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What’s On This Weekend in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

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

Pop Up Painting

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 12th August 2022

Chow Down, cocktails

Credit: Tom Martin

Chow Down. The city’s go-to weekly street food celebration Chow Down has almighty plans for this weekend in Leeds. You can tuck into the wares of Slice Boro and Asado Kitchen, alongside one of their weekly guest vendors. There’s amazing music across all three days too, with DJ sets from the likes of Mezla, Elliot Holt, Ben Random and Soul Boutique.

Bongo’s Bingo. You can head to O2 Academy Leeds on Friday or Saturday night for Bongo’s Bingo. It’s bingo made cool again (was it ever?) Get ready for absolutely bonkers games of luck, complete with rave interludes, inexplicable prizes, confetti cannons and fancy dress galore. Just remember to call off Saturday or Sunday morning plans – they’re done for!

Emma Ruth Rundle. One of the shining lights of the modern West Coast folk rock scene, Emma Ruth Rundle makes her long-awaited return to Leeds on Friday night. Get down to the Brudenell Social Club for a special seated show and see the former Nocturnes member show off the three records she released during the pandemic, including 2022’s ‘EG2: Dowsing Voice’.

Breeze in the Park

Breeze in the Park Wetherby. Looking for a fun family day out to start your weekend in Leeds? Breeze in the Park are taking their summer showcase over to Wetherby Ings on Friday afternoon. The kids will have a ball as they run around the interactive play system, get creative in the arts zone and enjoy the rides at the fun fair.

Orchestra Baobab. The sound of West Africa will ring around Farsley on Friday night when Orchestra Baobab bring their 50th anniversary tour to The Old Woollen. They’ll get your weekend started with their effortless blend of West African griot, Afro-Latin and pop music – you’ll soon see why the Senegalese band are so loved around the world.

Paint Van Gogh. PopUp Painting are back at Malmaison on Friday night for their next arty event. This time around, you’ll be trying your hand at the work of Vincent Van Gogh, in particular his iconic Sunflowers painting. They’ll give you all the supplies you need as well as guidance from a practising artist, and you can do it all with a glass of vino in hand.

Saturday 13th August 2022

Leeds Jurassic Trail 2022

Leeds Jurassic Trail. Someone call Sam Neill, because dinosaurs are invading Leeds! The much-loved Jurassic Trail is back for the third time this summer, giving you the chance to check out a dozen life-sized, animatronic dinos set up at landmarks across the city centre. From a T-Rex in Trinity to a Triceratops in the Victoria Quarter, the whole family are in for a roarsome day out.

This Feeling Rewired. If you want to catch the next generation of indie rock talent, there’s one place to be this weekend. This Feeling’s Rewired all-dayer at the Brudenell gives a platform to emerging artists about to make their breakthrough. Get ready for sets from Serotones, Rolla, The Shakes, The Sheratons, Lock-In, Pastel and Gen & the Degenerates.

Drypoint Taster Session. Looking to enhance your creative skills this weekend? Head down to Leeds Print Workshop at Patrick Studios for their Drypoint Taster Session. Drypoint etching is a printing process where lines or marks are scratched into a surface which is then printed from. No experience necessary, only enthusiasm, with their expert artists there to lead you every step of the way.

Edwardian Gala, Lotherton Hall

Vintage Weekend. Lotherton’s annual retro revelry takes place this weekend. Rose & Brown are taking over the historic venue to supply you with throwback threads. There will be 25 stalls of genuine vintage clothing, homewares, small furniture, jewellery, records and collectables, spanning the 1920s to the 1980s. There’s even live music from Ruby & The Mystery Cats to boot.

Frontier Sapiens Adventure Film Festival. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, the Frontier Sapiens Adventure Film Festival is a must this weekend. A big screen is being set up in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey to showcase some of the latest and greatest adventure, culture and environmental films from around the world. You can even bring along a picnic to enjoy while you watch.

Armley Sculpture Trail. The first ever Armley Sculpture Trail launches on Saturday, running until Sunday 11th September 2022. A trio of new sculptures have been created with Assembly House by artists Amelia Frances Wood, Rosie Vohra and Paul Millhouse-Smith. You can walk along Town Street to see them all, as well as enjoying interactive workshops on the opening weekend.

Sunday 14th August 2022

The Hundred, cricket

Radical Acts. After the huge success of the first event back in 2019, the Harewood Biennial is back on at the much-loved estate through to the end of August. This time it’s themed around ‘Radical Acts’. Curated by Hugo Macdonald, the Biennial explores why craft is a radical act and why it matters, through new and existing works from 15 incredible practitioners.

The Hundred. It’s back! After a successful first summer season in 2021, The Hundred promises another stint of world-class, fast-paced cricket, coupled with live entertainment for the whole family. Sunday sees both the men’s and women’s teams of the Northern Superchargers take on the London Spirit in a 100-ball race to the highest total.

The World Reimagined. This weekend sees the arrival of The World Reimagined travelling exhibition in Leeds until 31st October 2022. You can go on a journey of discovery as you see 10 huge globes placed around the city which will explore the diversity of Leeds and help you reimagine our past, present and future.

Ariel Versace. A true star of Ru Paul’s Drag Show is coming to Leeds on Sunday as Ariel Versace takes to the stage for one night only. A drag queen, recording artist, performer and part owner of Drag by Chariel with Chastity St Cartier, if there’s one thing you’re guaranteed from a night with Ariel Versace, it’s full-on entertainment. Don’t miss her at Viaduct Showbar to end your weekend.

Fulu Miziki Kollektiv. If you’re not familiar with the futuristic Afropunk genre yet, it’s time to change all that pronto. Fulu Miziki Kollektiv are coming to Leeds on Sunday night and they’re bringing their enchanting, groove-inducing music with them. From Kinshasa, DR Congo, it’s a multidisciplinary collective of artist who have conceptualised this orchestra using objects found in the trash.

Rhythm De Luxe. There’s a new JazzLeeds event at Seven Arts to enjoy on Sunday afternoons. Jazz in the Courtyard brings cool sounds to a chilled out setting, perfect for whiling away the last of the weekend. This week, they’ve got Rhythm De Luxe playing live, a five-piece led by Jim Wright, who will play an eclectic set of jazz favourites.