brings his new tour, ‘Classic Scrapes’, to City Varieties this month. It brings the book of the same title to life, a tome compiled from Acaster’s hilarious and ridiculous true life stories, as told on Josh Widdicombe’s XFM radio show over the past 5 years.

James Acaster comes to City Varieties on Sunday 5th November 2017.

Josie Long

Josie Long will be pulling no punches on her next UK tour, as its title, ‘Lefty Scum’, suggests. She’s coming to The Wardrobe this month for a show she’s described as ‘unashamedly political’. Expect her to rip right into the Conservative Party, right wing politics, Donald Trump, social injustices and much more to hilarious effect. She’s going to be joined by the equally brilliant Grace Petrie and Jonny and the Baptists to boot.

Josie Long comes to The Wardrobe on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

Milton Jones

It’s safe to say Milton Jones is Out There – and not just because that’s the title of his new UK tour. The zany stand-up reels off one-liners in inimitable deadpan fashion, as you’ll have seen on shows like Mock the Week. He’s got a brand new set of puns and jokes to try out on his audiences, so don’t miss his return to Leeds at the Town Hall this November.

Milton Jones comes to Leeds Town Hall on Friday 17th November 2017.

Katherine Ryan

Razor sharp Canadian abroad Katherine Ryan is going back out on tour this November, bringing her ‘Glitter Room’ show to Leeds Town Hall. She’s become a household name thanks to appearances on the likes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Mock the Week and Your Face or Mine, but this show is about Ryan showing off the funny in her everyday struggles, particularly in the face of sexism.

Katherine Ryan comes to Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Joe Lycett

Here’s your chance to see a preview show from a top comic before he heads out on a massive tour. Joe Lycett is headlining a one-off night at The Wardrobe for what he’s calling a ‘LOLs in Progress’ performance. This is to warm-up for his ‘I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett’ tour which comes to City Varieties in February – expect jokes, paintings and some of his internet trolling escapades.

Joe Lycett comes to The Wardrobe on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Theatre

Scottish Dance Theatre's YAMA at Riley Theatre

Credit: Brian Hartley

From huge West End productions to incredible dance shows, there’s plenty on at the city’s theatres.

Pink Sari Revolution

Pink Sari Revolution is a barnstorming new production based on Amana Fontanella-Khan’s book. It brings together drama, music and movement to tell the incredibly courageous story of Sampat Pal Devi. She’s the leader of the Gulag Gang, a 400,000 strong group of women who are standing up for their rights in a uniform of bright pink saris, and her story shows the cost of fighting for change.

Pink Sari Revolution comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse from Tuesday 7th until Saturday 11th November 2017.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

We all know the story, but you’ve never seen The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe like this before. For the first time ever, West Yorkshire Playhouse are doing theatre-in-the-round in the Quarry Theatre, creating a totally immersive experience that will put you right at the heart of the action, so the secret world of Narnia will come to life around you. Bringing together music, dance and spectacular aerial arts, this is going to be one hell of show as they take you into a cold, dark place where winter reigns but Christmas never comes. Get ready for adventure.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse from Wednesday 29th November 2017 until Sunday 21st January 2018.

Fat Friends

There’s just one show at Leeds Grand Theatre this month and it’s a must-see. Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends is back and the Leeds-based musical features a star-studded cast including Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey and Freddie Flintoff. Join the Headingley branch of Super Slimmers as Lauren tackles her love life and Kelly tries to squeeze into her dream wedding dress. Full of life, music and laughter, it promises to be one hell of a show.

Fat Friends takes over Leeds Grand Theatre from Saturday 11th November until Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Ballet Black

Ballet Black is back in Leeds for its sixth year and Cassa Pancho’s international company of dancers have another storming mixed bill for you. Martin Lawrence’s Captured brings fiery emotion to the stage for a piece set to a Shostakovich string quartet and Ludovic Ondiviela’s Dopamine is full of love, lust and passion with an original score by Fabio D’Andrea. The final performance is South Bank Award winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Red Riding Hood, which will turn the popular fairytale on its head with a surprising twist.

Ballet Black takes over The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 2017.

YAMA

Lawrence Olivier Award-winning choreographer Damien Jalet has a brand new show and he’s bringing it to Leeds’ Riley Theatre this month for one night only. YAMA has been put together with the dancers of Scottish Dance Theatre, and will be brought to life thanks to visual artist Jim Hodges’ incredible set and Brussels fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s beautiful costumes. Jalet’s choreography will blow you away as the dancers rise out of the mountain in a show that’s ritualistic, rhythmic and almost feral.

YAMA is at Riley Theatre on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Exhibitions

Queens of Industry

Another month, another batch of intriguing exhibitions for you to see in Leeds’ galleries.

Sifting Defunct Modernity

Sifting Defunct Modernity is a new exhibition from West Yorkshire fine artist Tom Beesley that explores potential futures that are wrapped up in a possible past. He makes use of old, discarded materials and objects to create thoughtful installations at the University of Leeds’ Project Space. They’re influenced by how quickly the modern world seems to change and how the past impacts the future.

Sifting Defunct Modernity takes over Project Space until Saturday 18th November 2017.

Dogwoof Poster Exhibition

As the film festival takes place in Leeds, why don’t you settle in with a pint between films at North Bar? While you’re there, you’ll get to see an exhibition of film posters by leading documentary distributors Dogwoof. They’re responsible for 18 Oscar-nominated pictures, with three wins and two further BAFTA wins. You’ll get to see their iconic artwork from films like Mistaken for Strangers, Restrepo and Blackfish while you sup a Prototype or three.

Dogwoof Poster Exhibition takes place at North Bar until Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Master Printmakers Print Exhibition

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018 and they’re marking it with a series of big exhibitions, one of which is the Master Printmakers Print Exhibition. It’s a group exhibition of everything from mezzotints to collagraphs, etchings and screenprints by 16 printmakers. Some have exhibited in the gallery over the past 35 years, others are new discoveries.

Master Printmakers Print Exhibition takes over The Craft Centre and Design Gallery form Saturday 4th November 2017 until Monday 24th February 2017.

Queens of Industry

The new exhibition at Armley Mills celebrates the unique stories of a select group of women over the past 100 years. It tells the previously untold stories of the working class ‘Queens of Industry’, inspired by the traditional village Rose and May Queens, elected to represent Britain’s great industries like steel, coal and cotton. They would go around the world, flying the flag for the chosen industry, county and country, even getting the chance to star in films and meet the likes of Joseph Stalin.

Queens of Industry takes place at Armley Mills from Friday 3rd November 2017 until Friday 28th September 2018.

Your Consequences Have Actions

This November, The Tetley will be home to Saelia Aparicio’s first ever major exhibition in a public gallery in the UK. Your Consequences Have Actions brings together newly commissioned works with a selection of existing pieces which will be exhibited alongside drawings and sculptures from The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection. The wonder and the horror of the human body makes up much of Aparicio’s work, taking the form of drawings, films and even a huge new mural on The Tetley’s atrium wall which will span four floors, curling around walls and flowing into the ground floor space.

Your Consequences Have Actions comes to The Tetley from Friday 24th November 2017 until Sunday 28th January 2018.

Clubnights & DJs

From the biggest names in dance music to a snooker hero-turned-DJ, get yourself into Leeds’ clubs this November.

Maceo Plex

Mint have gone all out to bring one of the biggest DJs in house music to Leeds this November. Maceo Plex, the man behind Ellum and Mosaic, will be coming to Leeds for his first club show in the city since 2012. It’s a stacked line-up for the whole evening too – you’ve got one of the fastest rising DJ duos around in Adriatique, who are playing their first ever Leeds show, and Spanish techno favourite Architectural.

Maceo Plex plays Mint Warehouse on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco are one of the most influential electronic music groups of the 21st century. The duo of Jas Shaw and James Ford push boundaries and make the impossible possible through their eclectic records. They’re coming to Leeds this November for a very special DJ set at Headrow House with Natural Selection – expect to hear their influences, underground gems and maybe a few of their own cuts too.

Simian Mobile Disco play Headrow House on Friday 17th November 2017.

The Vinyl Junkies DJ Collective

Smokestack is celebrating its 10th birthday by bringing together a selection of the venue’s finest DJs from the past decade for a very special birthday party. The Vinyl Junkies DJ Collective will include the likes of Chico Malo, Paul Dunphy, John Hope and Marko Crossley. They’ll each dig deep into their record collections for a vinyl-only evening of soul, funk, jazz and whatever else they can find.

