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What’s On This Weekend in Leeds

· Emma Cooke · Culture

Here is everything that's going on in Leeds this weekend.

Ed Sheeran

If the weekend has caught you by surprise and you still don’t have plans, fear not, because we’ve rounded up what’s going on this weekend in Leeds.

There’s always something to do in Leeds, so if you find yourself at a loose end this weekend, or any other for that matter, just whack Leeds-List in your search bar and find our guide to what’s on. From the latest shows to club nights and one-off events, we’ve got it covered.

Friday 16th August 2019

Zaap Leeds

Eat Leeds Restaurant Week. If you want to know what’s on in Leeds for foodies this weekend, this one’s for you. Over 50 restaurants have created their own special 2 or 3-course menus, so you can eat out for as little as £10. Check out our round-up of the best deals…

The Idol Dead. Head to 360 Club at The Library to see the Leeds locals and their fiery blend of rock, punk and soul. And that’s not all, as you can also check out Uncomely, The World Keeps and Stoborough Green before they hit the stage.

Ed Sheeran. Roundhay Park will come alive with endless chart-toppers, from ‘A Team’ to ‘Shape of You’, as one of the decade’s most successful pop artists takes to the stage with support from The Darkness and Lewis Capaldi.

Dirty Dancing

Credit: Alastair Muir

A Taste of Temple Newsam. Kick off your weekend by scoffing tea and cake in the grandeur of Temple Newsam. You can get an exclusive tour around the estate followed by a special afternoon tea in Leeds’ iconic Tudor-Jacobean mansion.

Coheed and Cambria. Want to catch a gig this weekend? New York rockers Coheed and Cambria will showcase the best of their prog-infused heavy metal at O2 Academy Leeds, with support from Texan group Polyphia.

Dirty Dancing. Cast yourself back to the summer of 1963, when Baby and Johnny first lay eyes on each other. The award-winning musical is back at Leeds Grand Theatre, armed with stone-cold classics like ‘The Time of My Life’ and ‘Hungry Eyes’.

The Luna Cinema. Swap your usual cinema trip for an outdoor-screening experience, complete with a picnic. You can catch Pretty Woman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mary Poppins Returns on the big screen at Millennium Square.

Black Parade – 00’s Emo Anthems. Relive your emo days with a slew of throwback classics at O2 Academy Leeds this weekend. Think Mayday Parade, Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects squeezed into one epic club night.

Mini Breeze – Burley. If you have kids to entertain, get down to Burley Park for a whole day of outdoor summer fun. You can get competitive with outdoor games, jump around on inflatables and dabble in craft activities.

Saturday 17th August 2019

Pop-up painting

Indie Banquet XIV. Hyde Park Book Club will serve up an indie feast this weekend, courtesy of four up and coming bands. Egyptian Blue, L.D. Moses, The Shakamoto Investigation and Autosuggestion will all play this unmissable gig.

Garforth Fire Station Open Day. This is your chance to visit a proper fire station, but with a family-friendly makeover. Expect face-painting, fairground rides and even a crash rescue demo, as well as chance to get up on one of their engines.

Paint Starry Night. PopUp Painting are back with another night of artistic fun complete with booze. This time head to Leeds Postal Service where you can channel your inner artiste as you recreate Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’.

Ghost Hunt at The Leeds Library. Join Bump In The Night Paranormal UK as you discover all things supernatural at The Leeds Library. Founded in 1768, the historic library has plenty of spooky stories surrounding it, and now it’s time to check it out yourself with this spine-chilling tour.

Vintage Weekend at Lotherton Hall. To pick up old school gems, vintage fashion and antique homeware, head to Lotherton Hall. You can rifle through goods at up to 25 stalls while tribute band The Pretend Beatles provide the live entertainment.

Soul Train. For a proper Motown get-down, head to The HiFi Club, where you can boogie to the very best hits from the last four decades. We’re talking funk and soul tunes from the likes of The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.

Rodley Nature Reserve

A Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes. View the city in a whole new way with Tales of a City Tours Leeds. You get a tour guide with a refugee background who will take you on an adventure across Leeds as they tell you all about their life as a newcomer in the city.

Leeds Comedy Cabaret Club. To inject a few laughs into your weekend, head to Leeds Comedy Cabaret Club for a night of stand-up. They welcome up and coming comedians from across the UK so expect an eclectic line-up to take you through the night.

Rodley Nature Reserve Summer Fair. You can work your way around a collection of stalls, which will sell everything from fresh cakes to homemade crafts, at this beautiful nature reserve. Heck, you can even take the kids on a mini steam engine!

Sunday 18th August 2019

Mr Magnolia, Folksy Theatre

Credit: Lee Hardwicke

The Proclaimers. The Scottish twins will takeover Leeds Grand Theatre to play through their rich back catalogue of pop-rock hits. You’ll hear everything from ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ to ‘I’m On My Way’ as they run through 30 years of tunes.

Harewood Soapbox Derby 2019. Grab a spot at the Harewood Hillclimb to cheer on this legendary gravity-defying cart race. In previous years, budding engineers have made everything from Thomas the Tank Engine replicas to intricately engineered masterpieces to race down the hill.

Mr Magnolia Outdoor Theatre. This weekend you can see Quentin Blake’s children book come to life as an open-air production at Harewood House. It’s a show filled with weird and wonderful objects, making it one of the best things to do in Leeds if you have little ones.

Inkwell Clothes Exchange. Want to sustainably update your wardrobe this weekend in Leeds? Inkwell are hosting a special clothes exchange, so you can pick up one-off pieces that you won’t find not the high street. They’re even throwing in a delicious vegan lunch while you’re there.

Pug Cafe Leeds. Pug-lovers, listen up. Revolution Electric Press will host one of Pug Cafe’s ever-popular pug meet-up events this weekend. Swing by for a Pugccino, bring your own pug along for the day or simply marvel at the little pooches that will run around you.

X Factor Comes to Stockeld Park. 2013 winner Sam Bailey and the unforgettable 2010 runner-up Wagner will treat the crowds at Stockeld Park. The family-friendly gig will take place outdoors, making it the perfect excuse to bring along a picnic with you.

Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Mark Surridge.