Unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North

Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and throughout the North.

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Jock McFadyen at the Lowry
Activity Until 27 February 2022,

Jock McFadyen Goes to the Lowry

Scottish artist, Jock McFadyen, displays key work from throughout his life at The Lowry Galleries, home to one of his artistic influences, LS Lowry.

Antigone at Storyhouse
Theatre Until 23 October 2021, from £18.00

Antigone at Storyhouse

Tackling themes like gender equality, democracy, immigration and the role that state laws play in our lives, Sophocles’ deadly political drama is still hugely relevant today.

Baxter Dury
Music 4 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £20.40

Baxter Dury at The Ritz

Musical raconteur Baxter Dury brings his unique, character driven songs to Manchester in November, supported by Audiobooks.

Festivals 29–31 October 2021, from £11

Fat Out Fest 2021

This October welcomes the live return of Fat Out Fest, bringing all the noise, queer energy and mayhem to Salford over Halloween weekend.

Black Gold Arts Festival 2021
Dance Until 29 October 2021, from £5.00

Black Gold Arts Festival 2021 with Contact

An outstanding festival line-up of Black-led art, performance and film which includes a live premiere of mandla rae’s as british as a watermelon.

Exhibitions Until 24 October 2021, FREE

Journeys Festival International 2021

Journeys Festival International – the UK’s first Festival of Sanctuary – returns with ten days of art, performance, film and more.

CYC: Everything All of the Time at Contact
Theatre Until 17 May 2022,

Contact Reopening Season

Following the extensive transformation of their iconic Oxford Road venue, Contact has announced a vibrant and progressive reopening programme. Read our preview of the upcoming season.

Cassils: Human Measure at HOME
Exhibitions Until 12 December 2021, FREE

Cassils: Human Measure at HOME

Curated by Bren O’Callaghan, renowned transgender visual artist Cassils brings their first UK solo exhibition and contemporary dance piece to HOME.

Corridor of Light along Manchester Oxford Road
Exhibitions Until 23 October 2021, FREE

Corridor of Light along Manchester Oxford Road

Fear not as we head into the darkness of winter; a brand-new arrival to Manchester’s festival scene is about to fill the city with light.

Postcards from The Road Poet Hafsah Aneela Bashir.
Literature Until 23 October 2021, FREE

Postcards From The Road for Corridor Of Light at Manchester Poetry Library

Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Poetry Library have co-commissioned three acclaimed poets to create new works for Corridor of Light that capture their personal connections, memories and reflections of Oxford Road.

Childrens 23–31 October 2021, from £4

The Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park

This October Half Term head to the Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park Farm, where you can pick a perfect pumpkin, meet your favourite farmyard friends and head to the Medieval Old Hall for The Lost Crystal quest through Tatton’s medieval grounds.

Synagogue Nights at Manchester Jewish Museum
Music Until 2 December 2021, from £6.00

Synagogue Nights at Manchester Jewish Museum

An intimate series of evening events taking place in the atmospheric and beautiful surroundings of Manchester Jewish Museum. Step out and experience something new.

Toria Garbutt
Literature Until 17 February 2022, from £10

Spoken Word at the Mansion House

The Reader’s Spoken Word evenings at the Mansion House in south Liverpool’s Calderstones Park are back inside, with a packed line-up running into the New Year.

Brandon Taylor
Literature 1–14 November 2021, from £7.50

Novel Voices: Caleb Azumah Nelson and Brandon Taylor at MLF Digital

Host Ellah P Wakatama chats to novelists Caleb Azumah Nelson and Brandon Taylor about their debuts in this special edition of Novel Voices for the digital leg of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival.

Writer Lara Williams.
Literature 15 November 2021 6:30 pm, from £3.00

Test Signal showcase at Blackwell’s Manchester

This event showcases Test Signal, described as “a ground-breaking anthology of the best contemporary northern writing from Dead Ink and Bloomsbury, showcasing the wealth of literary talent in the North of England”.

Culture Guides


Cinema in Manchester and the North

Black History Month, spooky screenings and the return of film festivals all feature in this month’s cinema guide.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North


Fear not as we head into the darkness of winter; a brand-new arrival to Manchester’s festival scene is filling the city with light.

Halloween Ghost Train


From science-filled fun to spooky halloween adventures, we round-up the best family events taking place in Manchester and the North in the next few weeks.

Brandon Taylor


Events for readers meet events for writers, with plenty of book launches, open mics, literature festivals, writing conferences and poetry showcases to pop into your diary for the rest of October and onwards into November, both online and in person.

Baxter Dury


We’re now well into gig season and it’s proving to be a special one, with artists and audiences giving it their all. From atmospheric electronica to taut post-punk, there’s a whole lot to dig into in our new music guide.

Theatre in Manchester


Black History Month, contemporary theatre commissions and captivating dance shows feature in this month’s eclectic theatre guide.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Edinburgh Castle

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

A guide to Food and Drink in Manchester and the North, including plenty of new bars and restaurants and exciting new menus from old favourites.

Tours and Activities

Resist the urge to hibernate this autumn; our latest selection of tours and activities will have you out and about, making the most of what’s on offer in Manchester and the North.

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