Eight wonderful ways to get your weekend on

Hey guys, guess what? The weekend is here! 

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If you fancy getting fit on your bike or in the pool, or if you’d rather just wolf down some tasty German snacks, then get out in the city this weekend and try some of these events we’ve rounded up for you.

Thursday 28th September  

Enter pretzel paradise
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It’s back for the fifth time on Yas Island. Starting on Thursday evening, guests can look forward to traditional Bavarian food and beverages, with authentic activities and games until the early hours of the morning as Oktoberfest comes to town. Hosted across two days, the festival features a kid-friendly traditional Oktoberfest brunch on Friday, as well as yodelling competitions and a live band straight from Munich. What more could you want? From AED 125, with discounts for groups of 10. du Forum, Yas Island. Thu 7pm-2am, Fri 12.30pm-4.30pm. Contact: 02 509 8142, ticketmaster.ae

Become a beautiful butterfly
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If your little one can’t sit still or keep quiet during a performance, don’t worry because this is the perfect environment for them. Bringing an interactive show to the stage to capture the imagination of children and adults alike, NYUAD is playing host to Italian interactive performance media group Compagnia TPO for their new butterfly themed show, Farfalle. Aimed at kids aged four to eight, the show will plunge the audience into a colourful world of music and digital images where kids are able to play and have fun, while also experiencing performance arts in a way they’ve probably never seen before. From AED 100 for adults, AED 50 for students and children under 16. NYUAD Arts Center, Saadiyat Island. 6pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org/en_US/events/2017/compagnia-tpo-farfalle

Friday 29th Septemeber 

Throw some shapes

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Want to let your hair down? Providing the soundtrack to your weekend at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE this weekend, DJs Francesca Lombardo and Rampue will be dropping EDM bangers at the UAE’s Balearic beach club. With a combination of techno, house and pop, attendees can party all day and into the night, because why not? Free entry. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort. 1pm-11pm. Contact: 056 113 3400, reservation@bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

Go back to school

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It’s that time of year when teachers head back to the sandpit – and reality – after a long summer break. Making sure to keep a fun school vibe going, Aloft Al Ain is hosting a special back to school themed pool party packed full of food and drink. Guests can get their fill with an unlimited barbecue brunch but the party doesn’t stop after the food, with a live DJ spinning tracks until 3am. And after the party? Well, it’s back to school on Sunday unfortunately. AED 200 per person, with complimentary access to the pool. Aloft Al Ain, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towayya, Al Ain. Fri 5pm-3am. Visit: aloftalain.com

Rhyme on the roof

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Do you love nothing more than seeing a live performance? This weekend, Rooftop Rhythms open mic night returns to the capital to kickstart another packed season of poetry and music. Supported by the US Embassy, Rooftop Rhythms is the longest-running poetry open mic night in the Middle East and sees a variety of UAE-based spoken word artists take to the stage for a night of passionate poetry. Alongside the poets, beats will be provided by DJ A.L.L.A.D, while a selection of food and beverages will also be available. The event has sold out online, however, standby tickets might be available on the door so why not try your luck? Free entry. Marketplace, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8pm. Contact: nyuad-artscenter.org/en_US/events/2017/rooftop-rhythms-season-6/

Saturday 30th September 

Get on your bike

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Want to get in shape? Taking place for the first time, the monthly Cycle for Health Series will be taking to the tracks. Presented by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Health Authority Abu Dhabi, the Cycle for Health sessions are all about loving your heart and promoting a healthy lifestyle by taking up cycling. Alongside the sport, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will also be hosting free health screenings, exercise information and healthy cooking demonstrations to encourage everyone to get fit and healthy and improve their quality of life. Free. Zayed Sports City Stadium. Sat 9am-1pm. Contact: clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

Get crafty

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Want to try your hand at some creative crafts? Dalma Mall will be hosting a variety of cultural events this weekend including reading sessions, craft-making, puppetry and a variety of competitions. Head on down to the mall to flex your artistic chops and get involved with like-minded culture vultures. Entry is free, but if you fancy coming along, reservations are a must. Central Atrium, Dalma Mall, Mussafah. From 5pm. Contact: TCAAbuDhabi@edelman.com

 You’ll float too

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Want to try a workout with a difference? FloatUAE, a water-based fitness programme, is coming to the capital to get you doing squats, jumps and burpees on the water. Training men, women and children over ten to improve their core, strength, coordination and balance in a fun and dynamic way, FloatUAE isn’t your usual fitness class. As it’s the city’s first introduction to this new waterborne workout, FloatUAE is offering its first Abu Dhabi taster sessions absolutely free, with 20-minute slots, so why not head on down? Free entry. Khalidya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West, opposite Emirates Palace. 10am-noon. Contact: 02 657 0000facebook.com/events/1739849929654908

Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae

And don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!

WORDS Sam Begley

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