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What’s on in Greater Manchester this October

This month is absolutely jam-packed with events. If you’re looking for a full list of Halloween events, you can find that here.

Family

A Frightsome Halloween at Tatton Park
22 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
This half-term be spooktacularly entertained by a park full of Roald Dahl Witchy mischief, and plenty of mice.

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo
22 October 2016 – 31 October 2016
The perfect Halloween treat.

Halloween Laboratory at Play Factore
28 October 2016 – 28 October 2016
The creators of Play Factore have been busy brewing up a storm in the Lightening Laboratory to bring you the Halloween Experience of a lifetime.

Digital Kids Show
29 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
The Digital Kids Show is the chance to get hands on with all the brands behind the most loved tech toys, games, gadgets and much more.

The Family Pet Show 2016
01 October 2016 – 02 October 2016
The Family Pet Show comes to Event City for a 2 day family friendly event in October.


Music and Theatre

All Saints at Manchester Academy One
08 October 2016
SJM Concerts and Live Nation present All Saints plus special guests live at Manchester Academy One.

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra
20 October 2016
Join Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra on a promenade through the St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts as they present Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in Ravel’s stunning orchestration.

Craig David at the Manchester Academy
21 October 2016
Following his Glastonbury debut Craig David is bringing his critically acclaimed TS5 show to Manchester Academy.

Dirty Dancing at The Palace Theatre
10 October 2016 – 15 October 2016
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than

Four Tops and The Temptations at Manchester Arena
22 October 2016
Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations return this year to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history.

Ghost the Musical
25 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
This autumn Bill Kenwright will stage a new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope.

Giselle at the Palace Theatre
27 September 2016 – 01 October 2016
Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle for English National Ballet, which receives its world première at Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Homegrown Folk Festival
13 October 2016 – 15 October 2016
The Met’s annual festival of the finest English Folk Music

Jake Bugg at Manchester O2 Apollo
18 October 2016
Jake Bugg has announced details of a UK headline tour, including Manchester’s O2 Apollo.

John Carpenter at Albert Hall
28 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
Next Halloween, John Carpenter will perform – live and in person – a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions.

Justin Bieber at Manchester Arena
20 October 2016 – 21 October 2016
Justin Bieber returns to Manchester Arena for two shows as part of his Purpose World Tour.

Kano at O2 Ritz
13 October 2016
Critically acclaimed UK rapper Kano brings his tour to the O2 Ritz.

Little Shop of Horrors
31 October 2016 – 05 November 2016
The Little Shop of Horrors is a charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof.

Nickelback at Manchester Arena
19 October 2016
Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback return to Manchester this October as part of their staggering tenth world tour. Support comes from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

Percolate
21 September 2016 – 19 November 2016
Acclaimed party crew Percolate are back once again this autumn with a tasteful party assault up and down the UK.

Rebecca Ferguson: Lady Sings the Blues Tour 2016
24 October 2016
Rebecca Ferguson returns to The Bridgewater Hall following the release of brand new album ‘Lady Sings The Blues’.

Regression Sessions at Antwerp Mansion
01 October 2016 – 01 October 2016
The UK’s favourite touring club brand and immersive party experience Regression Sessions comes to Manchester.

The Warehouse Project 2016
23 September 2016 – 01 January 2017
The Warehouse Project have announced their line ups for 2016 bringing the biggest names in the music industry to Manchester.

Voices of Remembrance
18 October 2016
Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave joins Chetham’s Sinfonia and composer Laura Rossi for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.


Festivals

Grimmfest 2016
06 October 2016 – 09 October 2016
The 8th edition of Grimmfest film festival will take place at ODEON Printworks in Manchester.

Neighbourhood Festival
08 October 2016 – 08 October 2016
Brand new city centre festival taking place over nine venues and featuring over 100 international acts.

DM16 Festival
12 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
A celebration of design, with 37 events including film screenings, talks, workshops, exhibitions, debates and more.

Journeys International Festival
01 October 2016 – 12 October 2016
Journeys Fest Manchester is twelve days of extraordinary events that celebrates the artistic talent and incredible stories of refugee artists. Come and explore the diverse programme of free artistic activity, happening citywide

Manchester Literature Festival
07 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
Take part by attending venues across the city for a distinctly Mancunian celebration of literature and the imagination.

Oxjam Manchester Takeover
30 September 2016 – 02 October 2016
Oxjam Manchester Takeover Festival is back for 2016 to the streets of Chorlton for a mega weekend of live music.

Women in Comedy Festival
20 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
After three successful years producing Europe’s only Women in Comedy Festival, Dulcet Sounds, the producers of Laughing Cows Comedy established in 1998 bring the 2016 Women in Comedy Festival UK.

Manchester Oktoberfest
19 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
Oktoberfest with German beer, food and music is so much fun.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival
29 September 2016 – 10 October 2016
The UK’s largest urban food and drink festival.


Art & Exhibitions

In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability
05 October 2016 – 05 October 2016
Award-winning fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle discuss fashion and sustainability.

