August in Manchester is packed full of fantastic events, cultural happenings and things to do.
Take advantage of the sunny weather (fingers crossed!) by heading out into Manchester’s great outdoors. Hit up the UK’s biggest Caribbean Carnival, or bag a seat at Victoria Baths pop-up cinema.
August is also the month for Manchester Pride, where there will be a spectacular parade and plenty of live music for you to bust a move to. And pop sensation Ariana Grande will be making an appearance, too.
Check out our pick of the best things going on in Manchester for August 2019.
Turtle Bay Summer Sound Clash Festival
1st – 4th August
Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay on Oxford Road has announced a four-day Summer Sound Clash Festival. The free event will bring authentic reggae vibes to life, with DJ sessions from artists including Laid Back, Tita Lau, DJ Bungy and Wanita Anderson.
The festival will also feature a selection of sunshine inspired rum cocktails and some of the best Carribbean cuisine on the block.
Comedy Central UK is bringing back the award winning FriendsFest for a 25th anniversary tour. That’s right, it was 25 years ago our six favourite TV friends catapulted onto our screens giving us some of the most memorable moments and iconic one liners in TV history.
What better way to celebrate 25 years of this TV phenomenon than heading over to Friendsfest, where you can immerse yourself in their world?
Arriving at Heaton Park on the 2nd August, ticket holders will be treated to four new photo op experiences. Dress up in some iconic outfits, don the best wigs and go on set to recreate your favourite scenes.
Amelie the Musical
French Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is confirmed to play the iconic altruist Amelie Poulain in the UK’s first musical adaptation of the much-loved, five-time Oscar nominated film Amelie.
Telling the story of the imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, the production kicks off at Manchester Opera House from 6th August.
Jerry Springer The Opera at Hope Mill
The brand new production of Jerry Springer The Opera is coming to Manchester, 15 years since the show was last performed in the UK. This controversial musical will entertain audiences over four-week stint at Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats.
This is not one for the faint hearted or easily offended. Expect chaos and debauchery to ensue in this smash hit musical based on the infamous talk show.
From tap dancing KKK members to a provocative dancing stripper, nothing seems to be off limits in this must-see production.
The Village Screen pop-up cinema at Victoria Baths
This summer the Village Screen is throwing it back to the 80s and 90s with some retro cinematic screenings at Manchester’s Grade II listed water palace, Victoria Baths.
The grandeur of the baths will provide the stunning backdrop for two classic films: quintessential 80s high school drama The Breakfast Club will be showing on the 9th August, with 90s Spielberg dino smash Jurassic Park showing on Saturday 10th.
Ahead of each screening, guests will have the opportunity to boogie on down with the in-house DJ whilst enjoying food from some of the North’s best street food traders. Not forgetting to mention the fully stocked bar serving themed cocktails and craft ales.
Summer Weekender at MediaCity
MediaCityUk is set to celebrate summer with its first family Summer Weekender this month, bringing live music, food, fairground rides and children’s activities to the Piazza.
DJ sets will be playing throughout the day, culminating with Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club performing live on Saturday 10th from 3pm to 4.30pm.
Tickets are £4 per person, which includes craft activities for children and live music. Fairground rides are at an additional cost. Under 3’s are free.
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
Manchester Carnival has brought Caribbean culture to the forefront, annually for over 40 years, and is the North West’s largest celebration of Caribbean music, dance, theatre and costume.
Expect dazzling displays of colourful costumes and dance routines over at Alexandra Park, and enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession winds its way through the crowds with steel bands, floats and dance troupes.
UK’s largest African street food festival
Afro BBQ Festival is hosting a multicultural culinary phenomenon this summer: the UK’s first festival of African street food.
The mouth-watering, family-friendly festival will feature delicacies from the streets of Nairobi to the Suya parlours of Lagos, showcasing street cuisine from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and more. Expect Afro themed BBQ buffet stands plus fashion, art, music and performance.
Held at Albert Park, Salford, the event promises an afternoon of gastronomic indulgence, multicultural immersion and creative reverie. Entry to the festival grounds is free, but you’ll need to sign up to the guest list.
Swing and Rat Pack cruise
Join Russell Shaun on this exclusive cruise with the sounds of the Rat Pack, Bobby Darin and other swing favourites on a journey down Manchester’s waterways with Manchester River Cruises.
Russell will give three live sessions which will have you dancing down the aisles as you sail on by with the city as a backdrop.
Why not treat yourself and sit back, listen to some renditions of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett?
Internationally renowned event Manchester Pride will come alive across the city this August on a scale never before seen, stretching from Mayfield to Deansgate. And Brit Award winner and honorary Mancunian Ariana Grange will be returning to the city to headline the LGBTQ event.
The singer will join a stellar line up including synth-pop band Years & Years, singer/songwriter Emeli Sande and 80s duo Bananarama. There will also be performances from Pixie Lott, Liberty X, Louisa, Four of Diamonds plus many more.
DJs and dance music based performances include Basement Jaxx, Gok Wan, Jodie Harsh and Faithless, and Northern favourites Bongo’s Bingo will be hosting a stage takeover on the Sunday. And thousands will march at the annual parade, too.
Get ready for an unforgettable Bank Holiday weekend.