Things to Do in Manchester

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Spend a day in the city and it rapidly becomes apparent just how much it has reinvented its industrial past into a new, trendsetting present – and an ambitious future. There’s plenty of things to do in Manchester too, from award-winning theatre and exhibitions to an exciting food and drink offer and thriving literature and music scenes.

Discover our top picks

Music 28 June 2019, from £15

RNCM Symphony Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall

This thrilling Bridgewater Hall concert features Rachmaninov’s epic Symphony No 2 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Festivals 4–21 July 2019, from £12.00

MIF19 – Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival 2019 is nearly upon us  and it’s fair to say that we’re more than a little excited by the calibre of this year’s programme, which may indeed prove to be the festival’s strongest yet.

Activity 2–8 July 2019, from £5

Future Sessions: Atmospheric Memory at the Science and Industry Museum

Join FutureEverything as they explore the themes of Atmospheric Memory, a new work by internationally renowned artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

Exhibitions 29 June–29 September 2019, FREE

Expect the Unexpected: A Chance Exhibition at the Lowry

A new exhibition at the Lowry is a reminder to re-connect with the beauty and joy chance poses. To celebrate the unexpected, as well as to expect it.

Festival of Research at the University of Salford
Festivals 17 June–12 July 2019, FREE

Festival Of Research at the University of Salford

A month-long programme of free events to showcase the wonderful and innovative research happening across the University of Salford.

Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North
Exhibitions 17 May 2019–26 January 2020, FREE

Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North

Curated with support from award-winning journalist Iona Craig, Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North offers a powerful look at one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Music 5 July 2019, from £11.50

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No. 8 at The Bridgewater Hall

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra welcome friends from around the world to help them perform Mahler’s unsurpassable Symphony of a Thousand.

Exhibitions 7 June–18 August 2019,

Peterloo 2019

Manchester Histories prepares to launch a major programme of over 150 events to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. All of the essential Peterloo events in one place.

Music 2 July 2019, from £15

Mattiel at Gorilla

Delivering a raucous blend of retro rock and soul, Mattiel’s vision, voice and on-stage energy is a force to be reckoned with.

Music 27 June 2019, from £32.50

Mac Demarco at The Piece Hall

In support of his new album, Here Comes The Cowboy, rock and roll rapscallion Mac Demarco is playing at the beautiful Piece Hall in Halifax.

Manchester District Guides

Medieval Quarter, Manchester

The Medieval Quarter, or Cathedral Quarter as it is sometimes known, is one of the oldest parts of Manchester and home to some historic gems and cultural must-sees.  

Photo of a handwritten label in a cafe that says "Ring for service with a smile"

Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

Burton Road is the heart of West Didsbury, a beautifully maintained leafy hubbub of shops,…

Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester

A laid-back mix of gift shops, independent outfitters, restaurants, pubs and parks, on a sunny weekend afternoon it’s heaving.

The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park…

Chorlton, Manchester

Chorlton is a left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways…

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Festival of Research at the University of Salford
Festivals 17 June–12 July 2019, FREE

Festival Of Research at the University of Salford

Exhibitions 7 June–18 August 2019,

Peterloo 2019

Hobson's Choice at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 31 May–6 July 2019, from £18.50

Hobson’s Choice at the Royal Exchange

HOME
Festivals 1 January–31 December 2019,

HOME 2019 Season

Music 13 June–6 July 2019, from £12

RNCM Summer Season 2019

Music 30 January–5 July 2019, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Cinema 1 January–31 December 2019, from £5.50

Celebrating Women in Global Cinema at HOME