Turner Prize

WHAT: It’s regarded as the most prestigious arts award in Europe and provokes plenty of discussion every year. Sampling different media, encompassing sound, film and sculpture, the art is contemporary and the winners, which have included Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, tend to be destined for big things.

WHEN: October 5-January 2, 2011.

DO IT BECAUSE: When you’re next at a party full of skinny-jeaned mods in stupid hats, you’ll be able to talk self-consciously about this year’s entries, describing them alternatively as “breathtaking” or “banal”.

» Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG 
Tube: Pimlico

From £8