Manchester Pride parade

There’s plenty going on across Manchester for the August Bank Holiday weekend. The big event is Manchester Pride, but there’s lots more going on and some great food and drink deals.

It’s the last bank holiday of the summer so make the most of it. It’s four months till Christmas.

1Manchester Pride Big Weekend

Pic Carl Sukonik @thevainphotos

Manchester Pride, the annual award-winning festival organised by the LGBT community, is coming back to Canal Street and the Gay Village for its Big Weekend from Friday 25 August all the way until Bank Holiday Monday. It features an array of entertainment as well as some of the hottest music acts this year including Liberty X and Pixie Lott. The famous parade takes place through the city centre on Saturday – expect plenty of fancy dress – and there’s a candlelit vigil in Sackville Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday.

2Grill on New York Street BBQ

3Hidden

This secretive drinking den and party place is well worth looking for. It’s celebrating its second birthday on Sunday 27 August with The Hidden Forest iii, an enchanting open air party called, for a whole 12 hours – 4pm to 4am! It’s set to feature a range of DJs including Varoslav, Anton Fitz, Martin Loose Cuts and many more, and fancy dress is recommended. Book here.

4Gorton Monastery

5The Laundrette

6Grafene

7The Refinery

8Innside Hotel

9Bassano Bar

10B.Eat St

11Tiger Tiger

The ultimate party night is back on Saturday 26 August at Tiger Tiger in The Printworks. It’s like having a holiday club experience but right in the heart of Manchester and no need to worry about plane tickets. With multiple rooms and a range of DJs, lose yourself in the themed areas from Alice in Groovy Wonderland to The Big Picnic in the chilled-out Tiger Bar.

12The Albert Square Chop House

13The Liquor Store

14The Printworks

If you fancy watching the McGregor/Mayweather fight on Saturday 26 August, this is the place to be, as Bierkeller, Yates and Walkabout will all be showing it. Manchester Soul Festival returns on Sunday 27 August, having raised over £42,000 for The Christie in the last two years. It takes place at various venues in The Printworks, including its very own pumpyard and the special Frank Byrne stage, named after the festival founder who battled cancer at The Christie. This festival of soul and Motown bands, artists and DJs will be giving you plenty to enjoy for 2017. Confirmed acts so far include Twisted Wheel, The Soul Temptations and Soul Amigos, with loads more yet to come.

15Chaophraya

16Mr Cooper’s House & Garden

17Don Giovanni

18King Street Townhouse

19Great John Street Hotel

20HOME

Pic Chris Payne

Take a walk down First Street to Tony Wilson Place where you’ll find arts and culture venue HOME undergoing a This is Human takeover which runs all the way through until 31 August, with activities and immersive experiences all across the building. On Saturday 26, HOME’s Melville film season continues with Le Deuxieme Souffle. On Sunday, as part of the This is Human takeover, there will be a family screening of Chicken Run at 11am.

21Walkabout

Come to this Oz-inspired bar in The Printworks for a fantastic Full Moon party on Friday 25 Aug, 9pm until the early hours – and don’t forget the UV and face paint for an experience you won’t forget.

22Cottonopolis

There are three awesome events lined up at the Northern Quarter drinking and dining den that is Cottonopolis. First up on Friday 25 August is the Tropadelica Summer Beer Festival Closing Party- complete with a North v South Beer Off. There will be giveaways on the night and the chance for one lucky person to win a huge beer hamper. The party continues on Sunday 27 August with Hip Hop Hooray! Straight after bottomless brunch finishes, this Sunday all-dayer dedicated to hip-hop gets underway, featuring a breakdance showcase and some of the best DJs in the city. Then on Monday 28 August there’s Bottomless Bank Holiday Monday with Eastern Bloc Records.

23The Pen and Pencil

Brilliant brunchin’ and hip-hop tunes seem to be a Bank Holiday theme at NQ bar The Pen and Pencil.  The fun will start on 26 August with one of the venue’s legendary bottomless brunch events, with unlimited dishes including Steak and Eggs, Avocado and Feta, Grilled Asparagus, ‘Ndjula Baked Eggs, and American Pancakes, for just £40. And if you’re feeling thirsty, you can wash it down with a choice of prosecco, Mimosa, Amstel, Bloody Mary, or a Brunch Cocktail Special. On Sunday 27 August, the party will be ramped up from 7pm with a special Bank Holiday set from The Pen and Pencil’s regular DJ, Gareth Brooks. With free entry on offer and no work the next day, where else would you rather be?

24Makers Market at The Lowry Outlet

25Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Top up the calories at the Bolton Food Festival from Friday all the way up until Monday. Voted the best Food Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, over 263,000 visitors came last year and 2017 is set to be even bigger.  Celebrity chefs in attendance include Michelin-starred Michael Caines, James Martin and Ainsley Harriott. There’s also a range of entertainment, samples, over 200 stalls, cocktail bars and family-friendly events too including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with a difference.

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