Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.
Tim Garner: Social History in the Making at Artzu Gallery
Friday 25 April – Saturday 28 June
Tim Garner’s new work warmly marks the passing of several old historic buildings, photographing and painting their dotage before they retire into memory and rubble.
125 Years of the Football League at National Football Museum
Friday 20 September 2013 – Sunday 31 August 2014
Discover the major players on and off the pitch who shaped football as we know it. From William McGregor’s Victorian vision to the sixties superstardom of George Best, follow the steps to the modern day league and its millions of dedicated fans.
Parklife Weekender at Heaton Park
Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 June
This annual extravaganza has grown to be one of the most popular festivals in the UK. The lineup this year features Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Annie Mac, Katy B, Bastille, London Grammar and many more.
Manchester Children’s Book Festival
Thursday 26 June – Sunday 6 July
Many of the world’s best children’s writers come to Manchester, creating an invaluable opportunity for children from all backgrounds to meet and be inspired by their literary superheroes.
Food & Drink
The British Street Food Awards 2014 Northern Heat at Old Granada Studios
Saturday 14 June
Since the Awards started back in 2010, the street food movement has gathered momentum with traders and collectives popping up around the country. At the heats, you will be able to try out local traders and vote for your favourite with the winner on the night getting a Golden Ticket to the final.
Grillstock Festival at St. Anne’s Square
Saturday 28 June
With a smouldering hot US style low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition, over 40 bands and 8 DJs playing across four music stages, Grillstock is the hottest festival in the UK, attracting over 17,000 meat and music lovers with some southern hospitality.
Jurassic 5 at Manchester Academy
Thursday 19 June
The American alternative hip hop group reunited and appeared at numerous festivals around the world in 2013. Following their incredible summer performance at Parklife Weekender, they are back for an exclusive concert.
The Dandy Warhols at The Ritz
Sunday 29 June
The Warhols have been delighting crowds since the mid-nineties. Expect a joyful barrage of anthemic indie-pop.
Cirque Du Soleil Dralion at Phones 4u Arena
Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 June
This amazing two hour production features gravity-defying acrobatics which will wow people of all ages. Fusing the 3,000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Derren Brown at The Lowry
Friday 13 – Saturday 21 June
The multi-award-winning master of psychological illusion brings his latest one-man show Infamous to Manchester. The show promises to demonstrate once again why Derren is one of the world’s most renowned live performers.
The UK Dragon Boat Festival at Salford Quays
Sunday 1 June
Watch teams battle in the fiercely contested dragon boat races and enjoy authentic Chinese entertainment including a lion dance and Kungfu, you can even sample some traditional Chinese food.
Alice in Wonderland – The Musical at Bramall Hall Open Air Family Theatre
Sunday 8 June
Filled with catchy songs, this lively and funny performance is brought to life with music, dancing and a host of pranks for all ages which will have families rolling around with laughter.
Manchester Day Parade
Sunday 22 June
Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. Watch the parade snake its way through the city centre and be amazed by a host of fantastical creations and captivating stories.
Soccer Aid at Old Trafford Football Stadium
Sunday 8 June
Watch your favourite mega stars such as Robbie Williams, Olly Murs and Gordon Ramsey go head-to-head with a mix some of the greatest football legends of the game including David Seaman, Jaap Stam and many more.
The Great Manchester Cycle
Sunday 29 June
The 13-mile circuit offers riders the opportunity to pedal through the city centre on closed roads and take in the sights from a whole new perspective.
Tour of the Month
Cruise the Manchester Waterways
Saturday 14 June
See Manchester and Salford from the comfort of the L S Lowry or Emmeline Pankhurst boat as you make your way along the Manchester Ship Canal, Bridgewater Canal and River Irwell.
New Kid on the Block
ITV Fever Pitch
Thursday 12 June – Sunday 13 July
ITV brings a World Cup ‘fan park’ to Manchester where fans and families can watch the tournament at the old Granada Studios site. Some 450 tonnes of sand will be brought in to create a Brazilian-style beach soccer stadium at the heart of the park, with the games broadcast live on the arena’s giant 40 square metre screen.You can even try some South American grub, with local eatery BEM Brasil providing authentic Brasilian bites throughout the tournament.