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The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosts the National Paralymic Day celebrations, reports

(TRAVPR.COM) UK - September 5th, 2013 - Meet Paralympic medallists, try out sports and watch the athletes at the National Paralympic Day this Saturday. Marking one year since the London Paralympic Games, the family event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be a chance to remember last year's athletic achievements. The day includes the Liberty Festival, a free festival featuring Graeae's 'The Limbless Knight' and a special appearance from singer Andrea Begley, winner of the BBC's 'The Voice'. A further highlight includes seeing elite athletes from around the world compete in the newly re-opened Copper Box. Visitors travelling to the festival from outside the capital can find a great selection of London hotels on

Another sporting occasion taking place this weekend is the Great River Race, regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon. The extensive 21-mile course, starting at Millwall Slipway at London's Docklands and finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham, takes crews through the industrial cityscape all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. The Thames itself will be celebrated this weekend with the return of the Mayor's Thames Festival, which has extended its programme to ten days for 2013. With the fireworks absent from this year's occasion, festival goers will instead be treated to shows that bring the festival back to its original focus - the Thames.

Carnivores are given a treat this weekend with Meatopia coming to London on Saturday. Originally conceived by food writer Josh Ozersky in New York, the concept now comes to the UK and will be the biggest festival of BBQ and meat smoking that London has ever seen. Visitors will be able to gorge on tasting sized portions from a number of renowned chefs and iconic restaurants, including charcoal grilled deckle steak from the Hawksmoor, grilled Korean chicken wings from Gizzi Erskine, BBQ pigs head from Duck & Waffle and The Run BMC Burger from Almost Famous. More food can be enjoyed at the Pearl Dram Whisky and Oyster Bar, open from 5th to 8th September. Marking the beginning of Britain's native oyster season and celebrating the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's 30th Pearl Anniversary, the event will provide visitors the chance to pair single cask whiskies with the perfect native and rock oysters.

Unveiling the many layers of Carnaby Street's musical heritage, a new commission by artist Lucy Harrison opens this week. Carnaby Echoes will place a series of plaques on key buildings throughout London's trendiest street to look back at its history, from the opening of Jazz Club Murray's on Beak Street in 1913 through to present day. Plus, a walking tour app will enable audiences to bring the street's stories, sounds and performances back to life and an exhibition at 20 Foubert's Street will present original clothing, club signs and vintage vinyl.

A further event remembering history this weekend is the London Analogue Festival. Looking back at the days before the digital world and the obsession with selfies, the festival will rediscover the irreplaceable richness of analogue and provide the chance for visitors to develop new analogue skills.

Making the most of the dwindling summer days, two al fresco festivals take place this weekend. Providing an entire weekend of free outdoor entertainment, the Stratford Rising festival turns Theatre Square into a giant pop up playground with free screenings, shows, adventures, games and activities. While in north London, the Summer Mews Festival serves up a Saturday night of live music, late night vintage shopping, fortune telling, street theatre, a puppet show and more.

Also on Saturday night, Invisible Dot presents the Live At The Chapel Post-Fringe Gala Bash. Hosted by Alex Horne, the event also welcomes eccentric Australian comedian Claudia O'Doherty, Jamie Demetriou and Liam Williams.

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