How to talk about the weekend in English

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Everyone loves the weekend. Weekends are a huge topic of conversation. Starting on Wednesday or Thursday, people will ask you about your weekend plans. When you return to work or school, you'll be asked how your weekend went. So it's helpful to have a nice range of phrases to use for these conversations.

The upcoming weekend

If you want to ask someone about the upcoming weekend in English, here are some common questions:

What are you doing this weekend?

Do you have anything going on this weekend?

Do you have any big plans for the weekend?

Do you have anything planned for this weekend?


If you have plans, you can tell people about them:

I'm driving to Baltimore with a friend.

I've got a date lined up.

Francine and I are taking the kids to the zoo. 


If you don't have any plans, here are some good phrases:

I don't have anything planned.

I'll probably just stay at home and relax.

I just want to sleep in!


Of course, you might not want to know about other people's weekend plans. In that case, just wish them a happy weekend:

Enjoy your weekend!

Have a great weekend!

See you next week.


The weekend past

After the weekend is over, you can ask about it with these expressions:

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

What did you get up to this weekend?

Did you have a good weekend?


Here are some answers:

It was awesome!

It was pretty laid-back.

I went out with some friends on Saturday.

I just puttered around the house.

I had a pretty uneventful weekend.


Things to do on the weekend

Here are some of the activities that people like to do on the weekend:

  • go out to eat
  • go out (to a bar or club)
  • see a movie
  • binge watch TV shows
  • chill out at home
  • sleep in
  • catch up on sleep
  • sleep in
  • lay around the house
  • do some housework
  • do some yard work
  • spend time with your family
  • take a road trip
  • go to church
  • get together with friends
  • have a cookout
  • have a house party
  • have a dinner party
  • have a big family meal
  • go shopping
  • catch up on work


Bonus: Which weekend do you mean?

One difficult part of conversations about the weekend is knowing which weekend you mean. Here are some example sentences to help you figure out what "last weekend", "this weekend", and "next weekend" mean, depending on when you say them:

Monday- Tuesday

Last weekend I (did something).

8-10 days earlier

This weekend I (did something).

1-3 days earlier

This weekend I'm (doing something).

5-6 days later

Next weekend I'm (doing something).

5-6 days later


Last weekend I (did something).

4-5 days earlier (Probably)

This weekend I (did something).

(This would be confusing.)

This weekend I'm (doing something).

1-4 days later

Next weekend I'm (doing something).

8-11 days later


Last weekend I (did something).

6-8 days earlier (probably)

This weekend I (did something).

Yesterday or today (probably)

This weekend I'm (doing something).

Yesterday, today, or tomorrow

Next weekend I'm (doing something).

7-9 days later

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