What’s on in Greater Manchester this August

Amaluna presents several breathtaking acts. One of them is the Balance Goddess. She creates a world in equilibrium with a mobile made of thirteen palm leaf ribs. Photo legend: Martin Girard/shootstudio.ca Costumes: Mérédith Caron © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Amaluna presents several breathtaking acts. One of them is the Balance Goddess. She creates a world in equilibrium with a mobile made of thirteen palm leaf ribs. Photo legend: Martin Girard/shootstudio.ca Costumes: Mérédith Caron © 2015 Cirque du Soleil.

Music & Theatre

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
07 August
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

Morrissey at Manchester Arena
20 August
Morrissey has announced his only UK show of the year with a headline date at Manchester Arena as part of an international run of shows this August.

Sister Act at The Palace Theatre
29 August – 3 September
The Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy Sister Act returns to the UK with a brand new production directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

The Who at Manchester Arena
31 August
The Who, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will perform a special show at Manchester Arena this summer as part of their Back To The Who Tour 2016.


Family Events

Wind in the Willows
29 July – 12 August
Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad on a hilarious interactive adventure.

The Pirate Adventure – East Lancs Railway
4 – 18  August
Don your eye patch and join Captain Kidd and crew on a steam powered hunt for treasure.

Just So Festival
19 – 21 August
An imaginative outdoor adventure like no other showcasing the best art, music, literature, comedy and theatre for families.

Free outdoor theatre in Tameside parks
4 – 24 August
The curtain is up on a magical programme of free outdoor theatre performances to be staged in Tameside parks this summer.

Family Weekend with Peppa & George
27 – 29 August
Welcome everyone’s favourite piggy pair at the East Lancashire Railway.


Sporting Events

MediaCityUK Official Team GB FanZone
05 – 21 August
Rio de Janeiro may be some 6,000 miles away but supporters of Team GB are set to be taken closer to the action at this summer’s Olympic Games as MediaCityUK is confirmed as an Official Team GB FanZone.

Adrenaline Rush Manchester
6 August
An urban assault course incorporating some thrilling obstacles and some daring challenges.


Festivals & Events

Manchester Loves Cocktails Festival
8 – 15 August
Manchester Loves Cocktails festival launches this summer bringing together 30 of the city’s venues with a unique menu and a week-long programme of events for cocktail lovers!

Manchester Soul Festival
28 August
Following a successful first year in 2015, The Manchester Soul Festival will be back once again.

Moovin Music and Arts Festival
26 – 28 August
The third annual Moovin is expanding, adding live music, workshops, arts and culture events to its DJ line-ups of previous years.

Wigan Live Festival
19 – 20 August
Showcasing some of the best unsigned bands and soloists from the local area and further afield, Wigan Live Festival returns for a fourth year in 2016.

Bolton Food & Drink Festival
26 – 29 August
This four day event is bursting with cooking demonstrations, speciality markets, entertainment and family fun.

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
13 – 14 August
A vibrant celebration of Caribbean music, dance, theatre and costume.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival
19 – 20 August
Two days packed with fabulous free entertainment in Rochdale. Live music and first class cooking from world renowned chefs.

Manchester Pride
26 – 29 August
The Big Weekend is held over four days where Manchester’s Gay Village becomes the focus for thousands of visitors to enjoy one of the best parties in the UK.

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