Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events
Head to a graffitied, disused warehouse on the Strand for an exhibition of video art that’s so good we gave it five stars. ‘The Infinite Mix’ is a collaboration between The Vinyl Factory and the Hayward Gallery, and features works by Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kahlil Joseph. The works span art, music and documentary filmmaking. The Store, 180 Strand. Tube: Temple. Until Sun Dec 4.
Fancy a real old London knees-up? The button-bling royals’ annual harvest celebration returns this weekend with a maypole, Morris dancers, marching band and, of course, the parade. Guildhall Yard. Tube: Mansion House. Sun Sep 25.
World-famous chef Monsieur Ma’Mon will be demonstrating his dish of the day at Merge Festival on Saturday – except he’s not a chef, he’s a slapstick comedian. Imagine ‘Masterchef’ but funny and you’ll get somewhere close. Borough Market Hall. Tube: London Bridge. Sat Sep 24.
Celebrate all things Japanese at London’s eighth Matsuri. The festival’s organisers are packing martial arts, traditional crafts and live music into the day of displays and demos. There’ll also be food tasters, origami lessons and manga workshops. Trafalgar Square. Sun Sep 25.
Take a Dostoyevsky book about a guy who kills his moneylender. Add songs by ’ 80s pop star Toyah Willcox. The result? A rock musical that’s a lot of fun. It even features ‘I Want to Be Free’. The Scoop. Tube: London Bridge. Until Sun Sep 25.
Arts organisation Poet in the City continues to introduce new audiences to spoken word by bringing five London poets to St Paul’s. They’ll perform works that reimagine its history. St Paul's Cathedral. Tube: St Paul's. Mon Sep 26, 6.30-8pm.