Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.
Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary at Old Granada Studios
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 September
The largest and most prestigious art fairs in the North will see works ranging from £50 to £5,000+ and include original prints, sculptures and paintings from established and emerging artists.
Virgin With A Memory at Cornerhouse
Saturday 6 September – Sunday 2 November
The first major exhibition by critically acclaimed Qatari-American artist, film maker and writer Sophia Al-Maria, one of the most exciting voices in culture today.
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September
An eclectic mix of established international musicians, emerging artists and DJs come together in this beautiful town on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. Enjoy great music, scrumptious local food and beer in the Lancashire hills.
Manchester Football Writing Festival
Thursday 4 – Friday 12 September
Many of the nation’s best known football writers and journalists come together for a set of events including discussions and debates, which will explore football in the written word.
Food & Drink
Manchester Food and Drink Festival
Thursday 18 – Monday 29 September
The UK’s largest urban food and drink festival returns to take over the city centre with a huge programme of events taking place both indoor and outdoor.
Summer Festival of Markets at St. Ann’s Square
Thursday 4 – Sunday 14 September
The charming, tree-lined square will be transformed with a series of themed markets. Relax and enjoy a refreshing tea, home-made cake or glass of wine.
Manchester German Beer Festival at Victoria Warehouse
Saturday 20 September
Buzzing with live oom-pah music, magical performers, steins of real German ale, sumptuous sausages and pretzels all served by traditionally dressed mädchens. Entertain your colleagues, clients or friends, a special occasion at an affordable price.
Pharrell at Phones 4u Arena
Tuesday 9 September
‘Happy’ mega-star Pharrell Williams opens his European tour in Manchester – his only show in the north of the UK this year. Alongside tracks from his latest hit album the US singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer will also be performing tracks from his 2006 debut album In My Mind.
Mozart by Candlelight at Manchester Cathedral
Saturday 6 September
Arguably the finest chamber ensemble in the country returns to the magnificent setting of Manchester Cathedral with an enticing programme of classical masterpieces, including Mozart’s sublime Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, all presented in a beautiful candlelit setting.
Hamlet at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 11 September – Saturday 18 October
Acclaimed theatre and television actress Maxine Peake returns to the Royal Exchange to star in a radical re-imagining of this Shakespeare classic.
Romeo and Juliet at Victoria Baths
Wednesday 10 September – Saturday 4 October
Join HOME in Manchester’s extraordinary Victoria Baths. The three pools will be transformed into another world, one that’s dangerous, seductive and entertaining, and one of conflict where family loyalties, pride, faith and passion result in bitter tragedy.
Soccerex Football Festival at Etihad Campus
Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 September
This free to attend two-day event will host an extravaganza of football, entertainment, legends, prize draws, freestylers, competitions and much more. Both are fun days for the whole family.
Manchester European Sevens Rugby at AJ Bell Stadium
Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 September
The seven-a-side game is an ideal opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some first-class sport for as little as £10 per person. As well as watching England play on home soil, ticket holders will also see some of the best nations from around Europe battle it out over two days of back-to-back rugby.
Tour of the Month
Women in World War I
Wednesday 10 September
One hundred years ago the men of Manchester went to war and the women waited. The world changed for women too – they worked and were propelled into a new age. Join Anne Beswick on this centenary tour.
New Kid on the Block
Located on Deansgate, this new concept restaurant/bar from the people behind The Oast House and Australasia brings a contemporary British deli style menu to the city centre. Also on offer is rotisserie and barbecue, more than 40 bottled beers and ciders from around the world, a selection of finest Champagnes and an intriguing cocktail menu.
*Did you know you can buy discounted tickets for the following regional attractions from our Visitor Information Centre: Legoland, Sealife Centre, MCFC Tour, Tatton Park, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. All tickets are cheaper than on the gate and the big advantage is that they are fast track tickets so there is no waiting in a long queue. Ask in store for details.