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By the weekend, we’ll know whether England are in the World Cup Final or not – so we’ve optimistically selected events that don’t clash with the final on Sunday. Fingers crossed…

Festa Italiana runs throughout the weekend, and we’ve also got two unique picks for Friday – a classical orchestra attempting disco tunes (complete with Sister Sledge) at Victoria Warehouse, and a film screening in Victoria Baths. 

Further afield, the fantastic Foodies Festival returns to Tatton Park with street food and entertainment. Over at intu Trafford Centre, Paradise Island Adventure Golf is celebrating its 10th birthday with a family-friendly party offering mini golf, activities and prizes. And the inspiring Race for Life is in Heaton Park on Sunday, with 5km and 10km runs raising money for Cancer Research UK. Good luck to everyone taking part.

Disco Classical at Victoria Warehouse

Disco anthems come courtesy of Sister Sledge, the iconic US vocalists, for what promises to be a memorable Friday night at Victoria Warehouse. The singing sisters will be joined by Manchester’s 35-piece Camerata orchestra, who know what it takes to rework disco favourites and have you dancing all night. There will also be a guest DJ and captivating light displays (plus disco balls, of course), ensuring  a unique live experience you are unlikely to see anywhere else. Friday 13th July from 7pm, Victoria Warehouse. Tickets from £25.

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Village Screen pop-up cinema at Victoria Baths

Fancy a poolside film in one of Manchester’s historic bath houses? Head to Friday night’s screening of 80’s favourite Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the Grade II listed Victoria Baths, brought to you by pop-up cinema company Village Screen. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film begins at 9.30pm, giving you time to check out the on-site street food traders including Shoot The Bull, Blue Caribou Canteen and Mama Sue’s. There will also be DJs and games in the food hall plus The Village Screen bar to quench your thirst. Then pull up a vintage deckchair and enjoy the film. Balcony level tickets, where guests can sit on original wooden seating, are also available. Booking essential. Friday 13th July, doors 7.30pm, Victoria Baths. Tickets from £11.

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Festa Italiana

A free, weekend-long festival celebrating Italian culture and food in the heart of Manchester. Cathedral Gardens and the surrounding area will be transformed into a thriving ‘Little Italy’ featuring stalls, masterclasses, chef demonstrations and delicious Italian street food. Following on from a packed Festa Italiana debut last year (which attracted more than 26,000 people), 2018 is even bigger with a live music stage running throughout and a mini-food festival for children too: ‘Bambini Cucina’. This year, there are  unique banquet spaces (bottomless pizza and prosecco, anyone?) and plenty to get involved in across the city. 13th-15th July, 11am-11pm, Cathedral Gardens.

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