What to do in York this weekend?

Have a nice weekend everyone!

This weekend takes us into October, and it certainly feels like fall is well underway with the drop in temperatures this week.

So what’s going on in York? Catch the hit musical rock of ages at the Grand Opera House York, taste the tradition Oktoberfest celebrations at Spark:York, and Dinomania came to town – and much more.

Have a big one.

What’s happening in York this weekend, September 30-October 2

rock of ages

Photography: The Other Richard

The hit musical is back and the party will be BIGGER than ever! Rock of Ages is a hilarious musical featuring over 25 classic rock anthems including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band.

  • Grand Opera House York, Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW
  • Tue Sep 27 – Sat Oct 1
  • 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. morning
  • Website

Oktoberfest at Spark

Photo: Spark

Spark will be transformed into a cozy Wiesn tent, ready for you all to sample traditional Oktoberfest celebrations! There will be traditional German beers and wine, a themed games room, tasty traditional street food – and more.

  • SPARK: York, 17-21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB
  • Fri Sept 30 – Sun Oct 9
  • All day
  • Website


Dinomania educates is a fun dinosaur experience. Come meet the award-winning Dinomania YouTube Rangers who will teach you all about these amazing creatures. The baby dinosaurs will come in the crowd and for a small additional cost you can add the dinosaur encounter and the encounter at the end of the show.

  • University of York, Gym, James Way, Heslington, York, YO10 5NA
  • Sun Oct 2
  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Website


Photography: John Saunders

The York Shakespeare Project’s final performances of Shakespeare’s mighty last play,Storm, ends their two-decade mission to perform all of its plays. The island setting is brought to life through shared storytelling in a new interpretation that captures the play’s themes of colonization, reconciliation and change, and draws on all the experience of the company’s 20 years of performing Shakespeare.

  • York Theater Royal, St. Leonard’s Square, York, YO1 7HD
  • Sat 1 Oct
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Website

Latin Booster Party

Feel like you are in Latin America. Come dance and enjoy the hottest music on the planet. SALSA, BACHATA, REGGAETON, LATIN POP & ROCK, BRAZILIAN music and much more!

  • Yates York, Church Ln, York YO1 9QT
  • Fri 30 Sep
  • 8 p.m.
  • Website

Floodlight fountains

Bring the whole family and see the abbey illuminated after dark. Join a guided tour to learn more about the rich history of this estate, or listen to a live choir from 7-8 p.m. Savor tasty food in the Mill Yard and listen to the resounding Gregorian chant in Huby’s Tower.

  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY
  • Sat 1 Oct
  • From 5:30 p.m.
  • Website

The magic of Motown

You’ll go Loco to Acapulco as we take you back in time with all the Motown classics from artists like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, and many more.

  • York Barbican, Paragon Street, York, YO10 4AH
  • Sat 1 Oct
  • 8 p.m.
  • Website

vintage rally

Not to be missed, there will be a selection of vintage steam engines, stationary engines, classic cars, vintage tractors spread throughout the park.

  • Murton Park, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
  • Sat. 1 – Sun. 2 Oct.
  • 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Website

Late Music Concerts in York

York Late Music Concerts returns with an exciting program of classical and contemporary music. Kicking off the festival is a performance by the Delta Saxophone Quartet.

  • Various places
  • From Fri 30 Sep
  • Various places
  • Website

plowing match

The Northern Heavy Horse Society presents its annual plowing competition. Activities and categories include horse plowing, plowing with vintage and modern tractors, stationary engines, vintage vehicles, food stalls, raffle, shopping stalls and children’s activities.

  • Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, YO12 4PX
  • Sun Oct 2
  • 10am
  • Website

Charity Ceilidh

Get your dancing shoes ready for this charity ceilidh and raffle to raise money for a mobile dialysis vehicle on behalf of York Hospital Trust.

  • New Earswick Folk Hall, Hawthorn Ter, York YO32 4AQ
  • Sat 1 Oct
  • 7:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Website

York Food Festival

It’s the last weekend of York Food Festival 2022! Don’t miss the chance to explore some of the best food and drink York has to offer.

  • Parliament Street, York
  • Fri 23 Sep – Sun 2 Oct
  • All day
  • Website

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