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What’s on in August

While it may feel like the summer months are quickly disappearing, there’s still plenty of events going on in and around the city to keep you busy during your breaks from studying.

With the arrival of the last bank holiday weekend of the year, we’ve put together a few events that are going on in Manchester over coming weeks in August!

16 August Peterloo Soapbox

HOME presents a picnic and a free performance of The Peterloo Soapbox, exploring themes of democracy, freedom of speech and protest. Come to the First Street courtyard for a day of games and performances.

21 August Penguin Pride

Experience a night of inspiring writers, poets and activists perform at HOME to kick off the LGBT Pride celebrations. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the performance will be celebrating how far LGBT rights have come in the past 50 years, whilst also looking to the future.


Bank Holiday Weekend (24 – 26 August)

24 – 25 August Manchester Pride Weekend

This year, Manchester Pride celebrations are split between The Village and Mayfield Depot, where Ariana Grande will be headlining. The parade will take place on the Saturday, so come along to the huge celebration making its way through the streets of the city.

25 August Manchester Soul Festival

For the fifth year running, the Manchester Soul Festival brings soul music and dancing to The Printworks, offering a variety of artists and DJs. All proceeds go directly to The Christie hospital, helping to fund vital cancer research and treatment.

23 – 26 August Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Why not take a quick train journey to Bolton and experience the best of local art, food and drink. Featuring live music stages, masterclasses and street entertainment, it’s not one to be missed.


31 August Festival of Manchester

Finish the month with a festival designed to celebrate the diversity and community that the city of Manchester has to offer. This family friendly event will take place in Platt Fields Park, featuring cultural demonstrations, musical performances, and a number of sports and activities.

For more information about what’s open on campus in August, please take a look at our latest article.

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