The Vinyl Junkies DJ Collective take over Smokestack on Friday 17th November 2017.

Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

Yes – it’s that Steve Davis. In recent years, former world snooker champion Steve Davis has become well-known away from the baize for his progressive music tastes which he’s bringing to Leeds for a very special evening at Headrow House. He’ll be working alongside collaborator and former member of The Monsoon Bassoon, Kavus Torabi, as they dish out a slew of experimental, psychedelic and electronic tunes to get your Saturday night off to a weird and wonderful start.

Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi play Headrow House on Saturday 18th November 2017.

BombStrikes Block Party

The world renowned BombStrikes are back in Leeds for their second Block Party and they’ve put together one hell of a line-up. Get down to Duke Studios for a night with JFB, Utah Saints, Shaka Loves You and Mooqee as BombStrikes goes all out to make it a night to remember. It has the feel of a house party, but each set will be given its own unique audiovisual show.

BombStrikes Block Party comes to Duke Studios on Saturday 25th November 2017.

Family

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Families have plenty to look forward to in Leeds this November, with baby raves, science fairs and a huge new panto.

Otley Science Fair

Otley Science Fair is a brilliant way to show the kids how fun science can be. The Courthouse will be home to an array of local and regional science groups who will set up stalls to put on demonstrations and experiments that will wow the whole family. You can learn how to build a molecule, see real robots in action and learn all about the wonders of physics. There’s even tea and cake to keep you going.

Otley Science Fair takes place at Otley Courthouse on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Big Fish Little Fish ‘Circus’ Family Rave

Big Fish Little Fish are bringing their next family rave to Leeds University Union. Their circus-themed party will see Si Colebrooke of rave legends 2 Bad Mice on the decks, but the club atmosphere is only the beginning. There’s a neon-themed craft and play area with tents and tunnels. The kids can colour in a giant wall mural and there’s parachute dancing, glitter cannons and transfer tattoos. There’s also a babies-only safe space, and if you get peckish, you can head to the cake stall or The Nice Lolly Company.

Big Fish Little Fish ‘Circus’ Family Rave takes over Leeds University Union on Sunday 12th November 2017.

Crumble’s Search for Christmas

West Yorkshire Playhouse are getting in the festive spirit this November with Crumble’s Search for Christmas – a show for 2-6 year olds. It follows Crumble – when winter comes, he goes into hibernation, but this year he wakes up early and he just can’t resist going outside. He leaves the family burrow behind to go on a Christmas adventure. But, will he be able to make it home before the big freeze or will he have to stay with his new found friends?

Crumble’s Search for Christmas comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse from Saturday 25th November until Saturday 30th December 2017.

Camp Rock: The Musical

Fans of Disney’s Camp Rock have a treat in store this November at Carriageworks Theatre. Based on the two hit Disney Channel original movies, Camp Rock have to try and keep their doors open after the rival Camp Star opens up across the lake. Mitchie rallies her Camp Rockers for the ultimate showdown – expect to hear the likes of ‘This Is Me’, ‘Can’t Back Down’ and ‘We Rock’.

Camp Rock: The Musical comes to Carriageworks Theatre from Thursday 23rd until Saturday 25th November 2017.

Aladdin – The Rock ’n’ Roll Panto

Christmas is nearly here, so that means it’s pantomime season. This year, the Rock ’n’ Roll Panto will take you on a hilarious journey with Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and The Genie, but with a typical panto twist. There’ll be loads of audience participation and corny gags, as well as the legendary Rock ’n’ Roll Panto boulder fight. It’s also got a brilliant soundtrack of pop, rock and soul classics that you can sing and dance along to, whatever your age.

Aladdin – The Rock ’n’ Roll Panto comes to City Varieties from Friday 24th November 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018.

Festivals

White Room

There are loads of festivals to make the most of in November, whether you want grime, heavy metal or indie tunes.

Beacons Metro

Beacons Festival is back in its Metro guise, taking over Canal Mills this November. Across three nights they’ve got an electric array of musical talent. Thursday night, Jungle will be ‘Busy Earning’ alongside Pauli, A House in the Trees and Superorganism, while Friday sees Little Dragon headline with Makeness, Pixx and Com Truise in support. Saturday is a celebration of all things grime, with the godfather of the genre, Wiley, joined by the likes of Nadia Rose, Young T and Bugsey.

