Things to do in Tokyo this weekend

Time Out Tokyo's editors pick the top parties, festivals, concerts, food events and more this weekend in the big city
Tokyo Rainbow Pride
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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With so many things to do in Tokyo, it's hard to get a free weekend in the city. But just in case you need more recommendations, here are the top events and festivals taking place over city on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Our top picks this weekend

Music

Bone Music Exhibition

icon-location-pin Ba-Tsu Art Gallery, Harajuku
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Providing a poignant look at bootleg tunes from behind the Iron Curtain, the Bone Music Project, which held its first exhibition in London in 2014, now presents its inaugural Asian show...

Tokyo Rainbow Pride
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LGBT

Tokyo Rainbow Pride

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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Tokyo Rainbow Week is back to celebrate LGBT pride with a host of events, including a rip-roaring parade that every year sees thousands of people gather and take to the streets in fancy dress alongside floats...

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Bars and pubs

Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Tokyo has one of the best cocktail scenes on earth, with champion bartenders and watering holes that rank in the World’s Top 50 Bars. Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days is – as its name suggests – a week-long celebration of the flourishing local scene...

Niigata Craft Beer Festival Nihonbashi
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Bars and pubs

Niigata Craft Beer Festival Nihonbashi

icon-location-pin Bridge Niigata, Nihonbashi
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Craft beer is thriving in Japan – so much so that there are events devoted to showcasing solely the brews of a specific prefecture. The Niigata Craft Beer Festival will be held at the prefecture’s satellite store in Nihonbashi...

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Bars and pubs

Craft Gin Bar & Lounge

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Whether it’s a gin martini, gimlet, French 75 or G&T, the crisp, juniper-laden spirit has wooed the world since around 70AD. However, the gin industry was dominated for several decades by big names, but is now thriving with a growing community of craft distilleries...

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Flower & Green Market

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Still pining over the sakura season? Head over to the UNU Farmers Market’s inaugural Flower & Green Market for your floral fix. With the aim of bringing the vitality and beauty of plants to the urban metropolis of Tokyo, the market features an array of greenery and flora...

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Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Looking to get into sake? Join Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills and discover a whole new world of Japan's national drink. Featuring a total of 110 breweries over the entire week, each day is set to showcase a variety of different sake from these unique breweries...

Film

Italian Film Festival

icon-location-pin Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Yurakucho
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Italian cinema does not get enough recognition in Japan. The annual Italian Film Festival, held at the Asahi Hall in Yurakucho, seeks to introduce more people to the best Italian works...

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45th Anniversary of Hello Kitty Collection

icon-location-pin Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, Ikebukuro
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Everyone’s favourite cat-girl is celebrating her 45th birthday with a special event at Seibu Ikebukuro department store. Collectors of Kitty merchandise will be mesmerised by the display of Kitty’s favourite accessories, the very first Kitty dolls and the first-ever display of the Hello Kitty House...

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Jazz Auditoria 2019 in Waterras

icon-location-pin Cafe 104.5, Awajicho
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This outdoor jazz festival aims to take the popular music genre out from the confines of a music club and into the open. Organised by legendary jazz club Blue Note, Jazz Auditoria brings together the best jazz players from around the world for free concerts at the Waterras complex in Kanda...

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Music, Music festivals

Rainbow Disco Club

icon-location-pin Higashi-Izu Cross Country Course,
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[Note: this festival is outside of Tokyo] Uniting music and art, this EDM festival was previously held in Tokyo before moving out to the Izu Peninsula in 2015...

LGBT

Vita Pride Party

icon-location-pin Duo Music Exchange, Shibuya
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Vita is known for its elegant twist on gay events, with past parties taking place everywhere from cruise ships to snowy resorts. These events often have the feel of a private gathering, with thoughtful venue choices for an intimate, international crowd...

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Music

Friendly Fires

icon-location-pin Shibuya Stream, Shibuya
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Fresh off a highly acclaimed set at Summer Sonic, Friendly Fires seek to leave another mark in Japan with a performance at the International Music Festival Somewhere on April 28 at Shibuya Stream Hall...

Film

Zushi Beach Film Festival

icon-location-pin Zushi Beach, Zushi
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Every summer, this popular beach in Zushi (Kanagawa prefecture) turns into an open-air movie theatre. For its 10th anniversary this year, the film festival will have more than just screenings...

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Odaiba Hawaii Festival

icon-location-pin VenusFort, Odaiba
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Odaiba's annual tribute to the Aloha State returns to VenusFort under the theme 'My Aloha'. The festival will see a packed lineup of artists performing Hawaiian music, while the popular hula and Tahitian dance performances will also be making a comeback...

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Bar Bar Shimokitazawa

icon-location-pin Suzunari Yokocho, Shimokitazawa
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Shimokita is always great for bar-hopping, but this Golden Week special looks set to make the exercise even more rewarding. Pick up your wristband-ticket (¥700) and choose from a whopping 68 eateries and watering holes in the area...

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Akasaka Antique Market in Ark Hills

icon-location-pin Ark Hills, Roppongi
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Far from a shabby yard sale, the Ark Hills flea market is more like an upscale alternative to Tokyo’s many smaller craft fairs. Setting up shop next to private antique dealers are trendy clothing brands, giving you the opportunity to upgrade your style...

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Our Parks Toranomon Hills Yoga Spring

icon-location-pin Toranomon Hills, Toranomon
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Starting yoga can be hard, especially for people with little background knowledge on this fitness philosophy. To get more people interested in the ancient art, yoga classes are organised at the grassy central plaza of Toranomon Hills every Monday and Sunday for anyone to attend...

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Midtown Open the Park

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
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A popular shopping mall in the city centre, Tokyo Midtown will be hosting a series of activities fit for the entire family. Everyone can enjoy activities such as outdoor yoga in the mall’s grassy central plaza, a tree and bird watching tour in its leafy vicinity, and paper craft workshops...

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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Exhibition

icon-location-pin TOC Gotanda Messe, Gotanda
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After mesmerising the world with their music for over 50 years, the Rolling Stones reflect their history with a global tour of the band’s signature, historical items. Some 500 pieces of artifacts, curated by the band members themselves, arrive in Tokyo after showings in New York, Chicago and Sydney...

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