Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events
The nights may be drawing in, but Mayfair is brightening up this month as a load of neon signs have arrived in Shepherd Market village. They are the creations of late artist Chris Bracey, the man behind neon wonderland God’s Own Junkyard. Put together by the Bankrobber gallery, the series of artworks has been installed in shop windows and includes this kitsch ‘cash’ sign. Shepherd Market. Tube: Green Park. Until October 13.
The North Face Mountain Athletics Outdoor Training
Head to The North Face’s stores in Covent Garden and Regent Street for a free hourlong workout designed to make you better at outdoor sports like climbing. Register online. The North Face. Tube: Covent Garden and Oxford Circus. Tue Oct 11 and Oct 18, 6.15pm.
Trafalgar Square marks the Festival of Lights with South East Asian food, music and arts. Expect a mix of traditional religious performances and contemporary Asian dance. Plus the chance to practise yoga and meditation. Trafalgar Square. Tube: Charing Cross. Sun Oct 16.
Got a cute pup? Bring it to St Marylebone Parish Church for a variety of canine competitions like Best Dog Trick and New Kid on the Block (best puppy). Just a doggy fan? Spectators are welcome too. Cabbages & Frocks. Tube: Baker St. Sat Oct 15. 2.30pm.
Marking its 400th anniversary, Greenwich gallery the Queen’s House opens for the first time this year, on Wednesday. On display you’ll find four centuries of art and a new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright. Queen's House. Cutty Sark DLR. Wed Oct 12-Sun Oct 16.
Part of the Family Arts Festival, this celebration of African culture will feature film screenings with Q&As, DJ sets from Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, dance sessions for kids and a chance to play oware, the world’s oldest board game. Rich Mix. Shoreditch High St Overground. Sun Oct 16, 2pm.