We Love Hackney weekend - 17 & 18 September

A weekend packed full of events to bring the whole community together takes place in Hackney on 17 and 18 September.

The We Love Hackney weekend includes food and drink, children s entertainment, live music and performances, architecture and the return of Hackney One Carnival.

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: "This is an excellent example of Hackney s community and local businesses coming together to celebrate all that s great about Hackney. I hope as many residents as possible are able to get along to enjoy the events."

On Saturday 17 September, the activities are based in Hackney Central with highlights including the Hackney Homemade Market ( and Pop Up Food Festival at St John at Hackney Churchyard. Try out some Olympic sports and find out about 2012 job opportunities also at the churchyard.

Children s theatre, juggling and giant board games will provide fun on the Narrow Way. And residents are invited to bring a dish for Come Dine With Us on Wilton Way, where there will also be a dog show, illustration exhibition and more.

Historic buildings including Sutton House, the Hackney Empire and St Augustine s Tower will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday as part of Open House London architecture festival:

Make your own comic strip and find out about Hackney Museum s Mapping the Change project which invites residents to record the changes happening in the borough in the run up to the 2012 Games - join in outside St Augustine s Tower.

The Robert Levy Foundation presents Trust at the Hackney Empire - a performance by young people including singing, dance, poetry, spoken word and drama. The show begins at 2pm on Saturday and entry is free.

Sunday 18 September sees the return of Hackney One Carnival, bringing the borough s streets to life with spectacular costumes, energetic dance and uplifting music.

Now in its fourth year, the Council-run event brings together hundreds of performers from carnival and community groups across the borough as part of the Cultural Olympiad - giving residents the opportunity to celebrate arts and culture alongside sports in the run up to the 2012 Games.

The carnival parade begins at midday at Ridley Road Market and then works its way north up the A10 to Stoke Newington Church Street.

Architect-led tours at Stoke Newington Town Hall on Sunday give residents the opportunity to explore the community building recently restored to its former Art Deco glory by Hackney Council. Tours take place between 10am and 4pm and must be booked in advance through Open House London:

Other highlights over the weekend include the Hackney Wick Festival, featuring music, dance, theatre, art and design, food and more. The festival is supported by Hackney Council.

Full details and programme: