Need plans for this weekend? We’ve rounded up the best of what’s going on across 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 festivals, club nights and one-off events, we’ve got you covered.
Friday 30th July 2021
Piaf. Head to Leeds Playhouse this weekend to be transported back to the Paris of the 1940s and 50s. Soundtracked by ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Non, je ne Regrette Rien’, this epic show tells the story of Edith Piaf’s astronomic rise from performing on Parisian streets to one of the biggest stars in the world.
Chow Down. Head to Temple Arches to feast on glorious street food this weekend. Chow Down will welcome vendors like The Spicy Biker, The Yorkshire Cheese Grill and Shoot The Bull to cook up tasty treats as you quaff craft beer and cocktails. Music comes from James Holroyd, Gina Moretti and Dead Horse Gang.
Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip. Mik is a West Leeds legend and he’s making his long-awaited return to the stage at The Black Horse in Otley this weekend. He effortlessly fuses music and comedy as he prowls the stage to riffs laid down by Jonny Flockton. Expect a bonkers night of pure rock ‘n’ roll entertainment.
Daliso Chaponda. Former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daliso Chaponda returns to Leeds this weekend to perform his brand new show ‘Apocalypse Not Now’ at The Wardrobe. His intelligent, skillful brand of comedy will examine how the past 18 months have changed his life, for better and for worse.
Pride at the Pack. Although the main Pride events have been cancelled, The Packhorse is picking up the Leeds Pride mantle this weekend. They’re hosting 12 hours of live and inclusive entertainment across three days. Get ready for DJs, drag artists and comedians to give you a little dose of that Pride spirit.
Multistories. Head up to the rooftop of the Merrion Centre for a weekend of street food and cocktails. You can enjoy delicious eats from the likes of Matt Healy’s Tapas Xperience and The Savvy Baker, washed down with boozy concoctions and craft beer. They’ll also have DJs on the decks spinning party tunes.
Saturday 31st July 2021
Leeds Jurassic Trail 2. 13 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs have taken over Leeds and it’s your task to find each one! This is the perfect family day out this weekend, as you make your way around the city marking them off, from the caged velociraptors in Trinity Kitchen to our very own Yorkshiresaurus in Kirkgate Market.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival. This all-out celebration of the city’s jazz scene is one of the weekend’s biggest events. Matthew Bourne’s avant-garde compositions headline at Hyde Park Book Club, but before this virtuoso takes to the stage, you can enjoy performances by The Fergus Quill Trio and The Mabgate Organ Trio.
Portable Sculpture. The latest exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute showcases sculptures that have been deliberately designed to fold up, pack down or were made on the move. The works span from 1932 to the present day and you can see exceptional pieces from the likes of Hannelore Baron, Walead Beshty and Do Ho Suh.
Knee Deep in Leeds Terrace Party. Hot Since 82 returns to Mint Warehouse in Leeds on Saturday night for the epic 14-hour Knee Deep in Leeds Terrace Party. He’s going to play two sets, one on the terrace and another in the main room, between sessions from the likes of AJ Christou, Madvilla and Junior Simba.
Andre Vincent. The HiFi Club’s Saturday night Comedy Club is back. This first edition of the year sees Andre Vincent headline with his sharp observations about public health, including his experiences with diabetes and cancer. He’ll be joined on stage by Jon Pearson, Steve Royle and Sam Avery.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day. There’s another jazz festival on in Leeds this Saturday – head to Chapel Allerton Snooker and Social Club for a day of free live music. There will be six live bands on, spanning everything from bluesy jazz to New Orleans, standards and Caribbean jazz, with food and craft stalls to browse too.
Seagulls Summer Market. The artists, creators and makers of Leeds have had a tough 18 months, but Seagulls Summer Market is the perfect way to show them your support. A host of lovely stalls will be lined up inside and outside so you can pick up locally-made wares, with food and drink stalls out in the yard to boot.
Making Japan. The latest temporary exhibition at Lotherton is Making Japan. It celebrates everything from Samurai to Nintendo, kimonos to manga, while highlighting the dynamic relationship Japanese design has with tradition and innovation. It also displays some of the Japanese artefacts already in the Lotherton collection.
Professor Pumpernickel’s Mind-Blowing Science Show. Thackray Museum of Medicine is playing host to Professor Pumpernickel’s bonkers world of science. Will he trick you into believing your head is shrinking or will he trigger your fear response with a couple of surprise explosions? You’ll have to visit him to find out!
Sunday 1st August 2021
Fontaines D.C. They’re one of the biggest bands around right now and Fontaines D.C. are set to finally play their long-awaited album release show for second album ‘A Hero’s Death’. They’ve teamed up with Crash Records to take over the Brudenell where they’ll treat you to tunes like ‘Too Real’ and ‘Sha Sha Sha’.
Jazzland Allstars Play Blue Note. The other room at the Brudenell will host the latest Jazzland Sessions on Sunday night. The Jazzland Allstars are continuing their homage to the ever-influential Blue Note Records with a special evening celebrating Joe Henderson, one of the greatest jazz tenor saxophonists of all time.
Saint Maud. Dawson’s Arthouse Cinema is back at Belgrave Music Hall this weekend with a special screening to mark Yorkshire Day. Saint Maud is a chilling horror by Rose Glass, filmed and set on the Yorkshire coast. Starring Morfydd Clark and Jennifer Ehle, this acclaimed film will make for a brilliantly unsettling Sunday.
Abtuse. Want to end your weekend with a touch of live jazz? Head to Seven Arts to check out Abtuse. They formed out of the venue’s Jazz Leeds workshops, and are now well-known on the Yorkshire jazz scene. Get ready for an uplifting afternoon of blues and fusion with the return of guest vocalist Becca McSharry.
Leeds Pride Village Fete. Despite Leeds Pride not going ahead as normal, The Angels are hosting their Village Fete once again at Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel. It’s a family-friendly day out, with a medley of workshops, performances, market stalls and street food. One In, One Out, the city’s smallest gay bar, will also be open.
Summer Explorers. Get down to the Lotherton estate for Summer Explorers. They have a new trail of locally-made willow sculptures in the gardens, as well as playgrounds and woodlands. You can head to Wildlife World to visit the new Nocturnal House where bats, kinkajous and Gaston the armadillo now reside.