What's on in Hackney this weekend: 20-23 October

As the days get chilly, tuck into autumnal events – from culture to crafts and markets to music this weekend in Hackney



£15/30. 6pm-12midnight, Thursday, 20 - Saturday, 22 October

For three days only Oktoberfest settles at Hoxton Docks, where a full-sized alpine chalet, which contains ludicrous amounts Erdinger and German delights, has popped up. Dive into the main house for the live music stage and take a trip canalside, where Fritz Kola will be hosting a Berlin cocktail bar, pairing booze with eye-opening mixers to tantalise the taste buds.

Starting Out

£12/10 conc. 8pm, Thursday, 20 - Saturday, 22 October

Composed of five news plays, 'Starting Out' examines the realities of young women entering the workforce in 2016, and stages at Hackney Showroom. Humorous, disturbing and moving, the five plays work together to investigate the human stories behind the big issues, and ask how and why some people are handed better chances than others.

The Pickle Factory 1st Birthday

£12.50/15/more otd. 7.30pm-6am/11pm-6am/ 4pm-4am, Friday, 21-Sunday, 23 October

The Pickle Factory celebrates its first birthday with three back-to-back parties that epitomise the many styles, rhythms and textures of its music programme over the past year. Expect electronic, dub-techno and nu-skool house music with intimate live performances at The Oval.

Stoke Newington Music Festival

Free/participating venues may charge entry. Various times, Friday, 21-Sunday, 23 October

Set up to celebrate the vibrant and varied local music scene of Stoke Newington (pictured below), bars, pubs and restaurants get set to host live music and performances – such as poetry, acoustic and hip-hop DJ sets – stretching from Stamford Hill down to the High Street.

Black History Month Season

Celebrate black history and culture this weekend with family activities to kickstart the half-term holidays:

Colouring competition and board games; Free. 1pm-4.30pm, Saturday 22 October

Hackney Central Library host a stay-and-play activity session featuring a Black History Month-themed treasure hunt, board games, wordsearches and more, with mystery prizes. Suitable for children ages 5-11. No booking required.

Egypt - headdresses and hieroglyphs; Free. 2-4pm, Saturday 22 October

Come along and learn about the ancient Egyptians and their headdresses and hieroglyphs at Shoreditch Library. Make your own headdresses and learn how to write your name in hieroglyphs. Suitable for children ages 6-12. No booking required.

Autumn Market

Free entry. 11am-5pm, Sunday, 23 October

Discover some of the best of London’s creative community and buy directly from 40 local makers and designers to support the ‘shop local’ movement. Purchase jewellery, clothing, home décor and more while sipping on locally sourced beer, all at Mick’s Garage by Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick.

Lok Virsa: Beyond Borders

Free. 12noon, Sunday, 23 October

End the weekend with a Mela (hindu festival) of arts activities filled with sights and sounds of Bengal at Rich Mix. Expect workshops, music, poetry and dance performed by artists originally from Asia for all the family. Highlights include an open mic session, Mehndi (henna tattooing) and dhol drummers.