Manchester Pride – the annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ life and culture – is bringing out its Big Weekend for 2017 from Friday 25 August all the way until Bank Holiday Monday August 28.
Holders of Pride Weekend tickets will have full access to the Gay Village and Canal Street area, which will be jam-packed with events. Three stages will be in action – the big Thomas Cook Airlines stage, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Boutique Stage in Sackville Gardens – where a number of stars will be performing.
Friday night highlights include former Spice Girl Mel C and Pixie Lott, whilst on Saturday, headliner Example with DJ Wire is sure to get the crowds going.
Louisa Johnson from The X Factor will be performing on Sunday night as well as Clean Bandit. On Bank Holiday Monday, the party will keep going thanks to pop favourites Liberty X. And these are just some of the stars who will be coming out to celebrate, at what is set to be one of the biggest and best Pride Weekends yet.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Manchester Pride Community Fund, but there are a number of free events including the parade, which will pass through the city on Saturday 26 August.
There will also be an opportunity for reflection at a candlelit vigil in Sackville Gardens on the evening of 28 August with people coming together to remember those lost to HIV and AIDS.
There’s lots of other themed events and deals going on, too, so you can enjoy the most colourful Pride weekend yet.
1Rainbow Fries at B.Eat Street
2Pride in Aviation
City Airport and Heliport (the airport and heliport formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, Eccles) is hosting its first ever special event to coincide with Manchester Pride. It will feature a daytime Pride fly-in for you to watch, as well as an evening of live music and entertainment from Alibi – a covers band with attitude. Also featured will be ellie-x, a trans country and folk musician who will be playing in the Runway 26 Cafe & Bar. A brilliant event for all ages, with the evening entertainment starting at 7pm.
3Wagamama brings a Make It Rainbow campaign to Manchester
Wagamama is donating profits from bun sales (now selling an average of a million a year) to local LGBT charity George House Trust, every time a rainbow is spotted in the sky above Manchester from 25 August. They are encouraging Mancunians to tweet #makeitrainbow whenever they see a rainbow so get eating and Tweeting! To ensure the charity benefits whatever the weather Wagamama is committed to donating a minimum of £2,500 to George House Trust, helping its work to support people living with HIV.
4Awesome discounts at Street on 1st
5Pride at People’s History Museum
There’s a whole weekend of Pride-themed events at the People’s History Museum with something for all the family. It’s part of the Never Going Underground season, a year-long programme of events about LGBT+ activism. There are film screenings, history tours, artist-led discussions, shows and much more. For further details check out the website.
6Even bigger Happy Hour at 19 Café Bar
This cafe bar on the edge of the Northern Quarter and conveniently close to Piccadilly is the perfect place to relax. Across Pride Weekend they are extending their Happy Hour of 2 for £10 on cocktails and 3 Peronis for £10 to start at 12pm rather than the usual 3pm.
7Taste the rainbow at Grafene
This fine dining British restaurant just off King Street is serving up a selection of special rainbow flag cocktails. These are some of the most stylish drinks the city has to offer and a steal at £5 each. Examples include the Red/Life blend which brings together vodka, pomegranate, raspberry and lemonade, whilst Blue/Art combines vodka, triple sec, almond, ginger and egg white for a sweet treat. Lush.
8Teatime Tipple at Cosy Club
Enjoy weekend drinks to take pride in with two tongue-tickling cocktails for under a tenner at £9.95 from 4pm till 8pm on Sunday 27 August. It’s part of their fantastic Teatime Tipple offer. And if you need fuelling up for the Pride festivities, this is the place to go for brunch. The Rather Elegant Brunch incorporates bacon and avocado, delicious rosti, roasted tomatoes, poached egg and plenty more to get your juices flowing.
9Drag Race party at Joshua Brooks
Pop Bubble Rock – purveyors of some of the best events in the city – are putting on a Ru Paul-inspired Drag Race House Party for Pride weekend. Get down to Joshua Brooks between 11pm and 4am on Saturday 26 August for a drag race cinema, top DJ tunes, free food and a chance to win £100, with the top floor playing host to the city’s first ever Lip Sync For Your Life. Plus there’ll be pop bubble cocktails and confetti – everywhere. Tickets here.
10Creative cocktails at Don Giovanni
Manchester’s oldest Italian restaurant Don Giovanni are creating a special cocktail inspired by Pride with 50% of proceeds going to support the Pride charity. It’s a brilliant accompaniment to their menu of classic Italian dishes. Yum.
11Proud at 53Two
Proud is a whole weekend of events going on at the funky events space under the arches 53Two. It’s kicking off on Thursday 24 August with Progress, a series of plays created when five Writers developed five new LGBT+ inspired scripts; and worked with five Directors and a cast of 17 Actors over 24 hours and finishing with a post- Pride Parade all-dayer from 3pm till midnight. Join hosts Grace Oni Smith and Joe Spencer for a party with a difference. Tickets are £10 with all profits going to Chechnya Human Rights Campaign and Manchester LGBT+ charities.
12Get all glammed up at Selfridges intu Trafford Centre
Celebrate Pride in style at Selfridges intu Trafford Centre where rainbow glitter eyes and brows demonstrations will be taking place all weekend with NYX Professional Makeup. You’ll be able to dazzle in your favourite array of colours.
