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Manchester What's On, Entertainment, Tickets and Eating Out Guide

Friday 19 Jul 2024

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Welcome to our guide to some of Manchester and the wider regions biggest and best events. You will find a wide selection of things to do, events to attend and opportunities to buy exclusive items in markets.

With so much to get involved with and explore our selection will help you get through your summer planning. There are certainly highlights in the calendar which draw huge crowds.

These include Manchester Day: a major celebration of the city, its people and businesses. Visitors are offered a wide range of family-orientated events across the city and its major attraction is the huge street parade.

Manchester Pride is another calendar staple; held over the August bank holiday, the city turns into a rainbow celebrating its diversity, with parties, music festivals and exhibitions. The Saturday parade is a sight to behold winding its way through the main streets of Manchester.

Culture and art are extremely strong in the city and you can be enthralled at the theatres, play like a premier league footballer at the Football Museum, or visit the city’s art galleries and enjoy the enormous wealth of paintings, sculpture and artistic creations.

Fancy exploring the numerous markets to find unique and specialist things?

Then weekends will be your bread and butter with independent and local markets to whet your appetite. Discover small producers making culinary delights, craft and design pieces and hordes of ‘Junk Deals’ where you'll never know what you'll find.

As you can see, the Manchester events calendar is packed with a diverse selection of festivals, fairs, celebrations, concerts, seasonal and special events, which are held in open air parks, at museums, galleries and many other attractions.

Don’t miss out, read this guide and get stuck in!

Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters