Check out our highlights of the festivals taking place in and around Manchester this summer.
Up In Your Grill at Brownsfield Mill
Friday 20 June – Saturday 23 August
Ten free weekend block parties, with an ever-changing food, drink and DJ line-up based in a historic warehouse.
Greater Manchester Fringe
Tuesday 01 – Thursday 31 July
Check out exciting talent in drama, performance poetry, children’s events, live music, dance, cabaret, LGBT events, exhibitions, debates and more.
The Foodies Festival at Tatton Park
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 July
A great day out for the family at one of the largest UK celebrations of food and drink.
24:7 Theatre Festival
Friday 18 – Friday 25 July
Treat yourself to 10 new plays in an eight-day-long feast of variety, cutting-edge drama and comedy.
Manchester Jazz Festival
Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July
With over 70 bands playing over seven fantastic venues, you can enjoy concerts around the clock, day and night, indoors and out.
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
Saturday 19 July
Taking place at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield, the procession will weave through the streets of Moss Side, Hulme and surrounding areas before revellers will be entertained by a bass-heavy line-up of talent on the main stage.
Manchester Comic Con
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 July
The UK’s largest and most popular Comic Con returns. If you’re into videogames, sci-fi, movies, comics or anime, better make a date in your diary.
Blackthorn Music Festival
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July
Manchester’s newest and only camping festival. The music spans from rock to folk and everything in between and will suit a mixed audience of all ages.
Bridgewater Summer Festival at Bridgewater Hall
Thursday 31 July – Friday 1 August
The Bridgewater Hall opens its doors for two days of music, art and discovery for all ages. This free non ticketed festival will take place outside on the piazza and in the foyers.
Dig the City
Saturday 2 – Sunday 10 August
Manchester’s urban gardening festival is back. There will be nine days of gardens galore, pop-up picnics and masses to do and dig for kids.
Bolton Food and Drink Festival
Friday 22 – Monday 25 August
This four day event is bursting with cooking demonstrations, speciality markets, live music, entertainment and family fun. The celebrity chef line-up this year includes John Torode, Gino D’Acampo, James Martin and Michael Caines.
Friday 22 – Monday 25 August
The Big Weekend is held over four days where Manchester’s Gay Village becomes the focus for thousands of visitors to enjoy one of the best parties in the UK.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
Friday 29 – Saturday 30 August
The free music and food celebration in the heart of Rochdale returns, with organisers promising another explosion of entertainment, eats and culture.
Soccerex Football Festival
Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 September
An extravaganza of football and entertainment, the Soccerex Football Festival is free of charge to all members of the public and features legends, tournaments, freestylers and more.
Manchester Food and Drink Festival
Thursday 18 – Monday 29 September
An urban festival that takes over the city centre with a huge programme of events, taking place both indoors and out.
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September
An eclectic mix of international musicians, emerging artists and DJs all converge on a beautiful town at the outskirts of Greater Manchester.