Beacons Metro takes place at Canal Mills from Thursday 2nd until Saturday 4th November 2017.

Damnation Festival

Fans of the heaviest kind of metal should make a beeline for Leeds University Union this November. Damnation Festival is regarded as one of the most important events of the year for the heavy metal industry and it’s got a sterling line-up for 2017. They’ve managed to get Bloodbath, Sodom and Paradise Lost to headline. That’s not all though – from Dying Fetus to Agoraphobic Nosebleed, you’ve got an array of metal magic on show.

Damnation Festival takes over Leeds University Union on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Pie Race Festival 2017

How about a three day punk and pie marathon this month? Wharf Chambers are hosting the annual Pie Race Festival and it’s going to be their biggest event to date. The three headliners for this year’s edition are Ducking Punches, Matilda’s Scoundrels and Queen Zee & The Sasstones, with 26 more bands playing from Friday to Sunday. That’s topped off with a startling array of pie to soak up the real ales from the bar.

Pie Race Festival 2017 takes place at Wharf Chambers from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th November 2017.

Live at Leeds Ones to Watch #2

Live at Leeds have got another taster in store for us this November ahead of their next festival in April 2018. They’ve grouped together some of the best up and coming talent in the UK. Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is headlining, with the likes of Hey Charlie, White Room and The Old Pink House joining him for an all-day shindig.

Live at Leeds Ones to Watch #2 takes over The Wardrobe on Saturday 25th November 2017.

High & Lonesome Festival 2017

Fans of folk and Americana should not miss High & Lonesome Festival. It’s returning to Brudenell Social Club for a whole weekend this November. There’s a stellar array of bands and artists throughout each day, from Gill Landry to Alessi’s Ark, Pale Seas and Keston Cobblers Club. The headline attractions for this year’s festival, however, are John Smith and Josh Rouse.

High & Lonesome Festival 2017 takes place at Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 25th November 2017.

Best of the Rest

Magical Lantern Festival

From print fairs to the return of the MOBOs, this is the best of the rest this month.

Leeds Print Fair

Corn Exchange is the place to kick off November if you love art. The Leeds Print Fair brings together 49 artists and designers from around Yorkshire and gives you the opportunity to meet and buy work from the artists in person. Prices for original pieces of art start at just £5 with everything from prints to textiles on offer on the day.

Leeds Print Fair takes place at Leeds Corn Exchange on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017.

WWE Live

It’s that time of year again – get ready for some grapple action courtesy of the biggest wrestlers in the world as WWE Live takes over First Direct Arena. This year, the superstars of Smackdown Live are coming to Leeds, so you can look forward to seeing the likes of AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair and Shinsuke Nakamura for what will be an action-packed evening of flips, dives and strikes.

WWE Live comes to First Direct Arena on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

Leeds Underground Anything Arty Fair

The Leeds Underground Anything Arty Fair is a celebration of young Leeds artists at Freedom Mills. You’ll be able to see and buy Put It On Your Wall’s wood carvings, Aneesha Khimani Green’s original mandalas and Nicolas Dixon’s abstract colours. That’s not all – they’ve got Style & Fashion on the decks to provide the tunes, there’ll be a bar for a few drinks and they’re roping in a selection of street food vendors too.

Anything Arty Fair comes to Freedom Mills on Saturday 18th November 2017.

The Magical Lantern Festival

The UK’s biggest lantern festival is back and it’s taking over Roundhay Park for the second year in a row, promising to be bigger and better than last year. The Magical Lantern Festival features an array of larger-than-life lanterns, from ‘Polar Bears on Ice’ to ‘Chinese Temple of Heaven’, which you’ll come across as you walk the trail around the park. Its not just lanterns, though – their entertainment zone is home to a food and drink area, a tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto and fairground rides.

The Magical Lantern Festival takes over Roundhay Park from Friday 24th November 2017.

MOBO Awards 2017

When the MOBO Awards came to Leeds for the first time in 2015, it became one of the fastest selling shows in First Direct Arena’s history. It’s back again in 2017 with a huge night planned to celebrate the very best in urban music. They’ll be crowning the best grime, hip-hop and r&b artists among much more, and you can see the biggest artists in the country on that night, with a couple of special surprises planned.

MOBO Awards 2017 takes place at First Direct Arena on Wednesday 29th November 2017.