It’s Friday, the weather hasn’t been too horrendous this week, and there are two days off work stretching ahead. Here’s our guide to what to do with them in Cardiff – and don’t forget to Tweet us @yourCardiff or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any events you’d like to see added to the list.
We’ve been glued to the Olympics since the opening ceremony kicked off London 2012 last Friday, and there are two Olympics football matches in the Millennium Stadium this weekend. The first is tonight, with a 5pm kick off for the women’s quarter final match between Brazil and Japan. Road closures are in place from 2.30pm. Full travel information is here, and see the London 2012 website for ticket information. You can also buy tickets from the tickets booths at Gate 3 of the Millennium Stadium. For all the action in London over the weekend, keen an eye on the big screen at The Hayes live site.
The Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival finishes this weekend, with the final performances taking place at St Fagans National History Museum. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be performed tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm, and there will be a Saturday matinee performance at 3.30pm. The festival will also put on its final performances of Pinocchio on Saturday at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Full ticket details can be found here.
Cardiff Carnival – the city’s answer to the famous Notting Hill event – will take place on Saturday, with organisers saying this year’s event will transform the city centre with “ a riot of flamboyant carnival art, colour and style”. The future of the day-long event looked to be in doubt earlier this year after The Big Weekend was cancelled because of the Olympic football in Cardiff. But sponsorship from Pembrokeshire-based leisure retreat the Bluestone National Park Resort meant the event could go ahead for its 23rd year. The day, from 10am to 6pm, will be focused around a street stage in The Hayes, which will feature samba drumming, street bands, dancers in Brazilian-style costumes, and Wales’ biggest brass band collective Wonderbrass. More details on the performers can be found here. The Finale Parade will leave City Hall at 4pm, and include a street jam in High Street from 5pm-5.15pm.
Hailey Park – in Llandaff North – will see the official opening of its new playground this Saturday. The Friends of Hailey Park contributed £4,000 towards the playground, which includes a climbing wall and slide, stepping stones, a titan swing and a yukon log roll to help balance. The official unveiling will take place at 10am.
Cardiff’s St Mary Street Market is continuing to draw crowds on a Saturday morning after launching earlier this summer. Running from 11am to 5pm outside the entrance to Cardiff Indoor Market, goods on offer include vintage clothing, unusual antiques, jewellery, and artisan foods.
The weekly Roath Real Food Market, held at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street, will run from 9.30am to 1pm.
St Fagans National History Museum has launched a new art and crafts session for the month of August – something to keep the kids busy with as we head into the middle of the summer holidays. Art Cart offers arts and crafts activities for the whole family, and runs from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The second Olympic football match of the weekend is on Saturday – the men’s quarter final between Team GB and South Korea. The match is now sold out, but there’s bound to be a party atmosphere in town – especially with Cardiff Carnival happening earlier in the day. It’s a 7.30pm kick off, so road closures will start from 5pm. Again, full travel information can be found here.
It’s not actually in Cardiff, but within a 40 minute drive this weekend is the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which kicks off at The Old Airfield in Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan. With more than 160,000 visitors expected over the next week, get down there during the first weekend to see all that’s on offer on the Maes. See all the details on the National Esiteddfod website.
Riverside Market will be on Fitzhamon Embankment from 10am to 2pm