Holidays Manchester

What’s on over summer in Manchester

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Summer is finally here! Whilst you might be working your way through the season, it’s really important that you give yourself a break from time to time.

And there’s no better city than Manchester for summer! There are so many events going on this summer, so we’ve run down some of the best for you to consider:


13 June Future Music

This event looks at music from a brand new perspective – through the scope of technology. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to live coding, the event will look at how the face of music could potentially change. Plus, there’s be some performances and demos to listen to!

14 June Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today

A brand new exhibition at The Whitworth will showcase the work of five contemporary artists who explore identity, faith and cultures, emphasising the importance of the contribution of Muslim women to British culture.

14 – 16 June Cricket World Cup Fanzone

Here’s your chance to experience live action from the world’s largest cricket tournament, which England and Wales are hosting this year. Come along to Cathedral Gardens to watch live broadcasts of the event, as well as treating yourself to some multicultural food, music and entertainment.

15 – 21 June Horizons Festival 2019

As part of International Refugee Week, HOME will be celebrating an array of theatre, film, art and music which raises awareness, challenges stereotypes and brings all Manchester communities together.

15 June Community Festival

Come along to our very own Community Festival! We’ll be opening up the University to the wider community to showcase some of the most cutting-edge research at the University. The day will include live experiments, music and performances.

18 June Peterloo Now: The gaps in representation

Partnering with The Guardian, we’ll be hosting a discussion on representation in politics to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Manchester’s Peterloo Massacre.

23 June Manchester Day

It’s a day to celebrate everything to do with Manchester! It’s the 9th edition of the event, which celebrates the creativity and diversity of the city. There will be over 1,500 performers to see in a truly colourful display!


4 – 21 July Manchester International Festival (MIF)

As one of the city’s most exciting events, MIF is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. This year’s festival includes world premiere showcases from artists such as Björk, Skepta, Steve McQueen and Zaha Hadid Architects. There’s lots going on over the 18 days, so make sure you take a look at the full calendar.

6 July Rough Runner at Salford Quays

For the first time, Rough Runner is coming to Salford Quays! Think Ninja Warrior meets Total Wipeout…take on either the 2.5km or 5km course which are both situated around the waters of MediaCityUK.

18 – 21 July bluedot

Got time for a festival? Come along to bluedot, located on the University’s very own Jodrell Bank. With Kraftwek as one of the festival’s headliners, along with the incredible Luminarium space and fascinating performances and talks, this is one festival you don’t want to miss out!


10 – 11 August Manchester Carnival

Spanning over 40 years, Manchester Carnival is the North West’s largest celebration of Caribbean music and dance. Experience the colourful costumes and joyful music during the carnival procession, which takes place at Alexandra Park.

17 August – 1 September SoundCloud23

Views of the city from Cloud23 are usually spectacular, but the Hilton have gone one better and turned their incredible bar into a music and cocktail venue for the night. Worried you might have to queue for a table? There’ll be free cocktails for anyone queuing for longer than 10 minutes!

24 – 25 August Manchester Pride Big Weekend

This year’s Pride celebrations are split between The Village and a brand new area in Mayfield Depot, where Ariana Grande will be headlining. Come along to the free Parade which weaves its way through the streets of Manchester (and will also feature our very own students and staff).


14 September Tour of Britain (final stage)

The final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain will be taking place in Manchester. Beginning in Altrincham, the race will come to a climax with a sprint finish down Deansgate. Cyclists in previous tours have included world-famous sprinter Mark Cavendish – it’ll definitely be a sprint finish you won’t want to miss.

29 September Peterloo: Manchester’s Fight for Freedom

Make sure you head to the John Rylands Library by 29 September, which looks into the Peterloo Massacre in great detail. The Library holds a fantastic collection of artefacts from the event, which give us an intrinsically detailed description of the unfurling events of the massacre.

For more information about what’s open on campus over summer, please check out our latest article.