Oasis Exhibition
14 October 2016 – 25 October 2016
A must see exhibition for all nostalgic Oasis fans.

Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground
08 September 2016 – 05 March 2017
Delve into the renegade, provocative and brilliantly creative world of a pivotal figure in 60’s British counter culture.

Remember Them
06 October 2016
Poetry inspired by WW1, written by primary school children from Manchester and Jersey and set to music for children’s choir and ensemble by Laura Rossi.

Skyline Manchester, an exhibition by Andrew Brooks
05 October 2016
Skyline Manchester, an exhibition of large scale artworks by acclaimed photographer and artist Andrew Brooks

Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations II
21 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
06 October 2016 – 09 October 2016
A unique opportunity to purchase beautiful statement pieces for you and your home direct from over 160 selected designer-makers.


Sporting Events

Super League Grand Final
8 October 2016
The Super League Grand Final returns to Old Trafford.

Rio 2016 Olympic parade
17 October 2016 
The National Olympic parade will take place in Manchester

Manchester To Host Snooker’s English Open
10 October 2016 – 16 October 2016
Snooker’s new English Open will take place at Event City in Manchester later this year, and tickets are now on sale.

Milltown to Moors Series – Half Marathon
16 October 2016
Milltown to Moors Series – Half Marathon

Rough Runner
15 October 2016 – 16 October 2016
Rough Runner returns to Manchester in 2016 having hosted their biggest event of the year in 2015.

For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

5 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (19 – 21 August)

Here is our guide to the best of whats on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Chorlton Makers Market

Chorlton Makers Market
20 August
Visitors will find the very finest of local food, drink, art, design, vintage, and modern craft carefully selected from Manchester artisans and business local to the North West. Find out more.

Morrissey

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. Click here for more information.

Rochdale FGF

Rochdale Feel Good Festival
19 – 20 August
Expect live music from established names, must-see rising stars and first class cooking from world renowned chefs. Find out more.

Great Village Bake Off

Great Village Bake Off 2016
21 August
The Great Village Bake Off returns to Manchester’s Gay Village this weekend. In it’s 4th year, this year’s Bake Off promises to be the best yet! Find out more.

WLF

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

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

 

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (03 – 05 June)

Manchester Histories Festival

Hsitories Fest blog

Celebrate ‪‎Manchester‬‘s rich past at Manchester Histories Festival, and uncover the new and hidden histories from across Greater Manchester. Find out more.

Auke de Vries at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Auk de Vries

This weekend is the last chance to catch Auke de Vries Bury Art Museum, an exhibition which includes approximately 25 works plus 20 framed drawings. Click here for more information.

Regression Sessions at Antwerp Mansion

Regression Sessions

The latest party series invites guests to suit up and blast off on an intergalactic safari through space, where visitors will discover new life and civilisations during a voyage through distant galaxies where an outer world experience awaits. Find out more.

German Bierfest

Bierfest

Don the lederhosen and head down to Albert Square for the first ever German Bierfest to come to Manchester. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

The Hallé’s Russian Spectacular

Halle

With searing melodies from Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake combined in a no-holds-barred celebration of some of the most romantic music ever written. Find out more.

Coldplay at Etihad Stadium

Coldplay

For two nights this weekend, Coldplay will take over the Etihad Stadium as part of their huge world tour. Click here for more information.

9 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (05-07 February)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.

Chinese New Year

CNY Blog

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.

Hacienda Classical

Hacienda Classical 

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.

Awakenings Manchester

Awakenings Blog

The world’s largest and most famous techno brand, Awakenings comes to the iconic Victoria Warehouse this weekend. Click here for more information.

 

Shrek the Musical at The Lowry

Shrek blog

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.

The Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe

The big game blog

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.

WIT at Royal Exchange Theatre

WIT blog

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.

Queer Contact Festival 2016

Queer Contact blog

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.

Manchester Giants vs. Worcester Wolves

Giants Blog

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.

NME Awards Tour at Manchester Academy

Bloc Party Blog

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.

Competition

Win a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine at Pier Eight

Pier 8 comp

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.

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.

Nightlife

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

What’s on in Greater Manchester this October

Manchester United Assistant Manager and Club legend Ryan Giggs officially opens a brand new, dedicated exhibition at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford.

To celebrate Ryan Giggs’ decade spanning time at Manchester United, a dedicated exhibition has opened in his honour at the Manchester United Museum & Tour, Old Trafford, titled: Ryan Giggs: The man for all seasons.

Sporting extravaganza around the region

Sale Sharks vs Worcester Warriors
23 October
With the new season under way Sale Sharks welcome Worcester Warriors in their first Aviva Premiership home game at the AJ Bell Stadium on October 23rd with a number of superb corporate hospitality packages and stand tickets available for what should be a fiercely contested fixture. To book match tickets from just £15 (Adult) and £7 (junior) call 0161 667 7510 or email Lisa.Gale@salesharks.com.

