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Weekend: Lockdown or not, festival season has started. Here’s this week’s offerings

Heels at Home Live

There’ll be snark, sass and sashaying as ten drag artists from across the country strut their stuff from home for this two-hour online cabaret show. RuPaul Drag Race stars Adore Delano, main picture, and Victoria Secret host artists including Yshee Black, Polly Amorous and Ann Phetamine from 8.30pm in a fundraiser for Manchester’s postponed LGBTQ+ festival and VillagePeople Weekend. Sun, festicket.com

My VLF Historical Fiction Festival

From Vikings to the world wars, modern Greece and 19th-century France, My VLF’s online festival welcomes 11 authors, who will be discussing their novels from 10am to 7pm. They include Kate Mosse (Labyrinth), Deborah Carr (The Poppy Field), Sara Collins (The Confessions Of Frannie Langton), Alison Weir (Anna Of Cleve) and Victoria Hislop (Those Who Are Loved, pictured). Tomorrow, myvlf.com

Digital Summer Reading Challenge

The annual kids’ festival, for four to 11-year-olds, aims to cultivate an army of young bookworms through fun virtual events with local libraries. Jacqueline Wilson (above) and Cressida Cowell are taking part. It all kicks off with the Let’s Get Silly launch party, from 4pm-7pm, hosted by CBBC’s Sam and Mark. David Baddiel (below) reads from his book The Taylor TurboChaser. Today to September, facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK

The Festival of Big Dreams

Puffin and Waterstones have teamed up for an online festival to mark the kids’ book publisher’s 80th birthday. You’ll find story times (Jacqueline Wilson, Nathan Bryon), puppet theatre, illustrator draw-offs and writing challenges. However the stars are, surely, real puffins from a bird sanctuary who will be making a special appearance. Mon to June 14, facebook.com/events/532690327621146

World Club Dome Las Vegas Drive-In

You’ve heard of drive-in cinemas; here’s a drive-in music festival being held in a Mannheim, Germany, parking lot with 600 cars and 1,000 people in a socially distanced rave. It’s being live streamed with light shows and DJs including Armin van Buuren (pictured), Afrojack, Steve Aoki and many more. Today to Sun, YouTube, facebook.com/worldclubdome

J2V

Junction 2, the techno festival under the M4 flyover in west London, marks the date it usually takes place with a slick virtual version, unfolding in a mesmerising 3D world. Over six hours (4pm to 10pm), electronic music A-listers including Maya Jane Coles, Richie Hawtin (above), Adam Beyer, and Daniel Avery, will DJ in different sci fi-esque backdrops, including The Console with spires and pyramids, and The Vault, which responds to music in real time. It’s free and interactive, with donations going to Care Workers Charity, Refuge, The Outside Project and The Trussell Trust food banks. Tomorrow, junction2.london/#intro