Three to see this weekend: a Spanish celebration, an outdoor cinema and a whisky festival

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There’s plenty going on this weekend, especially if you fancy eating, drinking and being merry.

And why not get down to King Street on Friday and Saturday for The National Youth Market where traders as young as 16 from across the UK will be selling delicious street food, handmade crafts, artisan treats, vintage clothing and funky own-brand fashion. Find out more here.

Here’s our pick of what to see and do this weekend, in no particular order.

Festejar Spanish Festival 

This is a Spanish fest like no other. Festejar gets underway on Thursday with street food aplenty, sangria, paella and tapas. There’ll be salsa dancing classes, tapas masterclasses and plenty of themed cocktails to go around. If you fancy a weekend full of Latin flavour, this is the one for you. Find out more here.

Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival 

QUAD’s popular Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival returns to Dunham Massey this weekend. Spend a magical evening under the stars with classic and contemporary films in a spectacular setting. Seating is not provided so feel free to bring your own low backed seating or picnic blankets and all the snacks you fancy.  Booking is recommended so click here for more info. Don’t leave it too late or you’ll end up squashed at the back with a premier view of the back of someone’s head. Gates open at 6.30pm for picnics and the film starts at approximately 8.15pm. Warm clothing and waterproofs advised. Remember, this is Manchester. Ish.

Manchester Whisky Festival

Whether you’re a whisky expert or can’t tell your scotch from your bourbon, this is the place to taste the best of homegrown whiskies as well as an incredible selection of whiskies from all over the world. Run by world-renowned whisky evangelist Eddie Ludlow and his team, the two days include brand new workshops, plus the opportunity to try some especially rare and exclusive whiskies in the expanded Under the Counter Drams selection. Exhibitors include Talisker, Laphroaig, Highland Park, Kavalan, Aberlour, Springbank, Nikka, Elements of Islay, The Quiet Man and The Macallan. Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September in the beautiful Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall. Tickets here.

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