What’s On in Greater Manchester this February

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Manchester
4 – 7 February
Manchester hosts its largest party yet to welcome in the ‘Year of the Monkey’, with thousands of red Chinese Lanterns decorating the city’s central shopping streets. Find out more.

Chinese New Year at Selfridges
4 – 7 February
Selfridges are joining this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations with a variety of in-store performances including live music, dancing and illustration. Click here to find out more.

Chinese Lantern Festival at intu Trafford Centre
5 February – 21 April
Celebrate Chinese New Year in dazzling style as the intu Trafford Centre light up the sky with colourful and bright Chinese lanterns. For more information click here.

Something for the family

Magic, Witches and Devils at the John Rylands Library
21 January – 21 August
Experience how supernatural forces shaped the lives of everyone from kings and queens to clergymen and maidservants. Find out more here.

Shrek the Musical at The Lowry
2 – 20 February
This February, see Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona on a spectacular musical adventure live at the Lowry. For more information click here.

Play Factore parents go free for Chinese New Year
6 February – 31 March
A great day out for families with little explorers, enjoy Play Factore for less when parents go free for Chinese New Year. Click here to find out more.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers
13 – 21 February
Revel in the stench and filth of a Victorian sewer and get messy at the goo making workshop and enjoy all the fun of the fair at the traditional fairground. Find out more here.

Arts & Culture

A Closer Look: Military Pride at IWM North
1 – 29 February
Hear the personal stories of lesbian and gay service personnel Jo Kirk, who serves in the RAF, and Patrick Lyster-Todd, who served in the Royal Navy. Find out more here.

Queer Contact Festival 2016
4 – 14 February
Part of LGBT History Month, the eight annual Queer Contact Festival is packed with music, theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word and more. Find out more here.

Hacienda Classical
5 – 12 February
A truly unique event merging orchestra and Hacienda nightclub classics, don’t miss this musical masterpiece at the Bridgewater Hall. Find out more here.

UK Art Lantern Festival
5 February – 20 April
Travel through a wide range of lantern displays ranging from traditional Chinese lanterns depicting the terracotta army, flora and fauna and architectural displays to Disney characters displays and Great UK landmarks. Find out more.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water at Royal Exchange Theatre
9 – 13 February
A play about love, loss, recovery and how a couple communicate in the wake of a tragedy, The Solid Life of Sugar Water follows the journey of a young couple as they attempt to reconnect with each other following a stillbirth. Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Day with the Halle
14 February
Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a romantic trip to the Bridgewater Hall for a selection of classic musical love stories. Click here for more information.

Brought to Life Exhibition at HOME
22 January – 6 March
This exhibition features explicitly honest portraiture that has not been retouched or altered offering a contemporary narrative of veterans who are as brave as they are humble. Find out more.

Telescope Demonstration Night
24 February
The evening will start with the simplest telescopes before moving upwards to the two main telescopes types ‒ refractors and Newtonians, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Click here for more information.

Endgame at HOME
25 February – 12 March
A one act play with only four characters but plenty of laughs, darkness and downright absurdity thrown into the mix. Click here to find out more.

Bury Photographic Society
27 February – 16 April
An exhibition of the society’s work in 2015, visitors can get involved and vote for their favourite picture. Click here for more information.

Let it Be at Manchester Opera House
29 February – 5 March
Jump into the swinging sixties and relive Beatlemania in this fantastic tribute to one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands live at the Manchester Opera House. Find out more here.

Sporting Events

Cancer Research Manchester Winter Run
28 February
20% off the Cancer Research UK Manchester Winter Run on Sunday 28th February, with the code VISITMANCHESTER! A unique 2.5km, 5km or 10km run featuring loads of wintry fun, including a Giant Snow Zone, Penguin Party and Polar Bear Hugs at the finish. Click here for more information.

Frampton vs. Quigg World Championship Boxing at Manchester Arena
27 February
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will meet for the IBF and WBA World Super-Bantamweight titles at Manchester Arena. Click here for more information.

National Squash Championships
8 – 14 February
Get in on the action and head to the Nationals, which return to Manchester in February with the UK’s top players competing for the prestigious British title. Click here for more information.


Awakenings Manchester
6 February
The world’s largest and most famous techno brand, Awakenings comes to the iconic Victoria Warehouse bringing with it 19 artists playing across 4 arenas. Click here for more information.

NME Awards Tour at Manchester Academy
6 February
Catch some of the best of the music industry’s finest offerings during the NME Awards Tour including headliners, Bloc Party with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone in support. Find out more.

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

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