Manchester Rugby World Cup Fanzone 2015
9 – 11 October
Albert Square will host Manchester’s Rugby World Cup 2015 fanzone, which will be the ideal place to watch all the action with big screens showing select games.

World Taekwondo GP 2015
16 – 18 October
A host of Olympic, World and European champions including Olympic medallists Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad will be competing at the Regional Arena, Etihad Campus.

Pitch to Pixel
23 October 2015 – June 2016
The National Football Museum’s new exhibition gives visitors a chance to enjoy a playable history of football gaming. Free admission.

Performances

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – Bernstein’s Final Concert
9 October
A tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s final concert, see the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform some of the most life-enhancing music ever created.

1984 in Ballet
14-17 October
Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, this masterpiece of dance recreates an iconic story with an imaginative twist perfectly suited to modern audiences.

Hot Chip at Manchester Albert Hall
17 October
Music lovers must not miss out on the chance to see Hot Chip this October. The group who changed the face of electronic music will perform live in Manchester’s Albert Hall.

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular at Manchester Opera House
2 October
Dance your socks off vintage Vegas style this October when Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular takes to the stage at Manchester Opera House. Expect lots of singalong songs and plenty of dancing.

Kid Ink at Manchester Apollo
20 October
Musician Kid Ink will perform in Manchester this October, performing tracks from the new album Full Speed in the UK for the first time.

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: RNCM
22 October
The Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra welcomes back renowned American maestro Franz Anton Krager in a concert marking the 150-year anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius.

Comedy Night at Manchester Jewish Museum
15 October
After performing in venues across the world, Sol Bernstein brings his unique style of comedy to the Manchester Jewish Museum this October.

Food and drink

Manchester Oktoberfest
21 – 25 October
Manchester’s very own Oktoberfest – with German beer, food and entertainment in a tent with space for 2,000 people in Albert Square.

Spinningfields Maker’s Market
17 – 18 October
The Spinningfields Markets showcase award-winning food, drink, art and crafts producers which are accompanied by live music, performances, cookery demonstrations and activities for children.

Arts and culture

Manchester Literature Festival
12 – 25 October
Held in venues across the city, Manchester Literature Festival will host an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors, exclusive performances of specially commissioned work, bespoke walking tours and topical discussions.

A Celebration of Manchester’s Secret Spaces
1 – 4 October
A set of guided tours and walks as part of the Manchester Curious Festival of architecture, designed to appeal to a wider audience, making the concept of architecture accessible to all.

Turn over a new leaf at intu Trafford Centre
12 – 18 October
An exhibition of fashion, intu Trafford Centre allows guests to reinvent their style as well as discover key autumn trends at Manchester’s ultimate style event this October.

ExtraORDINARY at The Lowry
Until 18 October
This exhibition at The Lowry will celebrate ‘art in the everyday’ through the work of international artists. By working with everyday objects and the human body, artists are offering viewers accessible and identifiable ways to engage with contemporary practice.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
9 – 11 October
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will showcase 175 designer-makers selling beautiful and unique contemporary crafts. Join maker demonstrations, workshops, curator-led talks and much more.

Family fun

Day Out With Thomas at East Lancashire Railway
3 – 4 October
This fun-filled day will include rides on Thomas the Tank Engine, meeting Sir Topham Hat, and a host of exciting Thomas-themed activities.

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

3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (12 – 14 June 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

Manchester Day Parade

Manchester Day Parade

The city will be transformed into an animated playground of music, outdoor theatre and procession in a celebration of leisure, play and Manchester’s place in a global gaming world.

Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Party

The brilliant Islington Mill warehouse will be converted into a Hot Tub wonderland with twenty hot tubs, 120 guests per night, a licensed bar and tub side waiter service.

Manchester United Legends v Bayern Munich Allstars

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A whole host of former Reds have been confirmed to play for Bryan Robson’s Manchester United Legends’ team against Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

‏@MichielBlijboom: visit the koffee pot?

‏@Col_Dunn: Didsbury Festival… despite the weather forecast!

‏@HOME_mcr: It’s the last weekend to catch #TheFunfair @HOME_mcr – hurry, the fair’s about to leave town http://bit.ly/1yDnXy5

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Hold Fast: Northern Quarter of course

Adam Gosling: Surely has to be Sunday Celebrate Manchester Day in the city centre

Lisa Skolosdra Short: Didsbury Festival

Kaz Mcvey: Spinningfields

Gavin Clarke My Sunday Social Exercise Class at Hough End Centre Chorlton. Awesome.

Mark Lupton Partington: In Trafford for a walk and a picnic with Red Rose Forest redroseforest.co.uk/web/content/view/34/855/ discover the countryside on your doorstep including places such as Broad Oak Meadow and Coroner’s Wood.

Kooky Lu: Northern quarter

Laura Quinn: Atlas bar

Ministry of Craft: Creative courses at Ministry of Craft, natch! Down in the depths of Fred Aldous, a crafty haven awaits.

David Shanahan: Matt & phreds

Isaac Slough: Old trafford

Maria Lidia Cooke Centuriòn: The Farms Arm in Northenden