Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.
A whole host of events are taking place across the weekend to mark the start of the Chinese New Year of the monkey, including Chinese food markets, light shows, performances, and the famous dragon parade. Click here for more information.
The DJ’s who shaped The Haçienda’s sound, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park will perform a continuous set of Haçienda classics alongside the 40-strong Camerata orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall. The Hacienda Classical will also return to Manchester to play the Castlefield Bowl on July 2, 2016. Find out more.
The world’s largest and most famous techno brand, Awakenings comes to the iconic Victoria Warehouse this weekend. Click here for more information.
Direct from the West End, Shrek the Musical is a must-see show for all of the family. Head down to The Lowry to see the all the much-loved DreamWorks characters brought to life live on stage, in this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Find out more.
Be amongst the action this weekend at the Hard Rock Cafe where they will be screening the American Football Final on all their plasma televisions and a large projector. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.
Pulitzer-prize winning WIT is a striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and the complex relationship between knowledge and love, starring Julie Hesmondhalgh. Find out more.
Commencing this weekend, Queer Contact Festival celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts and culture in Greater Manchester as part of LGBT History Month. Expect theatre, music, dance, cabaret, comedy, spoken word, and visual art. Click here for more information.
The Manchester Giants take on the Worcester Wolves at home and this match is a superhero fancy dress special, with costumes encouraged. Find out more.
Catch some of the best of the music industry’s finest offerings during the NME Awards Tour 2016, which arrives at Manchester Academy this Saturday. Headlining the tour is Bloc Party with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone in support. Click here for more information.
Dine in the stylish and contemporary Pier Eight restaurant overlooking the dramatic skyline of Salford Quays and Media City. Enter your details here to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. Competition closes 11 February 2016.