Bank holidays are like buses. You wait ages for one then two turn up at the same time.

Following swiftly on the heels of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is the slightly shorter yet no less welcome Early May Bank Holiday weekend (not to be confused with Spring Bank Holiday at the end of the month).

So without further ado, here’s our pick of things to do over the long weekend, from festivals to family-friendly events. And as it’s bank holiday weekend, don’t forget your brolly.

1Manchester May Day Festival

The Manchester Trades Union Council are hosting their annual May Day celebrations starting with an 11am meet at All Saints Park, a midday rally at Sackville Gardens with family activities plus plenty of trades union and campaigning stalls at The Mechanics Institute until 5.30pm. Real Junk Food Manchester will be on hand at Sackville Gardens from 12noon serving food that would otherwise have gone to waste on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

2The Lowry Outlet Makers Market

3Party in The Park

A big celebration will be taking place in and around the Gay Village and Sackville Gardens on Sunday 30th April for The Village Weekend Party in The Park. There will be a range of live music from performers on The Village Stage including Michelle McManus, Eva Iglesias and Danny Beard, plus special guests, a village bar, food stalls and community stands. Suggested donation £5, with all proceeds to the AXM Foundation.

4Sounds From The Other City

5Cirque Takeover at The Milton Club

6Voodoo Bank Holiday at The Birdcage

7The Green Walk Open House Arts and Crafts Weekend

This will be the 11th year of The Green Walk Open House Arts and Crafts Weekend, where a group of residents in the Green Walk area of Whalley Range open their houses to artists and designers to use as exhibition space to showcase and sell their work.  Taking place on Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April, 12-6pm, this will include paintings, ceramics, glass, photography, jewellery and more. There will be cream teas available on the green as well as food by Tibetan Kitchen, Manchester Tarts, I Knead Pizza and Ginger Emporium. And hopefully some music too.

8Jimmy Switch Presents Part 1

9Dirt Factory Presents: Urban Action Weekend

The ultimate day out for daredevils, fitness fanatics, families and foodies alike, Dirt Factory presents: Urban Action Weekend at Great Northern Warehouse is coming to Great Northern Warehouse on Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday. Hone your bike skills on the indoor pump track and air bag, try out Swifty Scooters or Test Your Steel and compete for the title of Manchester’s industrial strength and endurance champion. And fear not – the events will be accompanied by great Manchester music, with delicious food and drink to boot.

10Heavyweight Championship of the World LIVE at The Green

11Cocktails a fiver at Thaikhun

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