What’s on in Greater Manchester this July

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Music and Theatre

Beyonce at Emirates Old Trafford
5 July
The global superstar returns to Manchester with her ‘Formation’ World Tour and will be performing hits old and new to a packed out audience. Find out more.

Bluedot Festival
22 – 24 July
An intergalactic festival of music, science and the exploration of space, Bluedot is a brand new festival of discovery which takes place at Jodrell Bank this July. See more.

16 July
Acclaimed UK dance company Motionhouse come to MediaCityUK for a free, one-off, outdoor staging of their earth-shattering production, Broken.Find out more.

Sounds of the City – Castlefield Bowl
1 – 10 July
Castlfield Bowl is set to play host to a huge variety of musical entertainment over the course of ten days. Click here for more information.

Concerts by the Lake at Tatton Park
28 – 30 July
The magnificent country estate provides the perfect backdrop for the ‘Concerts by the Lake’ festival, with performances from Tom Jones, Wet Wet Wet and the Halle over the course of the weekend. Find out more.

The Mighty Walzer at Royal Exchange Theatre
30 June – 30 July
Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson’s hilarious homage to the Manchester of his youth is brought to the stage for the first time in this dazzling new adaptation. Find out more.

Family Events

30 – 31 July
It’s the tribute act festival that brings blistering sets from the best rock and indie bands in the universe. Plus bars, food stands, a market, a children’s area and thrill rides. Find out more.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
20 – 24 July
Set in acres of magnificent deer parkland, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a great summer day out for all, and this year’s show is packed with new features and show favourites. Read more.

The Manchester Picnic
22 – 24 July
The city’s biggest picnic pitches up in Exchange Square for a weekend of foodie heaven, with tasty treats from around the world, live entertainment, and things to do for the family. Find out more.

Science in the City
22 – 29 July
More than 40 free pop-up public events in unusual places will bring science to life across Manchester city centre, as part of the city’s year as the UK’s first European City of Science. Find out more.

Sporting Events

Ironman UK
17 July
The UK’s premier long distance Triathlon returns to Bolton, including a 112-mile, two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and with plenty of opportunities for spectators to cheer the athletes on. Click here for more information.

Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup
29 – 30 July
Riders race 500cc bikes with no brakes, no gears and no fear at over 120km/hour and with acceleration faster than a Formula 1 car at the World Championship at the National Speedway Stadium. Find out more.

England V Pakistan
22 – 26 July
The dates have been confirmed for the England v Pakistan international fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford in 2016 where Manchester will host both an Investec Test Match and a NatWest IT20. Click here for more information.

Festivals and Events

Manchester Jazz Festival
22 – 31 July
Accessible to all and mostly free, MJF features 10 days of contemporary jazz from the North West, the UK and abroad with national premières of original work and international debuts. Find out more.

Manchester Comic Con
30 – 31 July
For those into videogames, sci-fi, movies, comics, cosplay or anime, better make a date in the diary – the MCM Manchester Comic Con is back in town. Click here for more information.

Sparkle Weekend
8 – 10 July
The National Transgender Celebration returns to the Village with Sparkle in the Park, Live Entertainment, Talks and Workshops, and Sparkle Fringe. Click here for more information.

Victoria Baths Manchester Foodie
3 July
Celebrate world street food with stalls representing cuisines from around the globe. Food avaliable from Mediterranean fusions to South African BBQ, and with plenty of veggie and vegan options too. Find out more.

EuroScience Open Forum 2016
23 – 27 July
Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting, which attracts more than 4,500 leading researchers, thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from all over the world. Find out more.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
24 June – 31 July
With 108 alternative and innovative shows over 38 days at 30 different venues including Albert Square, Ancoats, Canal Street, Chorlton, Northern Quarter, Tameside, Saddleworth, Salford, and Whitefield. Find out more.



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