What’s on in Manchester – October

Animal Bike Tour at Ski and Snowboard Show North

Animal Bike Tour at Ski and Snowboard Show North

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.


Siberia at the edge of the world at Manchester Museum
Saturday 4 October – Sunday 1 March 2015
The first UK show on Siberia reveals a surprisingly rich and varied picture of this vast, diverse and little known territory. The exhibition includes a baby mammoth, stunning artefacts, rare objects and photographs.

The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show North at Event City
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October
Visitors will be able to enjoy après ski style bars, alpine food, resorts from around the world and over 100 stands showcasing the best in winter sports.


Asia Triennial Manchester
Saturday 27 September – Sunday 23 November
An art festival featuring exhibitions, films, events, talks and workshops by international and UK artists. The theme this year is Conflict and Compassion, linking to the Centenary of WWI.

Play Expo at Event City
Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 October
The North’s biggest ever video gaming expo returns, featuring more exhibitors and video gaming mayhem than ever before.


Manchester Literature Festival
Monday 6 – Sunday 19 October
Treat the family to an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors, exclusive performances, bespoke walking tours and topical debates.

Manchester Science Festival
Thursday 23 October – Sunday 2 November
A diverse and inspiring 11 day programme featuring cutting-edge science, hands-on workshops and a jam-packed family programme designed to engage and immerse visitors of all ages.


Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra at Royal Northern College of Music
Thursday 23 October
Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra returns to the Royal National College of Music with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterful final symphony, one of the defining works of the romantic period.

Lady Gaga at Phones 4u Arena
Tuesday 21 October
In this brand new show, Lady Gaga will perform tracks from her latest album ARTPOP as well as hits including Pokerface, Paparazzi, Bad Romance and Marry The Night.


Autumn Steam Gala at Bury Bolton Street Station 
Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 October
The East Lancashire Railway hosts the final Steam Gala of 2014. Prepare yourself for a full weekend of all steam action featuring locomotives from here and overseas.

Dashehra Diwali Mela in Albert Square
Saturday 11 October
This spectacular celebration in the city centre promises live bhangra and bollywood music along with delicious authentic Indian food, stalls, workshops and a lantern procession.


Henry IV Part I & II at The Lowry
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 October
Direct from Shakespeare’s hometown in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company brings two of his greatest plays to Manchester.

The Events at Number One First Street
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 October
Named ‘Best New Play of 2013’ by The Guardian after a successful Edinburgh Festival, David Greig’s moving and strangely uplifting play asks why do terrible things happen?


Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford Football Stadium
Saturday 11 October
After 27 gruelling rounds of the regular season and 3 weeks of intense play-off action, the ultimate prize in Rugby League is up for grabs, under the lights of Old Trafford.

WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix at Manchester Central
Wednesday 24 – Sunday 26 October
Building on the enormous success of last year’s inaugural event, 250 of the world’s leading athletes come together across 3 days of exciting competition.

Tour of the Month

Chinatown with Manchester Guided Tours
Monday 13 October
Visit a fascinating community in the heart of the city to discover its culture, history and traditions.

New Kid on the Block

A new Brazilian restaurant opens mid-October in Spinningfields. Enjoy Fazenda’s freshly-grilled joints of meats, ‘churrascaria’-style (‘from the barbecue’) carved at the table. Fazenda offers 15 different cuts of beef, chicken, lamb and pork, while a bountiful salad bar caters for all diners, with options including sushi, smoked salmon, cured meats, and traditional Brazilian dishes.

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com


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