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We’re over half way through the year. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

Summer has finally arrived with a bang. July is supposed to offer up the hottest weather of the year in Manchester, so fingers crossed it continues. But thanks to the unreliable British summer, let’s try not to get our hopes up.

Whatever the weather’s like, Manchester is dishing up a sizzling line-up of events this month including Manchester International Festival, Festa Italiana, the UKs biggest Italian festival, and Sounds of the City over at Castlefield Bowl where the superhot Kylie will be performing.

So whether you want to dance to live music under blue skies (fingers crossed) or cool your heels over at Hatch, it’s all going on this month.

Here’s our guide to some of the best things happening in and around Manchester in July 2019. Other events are available.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

1st – 31st July

The Greater Manchester Fringe first took place in 2012 with 6 different venues and a handful of shows in each. In 2019, its 8th year will be bigger and better than ever.
The festival is a multi-venue open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work, creating an arts community, encouraging first time participation in arts production and performances across Greater Manchester. Ticket prices are low and sometimes free, providing greater access to a non-traditional theatre-going audience.


Hatch Summer Party

Photo: Jody Hartley

3rd July

Tucked underneath the Mancunian Way, this award winning retail development built entirely from refurbished shipping containers, is one of the top spots to discover Manchester’s up and coming street food traders, retail traders and independent boutiques. Following a huge expansion that’s seen the space triple in size, Hatch is ready to welcome revellers to enjoy their ever expanding hive under the A57 by hosting a summer party. There will be live music from Broughton songstress Ren Harvieu and a never heard piece from award-winning poet Mike Garry.

Manchester River Cruises Elvis Special

4th July

The temperature is well and truly rising it’s the perfect time of year to ditch dry land and take advantage of Manchester’s waterways. Treat yourself and a mate (or a date) on board the Princess Katherine. Sip cocktails and listen to some fantastic tunes as Manchester River Cruises sails round some of the top waterside attractions in Manchester and Salford. Celebrate July 4th at a special evening with a hip shakin’ Elvis tribute on board. He’ll be snarling all of the King’s classics throughout the night, complemented by canapes and cocktails. It’s a great night out. Just check the reviews.


Manchester International Festival

Pic Lee Baxter

4th July – 21st July

Internationally-acclaimed artists from over 20 countries – many working in one-off creative collaborations – will present 20 UK and world premieres at the cross-art form biennial festival. With most of the work created especially for the Festival, MIF19 provides a unique snapshot of contemporary preoccupations, from identity and language, and borders and migration, to the power of collective action, technology and utopian/dystopian visions of the future and features Yoko Ono, Skepta, Janelle Monae, Idris Elba and Kwame Kewi-Armah amongst others.


Deliveroo Food Festival at Victoria Warehouse

6th July

Deliveroo’s World of Food Festival is coming to Manchester, bringing together the tastiest flavours from around the globe all under one roof. And here’s the best bit – entry and all samples are completely free of charge! Expect delicious samples from 8 restaurants and takeaway partners of Deliveroo including Byron Burger, Gusto, Zouk and Barburrito. Round up your friends and family and travel through secret doorways, discover hidden streets and stumble upon some of the cities best independent restaurants. This mini festival will run over three sessions across the day.


Sounds of the City at Castlefield Bowl

Pic Anthony Mooney ©

6th July – 13th July

Castlefield Bowl has become a staple part of the Manchester music scene having hosted sold out shows from Chic, Rag N Bone Man, Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Courteeners. This year, acclaimed live artists and shows including Elbow, The Wombats, Kylie, The Kooks and the fantastic Hacienda Classical will be taking to the stage at this unique outdoor venue.


Sankeys 25th Anniversary Gig

13th July

Sankeys is returning to its home turf to celebrate 25 years of music, 25 years of love and 25 years on the dance floor with a huge one day summer festival.  Indoors, outdoors, all day and all night with some of the worlds biggest artists on the house and techno scene including Sam Divine, Darius Syrossian and Artful Dodger, to name a few. It may have taken them 25 years to get to a full scale festival but we’re sure it will be well worth the wait.


Bluedot Festival

Pic Benjamin Paul

18th – 21st July

Bluedot, the festival of discovery at Jodrell Bank, the iconic observatory and heart of the quest for knowledge of the cosmos, invites you to camp out under the stars and explore a stellar programme of music, science, arts, culture, food and film. Brought to you by the team behind Live From Jodrell Bank, Bluedot’s mission is to entertain and inspire throughout the weekend of ground breaking encounters, including performances, DJ sets, comedy, talks, workshops and live experiments. 2019s line-up includes Kraftwerk 3-D, New Order, Hot Chip and Jon Hopkins.


Festa Italiano

26th – 28th July

A free, weekend-long celebration of all things Italian. Manchester’s Italian community will once again transform Cathedral Gardens into ‘Little Italy’ creating a city centre oasis for lovers of la dolce vita. Expect masterclasses, chef demonstrations and plenty of Italian street food. There will be a live music stage plus lots of Italian bars and restaurants from across the city are getting involved – so think pizza to prosecco and everything in between.


Dragon Boat Race

27th July

The Dragon Boat Race is back by popular demand at Salford Quays in aid of the When You Wish Upon a Star charity.  This is a mass participation, charity fund raising activity for businesses, teams and individuals to sign up for and battle it out – and it’s great fun. Ideal for novice and experience crews alike and no previous experience is necessary. If you don’t fancy yourself as a oarsman/woman, the Dragon Boat Race is a great day out for spectators, too.


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