Beautiful Octopus Club Festival

The Beautiful Octopus club at the Southbank Centre puts learning-disabled artists and culture firmly on the map. This Friday night festival focuses on inhibition and experimentation, with workshops, performances, DJs on the terrace and musicians. Older kids and teens will love the colourful, bold nature of the performers, and a chance to dance, try crafts and experiment. SE1. Free. Friday 9, 7pm–12am. More here


Whether you’ve got a window-sill garden, a few pots on a balcony or an allotment, if you’re interested in growing your own food, the Cultivate festival in Waltham Forest is for you. Make blackberry ice-cream and plant seeds at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve (free, Sunday 11), go on a magical mystery bike tour of food-growing sites in Waltham Forest (free, Sunday 11), or sample vegetarian street food at the People’s Food Fair in Walthamstow (free, Saturday 10). Full line-up here

Hackney One Carnival

Celebrate Hackney’s vibrant and varied cultures in a procession through its streets, featuring sound systems, live music and dancing groups, all dressed in eye-popping costumes. Head to Gillett Square to frolic in the all-day play area in Gillett Square, or Ridley Road for live street theatre and carnival parties, food and arts and crafts. Across Hackney. Free. Sunday 11, 12pm–6pm, procession at 2pm from Ridley Road. More here

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