The weekend is here, and we’re going to be checking out live music, vintage festivals, and Dubai’s ultimate pop culture event…

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Thursday 6

Head to a free music festival

A Michael Jackson tribute artist performing on a floating stage in the middle of a river… sounds epic, right? Welcome to Rhythm of the River, which will also see Indian drummers, Emirati ‘Ayala’ dancers and a New Orlean marching band perform over the course of three days.

Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, April 6 to 8 from 2pm to 10pm. Free entry. Tel: (800) 2629464. More info on website.

Spend a night at the theatre

Embrace your inner drama queen by checking out Queens of Drama, a series of five plays that explore the female mind, often tackling controversial topics. Best of all, the plays were all written and directed by women – which means you can expect plenty of powerful female characters.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, 7.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 338 8525. More info on website.

Friday 7

Check out Comic Con

A-list celebrities, world-renowned artists and the chance to take home the Cosplay crown… Comic Con is back, and this year features headliners from the likes of The Avengers, Game of Thrones and Star Wars. Events run from 12.30pm to 9pm today, but you can also check out the action on Thursday and Saturday.

Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Dhs100 for day pass, Dhs300 for a three-day pass, Dhs500 for a VIP three-day pass. Tel: (04) 4573212. More info on website.

Enjoy some chilled out tunes

Head to The Daily in Rove Downtown this afternoon for delicious food combined with great local music talent. Every Friday this month, the funky neighbourhood eatery is joining forces with Freshly Ground Sounds to bring you some of the UAE’s best modern urban musicians.

The Daily in Rove Downtown Dubai, every Friday in April from 4pm onwards. Free entry. Tel: (04) 5619000. More info on website

Saturday 8

Step back in time…

Looking for an excuse to bust out that poodle skirt in the back of your wardrobe? Go Vintage DXB is a festival dedicated to and inspired by the 1950s, with retro fashions to purchase at the vintage market, classic movies to watch at the drive-in cinema, live performances including rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and swing dancing, and much, much more.

Dubai World Trade Centre, from April 6 to April 13, 12pm to midnight daily, free entry. More info on Facebook. 

Pick up some social media tips

Want to find out how you can get as many Instagram followers as Huda Kattan? Drip House Cafe is hosting an interactive session with some real-life social media influencers, so whether you’re looking to step up your Twitter game or become the next Snapchat star, be sure to head along to pick up some tips.

Drip House Cafe, Dubai Investment Park, Dubai. Saturday April 8, 5pm. More info on Facebook.

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