What's on in Hackney this weekend: 7-9 October

Don't miss out on brilliant nightlife and theatre events, a free children's festival, plus a UK soul legend makes an appearance this weekend in Hackney

Stepping Into Tomorrow

£5/7/otd. 8pm-2am, Friday, 7 October

Join in the good vibes at London Fields Brewery for a night of rare grooves till the early hours with DJs on rotation and food served all evening in the courtyard.

The Nest 6th Birthday

£10. 10pm-4am, Friday, 7 October

To celebrate its sixth birthday, The Nest nightclub, in Dalston, will be taking things back in time to 80s rave culture with an ode to breakbeat and hardcore. Expect six hours filled with acid house and hedonistic sounds.


£10-35. 7.30pm, Saturday, 8 October

RAF fighters, princes-turned-pilots and battlefield nurses cross paths under the wings of battered Spitfires during World War Two (pictured above). Filled with jealousy, desire, despair and comedy, this opera at Hackney Empire, hurtles through a display of vocal acrobatics, and musical fireworks.

Jazzie B

£8/10 otd. 10pm-3.30am, Saturday, 8 October

Take a UK soul and dance legend and give them four hours to wreck the decks for what is sure to be a memorable night at Trapeze, Shoreditch. Jazzie B OBE has produced some of the best-loved tunes including Soul II Soul’s 'Keep On Movin' and 'Back To Life'.

Drawing Imaginarium

Free. 11am-5pm, Saturday, 8 October - Sunday, 9 October

Let children's imaginations go wild during this free, two-day family event at Dalston Square. Put on by Anorak Magazine, the festival will be packed full of creative activities, including a puppet show, paper ice-cream parlour and a travelling children's bookshop. 

Open Decks and Zoe's Peanut Butter Stew Special

Free entry. 1pm-6pm, Sunday, 9 October

Share your music favourites at this vinyl-only open decks party at Grow, Hackney. This event coincides with the last day of Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's amazing month-long residency and to mark it, she's bringing back her famous peanut butter stew, served with yam and plantain. Yum.

Walking Around Hackney Parks

Free. Sunday, 9 October

Wind down your weekend by taking a lovely walk and enjoying Hackney’s fantastic parks. Choose various distances and routes, including the River Lea to Stoke Newington, and walks around the borough’s canals and southern borders. Or try out the new cycle route linking up Hackney with Walthamstow.