There’s plenty going on this weekend to peel you off the sofa and out of that Ben and Jerry’s rut. Whether you want to get ginny at a gin night, indulge your inner wino at Wine Hour or discuss world issues and art at MIF, there’s plenty of good stuff going on around our city.

In no particular order, here’s this weeks three to see.

1UK Wine Hour Live

Contrary to popular belief, wine tastings aren’t just for wine buffs, though you might become one after sampling a few at this place. Simon Woods, wine author, blogger, columnist and educator, will be signing copies of his new book I Don’t Know Much About Wine But I Know What I Like.  Did you know that Malbec wines almost always have a bright magenta rim? This probably won’t make you the coolest person in the room, but when people want wine recommendations, they’ll come to you first.

Tickets are £15 each and include samples of all wines to taste all night. Click here to book or pay on the door.

2Don Giovanni Presents: An Evening with Manchester Three Rivers Gin

Like gin? Love Italian food? You’re on to a winner. Foodie favourite Don Giovanni have teamed up with Manchester’s Three Rivers to bring you an exclusive evening of gin tasting and the freshest Italian fare. That’s Italian culture, Mancunian style. You’ll get to learn about the history of Three Rivers, how they came to be and what makes their product so special whilst nibbling at Italian sharing boards, aperitivo style, in Don Giovanni’s beautifully refurbished private room. There’ll be plenty of Three Rivers G&T’s going round and a gin-laced sweet treat to round off the evening. To add the cherry to the trifle, Don Giovanni will be raffling off a bottle of the good stuff to all guests and everyone will leave with a secret recipe to recreate the signature dessert at home.

3Interdependance: We Need To Talk

The world has never been more connected and yet still so divided. The old world order is being challenged by a new populism, with fear and mistrust on both sides. There’s so much uncertainty and upheaval and it’s these strains on society that inspire original thinking. That is the backdrop to the We Need to Talk debate. There will be genuine engagement with arguments from all sides. These are the kind of arguments that break down barriers, reveal our shared humanity and give rise to fresh new ideas.

Curated by MIF, FutureEverything, The Guardian and VICE, Interdependence: We Need to Talk invites you to debate all of today’s hot-button topics: power, heroes, community, technology, anger and change. You’ll get the chance to ask all the important questions, as well as watch some epic performances and kickass artist interventions. Definitely a date for your diary. More details here