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Weekend: Ten fabulous, flamboyant and downright ridiculous ways we’ll be out celebrating the last long weekend of the summer

1. Notting Hill Carnival (London)

The Caribbean-inspired carnival is a glorious, excitable celebration of the cosmopolitan capital with 70 mas bands parading spectacular costumes, music and dance. Europe’s largest street party (pictured) also hosts Brazilian bands including the London School of Samba, bringing a flavour of Rio Carnival, three live music stages, steel pan bands from all over the UK and 30 static sound systems, blasting out everything from reggae to grime via UK garage, hip-hop and jungle. Sun to Mon, Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, nhcarnival.org

2. Reading and Leeds festivals

The rites of passage festivals welcome 87,000 (Reading) and 75,000 (Leeds) mostly young people, for the time of their lives, with a blockbusting line-up that includes The 1975, Foo Fighters (left), Post Malone, 21 Pilots, Royal Blood, Dave, Fredo, Bastille, Chvrches and Anderson .Paak, plus more bands and DJs than is humanly possible to see in three days. Today to Sun, Richfield Avenue, Reading, readingfestival.com; Bramham Park, Leeds, leedsfestival.com

3. Manchester Pride Festival

There are six elements to the city-wide Pride celebrations, with Manchester’s gay village at the heart of it all. Manchester Pride Live features an emotional return for Ariana Grande, plus Years & Years, Cheryl, Emeli Sandé and more. Gay Village Party is a family friendly street party across the bank holiday weekend while the free Pride Parade through the centre of Manchester begins at noon on Saturday. There’s also a free Youth Pride MCR event over the weekend and on Monday evening there’s a poignant Candlelit Vigil in Sackville Gardens. Today to Mon, various venues, manchesterpride.com

4. Four Edinburgh Festivals Close

There’s a lot ending this week, what with the Edinburgh Art Festival (Sunday), Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival (all Monday), all coming to an end, with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo shutting up shop on Friday. There’ll be a few closing parties and sore heads, despite the fact it’s not a bank holiday in Scotland. Until Monday, edinburghfestivalcity.com

5. South West Four (London)

The epic dance music blowout spreads the fun across five stages and arenas. Tomorrow’s headliners include EDM boy wonder Martin Garrix, Craig David doing his DJ-singing-rapping thing, Brixton house duo Basement Jaxx and dapper rapper Tinie Tempah; Sunday worships at the altar of bruising bass music and UK MC culture with Pendulum’s spectacular new show Trinity, and performances from rappers Wretch 32, Plan B and supreme grime MC Wiley, plus towering DJs including Chase & Status, Andy C and Shy FX. Tomorrow and Sun, Clapham Common, southwestfour.com

6. Devizes International Street Festival (Wiltshire)

Dancers, street performers, acrobats, aerial artists, street theatre, circus performers and musicians take over the streets of Devizes for two days of outdoor performances. Highlights include a ‘belly of a whale’ show by award-winning circus theatre company Ockham’s Razor, acrobat troupe Company Satchok and Rajasthani street circus group Circus Raj. There’s also music stages and a festival fair. Sun and Mon, Devizes, Wiltshire, docadevizes.org.uk/street-festival

7. FrightFest (London)

Horror fans rejoice — you can spend the whole bank holiday weekend watching blood splattering across the big screen, as FrightFest celebrates its 20th anniversary by showing more than 70 [mostly new] films, including European, world and UK premieres. Highlights include a discussion and signing with Italian horror legend Dario Argento (Suspiria), right, and the world premiere of the Soska Sisters’ remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 cult classic, Rabid. Until Monday, Prince Charles Cinema and Cineworld Leicester Square, frightfest.co.uk

8. World Gravy Wrestling Championship (Lancashire)

Who needs masked WWE wrestling when you can watch nuns and bishops grappling in gravy? The twelfth WGWC raises money for charity with contestants competing in two-minute bouts and marked for fancy dress, comedy, entertainment and wrestling skills, as they bid to become the world’s most lickable champion. Saucy. Monday, Rose’n’ Bowl, Stacksteads, Lancs, worldgravywrestling.com

9. World Bog Snorkelling Championship (Wales)

How quickly can you get through 110metres of dense peat bog, wearing a snorkel and flippers, without using swimming strokes? Born after a conversation in a local pub, the World Bog Snorkelling Championships in mid-Wales has been trying to answer this question since 1976. Currently the world record, set at last year’s championship, is Neil Rutter’s 78.81 seconds. Sunday, Llanwrtyd Wells, green-events.co.uk

10. Creamfields (Cheshire)

More than 20-years-old, the gargantuan celebration of electronic music welcomes 70,000 people and hosts around 70 DJs and live acts on each day. This year’s edition features UK festival exclusives from superstars deadmau5 [above], Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, plus Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, Martin Garrix Carl Cox, Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz. Until Sunday, Daresbury, Cheshire, creamfields.com