Looking for relief from World Cup fever combined with the heatwave? Luckily, Manchester has many brilliant events over the course of the weekend. Why not grab a locally-brewed pint on Friday night as Manchester Beer Week begins? For a feast of innovative theatre and music there’s the MancMade Festival at 53two on Saturday. And to burn off all that beer, the HSBC UK Let’s Ride Street Cycling Festival has free entry on Sunday.

There’s certainly plenty to celebrate, as Sounds of the City will be already underway and the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival kicks off on 1st July too. Manchester really is the place to party.

MancMade Festival (Part Deux) at 53two

Three to see this weekend: beer from the heart, archway art and cycling smart I Love Manchester

An all-day festival celebrating creative Manchester at the innovative under-the-arches arts venue 53two. Following on from a packed weekend-long festival launch earlier in the year, now they are squeezing all the goodness into day-long celebration of live music, spoken word, new writing, food and drink this Saturday. five specially-selected plays written and performed by local talent will be showing during the event, as well as a spoken word performance from Dave Viney and live music from Kate Anita, James Holt, Lauren Luca and Dantevilles. A nine-hour long feast of creativity and fun from 3pm until midnight. Saturday 30th June, 53Two. £9 for one ticket or £15 for two.


Manchester Beer Week

Three to see this weekend: beer from the heart, archway art and cycling smart I Love Manchester

It’s the beginning of beer week! Need we say more? Yes, actually. Manchester Beer Week is a big boozy bash with events across the city from 29th June until 8th July, and things kick off on Friday. There are Heineken Manchester tours, so you can get behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest breweries, plus a Good Chemistry/Holy Roar beer launch and Tap Takeover at GRUB Mayfield. There’s also a ‘creativity and cask’ walking tour starting at The Old Wellington Pub, panel discussions and beer-related debate in the afternoon at Plant NOMA, Runaway Brewery’s Pi-PA Squared launch, tunes and booze at Blackjack Brew Tap, a Croatian Craft Beer tasting at Öl Nano Brewery & Bar and a  debut from Boutilliers beers  at Sandbar. And that’s just Friday. Stay up to date with the website for more options. From Friday 29th June.


HSBC UK Let’s Ride

A massive street cycling festival is coming to Manchester on Sunday. A number of roads in the city centre will be closed so cyclists have a traffic-free route for this event that’s safe, exciting and fun for all the family. Entry is free and the route is 7.5km – though you are welcome to do as much or as little of that as you like. There will also be music, food and drink, demos, giveaways, face painting and more. The Festival Zone and route starts at Whitworth Park (where bike hire will also be available), then taking in a stretch of Oxford Road down past the University Quad (where cyclists will be serenaded by the RNCM University Brass Ensemble). It will also head to Albert Square and Cathedral Gardens, where there will be a series of high-intensity shows and performances. Sir Chris Hoy is a fan, too. Sunday 1st July, 11am-4pm. Free entry, register online.


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