Don’t hibernate indoors this month. October in Manchester means autumn is here and the city is full of fun things to do.
October in Manchester is also the time of MCR Fashion Festival, and let’s not forget the aptly named Oktoberfest down over on Albert Square. Living legend Cher is paying us a visit, and there’s an eagerly-awaited orchestral rendition of Kanye West’s greatest album over at the O2 Ritz.
Get a load of our guide to the best events, things to do and cultural happenings in Manchester throughout October 2019 – and a Spooky Pooch fancy dress comp thrown in for good measure.
Indy Man Beer Con
3rd – 6th October
The Independent Manchester Beer Convention, commonly known as Indy Man Beer Con or IMBC, is back this month. The event celebrates the best breweries in the UK and further afield with music, tastings, talks, street food and a lot of beer. It takes place over four days in the Grade II Listed Victoria Baths, with different sessions available – although, as usual, most of these sessions have sold out. However you can still get tickets for some days if you hurry…
3rd – 6th October
The 11th edition of horror and cult film festival Grimmfest will take place at the Odeon Great Northern. Grimmfest is an independent genre film festival, dedicated to sharing great movies from both new and established filmmakers. They pride themselves on premiering the very best in new horror, cult, extreme fantasy and sci-fi movies. Full festival passes allow access to all screenings and events, or you can opt for individual tickets and day passes.
England vs Argentina at The Jameson Clubhouse
For a spot to watch the biggest rugby event of the year, it has to be The Jameson Clubhouse. For £10, you can enjoy a Jameson welcome drink, a breakfast bap, awesome retro-gaming and, of course, the England v Argentina match on the big screen. Or for £20, you can also enjoy a Jameson and beer masterclass. Doors open from 8.30am.
Curtains – a musical whodunnit starring Jason Manford
8th – 12th October
It’s murder putting on a new musical – literally. Jessica Cranshaw, star of new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night. The entire cast and crew are suspects and it’s time to call in local detective Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline. From the creators of Cabaret and Chicago and starring Jason Manford, this Tony award-winning whodunnit at the Palace Theatre is full of catchy songs and plot twists galore.
Disney on Ice
9th – 14th October
Grab your Mickey ears as Disney On Ice skates into Manchester. Be charmed by over 50 unforgettable Disney characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, spirited Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Jasmine, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Frozen and sing-along to unforgettable songs like Let It Go, You’ve Got a Friend in Me and Hakuna Matata while enjoying moments from The Lion King, Toy Story, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
MCR Fashion Festival
MCR Fashion Festival is a celebration of the city’s fantastic fashion credentials, with catwalk shows from global designers and rising stars. Expect a night of glamour at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel with catwalk shows including in-demand couture designer Zeynep Kartal, and star performances from The Wanted star Max George and former Corrie favourite Victoria Ekanoye. Join them for an event inspired by the MET Gala with fashion, food, drink and live entertainment, presented by Jenny Powell and Mike Toolan. Tickets, which include arrival drinks, three-course dinner and entertainment, are still available but selling fast. Choose from bronze tickets at £100, silver tickets at £150, and gold tickets at £200.
16th – 20th October
We all know that authentic German beer and food needs to be part of Oktoberfest, but Manchester’s Oktoberfest is much more. Over a long weekend in Albert Square you’ll have the opportunity to experience everything that makes a real Oktoberfest. There will be live music, full Oktoberfest decoration, and a giant tent housing 1200 people. If that wasn’t enough there will be a live Oompa band from Germany setting a perfect Oktoberfest vibes – and there will be a giant outdoor beer garden, too. Pray for blue skies
Cher at Manchester Arena
Cher, who holds the UK record for the biggest selling single of all time by a female artist for Believe, is coming to Manchester. Expect an array of classic hits as well as new songs from the Dancing Queen album – Cher’s tribute to the music of ABBA. Cher commented: “I’m very excited to bring this show to the UK. It was the first country to embrace Sonny & Cher, and it’s where we created and had our first success with Believe. It’s really my second home.” Following rave reviews for Cher’s role in Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again, the award-winning singer, actress and show-stopping performer will be sure to thrill fans.
Spooky Pooch Show
This Halloween, stroll through Screamfields at your peril. Pumpkins and crows will be watching your every move, but if you are brave enough, you may be rewarded with a spooky screening, a ghostly gathering or a bite of ghoulish goodness in Spinningfields. Don’t miss the Spooky Pooch Show at The Oast House on 27th, with prizes for best dog (and owner) costume. There’ll be a screening of 101 Dalmatians before the event, too. There’s a registration fee of £5 per dog which will be donated to Dogs4Rescue, and participants can get a discount on food at The Oast House.
Halloween in the City
25th – 31st October
Mark the arrival of Halloween with a weekend of terrifyingly good events. Featuring the ever-popular rooftop monster invasion, Trick or Treat trail, skeleton parade, and Room on the Broom. Plus, a creepy carnival, poisonous maze and all of your favourites from CBeebies and CBBC over on Exchange Square. The mind-bending inflatable monsters, courtesy of Bristol-based artist Filthy Luker, will start invading the city’s rooftops on Friday 25th. Meanwhile there will be a host of free family friendly activities taking place throughout the whole weekend.