The Weekend Ahead: November 16-18

November 16, 2012 No Comments »

Christmas markets, Cardiff Street Food Festival, and the 10k Mo Run are all happening in Cardiff this weekend.

Our weekend events round-up has taken on a bit of a festive feel this week, as the countdown to Christmas begins. So wrap up warm, and enjoy some of the highlights of the weekend ahead.


The Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival returned to Cardiff this week for a fifth year, and there are events across this weekend. Launched in 2008, the festival is designed “to celebrate the distinctive relationship between music and the moving image”. There are a number of screenings at Chapter Arts Centre and The Gate in Roath this evening, while on Saturday events at Chapter include a panel session on the role of video content for music in the digital world,and The Soundtrack Mini Music Doc Award 2012. On Sunday there are further screenings, as well as a talk by award-winning British film and television composer David Arnold. Full details of the festival events this weekend can be found here.

Clint Edwards returns to host another Friday night at Chapter’s Drones comedy club. Go along from 8.30pm to see the best in new stand up comedy. Tickets cost £3.50.


The first Cardiff Street Food Festival will be held this Saturday in the Mackintosh Sports Club Car Park on Keppoch Street in Roath, from 6pm. The festival, which has been set up by Ethical Chef Deri Reed, will feature 10 stalls selling food ranging from pizzas to gourmet beef burgers and Caribbean to Thai food. Street food traders on the line-up include Got Beef, Coconut Chilli, Mr G’s Soul Kitchen, and the Falafel Cafe. There will also be music from Will Jones, Stainless Steve, and Fflip Fflop. All the details can be found on the Cardiff Street Food Festival Facebook page.

Following the Step Into Christmas event on Thursday night, the countdown to the festive season in Cardiff has begun, and the Christmas market stalls will be open in The Hayes and St John Street all this weekend. Make sure you pop down for some unusual gift ideas, or just something to cheer you up on these short, dark days.

Blooms Cardiff Garden Centre is putting on a free Christmas Fayre on Saturday and Sunday, with families invited down to the centre on Newport Road for face painting, performances from the Rogerstone Band, and sessions from Crafty with Coal, who make ornamental pieces from Welsh coal. There will also be gifts, decorations, lights and artificial tress on sale. Face painting will be available for the kids from 11am until 1pm both days, the 26-piece Rogerstone Band will be performing a selection of Christmas songs from 11am until 4pm on Saturday, and Crafty With Coal will be at the centre from 9am-6pm Saturday, and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sunday.

The weekly Roath Real Food Market, held at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street, will run from 9.30am to 1pm.


You may have noticed that lots of blokes have grown dodgy moustaches this month. That’s because it’s Movember – the annual charity event where men grow the most outrageous moustache they can manage in a month to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity. To compliment their efforts on the facial hair front, this Sunday is Cardiff’s 10K Mo Run. The race in Bute Park kicks off at midday, with guys and girls in fancy dress, and sporting moustaches, of course. Entry to the race is now closed, but you can cheer them on as they make their way around the route, and the costumes are bound to make for amusing viewing, while raising money for a good cause. More details here.

Riverside Market will be on Fitzhamon Embankment from 10am to 2pm.

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