THIS weekend has got it all – fundays, prizes, art exhibitions, classic motorbikes, steampunk and even a sprinkling of Frank Zappa.
There are five pairs of Isle of Wight Festival tickets up for grabs at the Ventnor Exchange as part of national Record Store Day. Doors open at 9am today (Saturday) and the first 20 people will receive a free, limited edition Fred Perry bag. There will also be live music throughout the day, plus a licensed bar. More prizes are on offer as the evening closes out with the Big Record Store quiz at 8pm.
With St George's Day not until Sunday, the East Cowes celebrations have launched a preemptive strike on fun. From 10am until 3pm today (Saturday) there will be a funday in Kings Square.
Head over to the vintage motorcycle show at the Ventnor Winter Gardens today (Saturday) from 10am until 4pm. Entrance is just £2.
Illustrations and craftworks from Island filmmaker and illustrator, Gillian Chapman, will be on display at Quarr Abbey all weekend from 10.30am until 4.30pm.
The Ferry Tales exhibition at Dimbola Lodge opens today (Saturday) and will run through to July 1. From 3.30pm there is a special performance to mark the first day of the exhibition, with poetry, songs, and photographs. The display will be open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm.
Get your dance on to an eight piece salsa band this evening (Saturday) at Quay Arts. Food is available from 6pm and dancing kicks off at 8pm.
If salsa isn't avant-garde enough for you, check out the Frank Zappa tribute band, ZAPPATiKA instead. Closing out their Tour Britannia this evening (Saturday) the premier tribute band will be at 1st Floor in Newport. Tickets are £10 and doors open at 7pm.
Join Vectis Brass for an afternoon of music and celebrate their 70th anniversary St George's Day concert at Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin tomorrow (Sunday) from 3pm.
There are more St George's Day celebrations tomorrow (Sunday) at the Ventnor Winter Gardens. The Celtic Connections event will start at 2pm and feature live performances from The Crew, Wight Hot Pipes, Last Orders, and Bloodstone Border Morris. Tickets are £10.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is also the Island's first ever steampunk gathering at Osborne House. Head over from 11am to check out an amazing array of steampunk costumes and characters.
Award winning storyteller and vocal coach Giles Abbott will be at Quay Arts tomorrow (Sunday) for two special events. From 1pm until 3pm he will be leading a vocal workshop for £20 per ticket. To book, call Sue Bailey on 07837 601315.
If that hasn't satiated your appetite for Abbott, check out his evening show from 7.30pm where he will be telling four stories exploring love and age, and the impact of one on the other. Tickets are £10.