Last updated on February 23rd, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Things to Do This Weekend

Every week we’ll be giving Joes the best things to do this weekend no matter where you are in the country. Whether it’s the best new bars, clubs, restaurants, films or events, we’ve got you covered!

Things to Do This Weekend in London

Gin Festival
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February. £15.

If you love your gin as much as we do at Average Joes HQ, folks in the capital this weekend are in for a treat as the 3rd annual Gin Festival rolls into town! Held at the Tabacco Dock, this is the UK’s largest gin celebration with over 100 gins to taste, as well as a load of fun interactive stuff going on for lovers of the juniper.

On arrival you and your fellow gin connoisseurs will be handed a Gin Festival glass (to take home) and a brochure, full of information on all the gins you can try, a little bit about each distiller and also a suggested garnish. Of course, being a festival, you can also expect live music, talks and plenty food stalls to keep you (relatively) sober!

Location: Tabacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF. Nearest Station: Shadwell.

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90s All-Star JAM
Until Sunday 19th February. Free.

Coinciding with the NBA’s All Star weekend in New Orleans, 90s All-Star JAM is a week-long pop-up dedicated to the golden decade of the NBA – the ’90s! With support from leading Basketball magazine, SLAM, the pop up will be exhibiting never-seen before images from SLAM’s archives.

Located at Boxpark in Shoreditch, as well as selling original vintage NBA Jerseys and merchandise, the 90s All-Star JAM pop-up will also offer Joes the chance to get their retro game on an original NBA Jam arcade machine!

Location: Boxpark, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY. Nearest Overground: Shoreditch High Street.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Liverpool

Liverpool Beer Festival 2017
Until Saturday 18th February. From £7.

The Liverpool Beer Festival is back this weekend and it’s one of the best events of its kind probably anywhere in the UK. To make it extra special, it’s almost certainly held the best venue too with the crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral on hosting duty.

The Liverpool Beer Festival is a CAMRA ran event, so the quality won’t be compromised on either. This year, there’ll ‘only’ be 50 beers available, but we’re told they’ll be some of the ‘most popular beers’ so we’re sure you’ll survive!

Location: Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Brownlow Hill, L3 5RF.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

The Makers Market at Spinningfields
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February. Free.

The Makers Market is one of the best markets in the North West. With over 90 local artisans on hand, this weekend it’s hitting Manchester’s Spinningfields for two days of food, drink, art, crafts and music – perfect for a leisurely afternoon this weekend.

Food highlights include award-winning ‘growler’ pies from the Cumbrian Pie Company and delicious chicken courtesy of Oh My Glaze. There’ll also be plenty of arts and crafts from the likes of Gizmobots, who sell unique found objects, and music will be provided by Mancunians Pasta Paul on Saturday and Tom Malam on Sunday.

Location: Deansgate, Spinningfields.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Toadally Free Comedy
Friday 17th February. Free.

If you need a thrifty date venue, and are up for some serious audience participation, this Friday the Box of Frogs improve comedy group are offering you a FREE show at Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre.

The Box of Frogs brand of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense is created entirely from audience suggestions with all your favourite improv games in the repertoire, completely unrehearsed. And as the group say, “laugh or your money back!”

Location: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, B18 6AD.

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