One of the pieces at this year's Open Exhibition.
One of the pieces at this year's Open Exhibition.

5 things to do in Hull this weekend

Arcade fun, art and ABBA – for those lucky enough to be free of work this weekend, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Here are five things happening in Hull on the first Saturday and Sunday in March.

1. After:Hours
Paragon Arcade
5.30pm-10.30pm
Free

After:Hours at Paragon Arcade is on the first Saturday of every month.

This monthly street food event is set to be the spiciest one yet as a Mexican-inspired fiesta takes over the arcade. Some businesses will stay open late, with Marla’s sandwich shop serving Mexican-inspired food and Two Gingers substituting hot java for mean margaritas. Get more details here.

2. Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull
Until Sun 2 Jun
Free

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018. Daniel, 7 from the series Children of Grenfell by Richard Ansett 2017 © Richard Ansett

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the vitality and excellence in portrait photography today. This prize is one of the most important platforms for contemporary portrait photographers internationally, and reproductions of the selected works provide an excellent overview of current photography styles, trends and techniques. Get more details here.

3. ABBA Mania
Hull City Hall
Saturday 2 March
Tickets from £21.50

Hull City Hall

Hull City Hall will host ABBA Mania.

ABBA Mania is now accepted as the world’s number one touring ABBA production. This show celebrates the songs of ABBA with favourites including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen and more. Dig out your platforms, dust off the flares and thank ABBA for the music. Get tickets and more information here.

4. Brick History
Hull History Centre
Until Saturday 9 March
Free

Brick History, an exhibition of major historical milestones made entirely from Lego, is on display at the Hull History Centre until Saturday 9 March.

Brick History, an exhibition of major historical milestones made entirely from Lego, is on display at the Hull History Centre until Saturday 9 March.

This exhibition of major historical milestones made entirely from Lego continues to bring in huge crowds. Brick History tells the story of pivotal moments in world history using models created from the famous Danish toy. The free exhibition from artist Warren Elsmore brings to life key figures from Mozart to Martin Luther King, scientific discoveries from the Big Bang to DNA and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings. Get more details here.

5. Open Exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery
Until Sunday 14 April
Free

A selection of this year’s Open Exhibition

This annual event has celebrated the creativity of local amateur and professional artists since 1967. Each year, it provides artists to display and sell artwork. This year’s exhibition has been selected by Humber Street Gallery senior curator John Heffernan, BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones and visual artist Ian McKeever. The display often includes a diverse selection of artworks in a variety of styles and media, many of which are also for sale, allowing visitors to purchase original artworks at a range of prices. Get more details here.

Site preparation at Hull’s South Blockhouse.