13Fantastic fortune at Wahaca
Corn Exchange Mexican eatery Wahaca will be sharing the love over Pride weekend and giving out fantastic fortune cards which entitle you to a free plate of street food on the house when you dine there. Be sure to check out their outside terrace where there’s food sampling.
14Rainbow Burgers at Great Northern Warehouse
Back by popular demand, Almost Famous will be serving one of its delicious burgers served up on a rainbow bagel. Available both inside Almost Famous and Home Sweet Home in The Great Northern as well as outside in the gin garden alongside an outdoor Home Sweet Home BBQ, Manchester weather permitting 12pm-11pm.
15Fantastic food and drink offers at Favelas
You are in for a treat this weekend at South America-inspired Favelas, a place that combines brilliant food and drink with top tunes. All Pride wristband holders will receive 30% off food, whilst drinks deals include 2 cocktails for £10 and prosecco for £15.
16It’s a deal at Walkabout Printworks
Anyone wearing a Pride wristband gets 20% off at Walkabout, the big welcoming Oz-inspired bar in the Printworks. That means you can enjoy extra great value on their drinks and eats whilst enjoying their big screens and beats.
17Tuck into Pride Cake at The Midland Hotel
The beautiful tea room at the historic Midland Hotel are serving a special Pride Cake as part of afternoon tea.
18Manchester Pride Saturday Special
The city’s biggest gay clubbing brand is putting on a club night which will combine hit tunes with plenty of booze, presented by Cruz 101 and taking place at APEX from 10.30pm on Saturday 26 August all the way until 8am the next morning. There will be world class DJs, the UK’s finest drag queens, live performances and plenty of cheesy tunes. Come on, you know you want to. Tickets here.
19R&B for Manchester Pride
No need to drop to that cheesy pop when you have these tunes. Black ’N’ White Manchester is a brand new R&B event coming to Arnero, the club right next to the action on Sackville Street, for Pride Weekend, from 7pm onwards on Saturday 26 August. Enjoy two whole floors of old skool R&B tunes and some funky House to make your night. Tickets here.
20Sunday Lunch with James Martin
Whether a cure for a sore head or just a laid back Sunday, who better to entrust with the perfect roast than James Martin? Head to his restaurant at Manchester 235 and enjoy a great British roast with all the trimmings. Just £15pp for one course, £20pp for two courses. If you fancy a Bank Holiday bonanza, you can get three courses for £25pp.
21The night of 1000 Queens at FAC251
This a Pride after party for lovers of pop, R&B and Indie. Come along to the iconic venue FAC251 for a three floor extravaganza of music and DJs on 27 August from 10pm until the early hours. This is your chance to dance and get dressed up, with a major dollar prize for the best dressed runway queen who will be crowned ‘supermodel of the world’. Tickets here.
22Bollox Queer Pride 2017
This is set to be the biggest Queer party over Pride weekend, hosted by the organisers of Bollox – one of the oldest LGBT+ club nights in the city. There will be a spectacular array of stars from the UK’s Queer nightlife scene coming to The Deaf Institute on Friday 25 August – including DJs Rod Connolly and Zoe McVeigh, plus The Most Depressing Night Of Your Life (Power Ballad Disco) and many more. Join your hosts Violet Blonde and Beau Laveau Blonde and enjoy the tunes along with immersive decor, tarot readings, live club art in Miss Field’s Painting Parlour and even a Glitterfication station, all from 10.30pm onwards. Fab. Tickets here.
23Horse Meat Disco does Pride
Never mind the Bollox party, why not work up a sweat to the tunes of the much loved Horse Meat Disco. They are some of the UK’s finest disco operators and will be pulling out all the stops at Gorilla this Saturday 26 August with a party from 10pm through till the early hours. Expect awesome tunes and a groovin’ atmosphere. Third release tickets available at £14.
24HomoElectric Bank Holiday Showdown
One of Manchester’s best loved club nights is coming to Hidden, a three storey warehouse near Strangeways, for a seriously memorable Saturday sesh starting at 10pm on 26 August. On the top floor you’ll be treated to a loft disco party with Jamie Bull and Luke Unabomber taking you on a musical trip through disco, soul, hi energy, Italo and funk. The Middle Floor will take you to Berlin with Mr Ties and at ground level there’s San Francisco – with Honey Soundsystem and Will Tramp turning up the volume. Tickets here.
25Kiss Me Again Pride Special
Kiss Me Again, the much loved monthly LGBTQ+ night in Manchester, are putting on their very first party to coincide with Manchester Pride. For just a fiver you can start partying with them at Soup Kitchen from 11pm on Sunday 27 August, all the way through till 6am on Bank Holiday Monday morning. This is what long weekends are made for. Tickets here.
26Brilliant booze at Tiger Tiger
Keep the fun going at popular Printworks club Tiger Tiger. Whether you want to party with pride, or just have the biggest Bank Holiday bash ever, their drinks deals will certainly help. They are serving up 10 bottles of Birra Moretti for £27 and an enormous long island iced tea for £12. Or 50% off a bottle of Russian Standard and mixer when you pre-book.